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Shawne Major




MFA—Sculpture, 1995, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BFA—Painting, 1991, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA




     Pareidolia — Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA Aug, solo


     Side-Eye — Isaac Delgado Fine Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA 


     Spotlight on Shawne Major — Hilliard Museum of Art, Lafayette, LA


     Surface Tension — Marcia Wood Gallery Midtown, Atlanta, GA, Jun-Jul, 

     Collective Memory — Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA, Jan, solo


Monkey Mind — Moreau Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, Oct, solo

Ravens and Crows — Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, MS, Aug-Sep, solo


Rhyme and Reason: The Art of Shawne Major—Hilliard Museum of Art, Lafayette, LA, Sep- Dec, solo

On a Darkling Plain — Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, Apr- Jun, solo

Fetish — Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Jan- Feb, solo


Tickle: New Works by Shawne Major — Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA, May, solo


Love Calls Us to the Things of This World— Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC, Apr solo


The Sacred Space of Shawne Major — Opelousas Museum of Art, Opelousas, LA, Feb-Apr solo


Recent Fiber Works by Shawne Major & Christine Tedesco — Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Jan-Mar


Apogee — Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, May-Jun solo

Intrinsic Value: Works by Shawne Major — Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, Apr-May solo


Coffee Milk — Fine Arts Gallery, University of New Orleans Lakefront, New Orleans, Jan-Feb solo


Portal to Portal — Architects & Artists Space, Lafayette, LA, Nov solo


Hegemony Pajamas — Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, Apr-May solo

Bricolage/Montage: Shawne Major/Linda Frese — NOCCA Riverfront, New Orleans, Feb-Mar



The Whole Drum will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction — Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Mar- Jul

B18: Wiregrass Biennial — Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL, Jul – Sep

Shelf Life— Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Aug - Nov


Intersections of Gender and Place — MS University for Women Galleries, Columbus, MS, Oct

Spiritual Journeys: Handmade Art from the Becky and Wyatt Collins’Collection — Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA, Feb-Aug


Conjurers: Artists Imbue the Ordinary — Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA Sep- Dec

Louisiana Contemporary— Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Aug-Sep

Texture — Terminus, Atlanta, LA, Mar-Jun

20th Century Louisiana Artists — LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center, Baton Rouge, LA, Mar-Dec 2018

Art in Embassies —Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Jun-Dec 2018


Scope Art Fair — Callan Contemporary, Miami, FL, Dec

Objects of Interest: Recent Acquisitions for the Permanent Collection — Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Sep-Feb


Scope Art Fair — Callan Contemporary, Miami, FL, Dec

Trivial Pursuits: Obsession’s Allure — Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Oct-Jan


Front & Center: Group Show — Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, Nov-Jan

Sputnik 1 — Boyd Satellite Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Aug

One Thousand Words — Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA May- Jul

Dazzling Dancing Beads — North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, Apr - May

Her Infinite Variety — Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Mar- Apr

INTERWOVEN: Art.Craft.Design. — Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA Jan- Mar

Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables — Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Feb- Mar


V — Homespace Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Dec

Reflections — Heriard/Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA Nov

Luxuriant Refuse — Pearl Fincher Museum, Spring, TX May- Aug

Today’s Visual Language: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look — Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Al, Apr - Sep

RAW — Homespace Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Jan - Feb


Texas Contemporary Art Fair —Texas Gallery, Houston, TX, Oct

Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists — LA Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA Aug-Oct

Artists Tribute I: Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC, Jun-Jul

Fresh – Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Ju

War Channel — Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Jan-Jul

Visiting Artist Exhibition — On the Edge Gallery, NOCCA Institute, New Orleans, LA, Jan- Feb


Here, There, and Everywhere — Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX, Sep-Oct

Tradition/Innovation — Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA . Jul-Sep

40 — Texas Gallery, Houston TX, Jun-Jul


Scope Art Fair— Irvine Contemporary, Miami, FL, Dec

Aspect:Ratio2 — Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC, Jan

Muses – Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Jan


Scope Art Fair— Irvine Contemporary, Miami, FL, Dec

Futurity – Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Nov

Louisiana Women —River Oaks Art Center, Alexandria, LA Oct-Nov

40 days & 40 Nights — Louisiana State Archive, Baton Rouge, LA, Jul-Sep

Prospect 1. New Orleans Biennial — Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Nov-Jan

