Jonathan Durham



2005-07 CORE Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2000 MFA Sculpture UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

1998 Post Baccalaureate Program: Aunspaugh 5​ Year Fellowship, UVA, Charlottesville, VA

1997 BA, Studio Art, BA Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


2022 Sculpture Space, Utica, NY (forthcoming)
2022 Media Hour Residency, Sunderland, VT 

2020-22 Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa, OK 

2017 PLAYA, Summer Lake, Oregon

2016 Bemis Artist Residency, Omaha, NE, summer 2016

2012-13 SHIFT​, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY

2011 Recess, Inc. New York, NY

2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship:​ Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

2007 Shortlist Finalist, Artpace Residency, San Antonio, TX

2005-07 CORE Program, Artist in Residence, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2006 Guest Slide Lecture: Contemporary Art Museum, Houston

2006 Hunting Prize Finalist, Houston, TX

2005 Guest Lecture: University of Virginia Art Department

2000 Artsbridge Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles th​

1998 Aunspaugh 5​ Year Fellowship, 1 year studio & stipend, University of Virginia 


2022/23  (forthcoming) Disrupting Norm and Norma, two person exhibition with Shelby Head, Ahha, Tulsa, OK

2022 On A Mesa, performance for the exhibition Technology in Art, OKno1 Lost in America Gallery, Tulsa, Ok Feb 5 2022. 

2021 Jonathan Durham, Horizontal Assets, solo exhibition, Tulsa Artist Fellowship Exhibition Space, Tulsa OK
2017 Jonathan Durham 01​, ADMIN, Luke Glanton Gallery, Amsterdam, NY
2017 ASTRAL OIL, GLOBAL FAMILY, Jonathan Durham & Rindon Johnson, The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Them That Believe​, Recess, New York.
2011 Jim’s Tail On The Head (​ performance), Recess/Pioneer Works, September 24, 2011
2006 Where Is Thy Sting? New Sculpture and Video​, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2005 Cyrus (The Younger)/Zero Degree Monumentality​, Old Nature Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2005 Jonathan Durham New Sculpture & Video​, Fayerweather Gallery, Charlottesville, VA


2022 (forthcoming) Internal Architecture, Walter Elwood Gallery, group exhibition, Rockaway,
         Brooklyn, NY

         Technology in Art, curated by ArtHouse Tulsa, Lost in America/ gallery, Tulsa, OK

2019 Survey Dover Plains, 5Harts, Dover Plains, NY
         Faculty Exhibition, Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn AL

2017 BAM Presents, The Alan Gala, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Material Art Fair, Mexico City
2016 Bindle, organized by Sorry Archive, Orgy Park, Brooklyn NY
2015 From Now On (Anymore)​ A sculpture exhibition that documents negative space,       
         misinformation, and lost time. Organized by ​Sorry Archive​ - Claire Mirocha and Vanessa

2013 IN GOD WE TRUST, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Curated by Maria Brewinska
2013 Videorover 5: Press Street, New Orleans and indieScreen Cinema, NY. Curated by Rachel
2013 WHAT POSSESSED YOU, curated by George Terry, Fowler Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
2013 “Thanks” curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus Gallery, New York
2011 Parts and Labor, Abrons Arts Center, NYC, NY
2011 MRE Tomorrow (performance) December 16, 2011 Abrons Arts Center, NYC, NY
2011 Jim’s Tail On The Head (performance), University of Virginia, Ruffin Gallery, VA

         Touched By Virginia – Sculpture from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship:​ Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
2010 Gimme Shelter,​ Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC, NY
2009 2n​d H​arvest​,selected video screenings curated by Ana Wolovick, Michael Stickrod &
         Michel Auder, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Learning By Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ​(
         Part II) curated by Allison de Lima Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2009 Buffet—All You Can Eat Video, i​n partnership with DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture show,

         DiverseWorks ​flickerlounge​, Houston, TX
2008 Outpost, C​ TRL Gallery, Houston, TX

2008 Houston Area Exhibit,​ Curated by Claudia Schmuckli, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston Houston, TX

2008 Material Culture, C​urated by Frances Colpitt, in conjunction with CAA, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX

2007 New American Talent, The Twenty S​econd Exhibition,​ Curated by Anne Ellegood, Arthouse at The Jones Center, Austin, TX

2007 Core Artist in Residence Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2006 Drawing/Inside Out, Curated by Michelle White, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2006 Core Artist in Residence Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 

2004 Lucky 13,​ ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

2001 Library Project,​ (organized by Bea Schlingelhoff), Galerie fur Gegenwartskunst, Bremen, Germany


2021 Sculpture, the Body and Queer Materiality, online lecture and interview with guest artist Vivian Chiu, Tulsa Artist Fellowship Lunch Lecture Series, Nov 9, 2021.

2019 Lecture: Sculpture, 3D Spatiality and Digital Disorientation, SECAC 2019, University of Chattanooga, TN 

2017 Astral Oil Global Family Cookbook​, exhibition publication, Brooklyn, NY

2015 From Now On (Anymore)​ Sorry Archive exhibition catalogue. Brooklyn, NY
2010 Daniel, James, “Sculpture on the Edge, Socrates Park” Hyperallergic, NY
2008 Simblist, Noah. “Material Culture”​ Art Lies​, issue 58 (July 2008), illus.
2008 Schmuckli, Claudia, ​Houston Area Exhibition Catalog​, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX 2008 Collpitt, Francis. ​“Material Culture Exhibition Catalog”​ Fort Worth, TX

2007 Bhatnagar, Priya. “Husks of Men” Core Artist in Residence Catalog


Site Manager: GREENWOOD ART PROJECT, Tulsa, OK - Summer 2021
Organized by Rick Lowe and William Cordova. I was brought on to facilitate indoor/outdoor sculpture, performance, video, and vinyl poster installations throughout the historic sites of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in the historic Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, OK. Additional responsibilities included wheat pasting posters to the GAP mobile Van and art installations at the Tulsa airport, Steps to Nowhere, and the Greenwood Headquarters in Downtown Tulsa.  

