Stan Squirewell

Faculty, Undergraduate Studies
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



Stan Squirewell was born and raised in Washington, DC and currently lives and works in Harlem, NY. His artistic training began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1993.

Mr. Squirewell, is a painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. His work is multilayered and his subject matter, in gist, tackles themes such as: race and memory through mythology, sacred geometry and science. He draws his inspiration from African and Native American history, science fiction, avant-garde jazz and indigenous storytelling.

He is a (2007 MFA) graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied with the late, Grace Hartigan. Mr. Squirewell is the first winner of the Rush Philanthropic and Bombay Sapphire Artisan series. He has performed with Nick Cave (SoundSuits) at the National Portrait Gallery and Jefferson Pinder with G-Fine Arts. He is privately and publicly collected, his works are in the Reginald Lewis Museum, the Robert Steele Collection, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


MFA, Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art

Areas of Expertise

  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Art History

Personal Statement

My work is rooted in my inquisitive drive. This work is the repository for the extensive research that I continuously conduct in order to find answers for the questions that I grapple with about race, identity, memory and life’s dualities. Most recently, my discoveries have taken shape as dreamcatchers and labyrinths. They also emerge as portraitures highlighting features of the black body and at times as abstractions. The process involves etching onto wood, fusing historical and contemporary imagery together, and ceremoniously burning and marking my pieces to create a visual narrative constructed around the Sankofa ideal of looking back to move forward. In this way, I pay homage to the African arts and philosophies, which I so admire and regard as the cradle of all art history and of modern civilization. While looking back I also can’t help but make a commentary on our current condition and the social and political issues that surround us.


Artist Talk, “Art & Advocacy: Creating, Curating and Collecting for Social Justice,” with Sheldon Scott and Melissa Howell, Art on the Vine, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, 2017

Panel Discussion, “Black Matters: 12 African-American Male Artists,” Studio Museum in Harlem, 2015

TEDxWDC, Nothing New Under the Sun,” The ARC, Washington, DC, 2012


I found god in myself: The 40th Anniversayr of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls, Group Exhibition, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, TX, 2017; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 2016

Spiral, Recoil, Group Exhibition, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE, 2017

Art on the Vine, Group Exhibition, Agora Culture, Edgartown, Massachusetts, 2017

The Alchemist, Solo Exhibition, Art in Flux/Harlem Properties, New York, NY, 2016

BRIC Biennial Volume II: Bed Stuy and Crown Heights, Group Exhibition, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2016

And God Said, Solo Exhibition, Rush Philanthropic, New York, NY, 2015

BLACK MATTERS: A Survey of Contemporary African-American Male Artists, Group Exhibition, Museum of Harlem, New York, NY, 2015