Innovation/Tradition — NEA/Southern Arts Federation traveling exhibition beginning at Atlanta History Center, 08-12


Southern Open — Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, May-Jul

National Association of Women Artists: New Members Exhibition — NAWA Gallery, NYC, Mar

Selections — Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY Jan-Feb


Grendel Miami (during Miami Basel) — Jack the Pelican Presents, Miami, FL, Dec

Louisiana Gallery Artists Group Exhibition — Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, Dec

Contact/ Gulf Coast Exhibit — Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY, Oct-Nov

Sustained Winds: Before-During-After — Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Jan-Mar

Exit 101 — Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA, Jan-Feb


Legacy: Recent Acquisitions — Paul & Lulu Hilliard Museum, Lafayette, LA, Dec-Apr

Recent Acquisitions: Paintings and Sculpture — Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Aug-Nov

Spirit of Place: Art of Acadiana — Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, May-Sep 

Art With a Southern Drawl — University of Mobile, Mobile, AL, Apr

Nouveaux Artistes d’Acadiana — Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, Jan-Mar


The Governor’s Mansion 2005 Art Exhibition — Baton Rouge, LA, Nov 04-Apr 06

Spirit of Place: Art of Acadiana — Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Oct-Jan

Threaded Notions — Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, Apr-May


Domestic Rituals — Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY, Jul-Sep

FestForAll Visual Arts Invitational — Old State Capital, Baton Rouge, LA, May

Fresh Spaces - Fresh Faces — Architects & Artists Space, Lafayette, LA, Jan-Feb


Many Happy Returns — Artists Alliance, Lafayette, LA, Jul-Aug

Herstory — (online exhibition), May-Jul

Workspace Exhibition — Dieu Donne Papermill, NYC, Jan-Feb


Artists Talk on Art, Curator's Choice — Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC, Sep- Oct

Abstraction 2001 — New Century Artists, NYC, Jun

Über Quilts — Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY, Mar-Apr

Window on Jamaica — Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY, Feb-Apr

3rd Inaugural Exhibit — Millennium Arts Center, Washington, DC, Jan-Feb


Cross Currents — Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS, Aug-Sep

In the Hands of an Artist — Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYC, Jul-Aug

Celebrating Yaddo Artists — Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, Jun-Jul

St. Mark’s 2000 — St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, NYC, Mar-Apr



The New Orleans Advocate, (Mar 27,) “Ogden Show Explores a Range of Abstract Art by Southern Women,” John D’Addairo

PelicanBomb, (May 30,) “Thunderous Noise, ‘The Whole Drum will Sound’ at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art,” Taylor Murrow

The New Orleans Art Review, (Spring,) “Women and Southern Abstraction,” Terrington Calas

Art & Antiques (Mar 27,) “Deeper into the South,” Sarah E. Fensom


The Independent, (May 2,) “Collection Affection”

Spiritual Journeys: Handmade Art from the Becky and Wyatt Collins’Collection, Edited by Laura Blereau. Lafayette, LA Hilliard University Art Museum

US News, (May 13,) “Louisianan Artist Uses Multiple Objects in Sophisticated Work,) Patricia Gannon

The Dispatch, (Oct 18,) “Exhibition looks at Gender Issues, Southern Culture,”


Burnaway, (Jul. 20,) “Conjuring Art from Castoffs at Visual Arts Center of Richmond,” Kimberly Jacobs

Pelican Bomb, (Sep. 14,) “Exhibition Pick: Louisiana Contemporary,” Jacob Kiernan, (Oct. 4,) “Artists give Meaning to Ordinary Objects in VisArts’ Conjurers Exhibit,” Sasha Jiron

Richmond Times Dispatch, (Aug. 31,) “Arts Preview: Visual arts range from the haute couture to recycled everyday objects,” Joan Tupponce


Arts Atlanta, (Aug. 26) Review: Math is Beautiful in Quirky “August Geometry’ at Marcia Wood Gallery,” Jerry Cullum

