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Riley explains that his most recent works, "are part of an ongoing body of paintings and drawings that explore issues related to lived experiences of black bodies today. Most of works were made in Rome, Italy in 2016-17. Specifically, I am looking at the concept of the black body as having been manipulated into a meta–icon efficient at accepting a variety of stereotypes, misrepresentations and expectations. Infinite Receptors also aims to cast light onto historic and contemporary aspects of the greater human condition and how social manifestations of subjugation are linked to the iconography of race. The work is aimed not at didactic readings of politics or current events but rather at pushing the viewer to think about the deeper consequences of our collective behavior while communicating about the vulnerability and suffering of human beings"


Enrico Riley was born in Waterbury, CT in 1973 and is a Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He currently lives in Norwich, VT. Riley received a BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College and an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Rome Prize in Visual Arts, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize in painting and a Jacobus Family Fellowship through Dartmouth College. He has exhibited work at The American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia, The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, The Museum for the National Center of Afro-American Arts in Roxbury, MA, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Rome, Italy, Rhode Island School of Design Ehp, Rome, Italy, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, Pageant Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City, The Painting Center in New York City, SACI School of Art Florence, Italy, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT,Pageant Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA


1996 – 1998 MFA: Painting Yale School of Art

1991 – 1995 BA: Visual Studies Dartmouth College


Grants and Awards

2018 New Directions in Humanities Scholarship and Arts Practice, Dartmouth College 

2017 American Academy in Rome Project Fund Award

2016 Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts, American Academy in Rome

2013 Jacobus Family Fellowship, Dartmouth College

2009 – 2012 Walter and Constance Burke Research Award, Dartmouth College

April 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

May 2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize

July 2000 Paul Harper Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship

1996 – 1998 Phillip Morris Fellowship

1997 Schollkopf Traveling Prize, Yale School of Art

1995 – 1996 Visual Studies Internship, Dartmouth College

1995 Afro-American Society Award for Academic Excellence, Dartmouth

1995 High Honors and Academic Citations in Visual Studies, Dartmouth

1994 Mellon Fellowship Finalist


Selected Solo Exhibitions

March 2018  The Receptors, Volta Art Fair, New York, New York

Oct 2017  Infinite Receptors New Work, Jaffe Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 

Feb 2017  Infinite Receptors, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy March  

March 2015 Surfer’s Delight, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT,

Feb 2014 Enrico Riley: Recent Work, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH

Feb 2013 Portable Vision, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Oct 2012 Portable Vision, Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College

July 2012 Nonthropology, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

April 2012 The Open Window, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

May 2012 Around The Kitchen Table, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Sept 2009 Enrico Riley, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College

Sept 2009 Stars and Constellations, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH

April 2008 Golden Cup, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

July 2004 Sounding Silence, The Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH



Sept 2015  Giant Steps displayed as part of permanent collection exhibition at Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond VA

Aug 2015  Prime Matter, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden (group)

Jan 2015  About Face: Contemporary Self-Portraiture, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH (group)

Dec 2014  Fusion: Art of the 21st Century, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA (group)

Jan 2014  Simply Drawn: Gifts to the Columbus Museum from the Collection of Wynn Kramarsky, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Georgia (group)




Oct 2017  I Can’t Breathe (First Movement) Images by Enrico Riley, Music by Jonathan Berger, Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Oct 2017  I Can’t Breathe, CCRMA Concert, Images by Enrico Riley, Music by Jonathan Berger, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Feb 2017  Sicilian Vespers and the Tunisian Matins, Cinque Mostre, Images by Enrico Riley, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

Oct 2016  Inauguration, American Academy in Rome, Images by Enrico Riley, Music by Jonathan Berger, Violin by Lavia Sohn, Rome, Italy

Sept 2003  Lone Wolf Recital Corps Performance, Terry Atkins and Enrico Riley, Faulkner Recital Hall, Dartmouth College


Selected Two and Three Person Exhibitions

Nov 2005 Polar/Solar, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

April 2003 Enrico Riley and Kevin Strickland, Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions 

Sept 2015 The Abstract Body, Sharon Arts Center Gallery, Peterborough, NH

Aug 2015 Faculty Show, New Hampshire Institute for the Arts, Manchester, NH

Oct 2014 Prime Matter, SenaSpace Gallery, New York, New York

July 2014 Summer Cut, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

June 2014 Beyond Measure, SEABA Gallery Burlington, VT 

July 2013 Mostly White, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY

May 2012 The Figure, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

April 2012 FountainHead, The Art Foundation, Dallas, TX

March 2012 SCOPE International Art Fair, New York, NY

Sept 2011 Summer Paper, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY

Nov 2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Sept 2010 On Paper: Painted, Printed, Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY

Jan 2009 Rag and Bone, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sept 2007 Color as Structure: Structure as Color, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY

July 2007 The Grid, Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY

March 2006 Rhythmic Brushwork, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

Dec 2005 The Ending of the Beginning:Our First Twelve, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

Oct 2005 Rhythmic Brushwork,The Karl Drerup Art Gallery,Plymouth State University,Plymouth,NH

Aug 2005 Rhythmic Brushwork, Museum for the National Center of Afro-American Arts, Roxbury, MA

