Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges (b. 1965, Compton, CA) is a Maine-based painter whose works explore storytelling and visual metaphor. Hodges’ works uncover universal subjects such as identity, community, truth, and memory, and often draw inspiration from his childhood in Compton. Starting from a black ground, he develops the scene around his figures with painterly, foggy brushwork, playing with how perception is affected when the descriptive focus is placed not on human agents but on their surroundings. Figures materialize in recessive space, stripped of physical identifiers. Bodies are described by their painted context, highlighting Hodges’ embrace of tenuous ambiguities and his close observation of the relationship between humans and their surroundings. Their quiet haziness, developed with the soft touch of Hodges’ hand, probes the imprecision of memory and examines the possibility that we are all products of our environment. Hodges studied theatre and film at the University of Kansas.
His work is held in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR; Nasher Museum of Art, NC; The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, among others.
Hodges is a 2020 recipient of the annual Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. As the 2019 recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Hodges will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine in 2022.

Born 1965 in Compton, California

Lives and works in Lewiston, Maine



Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine (forthcoming)


Karma, New York


Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Precision, Wagering and Melody

The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine, Intersection of Color


Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Black Ground

Interloc Projects, Rockland, Maine, Spot


Gallery at 46 Lisbon, Lewiston, Maine, Public Safety



Sistered, Portland, In the Clear with Jordan Seaberry

Karma, New York, (Nothing but) Flowers

UNE Art Gallery, Portland Campus, The House of the Soul


ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, MECA Collect

Creative Portland, Portland, Maine, Immersion

Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, Portland, Maine


Creative Portland, Portland, Maine, (Almost) Black & White


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Art Inststitute of Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, California
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine



Pace House Residency, Stonington, Maine

Monson Arts Residency, Monson, Maine

Ellis-Beuregard Foundation, Rockland, Maine



The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jacob Lawrence Award in Art


Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant


Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts