Visual Arts Faculty

Mario Moore

Mario Moore headshot

Photo by Justin Millhouse


Mario Moore (b. 1987) is a Detroit native, currently residing in New York City. Moore received a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies (2009) and an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art (2013). He has participated as an artist-in-residence at Knox College, Fountainhead, and the Albers Foundation. Moore’s work has afforded him many opportunities — from multiple exhibitions and featured articles including the New York Times. His work has been exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum, George N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Moore's solo exhibitions include Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. His work is included in the Studio Visit Volume 31 (2015) and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art (2014).

During his Hodder Fellowship, Moore will create large portraits and paintings featuring Black men who work in and around the Princeton campus, specifically blue collar workers.


“Four new portraits serve as ‘visible expression of Princeton’ today” |, Sept. 25, 2019

“‘A Fellow at Work’: Artist Mario Moore’s work presents black campus workers in new light” |, Oct. 15, 2019

Video: “Princeton University portraits give campus workers the spotlight” |, Dec. 30, 2019; CBS This Morning Twitter highlight

“Princeton University is hanging a series of portraits that honor its blue-collar campus workers” |, Jan. 1, 2020

Video: “Canteen workers honoured alongside US presidents” |, Jan. 2, 2020

“Princeton University to Display Portraits of Campus Workers” |, Jan. 2, 2020

“Princeton University Acquires Portrait Series Honoring Its Campus Workers” |, Jan. 3, 2020

“Princeton University is hanging a series of portraits that honor its blue-collar campus workers” |, Jan. 6, 2020

“Most Paintings on Princeton’s Campus Are of Dead White Men. But One Artist Is Adding Equally Grand Portraits of Its Cooks and Cleaners” |, Jan. 8, 2020

“Princeton artist paints portraits of blue-collar African American workers” |, January 15, 2020

“Princeton artist-fellow Mario Moore celebrates African American workers” |, Jan. 20, 2020

“Portraits on campus lacked diversity, so this artist painted the blue-collar workers who ‘really run things’” | Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2020

“When this artist honored Princeton’s blue-collar workers, the university took notice” and Good Morning America Feature | ABC News, Feb. 24, 2020


video interview


7/25/18: “A Painter Reflects on When Black Men Get to Rest” — a profile of Mario Moore in Hyperallergic

8/6/18: “Detroit Artists Jova Lynne and Mario Moore Question the Class and Racial Complexities of Leisure” in Document

2/15/19: “Mario Moore: Voice and Vibe in Gorgeous Realism” at

4/10/19: Activism in Academia III symposium at CUNY

“Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” | Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, August-December 2019