Visual Arts Past Faculty

Demetrius Oliver

Demetrius Oliver headshot

Photo by Caroline Voagen Nelson


Demetrius Oliver uses prosaic objects like tea kettles, light bulbs and umbrellas to evoke poetic associations between physical materials and abstract ideas. Both introspective and transformative, Oliver’s practice investigates the cosmos from the vantage point of the artist’s studio and the space of the gallery.

Organized solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; The High Line, New York; Inman Gallery, Houston; D’Amelio Terras, New York; and Light Work, Syracuse. Oliver has been included in important group exhibitions at The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Marian Boesky Gallery, New York; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and Ardnt & Partner, Berlin.

Oliver has been teaching at Princeton since 2010. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a fellow of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has taught as a visiting artist at Cooper Union, Rice University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in New York City.

Campus Address

Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street