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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, screen printing, and painting.  His work resides in the permanent collections of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, The Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, and Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia as well as many private and public collections.


2024                      Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Caught Looking, Atlanta, Georgia

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

                                Hidell Brooks Gallery, Studies for a Quiet Coast, 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


2014                       New Zones Gallery, Diminishing Returns, Calgary, Canada

                                Tinney Contemporary, Sea Change, Nashville, Tennessee


2013                       Callan Contemporary, Creeper Lagoon, New Orleans, Louisiana


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               


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




2024                     The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Southland, New Orleans, Louisiana

2022                      Antenna Gallery, More World, curated by Brian Hitselberger, New Orleans, Louisiana

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




 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





The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

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




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





1990             Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois,

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Cinema and Photography

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