Zachary Yorke



Zachary Yorke was born in Topeka, Kansas. He attended Amherst College in Massachusetts where he studied literature, Cultural Anthropology and Fine Arts. In 2003, he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Research Fellowship that took him on a yearlong investigation of contemporary art in South Africa. During this period he published a wide variety of writings, including social commentary, exhibition reviews and long essays. He completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on Film and Time-Based Media and most recently, he was awarded the 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholarship to South Africa. 





University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

MFA Degree and Time-based Media Certificate / expected May 2006


Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude / May 2003

Course work included Economics, History, and Cultural Anthropology




 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA / 2004–Present

Teaching Assistant. Worked together with teachers in two drawing classes and a Senior
Seminar. Supervised senior thesis projects and provided individual instruction to students.


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA / Summer 2005

Teacher. Constructed a curriculum and daily lesson plans for a drawing course.
Designed still life, landscape, self-portrait and live model projects to develop students’
perceptual skills. Provided critical feedback and led critiques. 




J. William Fulbright Award, South Africa / 2006-2007

Selected to conduct research to increase mutual understanding through cultural exchange.


Angelo Savelli Award, Philadelphia, PA / 2006

Awarded to an MFA student for outstanding performance in any medium. 


Samuel S. Fels Grant, Philadelphia, PA / 2005 

Created a short documentary about a non-profit organization in West Philadelphia that
enlists children in a struggle to push out the drugs and violence that threaten to cripple their community.


Neil Welliver Award, Philadelphia, PA / 2005 

Awarded to an MFA student for outstanding performance in any medium. 


Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, South Africa and Australia / 2003–2004 

Conducted a yearlong independent research project focusing on the intersection of
politics and contemporary art in South Africa. Published fourteen articles in five different


The Wise Fine Arts Award, Amherst, MA / May 2003

Awarded to an exceptional artwork created for the Senior Honors Thesis. The artwork is acquired by the Trustees of Amherst College.


Amherst College Fine Arts Fellowship, Topeka, KS / Summer 2002 

Created a series of paintings that sought to address the historical irony of racial
segregation in Topeka, Kansas.




Show Me Where the Devil Bit You, Tower Galleries, Philadelphia, PA / February 2006


2005 MFA Biennial Exhibition 

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE / April 2005


Emerging Artists, CVZContemporary Gallery, New York, NY / December 2004




Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Black Studies Department, Amherst College, Amherst, MA