Burnaway, (Jul 20,) “Painting with Objects: Shawne Major at Marcia Wood,” Matthew Terrell

Gambit, (Jan 2,) “An Interview with Mixed Media Artist Shawne Major,” Missy Wilkinson

New Orleans Art Insider. (Jan. 11,) “Shawne Major at Callan Contemporary,” Eric Bookhardt

New Orleans Advocate, (Jan. 14,) “Shawne major’s Mixed Media Works are Thick with Meaning”,” John Dd’Addario

New Orleans Art Review. (Winter 14-15,) “Gallery Walk,” Marian S McLellan


Country Roads Magazine, (Nov,) ”P3…Plus,” Kristy Christiansen

Mad Hat 15 “Eye on the World,” Edited by Jonathan Penton

Surface Design, (Winter) “Shawne Major: Colossal Collage,” Nick Stillman

The Advocate, (Nov 22,) “I’m Not a Feminist, But…,” Patricia Gannon


Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine, (Jan.,) “10th Annual Most Interesting People,” Lynn Castille, (Aug. 13,) Review of Home and Sputnik, Eric Bookhardt

Gulf, (Jul 31,) Shawne Major ‘s Exhibit Ravens and Crows opens Friday at the Mary C.”

Huffington Post, (Jan. 2,) “Haiku Reviews: Greek Gods, The Wizard of Oz and a Facebook Miracle,” Peter Frank

The Observer, (Oct 16,)” Moreau Welcomes New Exhibits,” Rebecca O’Neil

Sun Herald, (Jul 27,) “Shawne Major Exhibits ‘Ravens and Crows’ at the Mary C.,” Cecily Cummings

Times Picayune, (Jan. 4,) “Bpyd Satellite Gallery, the Must-see Spot on Saturday,” Doug MacCash

Times Picayune, (Mar. 12,) “Arts take Center Stage at SweetArts & Alliance Francaise Galas: Social Scene,” Nell Nolan


008 Magazine, (Nov.,) “Voice and Vision,” Lana Henry

Acadiana Profile Magazine, (Dec. – Jan,) “ Les Artistes: Piecing it Together,” William Kalec, feature, (Oct. 21,) “Not Your Average Festival,” Kris Wartell, (Sept. 6,) “Hilliard Museum Unveils a Fall Full of Art,” Megan Wyatt, photo, (Jun 1,) “’Southern Abstract’ is a Compelling View of a Provocative Art Form,” Thomas B. Rison, photo

Big Bridge, A Webzine of Poetry and Everything Else, 15th Anniversary Issue, Edited by Michael Rothenberg

Burnaway, (Feb 2,) “Katherine Taylor and Shawne Major: Stillness, Clamor, and Fetish,” Brian Hitselbe rger

Daily Iberian, (Sept. 17,) “Rhyme and Reason, Find the Unexpected in Major’s Masterpieces,” Jessica Goff

Felt and Wire, (Sept. 26,) “Creative Chain: Connecting creatives one link at a time,”Emily Potts, Jun 26,) Art Fair Advisor Starts Tenure with a Contemporary Exhibit on, (Sep. 11,) Rhyme and Reason: The Art of Shawne Major, Judith Meriwether

Reclaimed Garbage at Spring’s Hidden Museum,” Tyler Rudick

Sun Herald, (Feb 6,) “WAMA Exhibit reveals the Art in Contemporary Southern Crafts,” Cecily Cummings

“A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana,” edited by Michael Sartisky, Ph.D and Richard Gruber, Ph.D, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Vermilion, (Sept. 11,) “Fall Brings New Crop of La. Bicentennial Exhibits”


The Advocate, (Oct 2,) “LASM Exhibit Blends Tradition, New Artist Ideas,” Robin Miller

Savannah Morning News, (Jun 2,) “Art & Soul: A Celebration of Southern Craft, “ Allison Hersh

The Daily Reveille, (Sep. 7,) “LA. Artists use Unconventional Materials,” Joey Groner

