Projects & Exhibitions

Current and Past Exhibitions:

Images posted were either part of or featured in the listed exhibition.

Inheritance: A Lineage of Black Art

Presented by The Collective (CMPLX)

Jan. 11 thru Feb. 1


“Lineage” would bring together artists who have laid the ground work for black art in this city and young emerging artists to bring together multiple generations of black art. The exhibition was curated by Grace Stewart and Lawrence Matthews.


A Black arts renaissance takes center stage as a bevy of artists, artisans and supporters, gather in the historically Black neighborhood of Orange Mound to celebrate the opening of The Complex (CMPLX), a gallery space built by The CLTV in Memphis, Tennessee.


The CLTV is a commune of Black creators who are continuing the rich, creative legacy embedded within the city’s framework. Their goal is to position their art as an outlet to express the joy, the fear and frustration of living while Black in America, Memphis and beyond.

Homeward Bound

Location: Crosstown Arts West Gallery

On view: Dec. 14-Jan. 27


Group exhibition addressing the complex theme of “home.” A place of home has very different meanings to all of us. Sometimes it is a memory, a sense of place, a person, a dream, a certain chaos, a metaphorical anchor, a roof over our heads.


“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”

   -Henry David Thoreau

A•GEN•CY: A Home In The World - Reception

Location: Memphis College of Art
A For Freedom Initiative

On view: October 12 – November 4
Curated by Lester Julian Merriweather


In partnership with the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, A•GEN•CY: A Home in the World is an exploration of what it means to be a free person of color within the current experiment of American democracy. The intention of A•GEN•CY is to examine two pillars of the For Freedoms platform: Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.


For Freedoms is a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States. In a world where there can be potentially narrow expectations concerning how artists of color address the construct of race in historical terms, this exhibition takes a different approach. The works in A•GEN•CY express ideas around the freedom to be a person of color living in a viscerally racialized America. A•GEN •CY examines ways people of color thrive in a moment where the concept of race is used as a weapon against them.


"A History of Strange Fruit", Screen Print U of M Printmaking Workshop.

Here and Now:

Printmaking and the Political Present

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

On view: October 8 - November 9, 2018

Reception: October 12, 5-7 PM


Here and Now: Printmaking and the Political Present is an exhibition of prints by Memphis-based artists exploring social issues of our contemporary moment. Artists include Maritza Dávila, Vanessa González-Hernández, Nelson Gutierrez, Lawrence Matthews, Carl Moore, Joel Parsons, Jennifer Sargent, and Yancy Villa-Calvo.


Master printmaker Maritza Dávila has led artists in a series of workshops formulating concepts and producing the prints on view. Artists explore topics such as gentrification, climate change, gun violence, queer politics, immigration, education, and non-violent protest in their work.


The exhibition runs concurrently with Freedom of the Press: Posters from Progressive Print Shops, 1960s-1990s, an exhibition organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, California.


Carl E. Moore    "Going Day By Day"

Matthew Hasty "Radiance"

Show opens October 3 - 27

Reception, Friday October 5, 2018, 6 - 8pm

“Going Day by Day” is an investigation of work and series created between 2013 and 2018. This period is reflective of work that is experimental, personal and socially driven based on specific concepts and themes. The goal is to show that by combining artwork from different series, the work still maintains a consistent ongoing narrative. I try to create non-sequential stories of daily life within the black community by placing the characters in possible past, present or future situations.


“Going Day by Day” is a representation of how we live and what it takes to live from day to day in a world that’s become very complex and unstable as it relates to our Freedoms.

October 1, 8 and 17, Sponsored by the Brooks Museum and Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN

October 6, Sponsored by The University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, Jackson, TN

For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. We produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.


Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms Federation encourages new forms of critical discourse. Our mission is to use art as a vehicle to build greater participation in American Democracy.




For Freedoms Federation is a sponsored project of Artadia, a non profit arts service organization. Contributions to For Freedoms are tax-deductible and support educational programs, exhibitions, and partnerships with museums and other not for profit organizations. For Freedoms Federation is supported by The Quiet Fund, The Surdna Foundation, The Bromley Foundation, Open Box, VIA Art Fund, The Westridge Foundation, The Muriel Pollia Foundation, the For Freedoms Advisory Committee, and many generous individuals.


