• Deb Sokolow is a Chicago-based artist and writer whose text-driven, diagrammatic drawings and artist books blend fact with fiction and speculate both comically and critically on a variety of topics, including architecture, the details of shadowy histories, the foibles of heads of state, organizational brainwashing and the lives of geniuses.

    Born in Davis, CA

    Solo Exhibitions

    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL (November)
    Smith Center for the Arts, Providence College, Providence, RI
    The Stolbun Collection, Chicago, IL
    Illinois State University, Normal, IL
    The Reading Room, Dallas, TX
    G Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
    PRINTtEXT, Indianapolis, IN
    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
    Ski Club, Milwaukee, WI
    Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
    Matrix 166, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
    Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
    Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, WI
    Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
    Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
    Inova [Institute of Visual Arts], Milwaukee, WI
    40000, Chicago, IL
    Polvo, Chicago, IL
    12x12, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, KY
    Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
    Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
    Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago, IL
    Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
    South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
    The Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
    Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
    The Carnegie, Covington, KY
    The Mission, Chicago, IL
    Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
    Roman Susan, Chicago, IL
    Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
    Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
    CAM [Contemporary Art Museum] Raleigh, NC
    Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    G Fine Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
    Center for Visual Art, Metro State University of Denver, CO
    Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
    Longhouse Projects, New York, NY
    A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
    The 4th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece
    The Drawing Center, New York, NY (catalog)
    Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany (catalog)
    Invisible-Exports, New York, NY
    Künstlerhaus Speckstrasse, Hamburg, Germany
    319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY
    Columbia College, Chicago, IL
    Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
    Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium
    Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
    Doomsday Film Festival, 92YTribeca, New York, NY
    Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
    FFDG, San Francisco, CA
    School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
    Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
    Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
    Baer Ridgway Projects, San Francisco, CA
    Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (catalog)
    Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
    Synchronicity, Los Angeles, CA
    Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
    Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
    Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL
    Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
    Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX
    3Arts Club, Chicago, IL
    Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
    School of the Art Institute Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

    Publications and Commissioned Projects for Print

    Mr. Vladimir Putin's Photo With Women, a four-page spread for BOMB Magazine, fall 2018 issue
    Visitors’ Guide and Novella for Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
    Inclusion in The Best American Comics 2017, edited by Ben Katchor and Bill Kartalopoulos, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Illustration for Art Journal
    Inclusion in Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing, essay by Claire Gilman, Curator of the Drawing Center, edited by Phaidon Press
    Drawings for art magazine, Paletten (Sweden), guest-edited by Maria Lind
    Comic for Creative Time’s Comics project, curated by Shane Brennan


    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
    Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
    Thomas J Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA
    University of Southern California Libraries, Los Angeles, CA
    The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
    Daniel Boone Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School, Chicago, IL
    DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
    The Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
    The University of Miami Special Collections Library, Coral Gables, FL
    The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

    Residencies, Fellowships and Awards

    Artadia Award (Chicago): The Fund for Art and Dialogue
    Artist-in-Residence, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Dale, Norway
    International Artists Residency, Art Omi, Ghent, NY
    Works-in-Progress Residency, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
    Smart Museum Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Boone Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School, Chicago, IL
    Frankel Anderson Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center
    Visual Arts Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council

    Visiting Artist Lectures and Panels

    Visiting Artist, University of Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, Providence College, Providence, RI
    Visiting Artist, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
    Visiting Artist, Metro State University, Denver, CO
    Visiting Artist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
    Visiting Artist, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Panelist, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
    Visiting Artist, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
    Visiting Artist, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
    Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
    Panelist, College Art Association, Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
    Visiting Artist, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
    Visiting Artist, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
    Visiting Artist, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    Visiting Artist, New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY
    Visiting Artist, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
    Panelist, Contemporary Artists and Issues, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, University of California, Davis, CA
    Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
    Visiting Artist, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
    Artists Connect Lecture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Visiting Artist, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL


    2004 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    1996 BFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    LEO Weekly. Taylor, Kaylyn. "'Conspiratorial Aesthetics,' compelling"
    Burnaway. "Close Look: 'Conspiratorial Aesthetics' at the University of Louisville"

    Hyperallergic. Dalla Villa Adams, Amanda. "A New Contemporary Art..."

