EJ Hill’s practice focuses on everyday experiences that intermingle public struggle, endurance, trauma, and joy—whether within athletics, religion, the American education system, or amusement parks through sculpture, installation, music, performance, and painting. His artworks are a form of embodied pedagogy, where he offers his viewers the tools to witness and feel things that might help unravel restrictive and harmful ideologies. Much of what he knows, he has learned from: Estelle Thompson, Karen Thompson, Ernest Hill Jr., Margaret Nomentana, Joan Giroux, Adam Brooks and Mat Wilson (Industry of the Ordinary), Andrea Fraser, Mario Ybarra Jr., Matt Austin, Young Chung, Adam Feldmeth, Jordan Casteel, TLC, Lauryn Hill, and Augie Grahn. He is forever indebted to these educators and thanks them endlessly.

Notable Teaching Experience

Harvard University at The Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge

Notable Solo Exhibitions

Brake Run Helix at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts, 2022)

Wherever we will to root at OXY ARTS (Los Angeles, 2022)

The Lily League at the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery (Harvard University, 2020)

An Unwavering Tendency Toward the Center of a Blistering Sun at Company Gallery (New York, 2018)

Notable Group Exhibitions

Whitney Biennial 2022 Quiet as It’s Kept at Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2022)

For a Dreamer of Houses at Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, 2020)

Made in L.A. 2018 at Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, 2018)

Rendez-Vous | Lyon Biennale at Institut d’art Contemporain (Villeurbanne, 2017)

Future Generation Art Prize 2017, 57th Venice Biennale (Venice, 2017)

Public Collections Include

Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)

Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)

The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY)

Institut d’art Contemporain (Villeurbanne, France)

Hammer Museum of Art (Los Angeles, USA)


He has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker, among others.

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Rises in the East, 2021, Prospect.5 New Orleans: Yesterday we said tomorrow, Photo: Alex Marks