Theaster Gates (b. 1973) is a Chicago-based social practice installation artist. Founder of the non-profit organization, Rebuild Foundation, and current Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago, Gates is committed to the revitalization of underprivileged neighborhoods via urban planning and the arts. He is represented by White Cube, London, and his work has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2013, Gates was named the 40th most influential person in the art world by ArtReview.
Gates has exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; among others. He has received awards and grants from Creative Time, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, United States Artists, Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Artadia.