    Artnews. Freeman, Nate. “Hirshhorn Acquires…”
    Vulture. Riesman, Abraham. “8 Comics to Read in October”
    Glasstire. Knudson, Rainey and Rees, Christina. “Top Five..."
    Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU Blog. “Guest Blogger Deb Sokolow”
    D Magazine. Ratcliff, Darryl. “The Dallas Art Fair...”
    Chicago Reader. “Chicago Responds to President Trump”
    Idaho Mountain Express. Kerstetter, Andy. “Figuring out whom to trust…”
    Third Coast Review. Musich, Susan. “Presidential Library Project…”
    Loyola Phoenix. Ruiz, Miguel. “Loyola’s Fine Arts Complex...”
    Art Ltd. Yood, James. “2016 Top Ten List”
    Hyperallergic. Yau, John. “A Few Thoughts About 2016”

    Hyperallergic. Yau, John. "Vanity, Thy Name is Man"
    Washington Post. Jenkins, Mark. "Deb Sokolow: Debate Stage..."
    New City. Barton, Brit. "Deb Sokolow"
    BmoreArt. Hannum, Terence. "Politics, Smoke, and Mirrors–And Drawings"
    Denver Post. Rinaldi, Ray Mark. “James Gillray: Shocking satire two centuries old”
    Westword. Paglia, Michael. "CVA Votes for Political Satire and Caricatures, Both Old and New"
    New American Paintings. Fiore, Brad. "Deb Sokolow's Thoughts on Men"
    The Magazine Antiques. Hickson, Patricia. “Meeting Ground”
    Northwestern Libaries Blog. List, Cara. “Northwestern professor’s ‘artist’s books’ on display in Deering”
    NewCity Art. Cardoza, Kerry. “Fear and Loathing in U.S. Politics”

    Washington Post. Jenkins, Mark. "In the galleries: Anything but simplicity in these drawings"
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wilson, Calvin. "Contemporary Art Museum exhibition shows the art of being an artist"
    Daily Serving. Yates, Calder. "HA HA! BUSINESS! at Luis De Jesus"
    New City. Zarley, B. David. "Review: The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious/Western Exhibitions"
    Midtown Magazine. Fellerath, David. “Drawing the Line: Indie Art Makes a Big Show at CAM Raleigh”
    Dallas Observer. Smart, Lauren.
    The Comp Magazine. Alamo-Costello, Chester. “Manipulative Individuals and Shadowy Histories”

    The Art Assignment, PBS. Green, Sarah Urist (host). “The Art Assignment: Deb Sokolow, Stakeout!”
    Artnet. Davis, Ben. “Hidden Gems of Miami’s Satellite Art Fairs”
    Inside/Within. Sierzputowski, Kate. "Deb Sokolow's Fictionalized Blueprints"
    Two Coats of Paint. McPherson, Heather Leigh. "Miami, Part III: Heather Leigh McPherson attends a Bomb discussion, Untitled (Deb Sokolow)."
    Bad at Sports. Blake, Kevin. “Our Calamity is our Providence”
    The Seen. Demaree, Joshua Michael. “Profile of the Artist/ Deb Sokolow”

    New York Times. Schwendener, Martha. "An Installation of Dirty Politics and Illusion"
    New York Times. Johnson, Ken. "When How It Looks Matters More Than What It Says"
    Modern Art Notes Podcast. Green, Tyler. “Interview: Deb Sokolow”
    Artforum.com. Lee, Nathaniel. “How I Wrote Elastic Man”
    Art Ltd. Yood, James. "Critic's Picks: Chicago"
    Chicago Tribune. Waxman, Lori.
    Hartford Courant. Dunne, Susan. "Atheneum Showcases Art of Political Paranoia"
    Hartford Advocate. Bisbort, Alan. "Crazy and Gullible"
    Bad At Sports. Holland, Richard. "Deb Sokolow Interview"
    The Culture Trip. Ransom, Jessica. "Fact, Fiction, Paranoia and Conspiracy Theories in the work of Deb Sokolow"
    Visual Art Source. Dluzen, Robin. "Deb Sokolow"
    Chicago Art Review. Reiner, Todd. "Deb Sokolow @ Western Exhibitions"

    Art:21 Blog. Polson, Jamilee. "Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures"
    Gallerist NY. Russeth, Andrew.
    theartblog.org. Arthurs, Maegan. "Hilarious paranoia in Deb Sokolow’s All Your Vulnerabilities Will Be Assessed at Moore"

