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Born in Dallas, TX, David Bates received a B.F.A from Southern Methodist University in 1975. Bates then attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program before returning to his alma mater to receive his M.F.A. in 1978. After graduation Bates began receiving national recognition, exhibiting in museums across the country. In 1987, Bates’ work was chosen for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial Exhibition. Most recently in 2010-2011 Bates was featured in a solo-exhibition, David Bates, The Katrina Paintings, originating at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and traveling to the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Throughout his career, his work has been acquired by prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.

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