Chakaia Booker was born in 1953 in Newark, N.J. She earned her B.A. in sociology in 1976 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and an M.F.A. in 1993 from the City College of New York. In addition to SCAD’s exhibition “Sustain,” Booker has had other solo exhibitions in 2010 at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.; The Sculpture Park at Moore in Aviator Park, Moore College of Art in Chicago, Ill.; and Marlborough Chelsea, New York, N.Y. Other recent solos shows have been held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., in 2006; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo., in 2008; Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago, Ill., in 2008; and Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, N.Y., in 2009.
Booker’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas (2005); the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (2008-11); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y. (2008); Museum of Arts and Design, New York, N.Y.; and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo. (2009).
She participated in the Whitney Biennial in 2000 and the 48th Annual Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C., in 2005. She received a Pollock-Krasner Award in 2002 and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2005. In 2008 she was awarded the Merit Award in Public Art, through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., in Indianapolis, Ind.
Booker's works are featured in the permanent collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala.; Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, N.Y.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, N.Y.; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, La.; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, N.Y.; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, N.Y. Her work has been written about in publications such as Art in America, ARTnews, The New York Times, Sculpture, and The Wall Street Journal.