Born Asmara, Eritrea
Lives and works Chicago, Montreal & New York

Education                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whitney Independent Study Program, 2012
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MFA, 2007                                                                                                                                  Concordia University, Montreal, QC, BFA (Photography), 2003                                                                                                                          University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, BA (History), 1996

Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Stranger’s Notebook, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MI, 2016
The Stranger’s Notebook, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK, 2016
Sense of Place, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2013
Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of Seven), Print Studio, Hamilton, ON, 2012
Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of Seven), Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011                                                        Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of Seven), Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY, 2011                                                                                  Mimesis, Marilia Razuk Galeria De Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2011
Dawit L. Petros, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Addis/Chromes, Atelier Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2010                                                                                                                        Remix, Prefix Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2006

Group Exhibitions                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here We Are, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, 2018
Nowhere Is A Place, Bamako Biennale, (Black Athena Collective), Bamako, Mali, 2017                                                                      Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories, Bamako Biennale, Bamako, Mali, 2017
Prospect.4 The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LO, 2017                                                                    Lack of Location, Is My Location, Koenig & Clinton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2017
In Search Of, Transmitter, New York, NY, 2017
Recent Histories, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Ulm, Germany, 2017
In each hand I keep each of my eyes, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA, 2017
Capture Image Festival, Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, 2017
Recent Histories, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York, NY, 2016
Africans in America, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, SA, 2016
Position As Desired, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 2016
Encounters Beyond Borders, Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2016
Race, Love, and Labor, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, 2016
The View From Here, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK, 2015
In Another Place, And Here, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC, 2015
Hopes and Impediments, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL, 2014
Under Another Name, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2014
Race, Love, and Labor, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, 2014
Earth Matters: The Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
Earth Matters: The Land As Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, 2013
American Beauty, Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC, NY, 2013
Whitney ISP Exhibition, Temp Gallery, New York, NY, 2013
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum In Harlem, NY, 2012
Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, 2012                                                                                        Sawdust and Solitude, Artist-In-Residence Exhibition, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, 2012                                                                              Position As Desired, Royal Ontario Museum, Pier 21, The Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax, NS, 2012
Mimesis, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China, 2011                                                                                                              Always Moving Forward, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, 2011                                                                                                                            Don’t Panic, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, SA, 2011
Becoming, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, 2011
The Idea of North, Biscuiterie, Dakar, Senegal, 2011                                                                                                                                              The Production of Space, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2011                                                                                                    Position As Desired, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, 2011
The Laundromat Project, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY, 2010                                                                                                          Made in Woodstock V, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, 2010                                                                                                    Always Moving Forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, 2010                                                                                                                                      Encodings, Artist-In-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2009                                                                                                    Liminal Space, The Lay Up, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
Young Curators: New Ideas 2, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY, 2009
The New Language Makers, Videotage, Hong Kong, China, 2009                                                                                                                          Site Seeing: Explorations of Landscape, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, 2009                                                                            Flow, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2008
Becoming, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI, 2008
Subpoena, Talman + Monroe, Brooklyn, NY, 2008                                                                                                                                            Floating Architectures and Constant Centers: Some Projections, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2008
The Idea of North, Tufts University Gallery, Medford, MA, 2007                                                                                                                                Wedge Retrospective Exhibition, Wedge Gallery, Toronto, ON,                                                                                                                          Faking Death, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, 2006                                                                                                                                   CAA Regional MFA Exhibition, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA, 2006                                                                                                                Alone, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, 2006
Wish, Bagg Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
Visions of Active Citizenship, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 2005                                                                                                                        Strike Black, Observatoire 4, Montreal, QC, 2004                                                                                                                                                        The Lexington Project, Site Specific Installation, Lexington, MA, 2004                                                                                                                    Omiala, Harbour Front Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2004
Transliteration, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON, 2003                                                                                                                                                            1st Art! Exhibition, 1st Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2003                                                                                                                    Translucide, Maison de la Culture, Montreal, QC, 2003                                                                                                                                      Translucid, Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, QC, 2003
Green, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, QC, 2003
Separate Grounds, Gallery VAV, Montreal, QC, 2003
Too Big To Stay Small, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, QC, 2002                                                                                                                  A Relative Proximity, Lotus Eaters Gallery, Montreal, QC, 2002                                                                                                                                XX5, VAV Gallery, Montreal, QC, 2001

