Nate Young

Nate Young is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in Chicago, IL. In 2009, Young received his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. That same year, he completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. He received his B.A. in Visual Arts Education, Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN in 2004. 


Working across media in a manner that challenges traditional modes of artistic production, Young creates works that engage with issues of race and racialization. He explores the systems and objects that impact one’s beliefs. Often in his work, Young addresses theological themes through text, diagrams, or architectural elements. Young strips away any specific content, however, leaving behind a universal lexicon of primordial signs and symbols– arrows, circles, grids, and negative spaces– that strongly suggest meaning without in fact conveying it; a profound void, at once empty and full, that invites the viewer’s activation. His works contain a quiet gravitas and austerity seemingly at odds with their meticulously hand-crafted nature, prompting a post-minimalist interrogation of authority, material, and the artist’s hand.


His work is in notable collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Mott Warsh Collection, Flint, MI; and the Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia.