Tom Friedman was born in St. Louis in 1965 and earned his BFA at Washington University in St. Louis and his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Friedman has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1995), Saint Louis Art Museum (1997), Museum of Contemporary in Chicago (2000), and Gagosian Gallery (2006 and 2008). His work has also been included in major group exhibitions such as the São Paulo Bienal (1996), New Work: Drawing Today at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1997), Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2000), SITE Santa Fe (2004), and Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Sculpture (2004) and Shapes of Space (2007), both at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Friedman's achievements have been recognized with numerous awards, including an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1993), and a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2001). Friedman lives and works in Leverett, Massachusetts, and is represented by Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York.