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Bio and CV

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James W. Perrin


James Perrin received his M.F.A. in painting from Boston University and his B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute. His paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S., as well as in Venice, Italy. His work was included in Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century at the Frist Art Museum and Chrysler Museum of Art.  His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Wall Street Journal, Burnaway, Nashville Arts, Nashville Scene, and many other publications.  In 2015, he was granted the prestigious Joan Mitchell Award.


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Boston University, Boston, MA, 2001, M.F.A., emphasis in Painting

American University, Washington, D.C., Fall 1998 Study for M.F.A. in Perugia, Italy

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, 1997, B.F.A., emphasis in Painting

Artists Registries:

Locate Arts

The Painting Center NYC



Previous Selected Exhibitions


Solo Exhibitions:

2021           Fragmentations of Endearment, Solo Exhibition at Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2020           Percept upon Percept, Solo Exhibition at De Pree Art Gallery, Hope College, Holland, MI

2019           Variables and Variations, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY

2018           Heterogeneity,  Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2015           Observations, Integrations, Pareidolia, and Polysemy, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2014           University of Tennessee Knoxville Library, Knoxville TN  

2013           Recent Work, Gallery Forty AU, Nashville, TN

2010           Conglomerate, New Paintings... Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2003           Freed-Hardeman University Art Gallery, Henderson, TN

2002           Galleria Perela, Venice, Italy

2001           Boston University, Open Court Gallery, Boston, MA


Group Exhibitions:

2024          The Sink: Dye, Damaged, and Invisible Labor, Curated by Jodi Hays, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

                   Being Human, The Painting Center, New York, NY           

2023          (Un)Blank Slate, Rockwall Gallery, Nashville, TN

                  Spectrum, Curated Auction, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

2022          AbstracTENN, Group Exhibition, Channel to Channel, Chattanooga, TN

2019 -21   Sightlines, Group Exhibition, South Bend Museum of Art, August 2019 - May 2021 

2019          Small and Smaller,  Group Exhibition, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY.

                   Painted - Biennial, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, September 26th - October 25th, 2019

                   Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Group Exhibition, curated by Mark Scala, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, November 16th –                             April 28th 2019

2018          Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Frist Center, Nashville, TN, June 2018 - September 2019

        Tinney Contemporary, Group Exhibition, Nashville TN

        New American Paintings: South #136


2017           Annual Retrospective, Tinny Contemporary, Nashville, TN

        The Shadow's Body: Painting's Allegorical Impulse, Watkins College of Art, Nashville TN 

        60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY

                   Palm Beach Art and Antiques, Palm Beach, FL, Presented by Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel IN


2016           From Dawn to Dust, The Fortress, Nashville, TN

         A Decade in the Making, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

         Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY, Presented by Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN

         Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, FL, Presented by Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel IN


2013           Abstractomerty, Frist Center, Nashville, TN


2011           Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible, Gallery F, Scarritt Bennett, Nashville, TN


2010           Open Lot, Nashville, TN


2009           Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN

         Biblical Proportions, Blue Genie, Austin, TX

         Terrazzo Building, Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, Nashville, TN


2008           Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN

         Dialogue 1: Painting, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

         Dialogue: Painting, Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, L & C Tower, Nashville, TN

         Dialogue: Painting & Photography, Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, L & C Tower, Nashville, TN

         Radius 10, Curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN


2007           Field Guide, Vanderbilt University Law School, curated by Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN


2006           Central South Art Exhibition, Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

         The Red Show, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN


2005           National Compact Competition, LSU Union Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


2003           Scene/Unseen, Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

         Shoulda Been a Plumber, Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin, TX

         Will’s Creek Art Survey, Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD

         Central South Art Exhibition, Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

         9 Ingredients, Edgewater Art Gallery, Orlando, FL


2001           MFA Thesis Exhibition: Boston University, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA

         Summer Concert Series: Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA



Dream Hotel Group, Dream Hotel, Nashville, TN

Creative Artists Agency, Nashville, TN

Pinnacle Financial Partners, Nashville, TN

Pinnacle Financial Partners, Memphis, TN

Tennessee Arts Commission

Boston University

Grimaldi Collection, Rome, Italy

Numerous private collections


Awards and Grants

Joan Mitchell Award Recipient 2015

Joan Mitchell Award Nominee 2014

Rolf Singerman Award, Allegany Arts Council

Herman Davis Bradley Memorial Award, Tennessee Art League

Joan Mitchell Award MFA Nominee 2001

Constatin Alajavov Scholarship

Boston University Merit Scholarship

Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship


Fellowships and Residencies

Artist in Residence, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson TN, 2004-2006


Lectures and Visiting Artist

Peggy Guggenheim Museum, 2001

Freed Hardeman University, 2003

Frist Art Museum, 2013

Frist Art Museum, 2018

Frist Art Museum, 2019

University of Utah, 2018

Oswego, State University of New York, 2019

Hope University, 2020


Press and Bibliography

Kansas City Art InstituteAlumni Showcase.

nFocus, State of the Art: Abstract Expressions by Laura Huston Hunter

Wall Street Journal, Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Review: Trying to Corral the Uncorralable by Peter Plagens

Burnaway, Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century by Joe Nolan

New American Paintings #136

Nashville Scene - Best of 2018, Art MVP

Art Fight Podcast with Joe Nolan and Brian Siskind

WXNA FM with Laura Hutson Hunter, Artist Talk: James Perrin

Nashville Scene, Chaos and Awe Ushers in a New Era at the Frist

Nashville Arts Magazine, James Perrin: Painting in the Post-Digital Age

The Tennessean, Nashville Painter, James Perrin, Taps into Primordial form of Communication

Nashville Arts, Building Empathy and Connection, Chaos and Awe at the Frist Museum

MIT Press, Catalog for Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century

Locate Arts, Studio Visit: James Perrin

Native Magazine, Featured Artist: James Perrin

StyleBlueprint, Southern Artist Spotlight: James Perrin

BurnAway, 200 Words: James Perrin at Tinney Contemporary

Nashville Arts Magazine, Present Tense – James Perrin

Frist Museum, Catalog for Abstractomerty, Nashville Area Artists Use Geometric Elements to Express Cultural Perceptions.

Frist Museum: Artist's Forum

Nashville Scene, Abstractometry: Critic's pic of the week

Nashville Scene, Studio Visit: James Perrin

Nashville Scene, Pick of the Day: Figure 1: Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible and Panel Discussion at gallery F.

Nashville Scene, Pick of the Week: Works by James Perrin.

Nashville Association of Art Dealers: Cover image of Museum and Gallery Guide, Nashville, TN. 2010

Catalog for Scene/Unseen 2003

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