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, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and in a traveling Smithsonian exhibition. 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 year, Moore created etchings, drawings and large-scale paintings of black men and women who work at or around the Princeton campus in blue collar jobs. The acclaimed exhibition, The Work of Several Lifetimes, was on display in the Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Arts complex from September 19 through November 17, 2019.


“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


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