About Darryl

Darryl Ratcliff is a social practice artist and poet based in Dallas, TX whose work engages communities and mobilizes social issues. In 2012, Ratcliff initiated Ash Studios with artist Fred Villanueva, a 20,000 square foot DIY cultural center that serves communities of color near Fair Park, and was awarded Best Gallery or Art Space by D Magazine in 2016. In 2014, Ratcliff initiated Creating Our Future, a project combining civic engagement and the arts, which mobilized hundreds of artists, registered voters, and achieved (from zero) over $700,000 in individual artist grants and cultural equity grants from the Office of Cultural Affairs. Also in 2014, Ratcliff became a founding member of Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state art collective of socially engaged artists who have performed projects at Carnegie Mellon University, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, California Institute of the Arts, Nasher Sculpture Center, and San Diego Art Institute. Ratcliff is the cofounder of Pink Drum, a spoken word label out of Dallas, TX, and has recently been a featured poet at Looped, Pegasus Reading Series, LitHop, and Pandora’s Box. Ratcliff is an arts writer who has contributed to D Magazine, Glasstire, Centraltrack, and the Dallas Morning News, and has taught arts writing at the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth. He is the recipient of many artist awards including from the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Common Field, and Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas, Embrey Family Foundation, and George and Fay Young Foundation. Ratcliff has recently spoken about his work at Open Engagement (Oakland Museum of Art), Common Field Convening (Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami), New Cities Future Ruins (Southern Methodist University), Cue Art Foundation (New York City), and Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) and served on the 2016 visual arts grant review panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Ratcliff’s projects have received press in Art In America, Field Journal, HyperAllergic, Art F City, Temporary Art Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Dallas Morning News, Glasstire, D Magazine, KERA, and many others,