Sherrill Roland’s interdisciplinary practice deals with concepts of innocence, identity, and community; reimagining their social and political implications in the context of the American criminal justice system. For more than three years, Roland's right to self-determination was lost to a wrongful incarceration. After spending ten months in prison for a crime he was later exonerated for, he returned to his artistic practice, which he now uses as a vehicle for self-reflection and an outlet for emotional release. Converting the haunting nuances of his experiences into drawings, sculptures, multimedia objects, performances, and participatory activities, Roland shares his story and creates space for others to do the same, illuminating the invisible costs, damages, and burdens of incarceration.
- 168.804, 2021
- Fig Leaf on Cell #45, 2019
- Fig Leaf on Cell #19, 2019
- Contraband Item #1, 2019
- Contraband Item #2, 2019
- Contraband Item #3, 2019
- October 2013 , 2018
- November 2013 Issue, 2018
- December 2013 Issue, 2018
- January 2014 Issue, 2018
- February 2014 Issue, 2018
- March 2014 Issue, 2018
- April 2014 Issue, 2018
- May 2014 Issue, 2018
- Summer 2014 Issue, 2018
- After the Wake Up, 2017
- The Jumpsuit Project , 2016- ongoing
Born in 1984 in Asheville, North Carolina, Sherrill Roland studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018) and earned his MFA and BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2017 and 2009). He has had solo exhibitions at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York (2019); Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Gallery, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (2019); Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library), Brooklyn, NY (2017); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles (2017): among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2020); Tufts University Art Galleries, Medford, MA (2020); Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA (2019); CAM Houston, Houston (2018); and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2017). Roland is the recipient of the Creative Capital Award (2021); South Arts Southern Grand Prize & State Fellowship (2020); and was an Art for Justice Grantee (2020) in addition to many other awards and recognitions. He has had fellowships and residencies at Fountainhead, Miami; Duke University, Durham, NC; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA; among others. Roland’s work is the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Fountainhead, Miami; and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC. He lives and works in Durham, NC.
Sherrill Roland: The Jumpsuit Project DCMaria & Alberto de la Cruz Gallery, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. April 10 - 11, 2019
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice SystemCAM Houston, Houston August 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019
FictionsStudio Museum in Harlem, New York September 14, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Sherrill RolandVision and Justice Talk, Frieze New York, 2021 May 7, 2021Sherrill Roland and Connie Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, will be in conversation to discuss Roland’s practice and his...
Sherrill RolandSouth Arts April 14, 2021A live Q&A between 2020 State Fellowship recipient and North Carolina Fellow Sherrill Roland with Burnaway. Erin Jane Nelson, executive director for Burnaway, will interview...
Sherrill RolandCEREBRAL WOMEN Art Talks Podcast January 14, 2021Episode 47 features Sherrill Roland, an artist who spent too many months in prison for a crime he did not commit. Sherrill Roland is an...
Sherrill RolandWUNC Radio August 21, 2020Visual artist Sherrill Roland spent 10 months in prison for a crime he did not commit. What kept him going was a quest to fulfill...