Deborah E. Roberts


Syracuse University Research Fellow, Syracuse, NY; MFA


San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, (Summer Session) Pont Aven, France 

University of North Texas, Denton, TX


Anonymous Was a Woman, New York, NY, 2018

Artist of the Year, Austin, TX, 2008, 2017

Pollock Krasner Foundation, Grantee, 2016

SU MFA Exhibition “Best in Show”, 2014

Syracuse University Graduate Research Fellow, 2011-2014

Syracuse University Creative Opportunity Grant, 2012, 2013, 2014

San Francisco African American Legacy Scholarship, 2010

President Point of Light Recipient, President George H. Bush, 1991


MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2018


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Florida, March - April, 2019

Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL, 2018

Ginsberg-Klaus Award Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA, 2014

Ox –Bow Art Residency, Michigan, 2005

Coronado Studios Austin, TX, 2006

Stone Metal Press, San Antonio TX, 2006


Solo Exhibitions

Forthcoming - If they come, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK, June 2019

Native sons: Many thousands gone, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CA, 2019

Fragile but Fixable, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Uninterrupted, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2018

Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2018

Untitled, Solo Booth Art Fair Miami Basel, Miami Beach, FL, 2017

Ingenue, Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York, NY, 2017

Nobody’s Darling: New Works by Deborah Roberts, Christian-Green Gallery, Austin, TX, 2017

Coil, Coarse, Twist, Re-twist, Art Palace, Houston, TX, 2016

One and Many, Art Palace, Houston, TX, 2014

Domestic Disturbance, Diverse Art Gallery, Austin, TX, 2014

Consensual Marks, SDCC, Dallas, TX, 2014

When We Just Existed, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY, 2013

Resistance Begins at Home: Rethinking Otherness, Dallas, TX, 2011

Forks and Spoons, South Dallas Culture Center, Dallas, TX, 2008

Bearing Witness, Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, TX, 2006

Reconstructing, Rethinking, Reacting, O’Kane Gallery, Houston, TX 2006

Chicago Culture Center (South Shore) Chicago, IL, 2004

Center for African & African American Studies, Austin, TX, 2004

Group and Juried Exhibitions

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Reclamation! Pan-African from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA, 2018

Talisman In The Age Of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK, 2018

Soul Recordings, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Mass Art, Boston MA, 2018

Fictions, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY, 2017

Your Body is a Battleground, Volta Art Fair, New York, NY, 2017

March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY, 2017

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Carver Museum, Austin, TX, 2016

Gently Fried, MACC, Austin, TX, 2015

The House on Mango Street, National Mexican American Museum, Chicago, IL, 2015

The Way Out- MFA, Rogue Space, New York, NY, 2014

Gender Is A Kind of Doing, MCCLA Galleries, San Francisco CA, 2013

The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York, NY, 2011- present

Mirame: 21st century portraits for Latino/a America, Sacramento, CA, 2011

Women of Color, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2009

Her Stories, Park School, Baltimore, MD, 2009

Taking Possession, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR, 2007

Counter Intuitive, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL, 2007

Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom, University of Milwaukee UGA, Milwaukee, WI, 2006

Boundless, Perceptions from Within, DAC, Austin, TX, 2006

Museum of Science and Industry Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL, 2005

Woman Made Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL, 2005

Subjective Visions, UTSA, San Antonio, TX, 2005

Figure It Out, Art Palace, Austin, TX, 2005

Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, Ill, 2004

Unmasked: A Collective Statement on Beauty, Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX, 2004

Bird Juried Exhibition, Concordia University, Austin, TX, 2003

Our Heritage – Creating New Legacies Juried Exhibition, Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX, 2003

Austin Bergstrom International Airport Juried Exhibition, Austin, TX, 2003

Center for African American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2002



Valentine, Victoria L., “Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Susanne Vielmetter Projects Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery’s New Downtown Space”, April 23.

Marcoci, Roxana, “Young Heroines: Deborah Roberts,” Mousse Magazine, April.


Onyewuwnyi, Ikechukwu Casmir, "Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus," Carla, Issue 13, August.

Dambrot, Shana Nys, "Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus," Art and Cake, June 10.

Luke, Ben, "Artist Deborah Roberts on Yinka Shonibare exhibition and why 'black is not a colour any more," Evening Standard, June 6.

Mizota, Sharon, "Roberts' powerful statement of black female identity," LA Times, May 29.

Miller, Ashia, “Deborah Roberts’ #EvolutionOfMimi art tackles heavy topic of colorism,” RollingOut, May 25.

“Fragile but Fixable: The Collages of Deborah Roberts”, Paris Review, May 23.

Amirkhani, Jordan, "Art Review: 'The Evolution of Mimi' at Spelman Museum," BURNAWAY, April 25.

Cochran, Rebecca, "Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi," Art Papers, March 17.

Sargent, Antwaun, “The Artist Changing the Face of Black Girlhood,” VICE, March 6.

Feaster, Felicia, “The power and pathos of girlhood defines Deborah Roberts’ collages,” The Atlantic Journal Contribution, March 6.

Van Proyen, Mark, “Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson,” Square Cylinder, February 19.

Larocca, Amy, “Portfolio: Her Breakthrough Women,” The New York Magazine, February 5.

Green, Tyler, “Deborah Roberts, Anita Witek,” Modern Art Notes Podcast, February.

Johns, Myke, “Artist Deborah Roberts ‘Emancipates’ Black Girlhood In Spelman Exhibit,” National Public Radio, January 25.


Twersky, Carolyn, “New Studio Museum Show,” ARTNEWS, August 23.   

Marino, Rebecca, “Q+A with Deborah Roberts,” Conflict of Interest, July 17.

Scott, Andrea K. “March Madness in the Meatpacking District,” The New Yorker, April 10.   

Anspon, Catherine D. “Austin Gets Its Own Art Fair,” Papercity Magazine, March 30.                      

Kamm, Rebecca. “You Can’t Deny Us: The Artists Showcasing the Power if Female Athletes,” 

Broadly Vice, March 28. “At Fort Gansevoort, March Madness takes on a new meaning,” A Hotel Life, April 23.                        

Evans, Dayna. “What Does It Mean to Be a Woman in Sports?,” The Cut, March 20.


Knudson, Rainey. “Naming and Shaming: Deborah Roberts at Art Palace”, Glasstire, November 21.                                                
Ryzin, Jeanne Claire van. “Contemporary art exhibit probes African-American identity, Statesmen,  September 19. 


Huete, Betsy. “Deborah Roberts: One and Many,” Glasstire, November 29, 2014. 

Ward, Jeff M. “Deborah Roberts: Reconstructing, Reacting and Rethinking at O’Kane Gallery,” Fluent Collaborative, issue 79, November 17.