Shawn Theodore

(b. 1970, Stuttgart)

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Currently based in Philadelphia.



Temple University, BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising



Getty Images ARRAY Grant, Recipient

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship, Nominee

Magnum Foundation Fund: Nominee


The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship: Nominee



SPACES - Artist in Residence
Village of Arts and Humanities Project: "Home Court"

solo exhibitions


One Leaf Does Not a Cypress Make’ | Hudson Valley Community College, The Teaching Gallery | Curator, Tara Fracalossi


'Church of Broken Pieces' | Richard Beavers Gallery, NYC | Curator, Richard Beavers

'Future Antebellum' | Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia, PA | Curators, James Claiborne and Noah Smalls

'Ctrl+P' | Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

'Church of Broken Pieces' | African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA | Curator, Brittany Webb


Shawn Theodore, xST' | Breakfast, Santa Barbara, CA


‘The Avenues’, Painted Bride Art Center | Philadelphia, PA


Storyville Presents: The A / V / E : The Audio Visual Experiment’ | Scribe Video Center

The Avenues, Uptown & GTown’ | Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

murals / outdoor


‘Aizen’ mural at 990 Spring Garden, in conjunction with the Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

"A Reminder"  (2017) Shawn Theodore in Elfreth's Alley. Part of "Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition"

"A Reminder" (2017) Shawn Theodore in Elfreth's Alley. Part of "Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition"

group exhibitions


Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art” | Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL

"Between Now & Then; Life in the Bardos", Noorwood Club, NYC

Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora”, Steven Kasher Gallery, Chelsea, NYC | Curators, Cassandra Johnson and Niama Sandy

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks | The Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt, Boston, MA | Curator, Darci Hanna

Shabazz / Theodore: The Photography of Jamel Shabazz and Shawn Theodore | SNAP! Space, Orlando, FL | Curators, Patrick and Holly Khan


PRIZM Art Fair | Art Basel week, Miami, FL

'InVision Photo Festival' | Bethlehem, PA

'We Are Stronger Together' | Rush Arts Philadelphia, in partnership with The Barnes Foundation and Art Sanctuary | Curator, Oshun D. Layne

Shawn Theodore, works from  'Future Antebellum'  at 'We Are Stronger Together' | Rush Arts Philadelphia

Shawn Theodore, works from 'Future Antebellum' at 'We Are Stronger Together' | Rush Arts Philadelphia

Sanford Biggers and ensemble


Participant/Actor in 'Duchamp in the Congo (Suburban Invasion)' 1999/2017 | Sanford Biggers, Xaviera Simmons and Michael Stablein | The Barnes Foundation ‘Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie’.



Let’s Connect: Philly’s Artists Take on the Barnes

Lyric - Creative Suites for the Modern Traveler

  • Philadelphia

  • Minnesota

  • Dallas


‘Fevered Dreams, Fractured Times’, Mark Jason Weston at Imperfect Gallery

artist talks, panels and lectures



Niama Safia Sandy, Curator, and Artists Nona Faustine, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and Shawn Theodore

A discussion of the upcoming exhibition Refraction: New Photography of Africa and its Diaspora on view at Steven Kasher Gallery from April 19 through June 2, 2018, which looks at reframing blackness through visual art and challenging existing representations of black life.


PhotoNative 2018, Provo, UT | Street Portraiture: Best Practices & Methods

Creative Photography Mentor | Village Arts |  Philadelphia


Art Sanctuary, closing reception artist talk with host/moderator Sharon Chestnut | Philadelphia, PA

Art Sanctuary, artist talk with PaFA Low-Res students | Philadelphia, PA

National Constitution Center 'Revolutionary: Artist Panel’ A conversation with four of the Revolutionary artists – Shawn Theodore, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Lisa Kelley, and Yasmine Mustafa | Philadelphia, PA,

African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA' Films at AAMP: ‘A Moving Image’ Screening & Artists’ Talk. Activist, scholar and artist Nehad Khader will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A between director Shola Amoo and photographer, Shawn Theodore.

African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA' Films at AAMP: ‘Black Girl + Merkato' A conversation between filmmaker Sosena Solomon and photographer Shawn Theodore.

Shawn Theodore in discussion with Oh, Snap! PPAC

Shawn Theodore in discussion with Oh, Snap! PPAC

Philadelphia Weekly: Picture power: Photography and women’s empowerment collide with Oh, Snap! at the PPAC






First Person Arts Festival, National Museum of American Jewish History - Panelist, ‘My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me'  | Philadelphia, PA

First Person Arts Festival, WHYY Studios, Philadelphia, PA Panelist A Letter to My Father / A Letter to My Son' City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and First Person Arts | Philadelphia, PA

Shawn Theodore with Dr. Brandi Summers, VCU | Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University - Guest Lecturer ‘The Black Artist In Perspective’ (Secondary Link) To hear the interview with with African American Studies instructor Chioke I’Anson, PhD, please visit this link. | Richmond, VA






Temple University,  Aperture Agency - Guest Lecturer | Philadelphia, PA



Apple, Instagram Launch Campaign: Instyle (main image), Yahoo Finance (main image),  TIME.


Apple, QWERTY Campaign. Officially premiered during ‘Apple Special Event, October 2016’, please forward to 1:19:49 in video.

Featured Articles


PDN Cover Feb 2018


PDN (Photo District News), The Social Media Issue, February 2018. Cover, and the article on photographers photo editors have found through Instagram.


Smithsonian Magazine Covers, September 2016. (Left to Right) Lorna Simpson, Shawn Theodore, Delphine Diallo, Amy Sherald.

New Republic, 'Backstory' 2015

Hycide Magazine, 2016



The Review Panel Philadelphia, An Evening of Critical Debate. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA. David Cohen discusses this edition of the Review Panel, here on InLiquid.

 ArtBlog: Self-made saints – Dawoud Bey and Shawn Theodore at the AAMP

Philadelphia Tribune: 'Black resilience focus of AAMP photo exhibits'