Alpha Dog, Sketch Painting, Acrylic on Cardboard 2017
I live and work in Memphis, TN as an Artist and Designer.
The work I’ve created over the last few years has dealt with identity and color. During this process my goal was too compare social ideologies about race, stereotypes, and belief systems to everyday colors and the perception of these colors in our environment. As part of my process, Black has always been a color of identity for Black people, Black American, African American, etc. Just as White, for Caucasian or those of Anglo or European descent, Red as a color for Native Americans (Also deemed as inappropriate) and Brown for the South and Central American population.
The color black has always had a negative representation for being compared to death, bad or poor quality and even race. I’ve taken the color black and made it the narrative, and used it as part of the emotional conversation. The goal is to make the dialogue more about the artwork and less about the color of the characters, even though the characters are part of that narrative.
I use media based events as the primary theme of my work, by taking those situations and reducing them down to their most basic form, it allows me to direct the narrative. I use color and content to redefine the conversation by developing a social connection between the characters and their environment. The color becomes an important part of that dialogue, and the content becomes part of the social statement.
I consider my work to be a form of visual communication using simplicity and depth to express social and ethical issues. My goal is to create a conversation between both the personal and public by using color and composition to express mood, situation and ideas. By placing people and objects in common and uncommon situations, it allows me to deal with specific subjects from various perspectives.
1982  Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, IL, Drawing and Painting Development.
1983  Canton Public High, Canton, MS.
1987  Memphis  College of Art, Memphis, TN. B.F.A., Illustration, Graphic Design and Painting.
2012  Memphis  College of Art, Memphis, TN MFA, Art and Studio Practice.

1980 Jun:  Modern, OP and Pop Art, Madison County Public Library, Canton MS.
1990 Feb:  People Time, Memphis Public Library, The Turner Clark Gallery, Memphis TN.
2005 Sep:  People Time, Gallery 314, Memphis TN
2006 Feb:  People, Places, Perspective, William A. Goodwyn Gallery, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, Memphis TN
2006 Sep:  People, Places, Perspective 2, William A. Goodwyn Gallery, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, Memphis TN
2007 Sep:  Cases of Sin, Caseworks Exhibition Space, Art Museum of The University of Memphis, Memphis TN
2008 Nov:  Project Genesis, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
2009 Aug:  Carl E. Moore in Retrospect, Caritas Village Hope Gallery, A 10 Year Evaluation, Memphis TN
2010 Feb:  Series Paintings, Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery, Memphis TN
2010 May:  People, Places, Perspective Revisited, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
2012 Apr:  Jack Robinson Gallery, The Absence of Evidence, Rhodes College Curatorial Program. (1 night)
2013 May:  Caritas Village, Memphis Social Art Exposition Celebrating in collaboration with the New York arts scene. Memphis TN
2014 May:  Common Ground, Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery, Memphis TN
2014 Sep:  An American Dream, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
2015 Apr:  The Dual Show Experience: Only Black and White & Desperately Seeking Attention, Scottish Rite, Memphis TN
2016 Apr:  Some Things are just Black and White”, Downtown Memphis Commission, Rhodes College Curatorial Program. (1 night)
2016 Aug:  Being Human, The Kroc Center Gallery Space, Memphis, TN
2018 Feb:  An Justice for All, University of Mississippi Meek Hall, Gallery 130. Dept. of Art & Art History. Oxford, MS
2018 May:  For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Toward Justice Project”.
2018 Oct:  For Freedom National Billboard Campaign “...and Justice for all” , Sponsored by the Brooks Museum.
2018 Oct:  “...and Justice for All” For Freedom Exhibition, Freedom from Fear. Memphis Brooks Museum.
2019 Feb:  At Your Discretion, ArtUp Gallery, South Main Memphis Artspace, Memphis, Tn.

