Nathaniel Donnett was born in Houston, Texas. Donnett received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Texas Southern University, and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. Nathaniel is the recipient of the 2022 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2020 Dean’s Critical Practice Research Grant from Yale, and a 2020 Art and Social Justice Initiative Grant, also from Yale. Other awards include a 2017 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant, a 2015 Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, and a 2014 Harpo Foundation Grant. His work has been exhibited at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA; the Mennello Museum, Orlando, FL; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA, The University Museum, Houston, TX, The Kemper Contemporary Arts Museum, Kansas City, MO, The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, The New Museum, New York, NY among others. Donnett is also the founder and publisher of “What’s the New News,” a newspaper and project that reframes the narratives of specific neighborhoods.