Gregory Coates received his formal art education at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He expanded his experience through multiple residencies, including The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT; Triangle Workshop in Capetown, South Africa and upstate New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin; Gasworks in London, UK; and recently has been invited to Kyoto and Obama in Japan to be a visiting artist and participant in the AICHI Triennial. Coates has lectured and taught at many institutions including The Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Rhode Island, and is a regular visiting artist at the School of Visual Arts’ summer program in in New York City.
Recent exhibits include Minutes at the N’Namdi Center Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI; Understated at The Brooklyn Fellowship in Brooklyn, NY, and Consider This at N’Namdi Contemporary in Miami, FL. Amongst his many awards are the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Painting, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and The Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in Art. His work is featured in several public and museum collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, among many others.