    Artforum.com. Droitcour, Brian. “Deb Sokolow: Abrons Art Center”
    Art:21 Blog. Picard, Caroline. "Caution, You Are Being Watched: Deb Sokolow and You"
    ARTnews. Miranda, Carolina A. "Comic Relief"
    Phoenix New Times. Peterson, Sativa. "SMoCA's Latest Exhibit Gives Glimpse Into the Lives of Its Artists"
    Arizona Republic. Nilsen, Richard. "3 exhibits illustrate new vigor at SMoCA"
    Chicago Tribune. Waxman, Lori. “An alternative reading list”
    ArtSlant. Ritchie, Abraham. “Read the Fine Print”
    Daily Serving. Spurgeon, Marta. "Skip the Trip to the Library"
    WBEZ. Amer, Robin. "Artist Deb Sokolow makes conspiracy theories come alive in graphic style"

    Artforum.com. Ise, Claudine. “Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out”
    ArtinAmerica.com. Oh, Janet. “Production Site MCA Chicago”
    Chicago Tribune. Waxman, Lori. “A look inside the artist's studio”
    ArtSlant. Ritchie, Abraham. “Chicago's Best of 2010”
    Flavorpill.com. Lund, Karsten. “Daily Dose Pick: Deb Sokolow”
    New City. Golden-McNerney, Regan. “Deb Sokolow”
    ArtSlant. Ritchie, Abraham. “Do I want to Believe?”
    Huffington Post. Klein, Paul. “Text Matters”
    Flavorpill. Smigasiewicz, Beatrice. “Editor's Pick: Deb Sokolow”
    Jettison Quarterly. Carter, Kristen. “Making Sense of Our Paranoia with Deb Sokolow.”
    Chicago Tribune. Waxman, Lori. “Deb Sokolow”
    ArtSlant. Ritchie, Abraham. “The Slant on Deb Sokolow”
    Timeout Chicago. Weinberg, Lauren. “Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out”
    Gaper’s Block. Lendman, John. “Inside the Artist's Studio at the MCA”
    New City. Foumberg, Jason. “Review: Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside Out”
    Artnet.com. Velez, Pedro. “Chicago Build Up”

    Artforum.com. Ise, Claudine. “Critics’ Picks: Heartland”
    Dagens Nyheter. Lind, Maria. “Hjärtpunkten Chicago [At the Heart of Chicago]”
    Chicago Tribune. Viera, Lauren. “Gallery winners from Sokolow, Harrison”
    Beautifuldecay.com. “Deb Sokolow”
    Artslant.com. Gunn, Dan. “Reassessing MiddleCoast Art”
    Timeout Chicago. Weinberg, Lauren. “Heartland”
    Badatsports.com. “Episode 201: Deb Sokolow”
    New City. Calder, Jaime. “Review: Deb Sokolow/Spertus Museum”
    Chicago Tribune. Viera, Lauren. “Artist Deb Sokolow, revealed”
    New City. Foumberg, Jason. “Eye Exam: Smartland”

    Chicago Tribune. Viera, Lauren. “Ones to watch”
    Kansas City Star. Thorson, Alice. “Kemper mystery exhibit is a you-dunit”
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Miranda July meets Mark Lombardi”
    Express Milwaukee. Motlani. Aisha. “Pictorial Paranoia”
    Vital Source. Moriarty, Judith Ann. “Drawing Conclusions”
    Elms, Anthony. Essay for The trouble with people you don’t know
    Timeout Chicago. Mojica, Jason. “Mapping the Self”
    The Lost Review. Velez, Pedro. “Alive and Kicking in Chicago”

    Artnet. Orden, Abraham.
    Chicago Magazine. Topor, Joanna. “After Paschke”

    Art Papers. Elms, Anthony. “Deb Sokolow”
    Chicago Sun-Times. Nance, Kevin. “On paper, MCA show is a smash”
    Chicago Tribune. Artner, Alan.
    Centerstage Chicago. Hinkel, Joanne. “Deb Sokolow draws Chicago in”
    New City. Foumberg, Jason.

    Chicago Tribune. Artner, Alan. “Putting post-9/11 fear on the map: Sokolow’s dark vision at the MCA”
    Art on Paper. Hixson, Kathryn.
    Chicago Tribune. Storch, Charles. “Pirates invade Chicago”
    Chicago Magazine. Wilk, Deborah. “Studio City”
    Chicago Tribune. Artner, Alan. "…Early Adopters…"
    Punk Planet.

    NYFA Quarterly. “Raves”

    Chicago Reader. Stamets, Bill. “Deb Sokolow puts herself in the picture”