1982 July:  Juried Exhibition, Buckingham Fountain City Wide Art Competition. Chicago Illinois. (Second Place Award)
1986 Aug:  The Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis College of Art Student Show.
1987 April:  Memphis College of Art, Graduating Class of 1987, Painting and Design.
2005 May:  A Rushing Mighty Wind, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
2006 Nov:  Lantana Projects, “Class of 2006 Show”, Best artworks of the 2006 Memphis TN.
2007 Apr:  Lantana Projects, New Emerging Artist Series No. 1, Highlighting Six Emerging Artist in Memphis.
2007 Sep:  Marshall Arts, “Delta Axis and Nia Fuse3 Salon 3 Show”, Memphis TN.
2008 Jul:  L | Ross Gallery Summer show, Memphis TN.
2008 Jul:  Tougaloo College Art Colony “Hot Art”, Jackson MS.
2009 Aug:  Works on Paper, L | Ross Gallery, Summer Group, Memphis TN.
2009 Aug:  Rozelle Artist Guild Inc., Project Sketchbook Exhibition, Memphis TN.
2009 Dec:  L | Ross Gallery, December Holiday Group Show, Memphis TN.
2010 Aug:  L | Ross Gallery, Works on Paper, Summer Group Show, Memphis TN.
2011 Jan:  Vaughn Cultural Center Urban League, St. Louis, Mo., “Migration Back” A Collaborative: Carl E. Moore & Dail Chamber.
2011 Apr:  West Memorial Gallery, “Works on Paper” Memphis College of Art Graduate Show.
2011 Apr:  Select Paintings, Service Master Headquarters Downtown Memphis TN.
2011 Apr: The Spirit of Color, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance, and Firehouse Arts, Memphis, TN. (Artist and Curator)
2011 Aug:  L | Ross Gallery, Works on Paper, Memphis, TN.
2011 Dec:  Memphis Connections Art Show, Collaborative Group Show, Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN. (1 Night)
2012 Feb:  Winter Invitational, Gallery 56 Memphis, TN.
2012 Apr:  Influx, Memphis College of Art MFA Thesis Show, Nesin Graduate Building Memphis, TN.
2012 May:  Memphis College of Art Alumni Association Annual Juried Summer Exhibition, Memphis, TN.
2012 Jun:  L | Ross Gallery, “I Can See You House from the Highway”, Two person show, Artist Carl E. Moore and Melissa Dunn.
2012 Jun:  Unveil Downtown Art walk & Exhibition, 20 Artist, 20 Days, 20 Spaces Juried Exhibition. Memphis, TN.
2012 Aug:  Select Artwork, L | Ross Gallery, Works on Paper. Memphis, TN.
2013 Jan:  Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, Memphis College Art. Hyde Gallery Memphis, TN.
2013 Feb:  Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001 - 2013, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, TN.
2013 Apr:  The Power of the Unicorn, Marshall Arts Contemporary Space, Memphis, TN.
2013 Nov:  Imagining Unicorns, Delta Arts, Contemporary Art Gallery, West Memphis, AR.
2013 Dec:  Choice Life over Aids Exhibition, Caritas Village Hope Gallery, Memphis TN.
2014 Feb:  Inspired Resistance, Crosstown Arts Gallery, Cleveland St., Memphis, TN.
2014 Sep:  Art of Science, Hyde Gallery, Memphis, TN.
2014 Oct:  Portraits and Figures: Works by Joyce Gingold and Carl Moore, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.
2015 Oct:  Circuitous Epilogue 2, Masonic Contemporary, Scottish Rite Building, Memphis, TN.
2016 Jan:  L | Ross Gallery Anniversary Show, Memphis, TN.
2016 Mar:  Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Tactic Lamont Gallery, Phillip Exeter Academy, New Hampshire.
2016 May:  Memphis College of Art 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition, Memphis, TN.
2016 Oct:  Politics and Power, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York.
2016 Oct:  Art 101, Pop up Gallery Space, Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis TN.
2016 Oct:  Circuitous Succession Epilogue 3, Masonic Contemporary, Memphis, TN.
2016 Dec:  The Tiny Show, Work 6 x 6 inches and under. Jay Etkin Gallery Memphis, TN.
2017 Jan:  #HereToStay: Art of Reliance, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis Legal Center Immigration Justice Program. Memphis TN.
2017 Jan:  A Retrospective” Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Mallory/Wurtzburger Gallery, Artist Series, 2008 – 2015. Memphis, TN.
2017 Nov:  Art | Race | Violence: A Collaborative Response, Crosstown Arts Concourse, Memphis, TN.
2018 May:  Memphis College of Art 2018 Biennial Alumni Final Exhibition, May -July Memphis, TN.
2018 Sep:  Detangling/Unraveling the Politics of Hair: Marginalization, Resistance and Empowerment, ETSU East, TN Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN.
2018 Oct:   Going Day by Day, (Two man show) with Matthew Hasty, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN.
2018 Oct:   Here and Now: Printmaking and the Political Present, Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, Univ. of Memphis.
2018 Oct:   Agency, a series of Exhibition sponsored by the For Freedoms Project, Memphis College of Art.
2018 Dec:  Homeward Bound, An exhibition addressing the complex theme of “home.” Crosstown Arts West Gallery.
2019 Jan:  Inheritance: A Lineage of Black Art, curated by The collective Art Group, at the CMPLX Gallery, Memphis, TN.
2019 Feb:  Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks, Crosstown Arts East Gallery, Brooks Museum of Art.
2019 Mar:  Dear Artist, Presented by (AMUM) Art Museum University of Memphis and The Young Arts Patron. Memphis, TN
2019 May:  Dallas Art Fair, Booth Represented by Zieher Smith Gallery Nashville. Dallas Texas.
2019 Jun:  Unfolding, Arts Memphis Bicentennial Exhibition, Celebrating Memphis 200 year Anniversary. Memphis, TN.
2019 Jun:  Art of the South, Number Inc. Mid-South Art Journal, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN.
2019 Jun:  Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition, Knoxville’s Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN.
2019 Aug:  Artist Spotlight Exhibition, “2 Artist, 2 Walls, 2 Weeks, Jay Etkin Gallery with artist Kiara Sally Memphis, TN.
2019 Oct:  CMPLX Memphis (The collective), "Thug", An Exploration of Black Masculinity Through Identity, Memphis, TN.

