Mitchell Squire is an American installation artist, sculptor, and performance artist. He was born in Natchez, Mississippi and has a B.A. in architecture and Masters degree in Architecture from Iowa State University. He primarily focuses on exploring culture through acquired artifacts and the inability to express pain. Squire is currently a professor at Iowa State University and lives in Ames, Iowa. Squire's work is held in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Regarding Squire's "Gladiators" exposition, the Minneapolis Institute of Art wrote:
From afar, the large, striking lithograph seems to depict a collection of elegant translucent perfume bottles. Upon closer inspection, the black silhouettes reveal themselves as law enforcement targets—faceless black male torsos—in an arbitrary pile suggestive of a mass grave, the bodies too numerous to count.
Another installation features a law enforcement paper gun range targets riddled with bullet holes.