Ryan Hackett received his B.A. in studio art from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his M.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute. In between his academic pursuits, he co-founded Decatur Blue, a Washington D.C.-based artist collective. Decatur Blue looked to challenge the commercial constructs of the art world by serving simultaneously as curator, artist, and gallery. Hackett’s work has been featured in the solo show Interspecies Transmission at G Fine Art in Washington DC, the group show Freaks Of Nature at the Bronx River Art Center in Bronx, New York, and as a 2009 Sondheim Prize Finalist at the Baltimore Museum of Art.