Renée Stout
American, born 1958



Zanatta Editions and Renée Stout have collaborated on more than a dozen projects from 1998 to the present, producing more than fifty editioned prints, photographs and neon sculpture, and dozens of unique monotypes. The partnership has produced some of the iconic images within Stout’s body of work (works now found in numerous museum collections), such as the lithographs “A Vision I Can’t Forget” and “Marie Laveau,” the “Red Room at Five” and “The Return” photoworks, and the “I Can Heal” neon sculpture.

Renée Stout was born in Junction City, Kansas and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has lived and worked in Washington, DC, for decades, where she has become a fixture of the arts community. Finding inspiration in African cultural roots and African-American traditions, she also does not shy away from contemporary issues. Stout creates sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings, photographs and prints, deftly using whatever medium seems appropriate for her artistic vision.

Major one-person exhibitions (with catalogs) include “Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman” (Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston,SC, 2013 and additional venues through 2016); “Readers, Advisors, and Storefront Churches” (Belger Arts Center, 2002, and additional venues); “Dear Robert: I’ll Meet You at the Crossroads (University of California/Santa Barbara, 1995, and additional venues); “Astonishment and Power” (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 1993-94).

Recent one-person exhibitions include Moody Gallery at the University of Alabama (2020), Kohler Center for the Arts, Sheboygan, WI (2018), Sean Scully Studio, NY (2017), and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit (2016). Major group exhibitions include “AfriCOBRA” (2018) and “Portraits of Who We Are” at David Driskell Center at University of Maryland (2018). One-person exhibitions of her paintings and sculpture were most-recently held in 2015 and 2018 at Hemphill Fine Arts, her long-term gallery in Washington.

Stout’s work is in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Cleveland Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts. High Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, National Gallery of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and numerous other institutions.

Stout has been recognized by numerous foundations and institutions, receiving grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and recognized with the Anonymous Was A Woman Award, the Driskell Prize from the High Museum (2011), Sondheim Prize from the Baltimore Art Museum (2012), and Lifetime Achievement Awards from Women’s Caucus for Art (2018).

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Renée Stout signs completed impressions of her “Alchemy of Healing” color lithograph at her Washington, DC studio in December, 2019.

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