I am a southern artist laboring across disciplines and media to address questions of community, site and possibility that bear on this place and beyond. My work proposes aesthetic experience as a way to bring us more fully into ourselves as humans. With diverse and hybrid projects I create spaces that facilitate reflection as they illuminate notions of impermanence and transcendence within specific physical and discursive contexts.

My recent work activates material and site with sound design, light, and interactivity. But painting has always been a central component of my practice. I combine process painting and abstraction with found and collected artifacts to produce work that is more concerned with the relationships between things than the things themselves. 

All my work is in conversation with my training and experience as a graphic designer. I mine American visual vernacular to imbue the everyday with new indications and meaning, locating material resonances through intuitive juxtapositions of paint and print; commercial and poetic expression. I seek to coax the emergence of images and experiences that transform ordinary perceptions of memory, meaning, and modernity. My paintings and installation work merely provide different kinds of site for the aesthetic encounter — that potent transformative moment with which art compels us to reckon.


Lincoln Penn Hancock is a visual artist, designer and musician with a background in Philosophy and a graduate degree in Graphic Design. He was a 2013 recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from the United Arts Council. His work was recently featured in a show exploring the intersection of text and image at the North Carolina Museum of Art.



Lincoln Penn Hancock
born 1976, Raleigh, NC
lives and works in Raleigh



"Area 919: Artists in the Triangle." Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, Jan.–Apr. 2015.

Journey in Turiya. Installation. The Cube/VAE, Raleigh, NC. Sept.–Oct. 2013.

I'll Be Your Mirror. Installation. Artspace Pop-Up, Raleigh, NC. June 2013.

"Everything Else." Solo show. Golden Belt Arts, Durham, NC, March 2013.

"Everything Plus: New Paintings." Solo show. Elliot University Center, UNC-Greensboro, March, 2013.

"Word Up: The Intersection of Text and Image." North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. July 2012–Jan. 2013. 

Exploded Hipster. Installation with Yuxtapongo (Neill Prewitt, Eleanor Blake, Mollie Earls, Robin Vuchnich), CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC. Sept. 6–8, 2012. 

"Everything That Wants to Say Yes." Solo show. Artspace, Raleigh, NC. Sept. 2012.

"Recent Works by Lincoln Penn Hancock and Luke Miller Buchanan." Betty Ray McCain Gallery, Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC. Nov. 2011 – Feb. 2012.

"This Wild Desire." Solo show. Morning Times, Raleigh, NC. Sept. 2011.

Dream Acts. Collaborative community art project with Neill Prewitt and Eleanor Blake. Installation/exhibition at 523 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC. June 2011. 

Street Cred. Site-specific installation in alley. Raleigh, NC, May, 2011.

"Four Winds at the Four Winds Bar." With Luke Miller Buchanan. LabourLove Gallery, Golden Belt, Durham, NC. Dec. 2010.

Spectator Sport. Interactive installation w/ Neill Prewitt. SparkCON, Raleigh, NC. Sept. 17-18, 2010.

Radios Appear. Site-specific video installation w/ Miles Holst. Block2, Raleigh, NC. Aug. 5–Sept. 20, 2010.

HIGHLIFE. Multichannel video installation w/ Yuxtapongo (Neill Prewitt and Eleanor Blake). Artspace, Raleigh, NC. June 4, 2010.

"A Bird, Not a Feather." Solo show. 311 W. Martin, Raleigh, NC. May 2009.

"On the Corner." Solo show. 311 W. Martin, Raleigh, NC. May 2009.



MGD, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2010. (Master of Graphic Design; MFA equivalent 

BA, Philosophy; Minor in Art, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, 1998. Graduated with High Honors.



Recipient: 2013 Regional Artist Project Grant, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Artspace, Raleigh, NC. Jan.-July 2012.

Grant Recipient: Into the Streets, Community art proposal funded by Town of Chapel Hill.

Invited Guest Blogger, Art:21 Blog, a project of PBS‘ Art:21 — Art in the 21st Century.