2009-2016:  Art Committee Chair of the Caritas Village Hope Gallery Art Space, Memphis, TN. (Curated over 80 monthly Shows)
2009 Nov:  Caritas Village Hope Gallery, First Annual Peace Exhibition, Memphis, TN.
2010 Oct:  Caritas Village, [choice] Life over Aids, HIV/AIDS Awareness.
2011 Jan:  Gallery Curator, Memphis Blacks Arts Alliance, Fire House Arts, Memphis, TN. (Curated 2 Shows)
2011 Feb:  Caritas Village, Village People: The Salon Show, Celebrating art and Community.
2011 July:  A Retrospective of Leonard West, (Posthumously), Memphis Black Arts Alliance Firehouse Arts. Memphis, TN.
2012 Feb:  Village People, Caritas Village, Celebrating Black History Month.
2012 Dec:  Caritas Village, [choice] Life Over Aids Exhibition, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Group Show.
2013 Jan:  Caritas Village: Community Collective, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery Nashville, TN.
2014 May:  Gallery Coordinator, Memphis College of Art Biennial Exhibition, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art.
2016 Jun:  THE MAN SHOW, an Examination of Manhood in the last 50 Years, L | Ross Gallery Memphis, TN.
2017 Feb:  The Black Experience, The Rebirth of Black History Month, Orange Mound Gallery Memphis, TN.
2012:  Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, Group show MCA Nesin Graduate School.
2017:  “The Pinch Journal” Vol. 37, 2017 spring issue. Selected works, University of Memphis.
2018:  “Detangling, Unraveling” The Politics of Hair: Black Tennessee, ETSU East, TN Slocumb Galleries at the Tipton Gallery Exhibition Catalog. Diverse & Beautiful Collaboration: Black Tennessee.
2018:  “Memphis Studios: A Visual Tour" By Cecil Humphreys, Photographs by Murray Riss. TOOF | American Digital Printing, Memphis, TN.