Dec 2004 Rhythmic Brushwork, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY

May 2004 Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY 

March 2004 Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

July 2000 Black & White, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA



September 2016 Rome Prize Fellowship 

August 2013 Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

June 2001 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

July 2000 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT



Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

Werner Kramarsky Drawing Collection, New York, NY

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


Selected Publications and Press

Miller, Peter Benson, “Essential Forms”, catalog essay, October 2017

Lansdowne, John, “Weapons For Remembering”, catalog essay, October 2017 

Rowell, Dr. Charles, Enrico Riley: Paintings, Callaloo, A Literary Journal of African

Diaspora Arts and Letters, (Forthcoming) 

Smith, Nicola, “Painter Takes Long View of US”, Valley News,, October 5, 2017 

App, Molly, “Profile: Enrico Riley”,  Art New England,, September/October, 2017 

Nero, Michele Nero, “Art and Vision of the World at the American Academy”, Artribune,, March, 25th,2017 

Smith, Nicola, “Year in Review”, Valley News,, December, 29th, 2016 Smith, Nicola, “Painters Get a Space for Conversation at Tip Top”, Valley News,, 2016

Volpe, Christopher,“About Face: Self-portraiture in Contemporary Art”,Art New England Online,, June , 2015

Stephen Dillon,“Three American Painters Engage in a Dialogue on Primitivism and Expression”, Artsy, March 26, 2015, americanpainters-engage-in-a-dialogue

Finch, D. Zach, and Riley, Enrico, “Chiamsus”, Fourth and Verse, Ithaca, NY, 2013

Wilkin, Karen, “Portable Vision”, catalog essay, October, 2012

Butler,Sharon,“Quick Study: Geometry,Gesture,and Get Outta Town”,Two Coats of Paint,, May 18, 2012

Kohler,William Eckhardt, “Art Fair Madness Last Weekend: Two Picks”, WordPress,, March 14,2012,

“NYC Art Fair Recap”,The Ballast NYC,WordPress,, March 12, 2012

Tucker, Mona Lisa, “Art is Whatever You Make of It”, The Collegian, Oct 10, 2011, pp. 5 

Goode, Joshua, “Enrico Riley: Works on Paper”, catalog essay, September, 2010 Panero, James, “Galley Chronicle”, The New Criterion, Volume 29, Number 3,, November 2010, pp 48

Wilkin, Karen, “On Paper, Painted, Printed Drawn”,, catalog essay, September, 2010

Amidon, Catherine, “Enrico Riley: A Journey in Giant Steps”, Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography, volume XXXV,, 2010,

Hanson,Alex,“Enrico Riley: Taking Inspiration From Music and the Stars”,Valley News,October 8,2009,pp. C2

Finch, D. Zachary, “Liner Notes: After Some Paintings by Enrico Riley”, Interval(le)s, II.2-III.1, Fall/Winter 2008,

Hanson, Alex, “Have Guggenheim, Will Travel”, Valley News, April 17, 2008, pp. C2

Wilkin, Karen, “Color as Structure: Structure as Color, Clay Ellis, Jill Nathanson, Enrico

Riley, Ann Walsh”, catalog essay, September,2006

Rosof,Libby,“Obsessions and Rhythms”,The ArtBlog,,December 14, 2005

Cohen,David,“Gallery Going”,Arts & Letters,The New York Sun, March 11, 2004

Amidon, Catherine, “Sounding Silence”, catalog essay, July, 2004

Sozanski, Edward, "Minimal Attraction”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2003, pp. W24



2018 - Professor Studio Art Dartmouth College Studio Art Department 

2013 – 2018 Associate Professor Dartmouth College Studio Art Department

2009 – 2013 Assistant Professor Dartmouth College Studio Art Department

2003 – 2009 Senior Lecturer and Area Head Dartmouth College Studio Art Department

2002 – 2003 Lecturer Dartmouth College

2001 – 2002 Visiting Assistant Professor Dartmouth College Studio Art Department

1999 – 2002 Adjunct Professor Delaware College of Art & Design

1999 Adjunct Professor Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Continuing Education Program


Visiting Artist Lectures

May 2016 Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA

June 2015 New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

April 2014 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

April 2014 Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Feb 2014 Artist Lecture Series, Green Point, Brooklyn

March 2013 Boston University, Boston, MA

Feb 2013 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Dec 2011 Parsons The New School for Design , New York, NY

Sept 2011 Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX

Nov 2009 New York Studio School, New York, NY

Oct 2009 AVA Art Gallery, Lebanon, NH

Apr 2008 American University, Washington, DC

March 2008 Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica

Oct 2005 Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

July 2004 Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH


Visiting Critic

June 2015 Visiting Critic, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

April 2014 Visiting Critic, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

April 2014 Visiting Critic, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

March 2013 Visiting Critic, Boston University, Boston, MA

Feb 2013 Visiting Critic, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Aug 2012 Drawing Work Shop, S.E.A.D Sumer Program, Dartmouth College

Dec 2011 Visiting Critic, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

Sept 2011 Visiting Critic, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX, September, 2011

May 2004 Visiting Critic, Yale University, Undergraduate Painting Program, New Haven, CT

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