John Folsom (b. 1967) is a multimedia artist born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University.  His work explores the potential of photographic images through the intersection of digital media and painting. Known primarily for creating works that relate to the genre of grand landscape, Folsom has also produced sound pieces utilizing field recordings and vinyl records.  His work resides in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, The Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina and the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia as well as many private and public collections.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2021                       Hidell Brooks, Recent Works, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

2019                       Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, The Vanishing, Demorest, Georgia

                                Hidell Brooks Gallery, Recent Works, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

2018                       Hathaway Contemporary, The Vanishing, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2017                       Hidell Brooks, Recent Works, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

2016                       Hathaway  Contemporary, Framework and View, Atlanta, Georgia          

                                Callan Contemporary, Coastal Cartography, New Orleans, Louisiana

                               

2015                       Pryor Fine Art, New Works, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2014                       New Zones Gallery, Diminishing Returns, Calgary, Canada

                                Tinney Contemporary, Sea Change, Nashville, Tennessee

 

2013                       Callan Contemporary, Creeper Lagoon, New Orleans, Louisiana

                                 Pryor Fine Art, Creeper Lagoon, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2012                       Tinney Contemporary, Anodyne Frontiers, Nashville, Tennessee

                                Blue Gallery, How To Disappear Completely, Kansas City, Missouri

 

2011                       Marietta Cobb Museum of Art – Summering At The End of Empire, Marietta, Georgia

                                Vanderbilt University – Lure of the Low Country, Sarratt Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

 

2010                      Gibbes Museum of Art – Lure of the Low Country, Charleston, South Carolina

                                Zeitgeist Gallery – A Year Without A Summer : 1816,  Nashville, Tennessee

                                New Zones Gallery – solo exhibition, Calgary, Alberta, Canada               

                                 

2009                      Lanoue Fine Art - solo exhibition. Boston, Massachusetts

 

2008                     New Zones Gallery – Souvenirs , Calgary, Canada

                                Fay Gold Gallery – Lure of the Low Country, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2007                     Lanoue Fine Art – solo exhibition, Boston, Massachusetts

                               Zeitgeist Gallery – solo exhibition, Nashville, Tennessee

 

2006                     Fay Gold Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

                                Blue Gallery – solo exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

 

2005                     New Zones Gallery – solo exhibition, Calgary, Canada

                                Cumberland Gallery – solo exhibition, Nashville, Tennessee

                               

2004                      Fay Gold Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2003                      Volunteer State College – solo exhibition, Gallatin, Tennessee

               

2002                      Blue Gallery – solo exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

                                 The Lowe Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

 

1999                       Yeiser Art Center – solo exhibition, Paducah,  Kentucky

1995                       Cheekwood Museum of Fine Art – Two Beauties, solo exhibition, Nashville,  Tennessee

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021                       Telfair Museums, Complex Uncertainties:Artists in Postwar America, Savannah, Georgia

2019                       Foley Gallery, Truth Lies Beyond, New York, New York

                                The Bascom Center for Art, Rhythm Systems, Highlands, North Carolina

2015                       Mobile Museum of Art, The New Landscape, Mobile, Alabama

                                David Lusk Gallery,  Mash-Up; Artists Do Cardboard,  Nashville, Tennessee

 

2010                       U.S. Ambassador  to Africa. Art in Embassies Exhibition, African Union, Ethiopia

2006                      Museum Works Gallery – “Defining Nature”, group exhibition, Los Angeles, California

 

2003                      The Etherton Gallery – New Photography, Tucson, Arizona

2001                       Side by Side –  Juried Invitational, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 


RESIDENCIES/ GRANTS

 

 2014                     The Banff Centre – Artist in Residence, Banff, Alberta, Canada

 2012                      Hambidge Center – Creative Residency Program, Rabun Gap, Georgia

 2012                      Fulton County Arts Council – Scholarship Award, Atlanta, Georgia

 2001                     Christoph Merian Foundation – Artist in Residence, Weil Am Rhein, Germany

 1997                      Christoph Merian Foundation – Artist in Residence, Arlesheim, Switzerland

 1996                      Tennessee Arts Commission - Individual Artist Fellowship, Nashville, Tennessee

 1995                      Metro Arts Commission – Studio Grant Recipient, Nashville, Tennessee

 

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

 

2015                       Fine Arts Atelier – Director Michael David

                                                                 Continuing research and study related to materials and

                                                                 new media.

 

 

                       

COLLECTIONS

 

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina

Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

Collection of Jon and Tracey Stewart

MCC Collection, Nashville, Tennessee

Ayers Foundation Collection, Nashville, Tennessee

Collection of Lucinda Bunnen

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, Georgia

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Terminus, Atlanta, Georgia
RCA Records, Nashville, Tennessee

King and Spalding, Atlanta, Georgia
Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, Georgia
Sprint PCS Communications Company, Kansas City, Missouri
Coral Energy Incorporated, Calgary, Canada

Progress Energy Incorporated, Raleigh, North Carolina
Monarch Incorporated, Atlanta, Georgia

Dollar General Corporation, Nashville, Tennessee

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Sirlin, Deanna, “John Folsom: In Dialogue” The Art Section, October, 2020

 

Feaster, Felicia, “Two artists at Hathaway look at nature in its diversity”, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 29, 2016

 

Brantley, Rebecca, “Hathaway’s ‘Cosmic Nostalgia’ and ‘Framework and View’, bond to the natural world”, Arts ATL, December 5, 2016

 

Bookhardt, D. Eric, “Works by David Armentor and John Folsom”, The Gambit, July 16, 2013           

 

Unconventional: Nashville's Music City Center (The Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Center © 2013)

 

Oxford American, Summer  2013, P33, (Reproduction)

 

Jones, Michele, “Anodyne Frontiers”, The Tennessean, June 1, 2012

 

Siegel, Jerry, “Facing South:  Portraits of Southern Artists”, P98

 

Feaster, Felicia, “John Folsom’s Spooky Southern Landscapes at Marietta Cobb Museum of Art”, Arts ATL, 2011

 

Outlaw, Adrienne, “Southern Charm With a Twist”, Arts Now Nashville, September 2011

 

Ridley, Jim, Critics Picks, Nashville Scene, September 2007

 

LaFerriere, Catherine, John Folsom: Recent Works, ArtScope Magazine, September 2007                                                      

Cole-Miller, Julie, Southern Accents, September-October 2006

 

Hoppen, Stephanie, Picture Perfect: Collecting Art and Photography, 2004  London:  Aurum Press Limited. 

       

Architectural Digest, “Art across America”, May 2003

 

Ryesky, Helen, “Painterly Landscapes at Pentimenti”, Art Matters, November 2000

 

Wall, Donna Dorian, “At Home in the Landscape”, Southern Accents,  Sept.-Oct.2000,   P114

 

New American Paintings, June - July 2000

Smith, Terri, Plus Four, Art Papers, March – April 2000

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1990             Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois,

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Cinema and Photography