Danny Giles

Danny Giles (USA) is an artist and educator based in Amsterdam. Prior to joining the Piet Zwart Institute as Interim Course Director, he served as Academic Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI and taught courses in studio art and theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Giles holds an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University, a BFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. His interdisciplinary practice uses varied approaches to material, performance, and research to explore ruptures and contradictions within representational systems. In addition to his artistic practice, Giles has produced workshops, screenings, and publications for organizations including The Black Artists’ Retreat (Chicago, IL), Gallery 400 (Chicago, IL), the Great Poor Farm Experiment (Little Wolf, WI), and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Seattle, WA). Giles’ work has been performed, screened, and exhibited in venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Tufts University Art Galleries, The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Smack Mellon, and El Museo Tamayo.