Rashaad Newsome’s work examines the visual language of power and status, juxtaposing high and low references to challenge perceived notions of social protocol and hierarchy. Sampling heavily from hip-hop and Pop culture, he selects and appropriates a disparate array of visual components, restructuring them into recognizable statements and symbols. In so doing, Rashaad challenges established ideas of cultural ownership, and illustrates an acutely contemporary understanding of the way socially specific signifiers convey meaning. Rashaad Newsome was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts in New York City before studying Film at Film Video Arts NYC as well as music production and programing at Harvestworks NYC. Newsome has exhibited nationally and internationally at such creditable institutions and Galleries as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; PS1MoMA, New York, NY; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford Connecticut; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia and MUSA, Vienna, Austria. Recent awards include: 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, New York, NY, Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington; 2010 Urban Artist Initiative individual Artist Grant, UAI, New York, NY; 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grant, New York, NY and 2009 BAC Community Arts Regrant, New York, NY.