social practice artist and poet
Darryl Ratcliff was the inaugural artist in residence for Rick Lowe’s Trans.lation Vickery Meadow, a project initiated by the Nasher Sculpture Center and exists in an immigrant/refugee neighborhood. In 2012, Ratcliff initiated Ash Studios with artist Fred Villanueva, a 20,000 square foot DIY cultural center that serves communities of color near Fair Park, and was awarded Best Gallery or Art Space by D Magazine in 2016. In 2014, Ratcliff initiated Creating Our Future, a project combining civic engagement and the arts, which mobilized hundreds of artists, registered voters, and achieved (from zero) over $500,000 in individual artist grants and cultural equity grants from the Office of Cultural Affairs. Also in 2014, Ratcliff became a founding member of Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state art collective of socially engaged artists who have performed projects at Carnegie Mellon University, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, California Institute of the Arts, Nasher Sculpture Center, and San Diego Art Institute. From 2014-15, Ratcliff worked as the community engagement associate for the National Center of Arts Research and Ignite Arts Dallas at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. Additionally Ratcliff is the cofounder of Pink Drum, a spoken word label out of Dallas, TX, and has recently been a featured poet at Looped, Pegasus Reading Series, LitHop, and Pandora’s Box. Ratcliff is an arts writer who has contributed to Glasstire, Centraltrack, and the Dallas Morning News, and has taught arts writing at the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth. He is the recipient of many artist awards including from the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas. Ratcliff has recently spoken at the Big Bang Conference! (Paul Quinn College), Open Engagement (Oakland Museum of Art), and served on the visual arts grant review panel for the National Endowment for the Arts for 2016.