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 Hancock is a Raleigh-based artist, designer and musician whose mixed-media paintings, installations and community-oriented projects propose art as a vehicle for transformative experience. His work has been exhibited at venues including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, CAM Raleigh, and Lump Gallery/Projects. His interactive site-specific light installation, FLAG, was seen on E. Martin St. in downtown Raleigh during the summer of 2016. He has received project grants from the United Arts Council of Raleigh, the Town of Chapel Hill, and the Flight Fund. During 2012, he served a six-month term as Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. Hancock has background in Philosophy and a masters degree in Graphic Design.



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



“Power Plants,” semi-permanent public project with Mollie Earls for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC. 2019.

“Yesternow,” site-specific multichannel performance at St. Agnes hospital in Raleigh, NC. 2018.

“The Oracle is Out,” installation. LIGHT Art/Design, Chapel Hill, NC. Aug.–Oct. 2018.

“Eat It,” installation as part of Team Lump’s “Cold Soggy Fries,” Gatewood Gallery, Greensboro, NC. May 2018.

“Congregation,” community outreach and large-scale painting commission, Kalisher for AC Hotels. Installed Feb. 2018.

“Sleeper,” site-specific interactive installation with Mollie Earls, Raleigh, NC. Nov. 2017–Nov. 2018.

“Journey in Turiya,” sound installation, Moogfest, Durham, NC. May 18–21, 2017.

“Monument Eternal,” drawing included in “The Nothing That Is,” The Carnegie, Covington, KY. 2017.

"FLAG." Site-specific installation. E. Martin St., Downtown Raleigh, NC, July.–Sept. 2016.

"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.