Awards and Residencies                                                                                                                                                                                          Visiting Artist, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2017
Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2015-2016                                                                                                        Artist-In-Residence, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL, 2015
Canada Council for the Arts, Long Term Project Grant, 2014-2015
Invisible Borders TransAfrican Photography Collective, Artist-In-Residence, Lagos, Nigeria, 2014                                                                      Whitney Museum, Independent Study Program Fellowship, 2012
Salina Art Center, Artist-in-Residence, Salina, KA, 2012
The Print Studio, Artist-in-Residence, Hamilton, Canada, 2012
McColl Center for Visual Art, Knight Foundation, Artist-In-Residence, 2012
Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant, 2011
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, 2011
Addis Ababa Foto Festival, Artist-In-Residence, Ethiopia, 2010                                                                                                                            Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant, 2008
The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-In-Residence, 2008
Art Matters Foundation, New York, NY, 2007
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Artist-In-Residence, 2007
Montague International Travel Grant, 2007
International Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2006
Bartlett National Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2006                                                                                              Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2005-2007                                                                              Fulbright Fellowship, Canada–United States, 2004–2006
Imperial Tobacco Canada Grant, Montreal, Canada, 2004
Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2004
J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowship, Montreal, Canada, 2004
Fonds québécois de la recherch sur la société et la culture, Research Scholarship, 2004

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Gessell, Paul. “Paraphrasing famous European works of art.” The Ottawa Citizen, 2004
Ghirmay, Huriy. “The Eritrean Diaspora.” Elem Magazine, Issue 14, October-December, 2009                                                                      Goodhand, Margo. “Out of Africa, Into Your Homes”, Winnipeg Free Press, November 11, 2011                                                                              Hagman, Sarah. “Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place.” Improper Bostonian, September 2013
Handelman, Jon. “Re-drawing the Colour Lines.” The McGill Daily, 2004                                                                                                            Harney, Elizabeth. “Shades and Passages: Petros’ colorscapes.” Franklin Art Works, Exhibition Publication, 2012
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“World Remade in Their Image”, The Montreal Gazette. 2003
Khvan, Olga. “Sense of Place Exhibit at the MFA Marks Homecoming for Dawit L. Petros.” Boston Magazine. November 11, 2013
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Lehman, Henry. “Strike Black.” The Montreal Gazette, 2004
Lew, Christopher Y. “A Kind of Blue.” Encodings: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artists-in-Residence, Exhibition Catalogue, 2009
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Wolin, Joseph R. “What Does Art Look Like in America’s Most “Prophetic” City?” Garagevice. com, November 21, 2017
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Public Lectures                                                                                                                                                                                                    Panelist, Here We Are, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, 2018
Visiting Lecture, Decolonising the Archive, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, 2017
Visiting Lecture, Decolonising the Archive, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2017
Visiting Lecture, The Stranger’s Notebook, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, 2016                                                                                Panelist, Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Photography from Africa and the Diaspora, Columbia University, 2016
Visiting Lecture, The Stranger’s Notebook, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON, 2016                                                                      Panelist, Position As Desired, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 2016
Visiting Lecture, The Stranger’s Notebook, The University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2016
Dawit L. Petros In Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Harney, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, 2016
Visiting Lecture, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2016
Art Connect: Dawit L. Petros in Conversation with Osei Bonsu, Tiwani Contemporary, 2015
Four Photographers Speaker Series, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2014                                                                              Invisible Borders, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana, 2014
Invisible Borders, Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria, 2014
Public Lecture, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 2012
Public Lecture, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, 2012
Visiting Lecture, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, 2012
Public Lecture, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, 2012
Visiting Lecture, University of Manitoba, School of Art, Winnipeg, MA, 2011
Panelist, Documenting Diaspora(s), Literary Studies Colloquium, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2011
Panelist, Position As Desired, Symposium, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, 2011
Visiting Lecture, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011
Visiting Lecture, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2011
Panelist, African Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Local & Transnational Spaces, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2011                                            Visiting Lecture, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2011
Visiting Lecture, Department of Photography, The Cooper Union, 2010
Panelist, Imagery and Africa Conference, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2010                                                                      Panelist, The African Art Renaissance, Symposium, World Black Arts Festival, Dakar, Senegal, 2010                                                                  Visiting Lecture, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2010
Panelist, Always Moving Forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, 2010
Public Lecture, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, 2010
Panelist, The Artist’s Voice: Encodings, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2009
Visiting Lecture, UCI/OCMA Speaker Series, University of California, Irvine, CA, 2009
Visiting Lecture, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Panelist, The Artist’s Voice: Flow, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2008
Visiting Lecture, The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, 2007
Visiting Lecture, Tufts University, Boston, MA, 2007
Panelist, Alone, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, 2006
Public Lecture, Pre x Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2006
Visiting Lecture, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, 2006

Collections                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BMO Financial Group, 1st Art Collection, Toronto, ON
The Center For Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Gallery 44, Silver Editions, Toronto, ON
Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands Infor Global Solutions, Alpharetta, GA
Saskatchewan Arts Council, Regina, SK
Stanley Mills Collection, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
The University of Toronto Art Museum, Toronto, ON
The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
Wedge Curatorial Project, Toronto, ON