Times Picayune, (Aug. 8,) “210 New Shelters will Keep Bus and Streetcar Riders Dry,” Hannah Miet, photo

Unlikelystories, (Jan,) “Mixed media Visual Art by Shawne Major,” Jonathan Penton

Washington City Paper, (Jun. 16,) “Reviewed: “Tribute 1” at Irvine Contemporary,” Louis Jacobson

2010, (May 15,) “Shawne Major at Heriard -Cimino Gallery,” Natalie Sciortino-Rinehart

Art Lies, (July, Issue 66,) “40,” Wendy Vogel

Brazzaville Art in Embassies Catalogue, Edited by Renee Drake. Art In  Embassies: U.S. Dept. of State

Culturemap Houston, (August 7,) “Woman Power: Texas Gallery’s 40,” Susie Kalil

Dallas Observer, (October 7,) “Here There, & Beyond,” Merritt Martin

dart international, (spring summer) “Picking Cherries in Miami in December,” Douglas Maxwell

Gambit Weekly, (May 17,) “Shawne major’s Tickle and Theresa Honewell’s Fresh Threads,” Eric Bookhardt

Glasstire, Texas Visual Art, (July), “Bless Their Hearts”, Kelly Klaasmeyer

Houston Press, (Jun 24,) “40,” Troy Schulze

Inside Art New Orleans, (May 16, online,) “Major at Heriard-Cimino,” Eric Bookhardt

New Orleans Art Review, (Spring,) “Shawne Major: Sweet & Sour,” Kathy Rodriguez


Art Forum, (Jan,) “Being There, Elizabeth Schambelan”

Art in America, (Feb,) “Deliverance: The Biennial,” Lillie Wei

Art News, (Jan,) “Prospect 1 Review,” John R. Kemp

Art Slant, (Jan,) “Old Mint, New Art,” Eric Wenzel

Creative Loafing, (Dec 9,) ”Satellites, Sculptures and Sex at Art Basel,” Veronica Pastore

Gambit Weekly, (Jan 19), “Muses: Recent Work by Female Artists,” Eric Bookhardt

Louisiana Life Magazine , (Jul, Aug), A Tapestry of Art,” John Kemp, feature

New Orleans Art Review, (Mar, Apr.), “Muses:Anti-Trend”, Terrington Calas

NYFA Current, (Jan 29,) “Reflecting on Prospect 1,” Nicole Caruth

Panorama, (Sept. 13,) “Gallery Exhibition Stresses Relationship of Artist to Society,” Jane G. Collins

Salt lake City Fine Arts Examiner, (June 1), “Interview: Suzanne Fredericq,” Qi Peng

Shawne Major: Works, Catalogue, Edited and published by Martin Irvine and Irvine Contemporary. Washington DC

Times of Acadiana (Jan,) “New Orleans Reinvented”

Washington City Paper, (Apr. 15), “Shawne Major ,” Maura Judkis


American Craft, (Jun/Jul), “Tradition/Innovation,” Sally Hansell, photo
Art Daily., (Mar 19,) “Prospect 1. New Orleans Announces Artists for Biennial”, (Nov. 7,) “Bleeding Heart Biennial,” Walter Robinson

Art News, (Oct), “ Encouraging Wards,” Carly Berwick

Art Voices, (Dec), “ Shawne Major,” Eddie Langieri, feature article

Bigredandshiny, (July 13,) “Louisville Kentucky Art Galleries,” Rita Lombardi
Fiber Arts, (Nov/Dec),” Shawne Major: Spiritual Kitsch,” Stephanie Nelson, feature, photo

The Independent, (Mar 13, Lafayette, LA), “Acadiana Artist Chosen for International Biennial,” Mary Tuttweiler, feature

The Independent, (Oct 16, Lafayette, LA), “New Orleans Streetcar Shelters Get  Art,” Mary Tuttweiler

New American Paintings, No. 76, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, (Nov. 30,) Huge Biennial Puts Art All Over New Orleans, Eve Troeh

New York Magazine, (Nov. 6,) Five Point Weekend Escape Plan,

Prospect 1. New Orleans. Catalogue, Edited and Curated by Dan Cameron. New York: Picturebox

