Darryl Ratcliff

2020 Artist-led Giving Circle Cohort

Darryl Ratcliff is an award-winning artist and poet with a writing and curatorial practice based in Dallas, TX whose work engages communities and mobilizes social issues. Ratcliff is the co-founder of Gossypion Investments with Maya Crawford, a startup company that seeks to evolve the role of culture in society. Gossy focuses on real estate development, cultural investments, branding and PR, cultural consulting, and artist management. In 2020, Ratcliff was selected to be part of the inaugural Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Social Capital Markets artist cohort of artist-entrepreneurs who actively create community impact. Ratcliff is also a contributing arts writer for The Dallas Morning News where he covers the North Texas visual art scene. In 2019, Ratcliff along with Krissy Bodge, created Dallas The Remix, a conceptual art piece that reimagined the 80s TV show Dallas as a tool for political education and equity. Ratcliff received a 2020 Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Grant for research on a piece called Trust that will investigate innovative ways for communities of color to hold art institutions accountable to their own promises. He has received artist awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, City of Dallas, D Magazine, Dallas Observer, Embrey Family Foundation, George and Fay Young Foundation, Carnegie Mellon Foundation, and Common Field.