Detangling/Unraveling the Politics of Hair:

Marginalization, Resistance and Empowerment

in Black TN

Curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Karen Sullivan

Diverse and Beautiful: African American Art in TN and Appalachia


September 6 to 28, 2018, Tipton Gallery

Performance of ‘Madam C.J. Walker’, from slave to first African American woman millionaire by storyteller and musician Valarie Houston during the reception and festival


Sponsored by the ETSU Student Activities Allocation Funds & partnership with the Language & Culture Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, School of Continuing Studies, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Johnson City Public Library, and select public schools in the East TN region.


The exhibition explore the politics of hair and its nuanced roles in the negotiation of identity and race. The artists invited employ hair as agency, either as subject matter or media, as intentional element in their reinvestigation of African American historical narratives, with conscious effort for self-representation, and to reconnect to their cultural heritage to reveal the mechanisms of marginalization, stereotyping and construction of identity towards more empowered future.

Memphis College of Art

Biennial Alumni Exhibition

Memphis College of art will host it's final  Alumni Biennial Exhibition

On View: May 26 – July 15 in Rust Hall.


The exhibit will be juried by a panel of three creative leaders – Julie Pierotti, Curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Grace Stewart, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Metal Museum, and Dolph Smith, MCA Professor Emeritus.


Closing Reception: Friday July 13, 2018

On exhibit: "We the People", Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 48, 2018.

For "Life, Liberty and The

Pursuit of Happiness!"

Jewish Community Center, May 1 - 31, 2018

“For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, reflects multiple themes and concepts that directly or indirectly take place in the black community. The show title addresses everyone’s right to the idea of the American Dream, the right to Equal Justice and the ability to provide for our family. This should apply to everyone.

6560 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38138

(901) 761-0810

"And Justice For All"


Gallery 130 . Meek Hall . University of Mississippi

January 19 - February 22, 2018


The exhibition “And Justice for All” is an ongoing discussion about inequality, discrimination, illegal search and seizure, and police shootings in the black community. This is also paralleled by rampant black on black violence that can be attributed to years of systemic racism, a flawed justice system and the incarceration of minorities for little or no crimes for which they are given extended prison sentences. The result has been a reduction of the black family dynamic and the growth of single parent households.


The University of Mississippi

Meek Hall, Rm. 232

University, MS 38677



"Good Neighbors"

On exhibition doing the play "Fences"



The work in the show "Good Neighbors" is indirect reference to the play "Fences". The paintings represent characters that you would find living and working in your neighborhood. The approach for this work was too develop images that only dealt with most important or needed information to create a narrative about the characters and the scene. There is no background, so the paper serves as the base for these decal like images.


Organized by Artist Link of Memphis

The Play "Fences" and the exhibition

On view  January 19 - February 4, 2018


Theater Memphis

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

Box Office: 901.682.8323


Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response

Photo by Cindy Putnam McMillion

Emmett O'Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration

Special thanks to Metropolitan Bank and the Emmett O'Ryan family for their continued support of the Arts.

The Black Experience

A rebirth of [February] Black History Month


January 13 - 27, 2017

Thanks to the Editor and "The Pinch Journal" Staff

for selecting my work to be part of Volume 37, 2017 Spring issue.

The Tiny Work Show

Jay Etkins Gallery, December 9 - December 31, 2016

L | Ross Gallery

Holiday Exhibition, December 9 - December 31, 2016

Circuitous Succession Epilogue 3

October 21 - December 3, 2016

Art 101

The 101 Pop up Gallery Space, 101 South Main St., Memphis TN
October 7 - October 25, 2016

Politics and Power

October 6 - November 26, 2016, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York


The Kroc Center, Exhibition Aug. 10 - Sept. 14 2016

Memphis College of Art Alumni Exhibition

Memphis College of Art Presents the 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition


Exhibition June 3 - 25, 2016

Some Things are just Black and White

The Downtown Memphis Commission, April 22 - June 1

Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Tactic

Lamont Gallery, Phillip Exeter Academy, New Hampshire
March 25 - April 30, 2016