An image of Carrie Mae Weems kneeling in front of her work in black frames.

Widely renowned as one of the most influential living artists in the U.S., Carrie Mae Weems examines how our society structures power through deeply embedded stories, images and ideas. Among many other honors, Weems is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “genius” grant) and was the first Black woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In addition, Weems has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art and many other institutions. She is also the recipient of the BET Honors Visual Artist Award, the Prix de Rome, the Frida Kahlo Award for Innovative Creativity, the International Center for Photography Spotlight Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art Photography and the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.