Dread Scott is an interdisciplinary artist who for three decades has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine cohering ideals of American society. In 1989, the US Senate outlawed his artwork and President Bush declared it "disgraceful" because of its transgressive use of the American flag. Dread became part of a landmark Supreme Court case when he and others burned flags on the steps of the Capitol. He has presented a TED talk on this subject.
His art has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, The Walker Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, CAM St. Louis, Whitney Museum of American Art, African American Museum, Bruce Museum, CAM Houston, Worcester Art Museum, Pratt Munson, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Copenhagen Contemporary, OK Center for Contemporary Art (Linz), and Kunsthal KAdE, among others. It is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Ackland Art Museum, Pratt Munson, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Worcester Art Museum.
Scott has been featured on the covers of Artforum and The Brooklyn Rail, and on the front page of NYTimes.com. In 2019 he presented Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a community engaged project that reenacted the largest rebellion of enslaved people in US history. The project was featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, by Christiane Amanpour on CNN and highlighted by artnet.com as one of the most important artworks of the decade. He was recently awarded the prestigious Abigail Cohen Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, and has previously received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Frieze Impact Prize, Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Open Society Foundations Soros Equality Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, and Creative Capital Foundation Grant. In December 2021, ARTnews named his NFT White Male for Sale one of the defining artworks of the year. His studio is in Brooklyn, New York.