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Artist House Artist-in-Residence: March 25 – April 8, 2017
Sponsored by The Department of Art and Art History, Lecture and Fine Arts Committee.
Manipulating the authority of representational portraiture, Hackett’s work deconstructs historical ideas of secure identity and fixed-painting techniques in an attempt to clarify his contemporary insecurities about racial and socioeconomic conditions. He examines concepts of double consciousness, highlighting the tension between self and the construction of image. Using an academic multi-layered painting approach his work revises the technical and social fabric rooted in, but not limited to, painting tradition. Often-acknowledging classical method’s incapacities for telling the truth, Hackett stresses the ideas of vulnerability, false glamorization and anxiety of reconciling the past with the present. Kyle Hackett was born in Still Pond, MD and is currently based in Washington, D.C. Hackett earned his MFA in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA in Fine Arts, as a McNair Scholar from the University of Delaware. He has completed multiple residencies including: The League Residency at VYT, NY as recipient of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship, Contemporary Artists Center, NY and Vermont Studio Center, where he was the recipient of the Civil Society Institute Fellowship. Hackett has been invited to attend A.I.R. Studio Paducah. Hackett has received numerous honors and awards, including Best in Show Award at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition, making him the youngest winner in the contest’s history. His work has been featured and written about in the Washington Post and distinguished in the Huffington Post as “Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014”. Additionally, his work is featured in the African American Museum and Library’s STQRY collection in Oakland, CA. Hackett’s work has gained international recognition as part of Dave Bown Projects 11th Semiannual Competition. Hackett’s work is notably supported and collected by Ethan Cohen New York, Wangechi Mutu and University of Delaware’s Museum of African American Art. Hackett has exhibited work in Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Florida (Miami Art Fair) Washington, D.C. and New York. http://www.kylehackettstudio.com