Visiting Professor of Sculpture  2018 - 2020
Auburn University, Auburn AL
Sculpture As Object/Sculpture As Space (Intermediate/Advanced Sculpture): 3 credits

  • Using casting processes, 3D scanning and the readymade as a point of departure to explore issues of labor, the commodity, eros, surfaces/boundaries, repetition, bodily orientations and the mutability of form through 3D digital manipulation.

  • Project assignments considering issues in installation art, sound, environment and social space

  • Instruction in many types of fabrication methods from direct modeling to using power tools in

    tandem with digital modeling, CAD and CNC machining

    Introduction to Sculpture: 3 credits

  • Students explore methods of making 3-Dimensional forms and understanding sculptural space.

  • Projects include building active armatures, clay modeling and casting, rigid and flexible mold

    making, wood construction, metalwork and 3D modeling.

  • Sculpture Lab Demos in proper tool safety

    Issues and Criticism in Contemporary Art: 3 credits
    Seminar exploring significant themes and trends in contemporary art from 1980 to present day.

Course material focuses on representative examples from artists and cultural movements of this period while moving in a non-linear trajectory through eight organizing themes: identity, the body, time, memory, place, language, science and spirituality.​ ​Emphasis placed on, peer discussion, class presentations and applied thinking in the form of research papers.

Part Time Faculty: Sculpture/3D Design Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ   2017 - 2018 ​(Spring)

  • Instruction in contemporary and traditional methods of making three-dimensional work and understanding sculptural space.

  • Assignments given in 3D modeling, scanning and printing, flexible and rigid mold making, clay modeling, plaster carving and casting, metal, wood construction, fiber arts and introduction to ceramics.

  • Advanced Students given independently driven assignments in narrative sculpture and integration of performance and video strategies. Emphasis placed on the exploration of personal history as a source of generative form.

    Part Time Faculty: Drawing 2017 - 2018
    Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ

Studio based drawing course with an emphasis on the creation of convincing spatial relationships through the practice of drawing still life, the figure, master copies, and integration of digital/photographic media.

Director of Visual Arts  2008 - 2016
Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

  • Curating and organizing annual program of gallery exhibitions in contemporary sculpture, painting, video, installation, digital and new media environments as well as overseeing related events including panels, lectures, gallery performances and artist talks

  • Safe management and installation of complex exhibitions for a wide range of audiences

  • Writing and designing press releases and exhibition posters for web and printed media (Adobe

    Creative Suite)

  • Administration and management of Visual Arts Classes including bolstering enrollment, teacher

    training, selection and scheduling of teaching artists

  • Designing visual arts teaching curriculum in sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, digital

    photography and printmaking courses

  • Promotion of AIRspace Visual Artist in Residence Workspace Program: organizing jury selection

    panels, scheduling studio visitors with critics, artists and curators; annual studio facility updates, administering artist stipends and management of Open Studio events

May 2016        Guest Critic: Hunter MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibition

March 2013     Guest Critic Studio Visits: Triangle Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY

May 2012        Guest Critic Studio Visits: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Governors Island, NY

January 2010  NARS Foundation International Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY

Sculpture Professor 2006-2007
Rice University, Houston, TX Beginning and Advanced Sculpture

  • Teaching contemporary sculptural processes with an emphasis on spatial concepts, installation art, performance art, video art and the body. Discussion of how ​ergonomics and structure redefine our physical world and the development of emerging commercial forms. Emphasis placed on the shifting nature of social and ecological space.

  • Sculptural and performance based assignments with demonstrations on video and photographic documentation as both a record and support medium

  • In class discussion, critique and written responses with emphasis on how student’s work interfaces with historical and cultural contexts

  • Studio demonstrations in ceramics, modeling, carving, casting, welding(Arc/MIG/TIG), wood construction and metal foundry casting

  • Sculpture Lab Demos in proper tool safety and usage

  • Organization of Student Exhibitions in the University Gallery

    Sculpture Professor:  Fall 2007

    Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Sculpture Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

  • Teaching traditional and contemporary sculptural processes and the history of sculpture from Modernism to present day with a focus on social sculpture, installation art, digital/photographic media and hybrid forms that extend the boundaries of traditional object making.

  • Project assignments in silicone mold making, wood construction, welding (Arc/MIG/TIG), plaster modeling/casting/mold making, ceramics and metal foundry casting.

  • Group critiques, discussion and written responses, museum visits (Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston

  • Introduction to digital video/photography, robotics, plastics, fiber arts

  • Power and hand tool safety demonstrations

    Part Time Faculty: Drawing University of Houston, TX 2006

  • Demonstration and practice of drawing fundamentals including line, form, content, composition, representation, tonal value, negative and positive space and perspective

  • Instruction in a wide variety of 2-dimensional media. Projects given in landscape, interiors, human figure, and abstract compositions.

  • Attention given to digital photo-collage and mixed-media and integration of text with imagery

  • Group Critiques and individual student reviews

    Part Time Faculty: Life Drawing University of Houston, TX 2006

  • Focus on drawing as a tool for understanding the human form

  • Study of anatomy and proportion using live models

  • Demonstration and practice of drawing fundamentals including line, form, content, composition