HINDSIGHT Exhibition billboard, Art Museum of the University of Memphis 2020. (Image from painting"Protest and Fire")
My work Deals with Color and identity. My goal is to compare social ideologies about race, stereotypes, and belief systems to everyday colors and the perception of these colors in our environment.
I use media-based events as the primary theme of my work, reducing situations down to their most basic 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.
The work is a form of visual communication using simplicity and depth to express social and ethical issues. I want 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 Modern, OP and Pop Art, Madison County Public Library, Canton MS.
1990 People Time, Memphis Public Library, The Turner Clark Gallery, Memphis TN.
2005 People Time 2, Gallery 314, Memphis TN
2006 People, Places, Perspective, William A. Goodwyn Gallery, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, Memphis TN
2007 Cases of Sin, Caseworks Exhibition Space, Art Museum of The University of Memphis, Memphis TN
2008 Project Genesis, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
2009 Carl E. Moore in Retrospect, Caritas Village Hope Gallery, A 10 Year Evaluation, Memphis TN
Series Paintings, Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery, Memphis TN
- People, Places, Perspective Revisited, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
2012 Jack Robinson Gallery, The Absence of Evidence, Rhodes College Curatorial Program. (1 night)
2013 Caritas Village, Memphis Social Art Exposition Celebrating in collaboration with the New York arts scene.
- Common Ground, Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery, Memphis TN
- An American Dream, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis TN
2015 The Dual Show Experience: Only Black and White & Desperately Seeking Attention, Scottish Rite, Memphis TN
- Some Things are just Black and White”, Downtown Memphis Commission, Rhodes College Curatorial Program. (1 night)
- Being Human, The Kroc Center Gallery Space, Memphis, TN
- And Justice for All, University of Mississippi Meek Hall, Gallery 130. Dept. of Art & Art History. Oxford, MS
- For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Toward Justice Project”.
- For Freedom National Billboard Campaign “...and Justice for all” , Sponsored by the Brooks Museum. forfreedoms.org
- “...and Justice for All” For Freedom Exhibition, Freedom from Fear. Memphis Brooks Museum. forfreedom.org
2019 At Your Discretion, ArtUp Gallery, South Main Memphis Artspace, Memphis, Tn.
2022 PAUSE: People, Places and Scenes, The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Curated, Pine Bluff, Ark. Jessica Lenehan. Feb. 3 -April 28, 2022
- The Revolution Has Been Televised, Austin Peay State University, New Gallery, Clarksville, TN. Jan. 11 - Feb. 10
- From The Studio, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis TN. March 17 - April 29. Part on the Tennessee Triennial RE-PAIR Venues Exhibitions.
- Liberation,
The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts and Office of Multicultural Affairs, Fine Arts Building Gallery. January 9 - February 10
1982 Juried Exhibition, Buckingham Fountain City Wide Art Competition. Chicago Illinois. (Second Place Award)
1986 The Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis College of Art Student Show.
1987 Memphis College of Art, Graduating Class of 1987, Painting and Design.
2005 A Rushing Mighty Wind, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
2006 Lantana Projects, “Class of 2006 Show”, Best artworks of the 2006 Memphis TN.
Lantana Projects, New Emerging Artist Series No. 1, Highlighting Six Emerging Artist in Memphis.
- Marshall Arts, “Delta Axis and Nia Fuse3 Salon 3 Show”, Memphis TN.
L | Ross Gallery Summer show, Memphis TN.
- Tougaloo College Art Colony “Hot Art”, Jackson MS.
Works on Paper, L | Ross Gallery, Summer Group, Memphis TN.
- Rozelle Artist Guild Inc., Project Sketchbook Exhibition, Memphis TN.
Vaughn Cultural Center Urban League, St. Louis, Mo., “Migration Back” A Collaborative: Carl E. Moore & Dail Chamber.
- West Memorial Gallery, “Works on Paper” Memphis College of Art Graduate Show.
- Select Paintings, Service Master Headquarters Downtown Memphis TN.
- The Spirit of Color, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance, and Firehouse Arts, Memphis, TN. (Artist and Curator)
- L | Ross Gallery, Works on Paper, Memphis, TN.
- Memphis Connections Art Show, Collaborative Group Show, Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN. (1 Night)
Winter Invitational, Gallery 56 Memphis, TN.
- Influx, Memphis College of Art MFA Thesis Show, Nesin Graduate Building Memphis, TN.
- Memphis College of Art Alumni Association Annual Juried Summer Exhibition, Memphis, TN.
- L | Ross Gallery, “I Can See You House from the Highway”, Two person show, Artist Carl E. Moore and Melissa Dunn.
- Unveil Downtown Art walk & Exhibition, 20 Artist, 20 Days, 20 Spaces Juried Exhibition. Memphis, TN.
