Noah Jemisin was born in Birmingham, AL and obtained an MFA degree from University of Iowa, in 1974. His extensive travels in Africa, Europe and Asia over the years have helped him to develop an approach to life and art that enables him to synthesize into a distinct and dynamic whole the various components of his identity and create work that strives tomake meaning of his personal history as well as the ambiguities and contradictions of contemporary culture. There is a great deal of critical experience, of knowledge and admiration of art historical precedents in his work as well as an
ever sensitive deftly balanced interaction between modernism’s formal concern’s with a belief in the emotive potential of painting. Solo exhibitions include Just Above Midtown Gallery (JAM), Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 22 Wooster Gallery, Myungsook Lee Gallery, Minor Injury Gallery, Broadway Windows, all in New York City, Lattuada Studio,Milan, Italy, the Hillwood Art Museum, the College of Charleston (a retrospective) and the Oswego New York Museum. He is included in the exhibition Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces, Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA), New York, October 9 , 2022 – February 18, 2023. JAM was an art gallery that welcomed artists and visitors of many generations and races in New York City from 1974 until 1986. A hub for Conceptual, abstraction, performance, and
video, JAM expanded the idea of Black art and encouraged both critiques of and thinking beyond the
commercialization of art. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Noah Jemisin: Paintings-1970s-1980s, Skoto Gallery, New York, October 13-November 26, 2022; and “Back to B’ham”, a survey exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL.; Spring 2024. He is represented in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, the Museum of Art at the University of Iowa, Montclair Museum of Art, Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Miami-Dade Public Library, Florida. Awards include New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a travel grant from Arts International, Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Bronx River Art Gallery, Bronx, New York.