Derek Stroup earned a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. His work is in numerous public and private collections including The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, ArtCollTrust, Biograph, and the Artist’s Books Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Exhibition venues include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Cirrus Gallery, Quint Contemporary Art, PS 122, Roy Boyd Gallery and others. He is the author of three books: Field Guide (2002) Rope Swing Manifesto (2004) and Candy (2006). His books are distributed by Printed Matter, Inc. in New York. The online version of the Rope Swing Manifesto can be seen at www.ropeswingmanifesto.com. Other projects can be seen at www.derekstroup.com. He lives in New York City.