H Spencer Young (b. Cleveland, Ohio) is a New York City-based contemporary artist and filmmaker with an interdisciplinary, self-driven research practice.

Spencer has a Bachelors degree in Visual Media and Cinema Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C. 

Winter/Spring 2020 Spencer’s work “Memories of the Future, 2020” was exhibited as part of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s (MOCAD) Rapid Response group show, curated by Wayne Northcross. Currently his work is included in Small Works at Abattoir Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.

Summer 2020, for the 4th year in a row, Spencer’s work was offered in a small edition to benefit Carriage Trade Gallery in New York, curated by Peter Scott.

Additional highlights:

Spencer edited and sound designed Rashid Johnson’s “Samuel in Space,” for Ballroom Marfa.

Summer, 2019, Spencer’s work Inversion #14, 2017 was auctioned on Paddle8.com to benefit the Center for Art Law in New York.

Also in 2019, an image of Spencer’s was selected for Simultaneous Soloists, a publication on the work of Anthony McCall. Pioneer Press, New York.

Spencer’s artwork has raised thousands of dollars to benefit emerging artist grants, not-for-profit galleries, and organizations providing resources to the art world as a whole.

In 2004 Spencer was one of the filmmakers who crafted the life story of Jack Smith, for “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis,” directed by Mary Jordan; voted one of the 10 best movies of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.

In January, 2016, he was selected to exhibit and speak on his work at the New York Public Library's "Librarian's Choice," curated by Fred Gutzeit.

September - October of 2016, Spencer exhibited in "Sensing Place" at Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, New York, curated by Chris Davison and Kevin Kearns.

His commissioned films, commercials, political documentaries and music videos have been featured in W Magazine, The Atlantic, Brooklyn Vegan, Fact Magazine, New York Times, Zoe Report, Bloomberg, as well as in film festivals nationwide.

During his undergraduate studies, Spencer was one of 13 students from across the United States selected by presidential historian and author Dr. Douglas Brinkley for The Majic Bus, a twice-run collegiate experiential learning program.

The Majic Bus traveled to 44 states with a focus on Geography of the American Civil Rights Struggle, American Intellectual History, American Road Literature, and American Social history.

Spencer was sponsored by Czech author and screenwriter Arnost Lustig to attend the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze), the 5th oldest film school in the world.

Spencer directed the feature documentary, "Swing State," an inside traveling look at the 2006 Ohio Governor’s race which captured the democrats sweeping the state, setting up Obama’s win in 20018, along with with Jason Zone Fisher and John Intrater, setting the one-day attendance record at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Finally, Spencer’s work has been direct inspiration for couture fashion, seen in multiple seasons on the runways of New York Fashion week, as well as the Emmy’s red carpet in Los Angeles at which  the most talked about dress in 2013, worn by Zosia Mamet, was directly inspired by his 2012 work, “The New Sky.”

If you’re still reading and wondering . . . “wait- a Majic Bus? WTF!?” I can relate! The Majic Bus traveled to 44 U.S. states meeting and studying with icons such as Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Bo Diddley, Townes Van Zandt, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, Arthur Schlessinger Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, Hubert Selby, Jr., Ramblin' Jack Elliot, William vanden Heuvel, Robert Hunter, Steven Soderbergh, Kerry Kennedy, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, Steven Ambrose, Jimmy and Roslyn Carter, Chris Felver, T. Boone Pickens, Alice Brock, William Kennedy, Chuck Berry, Waylon Jennings, Hamilton Jordan, Larry Woiwode, John Kenneth Galbraith, Kinky Friedman, Melba Pattillo Beals, Liz Gilbert, Tom McGuane and many others.