Artist Profile

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins

Born 1966, Santa Barbara, California.

Artist Profile


Born 1966, Santa Barbara, California

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins combines politics, publics, citizenship, and post-postmodern cultural symbols to reflect upon current socio-political disruptions.

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins is a multimedia artist and educator, now based in the greater New York City area after living for many years in Istanbul. His “art as social practice,” combines drawing and painting with performance, alternative education, institutional critique, and cultural studies. Working in collaboration with numerous museums and universities nationally and internationally, Baykal-Rollins has created site-specific projects reflecting upon current socio-political disruptions such as the Arab Spring, citizens in democracy, Black Lives Matter, and gun violence in the United States. He completed his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and holds an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In addition to working with MoCC, Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins has been commissioned by and partnered projects with institutions including Istanbul Modern Art Museum, MoMA, MoMA PS 1, SALT Istanbul, Boston University, Sabanci University in Istanbul, Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Utah Salt Lake City, University of Hawaii Hilo, and is currently working on commissions for Troy University in Alabama and the Connecticut Philharmonic.

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins’ video, Body of the People, realized for THE SOCIAL at the Old South Meeting House

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins’ Artworks

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