Clifford Owens received a BFA in 1998 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 2000 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He also participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and a Hanes Visiting Artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Owens has been visiting artist faculty at The Cooper Union, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has also taught at Yale University, New York University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. For his summer residency at Pioneer Works , Clifford Owens presented Seminar, a multi-faceted, conceptual performance art project.