Hank Willis Thomas is a photographer, sculptor, and conceptual artist born in Plainfield, NJ. He earned his BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University, and an MA in visual criticism and an MFA in photography from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He holds honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME.
His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Brooklyn Museum, New York City; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, among many others. In 2016, he founded For Freedoms, New York City, a nationwide arts initiative that has produced exhibitions, town-hall meetings, billboards, and public art to spur greater participation in civic life. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.