John Sims, a Detroit native, is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist that creates multimedia projects spanning the areas of mathematics, art, text, performance and political-media activism. His main projects are informed by the vocabulary of mathematical structure, the politics of sacred symbols and poetic reflections.
As the former coordinator of mathematics at Ringling College Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, he designed a visual mathematics curriculum for artists and visual thinkers. Sims has curated more than 15 mathematical art exhibitions including the year long exhibition and film project, Rhythm of Structure: Bowery and Beyond featuring Sol LeWitt, Karen Finley, Adrian Piper, and former U.S. poet Laureate Mark Strand, at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. This lead to his project SquareRoots: A Quilted a Manifesto, a 13 math art quilts collaboration with Amish quilters.
Currently, he is working on Recoloration Proclamation, a 16-year multimedia project that features a series of Confederate flag installations, including The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag, music compilation The AfroDixieRemixes, and the yearly nationwide Memorial Day Confederate flag performance, Burn and Bury.
He has given lectures and presented his exhibitions not only nationally but internationally in countries such as Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, Israel and Argentina. His work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, The Guardian, The Root, ThinkProgress, Al Jazeera, Guernica, Art in America, Transition, Sculpture, FiberArts, Science News, and the science journal Nature. And he has even written for major publications such as CNN, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, Guernica Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Grio.