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TERRELL JAMES BIOGRAPHY
www.terrelljames.com


Born in 1955 in Houston, TX


Education


1972-73 School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
1973 Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Print Annex, Ignacio Ramirez Cultural Center, Instituto de Belles Artes, Universidad
de Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
1973-77BA Fine Arts, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
(Graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa)
1978-79 School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas


Museum and Foundation Collections


Albee Foundation, NY
The Barrett Collection, Dallas, Gifted to Dallas Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington, N.C.
Casa Lamm/Televisa Cultural Foundation and Museum, Mexico, D.F.
Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Free International University World Art Collection, Triodos Bank Nederland, Zeist,
The Netherlands
Fundacion Vergel, Cuernavaca and New York
Menil Collection, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Museum of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Norman T. Reynolds, Houston
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Rice University Print Collection, Houston
Portland Art Museum, OR
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, at Cascade Head Experimental Forest, Otis, OR
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
University of St. Thomas, Houston
The Watermill Collection, Water Mill, N.Y.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Selected Public and Private Collections


American Airlines, Dallas
Bering Realty Consulting, Houston
Cisco Systems, Houston
El Paso Energy, Houston
Enron Corporation, Houston
Exxon Chemical, Darien, Connecticut and Houston
Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas
Frito Lay, Plano, TX
Galaxy Macao Resort Hotel, China
Hilton Americas, Houston
Houston Lighting and Power Collection, Houston
Iberia Bank, Houston
Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Dallas and White Plains, NY
Sands Hotel, Macao, China
Southern Crow Music, Inc., Topanga, CA
Southwestern Bell, San Antonio, TX and St. Louis, MI
Technical Risks, Inc., Houston
Texaco, Inc., Houston
Texas State Bank, McAllen , TX
Touche Ross and Company, Houston
Vitol, Houston
Willamett Industries, Paper Group, Portland, OR
W.S. Bellows Construction Corporation, Houston


Solo Exhibitions


2013
Terrell James: Maritime Forest, May 4-June 29, Houston, TX

2012
Troupe: New Paintings, Terrell James, May, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR (seven
previous exhibitions beginning 1996)

2011
Field Study, May - October, The Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Terrell James: Four Paintings, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Terrell James: Citizen, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX

2010
Jason McCoy Gallery, Terrell James: Mooring, New York, NY (two previous
exhibitions starting 2004. 2007, catalogue)


2008
Devin Borden Hiram Butler, Terrell James: Preoccupations, Houston, TX (eleven
previous exhibitions beginning 1991)
Gerald Peters Gallery, Terrell James, Dallas, TX ( two previous exhibitions beginning
2003; Pillsbury Peters 2001, catalogue)

1997
Art Museum of South Texas, Terrell James, Corpus Christi, TX (catalogue)

1992
Loyola University, Downtown Gallery, The Quiet Birth of an Island, New Orleans, LA

1991
C.G. Jung Center, The Lure of Things That are Seen and Heard, Houston, TX

1989
Graham Gallery, Archaic Figures, (three previous exhibitions), Houston, TX


Group Exhibitions


2012
Skydive Collective, Prologue 2012, February 4 to February 28, Houston, TX
Froelick Gallery, Large Inventory Show, January 31 to February 15, Portland, OR
(twelve previous group exhibitions)

2011
Synthetic Supports: Plastic is the New Paper, MFAH, October 4th until January 29,

2012.
Working in the Abstract, Rethinking the Literal, The Glassell School of Art, The
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Southern/Pacific, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Marfa, TX, and GalleryHOMELAND,
Portland, OR:
Second Nature: Contemporary Landscapes from the MFAH Collection
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Froelick Gallery, Portland: Pop-up Gallery Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA
Jason McCoy Gallery, New York: 70 Years of Abstract Painting - Excerpts
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (two previous group exhibitions starting 2009)

2010
Barry Whistler Gallery, Berliner Geschichten: Terrell James, Bo Joseph, Adam
Raymont, Dallas, TX
Jason McCoy Gallery, I AM NATURE, New York, NY

2009
Stadtbad, Wedding, Berlin, SAVE BERLIN!, curated by Daniel Borden, produced by
ExBerliner Magazine
Gallery Homeland, Kunsthalle: Deutschland nach Portland, curated by Paul
Middendorf, Portland, OR
Jason McCoy Gallery, Abendlich, curated by Stephanie B. Simmons, New York, NY
Barry Whistler Gallery, Announcement, Dallas, TX

2007
Museo de la Nacion, Amistad, curated by Gus Kopriva, Lima, Peru (catalogue)
Froelick Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, Desoto Building, July, Portland, OR
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX (twelve previous group exhibitions)

2006
Arlington Museum of Art, curated by Anne Allen, September, Arlington, TX
Museum of Shanghai, Houston Contemporary, China, July, catalogue
Sin Sin Fine Art, Three, US, Hong Kong, China, July, curated by Elsie Fung (catalogue,
context, summer group shows, each representing different countries)

2005
Houston Museum of Contemporary Craft and Heritage Gallery, J.P. Morgan Chase
Bank, Empty Bowls Project, organized by Marie Weichman, March
Independent Vision, curated by Debbie McNulty, Art League of Houston, TX
Heritage Gallery, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank Building, downtown Houston
Barrett Collection, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
January

2004
Faculty Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September- October,
curated by Valerie Olsen and Joe Havel, catalogue

2003
Recent Acquisitions, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Ongoing Installation, Free International University World Art Collection, organized
by Waldo Bien, Zeiss, The Netherlands

2002
New Works from the Collection, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

2000
Works on Paper: Acquisitions, 1997-2000, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Four Artists: Leandro Erlich, Joseph Havel, Terrell James, Dean Ruck, curated by
Hiram Butler, Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX

1999
Sensibilities: From Representation to Abstraction, curated by Bobby Mohseni, Hong
Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China

1997
With a Quiet Strength: Virgil Grotfeldt/Terrell James, curated by Clint Willour,
Galveston Arts Center, TX

1995
Texas Modern and Post Modern, curated by Alison de Lima Greene, Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston, TX

1994
Works on Paper from the Collection, Centro Cultural-Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico
City, Mexico

1993
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees, curated by Lynn M. Herbert, The
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX


Grants, Commissions, and Residencies


2011
Residency Fellow, Bald Head Island, NC
Galaxy Hotel, Macao, China; Commission paintings, private and public spaces

2010
Visual Arts Fellow, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY

2009
Azuma Robata Grill and Sushi Bar, Houston, TX; Commissioned mural
Sands Hotel, Macao, China; Commissioned paintings, private and public spaces
Gensler Architects, Houston; Installation: One Mural, One Painting

2008
Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, TFAA Art Recognition Award

2007
Avant Garden, Houston; Installation wall
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas and White Plains, N.Y.; Commissioned paintings, private
suites and residences

2003-4
Hilton Americas, Houston; Commissioned paintings, entrances and lobby

2001-02
Gensler Architects, Dallas; Installation of “Archaic Figures, 1 and 2”

1986-87
Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Creative Artist Program Award; selection
committee: Sam Gilliam, Neil Printz, and Linda Shearer

1980
Houston Festival, three month installation, Sailpiece, 180 x 60 x 35’ hanging
construction using construction safety netting with fireproofing sheets and
spinnaker sails





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