Glenn Ligon studied at Wesleyan University, Middeltown, Connecticut until 1992. In the course of his art education, his love of literature evolved into a fascination with the political and social uses of language, which informs much of his current work. Ligon’s paintings and prints give weight and force to the written word, as they contemplate issues about the formation and perception of identity and race. Ligon lives and works in New York, NY.
Glen Ligon was awarded Studio Museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, New York in 2009
In 2006 he received the Skowhegan Medal for Painting, and the Academy Awards in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.