2015-2019  Board Member for Number: Inc. Regional Art Publication, Outreach Committee Chair
2015-2019  Memphis College of Art Graduate Student Advisor, 2015 - 2019
2011-2015  Memphis Urban Arts Commission, Public Arts Over site Committee
2011-2014  President of the Memphis College of Art Alumni Association
2008-2016  Art Committee & Art Space Coordinator, Caritas Village, Memphis, TN. (A Community Non-Profit Space)
2008-2011  Vice-President of the Memphis College of Art Alumni Association

2017-2018  Lecturing Assistant Professor, Intro to Painting. Rhodes College
2008  Adjunct Professor, Digital Arts for Artist
2008  Tougaloo College Art Colony, July 12 - 18th, Jackson, MS, Life Drawing Instructor
1998-2008  Freelance Art Director, Podium Records Bountiful Blessings COGIC, Memphis, TN
1997-Present  Broadcast Graphic Designer, News Channel 3 (CBS affiliate)
1989-1997  Illustrator and Draftsman, Dept. of Defense (Training Division)
1988  Billboard Artist, Peck Industries

2008 Dec:  “Masterworks to Fun House” A Year of Art in Memphis, the Memphis Flyer, Memphis, TN.
2009: Sep: “Project Genesis” Art Review, Number Magazine, University of Memphis Publication, Vol. 22, No. 1. No. 63.
2009 Aug:  “The Art of Saying More with Less”, Commercial Appeal Go Memphis.
2009 Aug:  “Paper Play” Works on Paper at L | Ross Gallery, Memphis Flyer.
2009 Dec:  Commercial Appeal, “Arts Scene Kept Great Exhibits Coming”.
2010 May:  Connecting Memphis: “Interviewer: Cindy McMillion. Connecting Memphis
2010 May:  Commercial Appeal: Art Review: L. Ross Gallery “Pits Contrasting Visions of Reality, Dreams”.
2010 Aug:  Commercial Appeal: Art Review, Group Shows, “Group shows are booster for August Doldrums”, Friday.
2012 Jan:   Memphis Daily News: New Mural to Brighten Cooper-Young Entrance.
2012 May:  Commercial Appeal: “Adding Splash of color to Main Street”.
2012 May:  Commercial Appeal: Art Review: Something for everyone at MCA’s Alumni Exhibit.
2012 May:  Commercial Appeal: “Domestic Focus” for Carl Moore and Melissa Dunn at L. Ross Gallery.
2012 Dec:  Memphis Flyer: The End, A Recap of art in Memphis in 2012.
2012 Dec:  Commercial Appeal Go Memphis: Memphis’ top exhibitions rife with revelations, By Fredric Koeppel.
2013 Feb:  Commercial Appeal: Notions of blackness take form in ‘Singular Masses’ exhibit.
2013 Jul:  RSVP Magazine | Street Seen July Issue, Capturing a Community in a Mural, Cooper Young Mural Project.
2014 Feb:  Memphis Flyer: “Inspired Resistance” at Crosstown Arts Exhibition.
2014 Feb:  Numbers Magazine: Summer 2014, Public Art Issue. “Cooper-Young”. Number Magazine Issue No. 79.
2014 Sep:  Commercial Appeal: Carl E. Moore Laments Loss of Innocence in Pastel Colors.
2018 Oct:  Memphis Flyer: “The Dixon, Fogelman Galleries explore political printmaking in new exhibitions”., By Elle Perry.

2017 May:  The Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration is given annually by Metropolitan Bank and Butler Snow LLP to an outstanding visual artist. The award is named in honor of Emmett O’Ryan, a founding Board Member of Metropolitan Bank.

2018 Nov:  Pyramid Peak Foundation Art Acquisition, “People, Places and Scenes” Series, Race and Violence Exhibition.

2020 Feb-Dec:  Crosstown Visual Arts Residency Program, 1350 Concourse Ave, #280 Memphis, TN 38104.

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