- Select Artwork, L | Ross Gallery, Works on Paper. Memphis, TN.
Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, Memphis College Art. Hyde Gallery Memphis, TN.
- Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001 - 2013, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, TN.
- The Power of the Unicorn, Marshall Arts Contemporary Space, Memphis, TN.
- Imagining Unicorns, Delta Arts, Contemporary Art Gallery, West Memphis, AR.
- Choice Life over Aids Exhibition, Caritas Village Hope Gallery, Memphis TN.
Inspired Resistance, Crosstown Arts Gallery, Cleveland St., Memphis, TN.
- Art of Science, Hyde Gallery, Memphis, TN.
- Portraits and Figures: Works by Joyce Gingold and Carl Moore, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.
2015 Circuitous Epilogue 2, Masonic Contemporary, Scottish Rite Building, Memphis, TN.
L | Ross Gallery Anniversary Show, Memphis, TN.
- Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Tactic Lamont Gallery, Phillip Exeter Academy, New Hampshire.
- Memphis College of Art 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition, Memphis, TN.
- Politics and Power, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York.
- Art 101, Pop up Gallery Space, Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis TN.
- Circuitous Succession Epilogue 3, Masonic Contemporary, Memphis, TN.
- The Tiny Show, Work 6 x 6 inches and under. Jay Etkin Gallery Memphis, TN.
#HereToStay: Art of Reliance, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis Legal Center Immigration Justice Program. Memphis TN.
- A Retrospective” Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Mallory/Wurtzburger Gallery, Artist Series, 2008 – 2015. Memphis, TN.
- Art | Race | Violence: A Collaborative Response, Crosstown Arts Concourse, Memphis, TN.
Memphis College of Art 2018 Biennial Alumni Final Exhibition, May -July Memphis, TN.
- Detangling/Unraveling the Politics of Hair: Marginalization, Resistance and Empowerment, ETSU East, TN Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN.
- Going Day by Day, (Two man show) with Matthew Hasty, L | Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN.
- Here and Now: Printmaking and the Political Present, Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, Univ. of Memphis. The exhibition was Curated by Visiting Assistant Professor Patricia Daigle.
- Agency, a series of Exhibition sponsored by the For Freedoms Project, Memphis College of Art.
- Homeward Bound, exhibition addressing the complex theme of “home.” Crosstown Arts West Gallery.
Inheritance: A Lineage of Black Art, curated by The collective Art Group, at the CMPLX Gallery, Memphis, TN.
- Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks, Crosstown Arts East Gallery, Brooks Museum of Art.
- Dear Artist, Presented by (AMUM) Art Museum University of Memphis and The Young Arts Patron. Memphis, TN
- Dallas Art Fair, Booth Represented by Zieher Smith Gallery Nashville. Dallas Texas.
- Unfolding, Arts Memphis Bicentennial Exhibition, Celebrating Memphis 200 year Anniversary. Memphis, TN.
- Art of the South, Number Inc. Mid-South Art Journal, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN.
- Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition, Knoxville’s Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN.
- Artist Spotlight Exhibition, “2 Artist, 2 Walls, 2 Weeks, Jay Etkin Gallery with artist Kiara Sally Memphis, TN.
- CMPLX Memphis (The collective), "Thug", An Exploration of Black Masculinity Through Identity, Memphis, TN.
- Voluntarily Indirect, A contemporary Observation from TN Artist on the Human Figure. A traveling exhibition on view through August 2020. University of TN at Martin, Marshall Arts and Fluorescent Gallery.
- Radius 1, Bradbury Art Museum, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University. Jonesboro, AR.
- Art NOW America: National Juried Art Exhibition, Slocumb Galleries at ETSU. The current Art NOW America continues its commitment to provide platform for excellent, creative and innovative work by contemporary artists living in the US that provide the academic and regional communities' access for critical discourse through art.  March 2 to April 9.
- Hindsight 2020: Art Museum of the University of Memphis. A reflection on the scope of events encompassed by the year 2020 through the lens of artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and other artists with non-traditionally represented identities. The exhibition present artworks that address the pandemic, recent political strife, social and injustices. Presented by The University of Memphis Student Curatorial Team. June 20th to Sept. 30.
- Protest and Power, MassArt X SoWa, Boston, MA. Protest and Power explores the historic Civil Rights movement alongside the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement as a means of addressing the violence and racism that are embedded in the fabric of our nation. Sept. 25 - Oct. 24.

