Danny Floyd

fine art - creative research


Danny Floyd is an artist, researcher, and educator based out of Chicago. He holds a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, and an MFA in Sculpture both from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His work deals with the social aspects of sensory phenomena with an emphasis on text and its potentials. Studio projects investigate how the built and natural environments create space for interaction and contemplation as well as the similarities between structural phenomena like language and architecture. Research projects interrogate how politics blend with perceptual realms like weather, music, architecture, and mediated cultures. 

Danny currently teaches in the Visual and Critical Studies and Sculpture departments at SAIC. He founded Ballroom Projects, an artist-run space in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, which he ran for four years. He currently co-directs another independent gallery called Adler & Floyd. He has held curatorial residencies with Chicago Artists Coalition and Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) where he is now Exhibitions Director. He was also awarded the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship in 2017. Before moving to Chicago, Danny worked and taught at a nonprofit art center in Providence, RI called AS220, where he returned as a visiting artist-in-residence in summer of 2012. For five summers he taught photography, video, painting, and sculpture at a self-proclaimed postmodern art camp in western Massachusetts called Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp. Danny was born in Atlanta and is an avid music fanatic.