Ryan Watkins-Hughes is an Atlanta-based artist, interactive designer & developer.

Recent exhibitions include As Real As It Gets at apexart, Spaces at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, along with group exhibitions and a curatorial program at The Front. In 2003, he created the Shopdropping project, which entails altering the packaging of goods before "shopdropping" them into stores.

Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions


MFA, Digital Art. Tulane University of New Orleans, LA
BFA, Honors Painting. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Bibliography

"Spaces" Artforum, May 2012, pp. 314-315 Reviewed by Nick Stillmann
"Triskaidekafolio; The 13th Annual No Dead Artists show unveils new work,"
Gambit New Orleans
"Shopdropping and Exhibition Making: Ryan Watkins-Hughes returns to New York," ArtCAL
"Food Art!: Ryan Watkins-Hughes at Heist Gallery," The L Magazine
"Shopdropping in New York," The New York Times
"Anarchists in the Aisles?," The New York Times
"Shopdropping a Crime?", The Los Angeles Times
"Shopping Droppato?," Vanity Fair, Italy
"Artistry in Aisle Seven," Metro New York
"The Next Big Thing: Reverse Shoplifting," The London Times Magazine
"Artists Drop While They Shop," CNN.com
"The Great Wide Open," The Public Art Review
"Shop/Scaffali Pop," D la Repubblica delle Donne, Italy
"Shopdropping," The Maariv Journal, Israel
"Artistas Subvertem Consumo Com Cópias," Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil
"Shopdropping Becomes New Branch of Modern Street Art," Pravda, Russia
"Bearing Fruit: Shopdropping by Ryan Watkins-Hughes," The Brooklyn Paper
"Semiotic Disobedience," Washington University Law Review
CBS 5 News, San Francisco, CA (Interview)
The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, New York (Interview)
WFCR News, New England NPR affiliate (Interview)
ABC News Radio, Seattle (Interview)
WFCR News, KIRO Radio, Seattle (Interview)

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