Jim Hodges was born on October 16, 1957 in Spokane, Washington. He eventually moved to New York to attend the Pratt Institute, earning his MFA in 1986. While the artist initially struggled, his career jumpstarted in 1990 with the unveiling of Flesh Suspense . While he trained as a painter, Hodges has long worked with a variety of media, including sculpture, prints, and even pants, blurring the lines between the categories of media. He also works extensively with installation art, including a monumental commission at the Worcester Art Museum. In the 1990s, many of his works referenced the AIDS crisis. In the 2000s, his art promoted acceptance and tolerance of others. Additionally, Hodges creates work with a strong theme of nature, which references his upbringing in Spokane, WA. Hodges has held numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Gladstone Gallery, New York. A retrospective of his work was presented at the Walker Art Center and Dallas Museum of Art in 2013 and 2014.