- From Wonder to Wonder, Tri-Star Arts Candoro Marble Building, Knoxville TN. A Collaborative exhibition with Artist and Designer David Jon Walker. Curated by Brian Jobe. February 18 - April 28 2022.
- Sweet 16 | Artful Presence: Portraits from the Hattiloo Theatre Collection WILLMOTT GALLERY, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Presented by: The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions.


- Inside Blackness: Illuminating the Black Psyche in the Interior Landscape, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University MTSU, Nashville, TN. Presented by Crafting Blackness Initiative and Tennessee Craft with support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, East Tennessee Foundation and SouthArts. Feb. 26 - March 28.
- Memphis 2024, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN. Celebrating Memphis Contemporary Artist working today.
April 21, 2024 - June 30, 2024
Art Committee Chair of the Caritas Village Hope Gallery Art Space, Memphis, TN. (Curated over 80 monthly Exhibitions)
Gallery Curator, Memphis Blacks Arts Alliance, Fire House Arts, Memphis, TN. (Curated 2 Shows)
- Caritas Village, Village People: The Salon Show, Celebrating art and Community.
- A Retrospective of Leonard West, (Posthumously), Memphis Black Arts Alliance Firehouse Arts. Memphis, TN.
Village People, Caritas Village, Celebrating Black History Month.
- Caritas Village, [choice] Life Over Aids Exhibition, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Group Show.
2013 Caritas Village: Community Collective, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery Nashville, TN.
2014 Gallery Coordinator, Memphis College of Art Biennial Exhibition, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art.
2016 THE MAN SHOW, an Examination of Manhood in the last 50 Years, L | Ross Gallery Memphis, TN.
2017 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.
2020 Voluntarily Indirect, A contemporary Observation from TN Artist on the Human Figure, Curated by Clay Palmer.
2020 Memphis College of Art 1936 - 2020 (MCA Legacy Catalog).
2020 Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response, Jody Stokes-Casey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Visual Arts Research Volume 46, Number 2 Winter 2020, by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
2021 New American PaintingsSouth Issues #154, Juror: Molly Boarati, June 2021 / July 2021
2021 Hyperallergic, MassArt x SoWa Gallery Presents Protest and Power, an Alumni-curated Exhibition, by Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
(MassArt) Boston, MA. October 7, 2021. (Article)
2021 The Pinch Journal Vol. 41.2, 2021 Fall Issue. Selected works, University of Memphis.
2023 Art Seen Magazine, 2023 Summer Issue 8, UK. Art Seen is the publication from The Curator’s Salon, bringing together contemporary artists from around the world to talk about their work, influences, purpose and everything else.

