James Matthews

Born 1975, Yazoo City, Mississippi.
Lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Certificate in Documentary Arts, Duke University
Graduate studies in folklore, UNC, Chapel Hill. 
Ceramics studies, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock.

Selected Exhibitions and Presentations [*solo exhibition]
2018 Arkansas Fiber Show
2018  60th Annual Delta Exhibit, Arkansas Arts Center, Honorable mention
2017  Documentary Arts Final Project, Duke University.
2017  59th Annual Delta Exhibit, Arkansas Arts Center.
2016  Eviction Notice, Sixth Street Library, Little Rock. *
2015  Undercroft Assemblages, Sixth Street Library, LR. *

In 2013, I helped found the Sixth Street Library in Little Rock, a gallery-slash- collaborative space that explored the urban landscape. The exhibits focused on ideas of geography, ecology, history and the public commons. I produced much of the content for the space and curated work by other local artists.

From 2013–17, exhibits included a retrospective of photographer Tim Hursley’s work; Dave Anderson’s One Block photos of reconstruction in one New Orleans neighborhood; Common Ground, work by three local potters; Eviction Notice, an installation; new paintings by John Kushmaul; and others.

Grants and Awards
Archie Green Fellowship for Occupational Folklore Studies, 2005.
Blanton Owen Fund Grant, American Folklife Center Library of Congress, 2005. 
Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant, 2005.

Work Experience
2018– Instructor, Ark. Arts Center Museum School
2011– Director of Communications, Episcopal Diocese of Ark. 
2006–11 Writer and Senior Editor, Heifer International. 
2005–06 Teaching Assistant, Duke/UNC.