Rory Golden creates multi-layered figurative work that deals in a clever and sometimes startling way with social issues like racial bigotry, sexuality, love and hate-based violence. A native of Miami Valley, Ohio, Golden holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. He has exhibited his work widely in both solo and group shows at venues such as Spruill Gallery and Eyedrum, both in Atlanta, GA; the Denver International Airport, and the San Francisco and New York Public Libraries. Upcoming exhibits include a group show this coming fall on torture awareness at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Golden has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Blue Mountain Center and the National Academy of Fine Arts. Recent grants include an Idea Capital Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant and a research grant from Duke University Libraries Special Collections.
Golden spent a number of years researching and producing major works, Your One Black Friend, Paintings and Books by Rory Golden (2006) and The Murder of J.R. Warren (2007) for touring exhibitions.