Titus Kaphar

New York City and New Haven

Titus Kaphar will build on his visually arresting, semi-autobiographical investigation of the criminal justice system through paint, tar, and canvas. Working with community partners, Kaphar will employ New Haven youth to help finish The Jerome Project’s new multi-media extension, paying forward his own escape from incarceration through the discovery of his artistic talents.


Bio: Titus Kaphar was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and lives and works between New York and Connecticut. His artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums.  He has exhibited his work at Savannah College of Art and Design; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Seattle Art Museum; and many of his pieces are featured in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; the Seattle Art Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Studio Museum. In late 2014, TIME magazine commissioned Kaphar to create an artwork in response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. He received an MFA from the Yale School of Art, and is the distinguished recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship.

Photo: Courtesy Titus Kaphar.