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Photograph of Kyle Hackett

Kyle Hackett Asst Professor Department of Art

MFA in Painting, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art

BFA in Fine Art, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, University of Delaware

Kyle Hackett (b. Still Pond, MD) earned his MFA from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA in Fine Arts as a McNair Scholar from the University of Delaware. His paintings explore issues of race, class, and social standing through approaches to self-representation and the constructed image.

Hackett has received numerous honors and awards, including the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship and Grant, the Civil Society Institute Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center Residency, The Ruth Katzman Scholarship at The League Residency in New York, Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition. He was a semifinalist in the 2016 and 2019 BP Portrait Award (London), honorable mention in the 2019 Art Olympia International Open Art Competition (Tokyo), and a finalist in the 2020 Prisma Art Prize (Rome) and the Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting in 2021, and selected for the ArtFields Competition in 2022 and 2023.

Hackett's work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, the Washington Post, Aesthetica Magazine (UK) and distinguished as "Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014" in the Huffington Post. Hackett received A Mayoral Salute from the City of Baltimore for his solo exhibition and artist talk "Rate of Contingency" at Baltimore City Hall. His work is represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and notably collected by Ethan Cohen Gallery (New York), Wangechi Mutu Studio, University Museums at the University of Delaware, University of Maryland, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Capital One Lounge permanent collection at the Dulles International Airport, the Trawick Foundation and more. Recent exhibitions include The Prisma Art Prize in Rome, Italy, and Return to Self & The Constructed Image, a solo exhibition in Staunton, VA.

Hackett returns to American University, having previously held teaching positions at James Madison University, American University, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Montgomery College.
See Also
Kyle Hackett's Website
Goya Contemporary
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Fall 2023

  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum