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John Early


b. 1978, Richmond, VA
Lives and works in St. Louis, MO 


John Early is a visual artist whose site-based work explores the textures, layers, and histories of place. His recent work focuses on the intersection of race, the urban landscape, and public parks in St. Louis.

For the past two years, Early has collaborated with sports studies scholar Noah Cohan on “Whereas Hoops,” a project combining public scholarship, spatial interventions, and activism to address the absence of basketball courts in Forest Park. In April 2022, Early’s essay about a basketball court in North St. Louis was included in the edited volume, “The Material World of Modern Segregation: St. Louis in the Long Era of Ferguson.”

In addition to participating in public projects based in Chicago, St. Louis, and Florence, Italy, Early has exhibited widely across the Midwest and nationally. Early is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and is a Faculty Affiliate at the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity.