Ernest A. Bryant III, LPI, is an artist and critic with a background in interdisciplinary art. He earned an MFA from Yale University School of Art, where he focused on critical theory, new media and printmaking, and a second MFA in Art Writing & Criticism from the New York School of Visual Arts, where his focus was on art and society’s relationship to nature, molestation, conservation and homelessness. In his work he uses nature, video, image-making, history, positionality, theory and humor to examine the ontological conflicts that arise between different aesthetic and cultural values. He is currently developing a method of augmented drawing that uses line to explore value, labor and its displacement.
Over the years, Bryant has taught mural painting and studio art to teens and worked for a nonprofit Black art organization as an independent exhibition curator. Most recently he taught a class in prison for the Yale Prison Education Initiative, served as a resident critic and teaching fellow at the Yale Norfolk School of Art and was a guest critic in Graphic Design at Pratt Institute. He was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, did a self-designed residency in Santiago, Cuba, and completed a residency at the Shangyuan Art Scene in Beijing, China, after which he taught in China for four years. He has received fellowships for his work from the Jerome Foundation and the Bush Foundation and published the book Surviving the Next Four to Eight Years in the United States of America 2017–2025, For Sufferers of a Recrudescent Ideological KRISIS in 2017.
- Ernest Bryant
- Assistant Professor - SEI Research Fellow