Thornton Willis  (American, 1936) 

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Thornton Willis Biography
1936   Born in Pensacola, Florida
1962   University of Southern Mississippi, BS
1966   University of Alabama, MFA
1979   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Painting Fellowship
1980   National Endowment for the Arts, Painting Fellowship
1984   National Endowment for the Arts, Printmaking Fellowship
1991   Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship
2001   The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Painting Fellowship
2004   Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters, Wall of Fame
  Lives New York City
Selected Exhibitions
2006   Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006   “Oracle”, Holland Tunnel Gallery, Paros, Greece and Brooklyn, NY
2006   “Neoplastic Redux”, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
2006   “New Criterion Benefit Auction”, Salander-O’Reilly Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   “Raising the Bar: James Little & Thornton Willis”, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
2005   The Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY
2005   Holland Tunnel Gallery, NY
2003   The Spike Gallery, Green Chimney’s Auction & Benefit, New York, NY
2002   “Recent Acquisitions”, The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, U. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
2002   “Paintings”, The Space, New York, NY
2001   “New York Artists”, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, curated by James Little
2001   “Abstraction and Immanence”, Hunter College, New York, NY, curated by Vincent Longo
2001   “911 Abstract Art”, L.S. Phillips Studio 18 Gallery, New York, NY
2000   Musee Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts DeLausanne, Switzerland, curated By R. Zaugg
2000   “American Abstract Artists, 1930-2000”, Hillwood Art Museum, curated by J. Price
1999   “The Art of Absolute Desire”, Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY, curated by James Little
1999   “The Power of Drawing”, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Beverly Brodsky
1998   “Absolut Secret”, David McKee Gallery, New York, NY
1998   “Abstract Index”, Condesco/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Vincent Longo
1997   “Abstract Tendencies”, Rider College Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ, curated by D. Rosenthal, (catalog)
1996   “New York-Abstract”, New York Arts Magazine space, New York, NY, curated by James Little
1993   “Small Paintings: Big Issues”, Douglas Drake Gallery, New York, NY
1993   “The Tradition”, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY
1993   Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991   “Abstract Paintings: the 90s”, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Barbara Rose
1990   Twining Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1988   American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
1988   “Dorothy Diener, Peter Voulkos, Thornton Willis”, Twining Gallery, New York, NY
1988   Gallerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
1988   Pensacola Museum of Fine Art, Pensacola, FL (solo)
1986   Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
1986   Oscarsson-Seigeltuch Gallery, Inaugural show, New York, NY
1986   Oscarsson-Siegeltuch, New York, NY (solo)
1986   Millerville University Gallery, Millerville, PA (solo)
1985   Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
1985   Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1985   “Affair of the Heart”, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1985   “Color Abstraction in the 80s”, Baruch College, New York, NY, curated by Katherine Crum
1985   “Abstract/Issues”, Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY, curated by Steven Madoff
1985   “Current Six: New Abstraction”, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI, curated by G. Nordland
1985   C.W. Woods Gallery, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS (solo)