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Award and Museum Collection History

2012

Thunderbird Artists Featured Artist
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ
January 13-15, 2012

2011

Phippen Museum, Prescott AZ
Montgomery Frames Award “Best Body of Work”
37th Annual Phippen Museum Western Fine Art Show and Sale
May 28-30, 2011

2010

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
Prayers of the Shaman added to permanent collection

2004

Phippen Museum, Prescott AZ
Silver Medal, Oil Painting category, Soldier of His People
30th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show

2003

Phippen Museum, Prescott AZ
Silver Medal, Oil Painting category, Courage and Honor
29th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show

2001

Pearce Museum, Navarro College, Corsicana, TX
The Medicine Ring added to permanent collection

1996

The Copley Society of Boston, Boston, MA
The Richard and Mary Schroeder Portrait Award, Plumb Colored Skin

1987-1991 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Recipient of Tuition Scholarship

 

Exhibition History

2011-present Celebration of Fine Art Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 Historic Toadlena Trading Post Weaving Museum "Honoring Weavers with Canvas and Bronze"; benefit show to fund weaving education for Navajo youth of the historic Toadlena Trading Post community Works by Wopila Artist Guild co-founders James Ayers and Craig Bergsgaard
2011 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Group Show "Legacy of the American West"
2010 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Solo Show “Portraits of Honor by James Ayers
2010 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Group Show “Legacy of the American West”
2009 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Two Person Show, James Ayers and Jason Rich
2008 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Two Person Show, James Ayers and Jason Rich
2008 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Group Exhibition, “Visions of the West”
2007 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Group Exhibition, “Visions of the West”
2006 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Two Person Exhibition, James Ayers and Jason Rich
2005-2008 C.M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art, Great Falls, MT Group Exhibition/Auction
2005 Borsini-Burr Galleries, Half Moon Bay, CA Group Exhibition, “Western Traditions”
2005 The Altermann Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Indian Market Auction
2005 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Group Exhibition, “Lewis and Clark: Corps of Discovery”
2005 The Altermann Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Summer Auction
2005 Oil Painters of America: Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA Group Exhibition at the Waterhouse Gallery
2005 Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, Greeley, CO Group Exhibition
2005-2007 Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ Group Exhibition, “Beaux Arts”
2005 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Group Exhibition, “Legacy of the American West”
2004 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Group Exhibition, “Visions of the West”
2005 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Group Exhibition, “Legacy of the American West”
2004 The Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Group Exhibition, “Visions of the West”
2003-2009 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Group Exhibition, “Fall Open House”
2003-2009 The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Group Exhibition, “Holiday Small Works Show”
2002-2005 The Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ Annual Contemporary Western Art Show
2000-2005 Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show
2000-2003 Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ Annual Group Exhibition
2000-2003 Carefree Fine Art Show, Carefree, AZ Annual Group Exhibition
2000-2003 Avon Fine Art Show, Avon, CO Annual Group Exhibition
2000-2003 Riverwalk Fine Art Show, Edwards, CO Annual Group Exhibition
2000-2003 Beaver Creek Art Show, Vail, CO Annual Group Exhibition
2000 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, TX Group Exhibition, “Our New Day Begun”
1999 Aspen Fine Art, Flagstaff, AZ Group Exhibition
1998 13th Annual Philadelphia Art Expo, Philadelphia, PA Group Exhibition
1998 National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA Group Exhibition
1997 P. J. Herring, Fine Art Gallery Oakland, CA Three Person Exhibition
1997 Gallery 500, Washington D.C. Group Exhibition, “Collective Expressions”
1997 Newton Free Library, Newton, MA Solo Exhibition, "An African Portrait"
1996 P. J. Herring Fine Art Gallery, Oakland, CA Two Person Exhibition, "The African Portrait Series and the Brazilian Series"
1996 Kougeas Gallery, Boston, MA Group Exhibition, "Human: Figure and Portrait"
1996 The Copley Society of Boston, Boston, MA Group Exhibition
1996 The Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA Group Exhibition, “The Hoyt National Art Show”
1996 Constance Lindhom Fine Arts, Milwaukee, WI Group Exhibition, “No Body's Perfect”
1996 The Copley Society of Boston, Boston, MA Group Exhibition, “New Members Show”
1996 The Island Art Gallery, Newport, RI Two Person Exhibition, “African Portraits and African Patterns”
1996 The Copley Society of Boston, Boston, MA Group Exhibition, “Spring/Summer Members Show”
1994 The Island Art Gallery, Newport, RI Solo Exhibition, "People of the Great Rift Valley"
1992-1993 The Dawson Gallery, Dedham, MA Solo Exhibitions

 

Publications

2015 La Grande Histoire du Monde, Volume "L'expansion des empires"; Cover image Sitting Bull
2013 Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition; Encounter with the Teton Sioux used as a reference work
2011 Western Art Collector Article “A Tribute to Tradition: Wopila Artist Guild hosts its first exhibit honoring the Navajo weavers of historic Toadlena Trading Post”; featured profile
2011 Cowboys & Indians Article “Gallery Tour: Wopila Artist Guild”; image Patterns of Tradition featured
2010 Western Art Collector Article “Recently Acquired: James Ayers Booth Western Art Museum”
2010 Western Art Collector Article Title “Portraits of Honor”
2009 Western Art Collector Article Title “Two Sides of the West”
2009 Western Art Times Featured Profile And Paintings
2007 Cowboys & Indians Featured profile and paintings
2005 Western Traditions: Contemporary Artists of the American West Featured profile and paintings
2003 Southwest Art Magazine Article title “Not Fade Away”
2001 Focus/Santa Fe Magazine Article title “Dignity, Honor, and Respect”

 

Education, Lectures, and Professional Experience

Education

1987-1991 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI Bachelor of Fine Art, Illustration Emphasis in oil painting and portraiture

Lectures

2003 Scottsdale Artists League Scottsdale, AZ
2000-2003 Northland Preparatory Academy Flagstaff, AZ
1999 Coconino High School Flagstaff, AZ
1997 Newton North High School Newton, MA
1996 East Oakland Youth Center Oakland, CA
1996 The Martin Luther King Center Newport, RI
1996 The Rivers School Weston, MA

Professional Experience

1996-present Fine Artist
1990-1998 Freelance Illustrator, Portrait Artist, and Fine Artist
1992-1994 High School Painting and Drawing Teacher
  • St. George's School Newport, RI
  • Noble and Greenough School Dedham, MA

Research Travel Experience

2011 South America Research of indigenous cultures
2010 Toadlena Trading Post, Newcomb, New Mexico, United States Researching Navajo weaving culture
2006 Wind River Reservation, Ethete Wyoming, United States Researching Arapaho Sundance Ceremony
1994-1996 United States of America Cross-country trip to research Native American reservations
1991 East Africa Research of indigenous cultures in Kenya, Uganda, Zaire, and Tanzania
1991 France Exploration of museums and architecture in Paris and surrounding regions
1990 Mexico Study abroad focusing on art and culture in the ancient Mayan and Aztec regions

Are you interested in seeing my work in person?

Please visit one of the fine art galleries that carry my work or come see me at the Celebration of Fine Art show in the spring of each year.

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