Des Moines, Iowa
Jordan Weber of Des Moines, Iowa is an artist and activist. His mixed media work explores the issues of consumer culture as they relate to the identities of young African American men. Often constructed from repurposed materials such as old basketball goals, athletic shoes and plywood used to board up condemned houses, Weber’s work challenges the notion of materialism as a remedy for poverty and despair. He was recently the recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Iowa Arts Council and a grant from the African American Leadership Forum. Weber has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Rome, Tokyo, Torino and in major cities throughout the United States including Chicago, Minneapolis, Brooklyn and Omaha. Additionally, he has completed public mural projects in Paris and Amsterdam. Since receiving the Tanne Award, Weber created a large installation for the Manifest Justice exhibition in Los Angeles based on the recent incidences of inner-city police violence. He also mounted his first solo museum exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa and continues to do socially engaged public projects that engage communities across divisions of race and class.
This bio/description was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2016. For more current information, please refer to the award recipient's website (if provided).