Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, RI in 1965. She graduated in 1992 from yhe School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and in 1993 he Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME. Gallagher has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including at the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (2001); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2005); Tate Modern, London, UK (2018); and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2023). She has also participated in several group exhibitions, including New Work, Drawings Today, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (1997); Stranger in the Village, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2003); The Living Years. Art After 1989, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2012); Riffs and Relations. African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, The Phillips, Collection, Washington, DC (2020); and Entangled Pasts, 1768–now. Art, Colonialism and Change, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2024). Gallagher currently lives and works between New York, NY and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Bio updated as of 2023.