Danny Giles is an artist and educator based in Rotterdam. He serves as Course Director of the Master of Fine Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute for Postgraduate Studies. His work uses varied material and performative approaches to address the possibilities and dilemmas of representing and performing identity and to reveal hidden languages of power within mundane objects and spaces. Giles received his MFA from Northwestern in 2013 and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Giles’ work has been exhibited, performed and screened at venues including The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,  the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Evanston, IL, El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 




Daniel Giles


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MFA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL  

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME


BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

Solo and Two Person Shows

(*indicates performance)


The Practice and Science of Drawing a Sharp White Background, Seattle, WA

Figura, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Thing and its Double, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL


dead(air)*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL


Here*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL 

Remembrancer,Sector 2337, Chicago, IL


Lyric, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL


go/figure(with eliza myrie), Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL 


Phantom Shapes and Ghost Events, Incident Report, Hudson, NY 

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances


Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Tufts University Art Gallery


Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX

Preview 8, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

Bio (performance), True/False film festival, Columbia, MO

Cubed Luminous, Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL

Dialogue/Diálogo(performance with Eduardo Rabasa) Lit and Luz Festival, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Lyric (performance), Eclipsing Festival, Links Hall, Chicago, IL


Anthropophagy for Pedestrians(performance with Eduardo Rabasa), Lit and Luz Festival, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 


The 3rdTerrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

O(p)positions, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO

Standards Variance, Public Access, Chicago, IL

Expanded Chicago, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

PDF Objects, Es Espectro, Mexico City, Mexico


Ascend (MCA Prime Time), MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

PDF Objects, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

YesREMIXED, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

Past Lives: Live Stream on ACRE TV, Union Docs Center for Documentary Art, Brooklyn, NY


The Great Good Place, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

Simplicity, Starcom Mediavest Group, Chicago, IL

Public Utility, New Capital, Chicago, IL

The Annual, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL
Listening and Making Sound, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Little Wolf, WI 
The 2ndTerrain Biennial, Terrain, Oak Park, IL 
Finnocchio, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

Satellites, The Franklin, Chicago, IL
Ideal Perfection, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL 
Were the Eye Not Sunlike, Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL 
Direct Object/Direct Action, Threewalls, Chicago, IL 
RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY 


Open Office: A Project of United States Artists, Chicago, IL 
Community Area One, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL 
Please Stand By, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL 


Residencies and Awards 


Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Black Embodiments Studio Resident, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL


Sector 2337 Project Space Residency, Chicago, IL

Illinois State University Visiting Artist, Bloomington-Normal, IL

Mana Contemporary Artist-in-Residence, Chicago, IL


ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI
High Concept Laboratories Residency, Chicago, IL
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant 



“Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness”, by Emily Pothast, ArtPractical.com,



“Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System”, catalog, edited by Risa Puleo, various contributors


Too Many Degrees podcast, “Funky Timeshare”, http://www.toomanydegrees.com/

Jared Richardson, “Danny Giles: “Lyric”

Danny Giles, “Family History”, catalogue essay for exhibition “Tide/Tithe” featuring Alexandria Eregbu and Rami George at Roots and Culture


Danny Giles, “Some Notes on Being and the Void”, Finnocchio exhibition catalogue

Kate Sierzputowski, Hyperallergic, “A Procession of Black Love Responds to Controversial Michael Brown Exhibition in Chicago”, Sept. 7, 2015
LVL Artist of the Week, Interview, LVL3 Gallery


Review: Daniel Giles and eliza myrie at Roots and Culture, by Matt Morris, Newcity Art, September 29, 2014
Kate Sierzputowski, Inside Within Web Archive, Danny Giles: “The Utility of the Synthetic”, Mar. 14
Meg Onli, “go/figure”, catalogue essay (“go/figure” at Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center)
Danny Giles, “Black Art Sale”, Emergency Report, Ugly Duckling Presse

 Visiting Artist and Lecture Engagements 


Artist Talk, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Black Embodiments Studio Residency, Seattle, WA


Artist Talk, Missouri Theater, True/False Film Festival, Columbia, MO


Artist talk, ESPAC, Mexico City

Artist talk, Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL


Artist Talk, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Artist Talk, University of Chicago graduate program, Chicago, IL


Visiting Artist workshop, SAIC Homan Square Project, Chicago, IL


Curatorial Projects and Public Programming


Guest Editor, Monday Journal 4thedition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Curator, Ox-Bow: Past and Present, Betsy Rupprecht Gallery, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Panel conversant with Greg Foster Rice, Julie Rodriguez, and Allison Cuddy, Illinois Humanities Festival: “VIOLENCE!”,Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL


Panel organizer with Christopher Meerdo, “Observing Power: History and Agency, Open Engagement conference, Chicago,


In conversation with Julie Rodriguez, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL


Curator, “Thinging Bodies” video screening, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL


Black Artists Retreat, panel chair, “Black Queer Feminisms, Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago, IL


Black Artists Retreat, workshop leader, “Study Hall: Fugitive Planning in The Undercommons, Theaster Gates’ Studio, 

Chicago, IL