James Woodfill


James Woodfill is a 1980 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and has lived and worked in Kansas City since. As an interdisciplinary artist, his work is focused on direct experience through the composition of objects, occurrences and site. His artworks regularly blur boundaries in their execution, often merging with functional design. His installations bridge the fields of sculpture, painting and public art, and his work in the public realm has extended into education and curatorial projects, writings and numerous urban planning projects and studies.

Woodfill’s gallery installations have been widely recognized, including reviews in Art In America, Art Papers, The New Art Examiner, Hyperallergic, Art Slant and Sculpture Magazine. His public work has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, and it has been included twice in the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network annual “Year in Review.” His work has also been recognized by I.D. Magazine and by Art in America in their “Public Art in Review.” Woodfill currently holds the position of Professor in the Painting Department of the Kansas City Art Institute.

Solo Exhibitions

2022  Stereophonic / Semaphoric at Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2020  Code Practice Solo exhibition at Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth, MN (June) 

2019  Code Practice Solo exhibition at The Drawing Room / Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

2019  Tuning Field Solo exhibition at Crossroads Hotel Gallery, Kansas City, MO, curated by Hesse McGraw

2014  The Outside of the Left Side of the Inside Solo Exhibition, City Ice Arts, Kansas City, MO

2013  Sum Minus Site Specific Installation in tandem with Group Exhibition Rises Lora. La Esquina, Kansas City, MO, in

          collaboration with David Dowell.

2010  Fragments Solo Exhibition, Review Exhibition Space, Kansas City, MO

2010  Stations Solo Exhibition, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE. Curated by Hesse McGraw

2007  Rehab Solo Exhibition, Review Exhibition Space, Kansas City, MO

2006  Approximate Place Solo Exhibition, Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2002  Wichita Lure Project Solo Exhibition, Temporary Outdoor Installation, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS 

2002  Harmony Solo Exhibition, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO 

1999  Whirl Solo Exhibition Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1997  New Signals Solo Exhibition, el dorado inc, Kansas City, MO

1996  Signals (Forced Oscillators) Installation commissioned for a benefit for The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Downtown 

          Airport, Kansas City, MO

1995  Stations Solo Exhibition, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1995  Signals (Fliers) Temporary Outdoor Installation, The Chair Building, Kansas City, MO      

1992  Signals Solo Exhibition, University of Nebraska at Omaha Gallery of Art, Omaha, NE

1992  Signals Solo Exhibition, Central Missouri State University Gallery of Art, Warrensburg, MO

1991  Signals Solo Exhibition, Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

1989  Machines Solo Exhibition, Cottey College, Nevada, MO

1985  Projections Solo Exhibition, Cottey College, Nevada, MO



Selected Group Exhibitions


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