Arts Memphis Board Member
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 Art Space)
2008-2011 Vice-President of the Memphis College of Art Alumni Association

- “Masterworks to Fun House” A Year of Art in Memphis, the Memphis Flyer, Memphis, TN.
“Project Genesis” Art Review, Number Magazine, University of Memphis Publication, Vol. 22, No. 1. No. 63.
- “The Art of Saying More with Less”, Commercial Appeal Go Memphis.
- “Paper Play” Works on Paper at L | Ross Gallery, Memphis Flyer.
- Commercial Appeal, “Arts Scene Kept Great Exhibits Coming”.
Connecting Memphis: “Interviewer: Cindy McMillion. Connecting Memphis
- Commercial Appeal: Art Review: L. Ross Gallery “Pits Contrasting Visions of Reality, Dreams”.
- Commercial Appeal: Art Review, Group Shows, “Group shows are booster for August Doldrums”, Friday.
Memphis Daily News: New Mural to Brighten Cooper-Young Entrance.
- Commercial Appeal: “Adding Splash of color to Main Street”.
- Commercial Appeal: Art Review: Something for everyone at MCA’s Alumni Exhibit.
- Commercial Appeal: “Domestic Focus” for Carl Moore and Melissa Dunn at L. Ross Gallery.
- Memphis Flyer: The End, A Recap of art in Memphis in 2012.
- Commercial Appeal Go Memphis: Memphis’ top exhibitions rife with revelations, By Fredric Koeppel.
Commercial Appeal: Notions of blackness take form in ‘Singular Masses’ exhibit.
- RSVP Magazine | Street Seen July Issue, Capturing a Community in a Mural, Cooper Young Mural Project.
Memphis Flyer: “Inspired Resistance” at Crosstown Arts Exhibition.
- Numbers Magazine: Summer 2014, Public Art Issue. “Cooper-Young”. Number Magazine Issue No. 79.
- Commercial Appeal: Carl E. Moore Laments Loss of Innocence in Pastel Colors.
Memphis Flyer: “The Dixon, Fogelman Galleries explore political printmaking in new exhibitions”., By Elle Perry.
- Austin Peay announces the 2019-20 Tennessee Artist Fellow: Memphis’ Carl Moore. ClarksvilleNow.com (Article)
- Memphis in May unveils fine arts poster to honor Ghana. Feb. 5, 2020, The Daily Memphian (Article)
- Crosstown Arts Residency Interview July 2020, by Jesse Butcher (Article)
- Clarion Ledger, "Mississippi native and painter Carl Moore gives people 'something to talk about'",
August 10, 2020, Jackson, MS

The Commercial Appeal, by John Beifuss and Joseph Rondon "Memphis Painter Carl Moore gives people 'something to talk about", Aug. 6, 10, 23, 2020, Memphis, TN (Article)

- "INSIDE THE ARTS", The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Studio Interview by ASC Curator Jessica Lenehan to discuss the 2022 exhibition "PAUSE: People, Places and Scenes". (Interview)
- The Idle Class Magazine, "Artist Carl E. Moore Comments on Racism Ramifications in Exhibition ‘PAUSE’", February 7, 2022, by Kody ford. (Article)
- Arkansas Soul, Painter Explores Paused Moments of Black Lives in Exhibition, February 25, 2022, by Antoinette Grajeda. (Article)
- Knox News (Knoxville TN), Black artists explore stereotypes and dignity in Tri-Star Arts exhibit in Candoro Marble building, March 3, 2022, by Ali James. (Article)

2017 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 Pyramid Peak Foundation Art Acquisition, “People, Places and Scenes” Series, Race and Violence Exhibition.
2019 2019-20 Tennessee Artist Fellow, from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) at Austin Peay State University.
2020 Crosstown Visual Arts Residency Program, 1350 Concourse Ave, #280 Memphis, TN 38104. (Fed 1 - Dec15)

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