photo by Jeremy Keith Villaluz


I employ conceptual territories of architecture and alterity to examine fluid notions of space and time. Furthermore, I shape projects to ponder the instability of contemporary life. My practice straddles installation, text, and time-based media, to public events and long-term pedagogical initiatives. Many projects become multi-platform endeavors taking several years to complete.

This strategy of intertextual and intercultural analysis also prioritizes years-long working relationships with students, organizational partners, scholars, and various audiences. These projects incorporate participants with objects, images, and shifting social situations to produce the means for exhaustive research and emotively charged textures. Examining various frameworks of difference, I hope to create slippages that suggest possible futures beyond the contemporary.


Jerome Reyes (b. 1983 San Francisco, CA works between Seoul, Korea and San Francisco, CA) is an internationally recognized artist, researcher, and educator working with the collaborative potentials of institutions, alterity, and architecture. He has made projects for the Yokohama Triennale, Prospect Biennial, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, KADIST, Frankfurter Kunstverein, SFMOMA, and Cantor Center for Visual Arts. He is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 2017-2021 Public Art Commission recipient for his public installation/billboard Abeyance. Reyes has a book chapter in Public Space/Contested Space (Routledge Press, 2021) spanning twenty years of work.

He’s been awarded residencies at National Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art/MMCA, Korea, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Seoul Museum of Art, Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College Museum of Art, Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts, and received the 2016 Artist-in-Residence Award at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, and California Humanities.

He teaches at Stanford University, recently for several years at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and now currently as Researcher at the Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse Global Initiative. Here at Stanford he co-teaches courses and co-designs partnerships with artists, curators, scholars, and organizations. Reyes is also Researcher, at Asia and Migration, Asia Culture Institute, in Gwangju, Korea. He also is a long-term collaborator of the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) in downtown San Francisco, and an advisory board member of the nonprofit media & culture organization, Define American.

He holds an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA at the California College of the Arts. He also attended the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course. Reyes has two decades of teaching and public programming in a variety of settings including major universities, museums, multimedia labs, non-profit art galleries, and senior/youth community centers in East Oakland, Iron Triangle in Richmond, and Chinatown, Manilatown, and currently the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.