Studio Visit Magazine, No. 1, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA

Times of Acadiana, (Mar 5, Lafayette, LA), “Sacred Space Brings Tapestries to Opelousas,” Brian Lafaye, feature article

Times Picayune, (Oct 15, New Orleans), “RTA Canal Bus Street Shelters get Art”, Susan Finch

Times Picayune, (Mar 10, New Orleans, LA), “Good Prospects,” Doug MacCash


Gambit Weekly (Feb 20, New Orleans), “Paint Me Something Mister,” Eric Bookhardt

Times of Acadiana (Jul 25, Lafayette, LA), “Lost and Found,” Jan Risher, feature article

Times Picayune (Dec. 9, New Orleans), “Translating the Venice Biennale to New Orleans,” Doug MacCash


ArtInfo (Dec 19,) “Art Basel Miami: Offbeat Highlights from the Fair Trail,” Margery Gordon

Country Roads (Nov, Baton Rouge, LA), “Trailblazers: Artists You Should Know,” J. Richard Gruber

Gambit Weekly (Jun 6, New Orleans), “Tiny Trinkets & Magical Tapestries,” Eric Bookhardt (Jan 29), “Learn More About Katrina,” Jane Wooldridge

New Orleans Art Review (Apr/May/Jun), “esthetica estheticans, natura naturans,” Karl Volkmar

The Advocate  (Nov 12, Baton Rouge, LA), “Governor Honors Several with Arts Awards, Fellowships,” Anne Price

Times Picayune (Jun 16, New Orleans), “Buried Treasure,” Doug MacCash


ArtNews (Feb), “Amazing Cross Fertilization,” John R. Kemp, photo

Art Papers (Nov/Dec), “New Orleans Review,” Eric Bookhardt

Gambit Weekly (Jun 7, New Orleans), “Celebrating the Senses,” Eric Bookhardt

Gambit Weekly (Feb 14, New Orleans, LA), “Cajuns for All Occasions,” Eric Bookhardt

Mobile Register (Feb 3, Mobile, AL), “Something to ‘Drawl’ About,” Thomas B. Harrison

Times-Picayune (Jul 01, New Orleans), “Contemporary Cajun,” Doug MacCash, photo

Times-Picayune (Jan 28, New Orleans), “Small Touches of Acadiana,” Doug MacCash


The Advocate (Dec 28), Baton Rouge, LA), “LA Artists Brighten Governor’s Mansion”

The Daily Advertiser (Oct 17, Lafayette, LA), “Newest Arts Center Draws A Crowd,” Beverly Corbell


Times of Acadiana (May 7, Lafayette, LA) "Major Undertaking," Patricia Gannon, feature article


artnet (Sep 19,) "The East Village Revisited," Calvin Reid

Gallery & Studio (Sep 8), "New York Notebook"



Joan Mitchell Center Artist in Residence — New Orleans, LA

Hermitage Artist Retreat Artist in Residence  — Englewood, FL


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship — Captiva Island, FL


Percent for Art Acquisition  — City of New Orleans, LA


Career Development Grant — Louisiana Division of the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA


Art Omi International Artists’ Residency —Omi, New York


Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant

Canal TransArt — Public Art Bus Shelter Project, New Orleans

Economic Opportunity Fund Grant — Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation

Artist in Residence — Louisiana Art Works, New Orleans, LA

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant

Career Development Grant — Louisiana Division of the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA


Artist Fellowship — Louisiana Division of the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA


Mini-Grant – Louisiana State Division of Arts, Baton Rouge, LA


Artist in Residence — Sculpture Space, Utica, NY


Workspace Fellowship — Dieu Donne Papermill, NYC


Artist in Residence — Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY


Artist in Residence — Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME


Francis Greenburger Collection—New York, NY
Hilliard Museum of Art—Lafayette, LA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art—New Orleans, LA
US Art in Embassies—Brazzaville, Congo Frederick Weisman Foundation—Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans Museum of Art—New Orleans, LA
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum—Washington, DC