James Little - Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Born: Memphis, TN

Lives and works in New York City



1976   MFA, Syracuse University (Fellow), Syracuse, NY

1974   BFA, Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN



2016    “Informed by Rhythm: Recent Works by James Little”, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA

2015    “Color/Barriers: Recent Work”, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

2013    “Never Say Never”, essay by Karen Wilkin, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

2011    “Ex Pluribus Unum: New Paintings”, essay by Mario Naves, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

2009    “De-Classified”, essay by James Harithas, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

2003    “Beyond Geometry: New Paintings”, essay by Robert C. Morgan, L.I.C.K. Ltd. Fine Art, Long Island City, NY

1995   “Recent Abstract Paintings”, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY

1992   “James Little: Selected Works from the Past Decade”, Lubin House Gallery, Syracuse University, New York

1990   “Tondos and Ovals”, essay by April Kingsley, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

1989   “James Little: Recent Paintings”, The Christian Science Church, Boston, MA

1988    “James Little & Al Loving: New Work”, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

 “New York to Memphis”, Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis, TN

“New Paintings”, June Kelly Gallery, New York

1987    “New Paintings”, Liz Harris Gallery, Boston, MA

1985    “James Little: Format Paintings”, Harris Brown Gallery, Boston, MA 

1982    “Recent Oil Paintings”, essay by April Kingsley, Alternative Museum, New York

 1976   “Paintings by James Little”, curated by Ronald Kuchta, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY



2014    “Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part 2, 65th Anniversary”, with curatorial contributions by Valerie Cassel                  Oliver, Bill Arning and Dean Daderko, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

2012    “TODAY’S VISUAL LANGUAGE: SOUTHERN ABSTRACTION, A FRESH LOOK”, curated by Donan Flooz, Curator of              Exhibitions, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; digital catalogue

2010    “Abstract Relations”, collaboration between the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland and the                        University of Delaware Museum, co-curators Dr. Julie L. McGee and Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, University of Delaware,              Mechanical Hall Gallery, Mineralogical Museum, Newark, DE

            “It’s A Wonderful 10th”, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008    “Shape Shifters: New Yorks Painters”, The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina at Pembroke; catalogue

2007    “Three One-Man Exhibitions: James Little, Aimé Mpane, George Smith”, Station Museum of Contemporary Art,                      Houston, TX; brochure

2006    “The 181st Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art”, National Academy of Design, New York;                 catalogue

2005    “Different Ways of Seeing: The Expanding World of Abstraction”, The Noyes Museum of Contemporary Art,                            Oceanville, NJ

            “Optical Stimulations: American Abstract Artists”, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY

            “50 Plus”, Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            “Raising the Bar: James Little and Thornton Willis”, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 2004    “Seeds and Roots: Selections from the Permanent Collection”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

  “A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection”, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2003    “Theories: Abstract New York”, Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002    “No Greater Love, Abstraction”, Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York

             “Ajita – Unconquerable”, The Station, Houston, TX; catalogue

             “500 Works on Paper”, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York

             “Amplified Abstraction”, Chapel, Plantage, Doklaan 8-12, Amsterdam, Holland

2001    “Painted in New York City: Viewpoints of Recent Developments in Abstract Painting”, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra                      University, Hempstead, NY; catalogue

2000    “Significant Pursuits: Paint and Geometry”, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY

             “Straight Painting”, The Painting Center, New York, NY

1999   “Straight No Chaser”, The Puffin Room, The Puffin Foundation, New York

            “The Art of Absolute Desire”, 450 Broadway, New York

            “The Power of Drawing”, Westbeth Gallery, New York

 1998   “New Directions ‘98’ 14th Annual National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition”, Duchess County Art Association, Barrett Art                Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

            “New York Eight”, Luise Ross Gallery, New York

            “The Fanelli Show”, O. K. Harris Gallery, New York

            “Works On, With and Made Out of Paper”, Sideshow 195, Brooklyn, NY

“The African-American Fine Arts Collection of the New Jersey State Museum”, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

            “Postcards from Black America”, curated by Rob Perrée, De Beyerd, Center for Contemporary Art in Breda,                             Netherlands, and the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands; catalogue

“Tenth Anniversary Exhibit: Arts in the Park, Then and Now”, Memphis Arts Festival, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, TN; catalogue

“de leugenaars/the liars (I) Helder en Verzadigd Clear and Saturated, Arti et Amicitiae”, Amsterdam, Holland; catalogue

“Color, Matter, Energy”, Galerie Maria Chailloux, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Holland



Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NJ

Newark Museum, NJ

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

State University of New York, Albany, NY

Memphis Academy of Art, TN

Maatschappij Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Holland

Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

AT&T, New York and Florida

Gucci Corporation, Boston, MA

Mutual of New York Assurance Company, New York

Occidental Petroleum Company, Aberdeen, Scotland

Phillips/Schwab Inc., New York

Sherbourne, Powers and Needham, Inc., Boston, MA

Stephen Mallory Associates, New York

Veryss Corporation, Boston, MA

The Twentieth Century Fund, New York

U.N.C. Ventures, Boston

Rex Auchincloss Collection, New York

The Paul Jones Collection, Atlanta, GA

James and Ann Harithas Collection, Houston, TX



2009               Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, New York

2000               Pollock-Krasner Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York

1999               Finalist, Triangle Artists Workshop, World Trade Center, New York

1997               Honorarium, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

                       Honorarium, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1994               Honorarium, The Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

1992               Honorarium, Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Inc., Jamaica, NY

1987                Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Printmaking Workshop, New York

1983               Honorarium, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN

                       Honorarium, Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN

1981                Creative Artists Public Service Grant, New York State, New York

1975                Marion Jones Fellowship, Syracuse University, NY

1974               Afro-American Studies Fellowship, Syracuse University, NY

           Honorarium, Southwestern University, Memphis, TN