Deborah Roberts

Born: Austin, Texas, 1962
Lives and works in Austin, Texas


Syracuse University Research Fellow, Syracuse, New York; MFA 

Awards and Prizes

Anonymous Was a Woman, New York

Artist of the Year, Austin, Texas

Pollock Krasner Foundation, Grantee

SU MFA Exhibition “Best in Show” 

Syracuse University Graduate Research Fellow 

Artist of the Year, Austin Texas 

San Francisco African American Legacy Scholarship

President Point of Light Recipient, President George H. Bush

Solo Exhibitions 

I'm, The Contemporary Austin, Texas

If they come, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Native Sons: Many Thousands Gone, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

Fragile but Fixable, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Uninterrupted, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California
Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, Georgia 

Ingenue, Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York
Nobody’s Darling: New Works by Deborah Roberts, Christian-Green Gallery, Austin, Texas

Coil, Coarse, Twist, Re-twist, Art Palace, Houston, Texas 

One and Many, Art Palace, Houston, Texas
Domestic Disturbance, Diverse Art Gallery, Austin, Texas 
Consensual Marks, SDCC, Dallas, Texas 

When We Just Existed, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, New York 

Resistance Begins at Home: Rethinking Otherness, Dallas, Texas

Forks and Spoons, South Dallas Culture Center, Dallas, Texas 

Bearing Witness, Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, Texas 
Reconstructing, Rethinking, Reacting, O’Kane Gallery, Houston, Texas 

Chicago Culture Center (South Shore) Chicago, Illinois 
Center for African & African American Studies, Austin, Texas 

Group Exhibitions 

The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri; touring to Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska (touring exhibition)

100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York

25 Years, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England 
Artists for New York, Hauser & Wirth, New York
True Likeness, Van Every/ Smith Galleries, Davidson College, North Carolina
2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Florida

Re/Devaluing Colorism: Intersections of Skin Color and Currency at Southwest School of Art, Texas 
The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. (touring exhibition) 
Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art, 21c Lexington, Kentucky 

Still I Rise, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts  
Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers, Somerset House, London, England
Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, Californian African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles 

Talisman In The Age Of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
In the Eye of the Beholder, Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, South Carolina
Go Figure, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio 
Soul Recordings, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 
Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Mass Art, Boston, Massachusetts 
Constructing Identity in America (1766-2017), Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey 

Fictions, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York
Your Body is Your Battleground, Volta Art Fair, New York
March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York 

I know why the caged bird sings, Carver Museum, Austin, Texas 

Gently Fried, MACC, Austin, Texas 
The House on Mango Street, National Mexican American Museum, Chicago, Illinois 

The Way Out- MFA, Rogue Space, New York

Gender Is A Kind of Doing, MCCLA Galleries, San Francisco, California 

The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York 
Mirame: 21st century portraits for Latino/a America, Sacramento, California 

Women of Color, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, California 
Her Stories, Park School, Baltimore, Maryland 

Taking Possession, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas 
Counter Intuitive, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois 

Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom, University of Milwaukee UGA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
Boundless, Perceptions from Within, DAC, Austin, Texas 

Museum of Science and Industry, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois 
Woman Made Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois 
Subjective Visions, UTSA, San Antonio, Texas
Figure It Out, Art Palace Austin, Texas

Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 
Unmasked: A Collective Statement on Beauty, Butridge Gallery Austin, Texas 

Bird, Juried Exhibition, Concordia University, Austin, Texas 
Our Heritage–Creating New Legacies, Juried Exhibition, Butridge Gallery, Austin, Texas 
Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Juried Exhibition, Austin, Texas 

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



25 Years, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England

Deborah Roberts and Questions of Power, Collecting Black Studies. University of Texas Press, Ringle, Hallie.

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Elliot, Patrick, Dr. Freya Gowrley, and Yuval Etgar
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers, Somerset House, London, England, p. 127
Deborah Roberts, If they come, essay by Daniella Rose King, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi, edited by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, Georgia  

Deborah Roberts: At the Edge of White Spaces, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Washington, Terence Washington, pub. Fictions, New York


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Florida 

The Fountainhead, Florida 

Public Collections

Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh, UK/ American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland
Blanton Museum of Art, Texas 
Block Museum of Art, Illinois 
Brooklyn Museum, New York 
Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas 
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York
LACMA, Los Angeles, California 
ICA Boston, Massachusetts 
Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey 
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston 
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida 
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), California 
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia 
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 
21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, Kentucky 




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