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Damon Locks

Damon Locks


Damon Locks. Photo by  Sebastián Hidalgo

Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in fine arts. Since 2014 he has been working with Prisons and Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Correctional Center teaching art.  He is a recipient of the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Achievement Award in the Arts and the 2016 MAKER Grant. He operated as an Artist Mentor in the Chicago Artist Coalition program FIELD/WORK. In 2017 he became a Soros Justice Media Fellow. In 2019, he became a 3Arts Awardee. Currently he works as an artist in residence as a part of the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ SPACE Program, introducing civically engaged art into the curriculum at the high school, Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy. Damon leads a group titled Black Monument Ensemble and is a founding member of the ban The Eternals.

Damon Locks-designed cover of Printmaking Today, Winter 2020 issue. Pictured: Redraw the Lines in Heavy Black Ink, 2017, screenprint, 24 x 18 inches.






Installation view of Damon Locks’ digital collages (on rear wall) in “The Long Dream” at the MCA Chicago, November 7, 2020 – January 17, 2021


The World Is a Different Place


For more information on available works, please email info@goldfinchgallery.org or call 708-714-0937.

Damon Locks performs for “Gray Sound” at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry



read more:

Damon Locks Interviewed in The Believer

3arts.org: Damon Locks

Bandcamp: Where Future Unfolds album by Damon Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble

Chicago Humanities: Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble

Jetfuelreview: Interview with Damon Locks

Chicago polymath Damon Locks honors a heritage of black culture and resistance

Damon Locks: Jamie L. Hayes