Born in Atlanta, GA, Ryan Watkins-Hughes is a multi-media artist and photographer. He earned a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute where he was granted the 2001 Graduating Senior Travel Award. Beginning his work in photography and seeking new ways to innovate the medium, he was awarded a KBFUS Grant for travel to Belgium in 2003 and a SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2007. Based in Brooklyn, NY since 1997, Ryan will begin a teaching fellowship while pursuing an MFA in Digital Art at Tulane University, New Orleans in August 2008.
Watkins-Hughes continues to exhibit throughout the Americas and Europe. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Times Magazine, Folha de S.Paulo, WNYC, NPR, CBS News and CNN.COM; his work is also featured in The Art of Rebellion 2 by Christian Hundertmark, and the documentary film To Be Seen by Alice Arnold. The legal implications of his SHOPDROPPING project were recently analyzed in the Washington University Law Review.