Billy Colbert

Billy Colbert

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    Mixed Media Painting

    Mixed Media Sculpture

    Artist's Statement

    I am on a merry-go-round that is spinning in and out of control. I am overwhelmed by a myriad of imagery that serves as the backdrop for popular culture's infomercial. As I spin, I hear sales pitches and slogans being spoken with the cadence of an auctioneer. I see things I am not supposed to see entangled with things I want to see again.

    When I am off the merry-go-round, I am a composer, using my episodic memory to piece together the fragments from my journey. These fragments are the source for my creations. My creations are an isolation of popular culture's blur.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2020
    Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

    Par Projects, Cincinnati, Ohio

    2020
    Busboys & Poets, Washington, D.C.
    Virtual Pandemic film screening

    2017
    Vivid Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    2016
    Hyphen, Washington, D.C.

    2015
    Delaware State University, Dover, DE

    2014
    The Box, Washington, D.C.

    2012
    Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

    2011
    Montserrat House, Washington, D.C.

    2010
    Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    2009
    Longview Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Delaware State University, Dover, DE

    2008
    K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christie, TX

    Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

    2007
    Red Door Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

    2006
    Space B Gallery, New York, NY

    Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA

    2005
    Mason-Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

    Pyramid-Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD

    Vegetate, Washington, D.C.

    2004
    Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

    Cubicle 10, Baltimore, MD

    Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD

    2002
    The African American Museum, Dallas, TX

    Mount Saint Maryʼs College, Emmittsburg, MD

    Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

    2001
    Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    2000
    University of Delaware, MFA Thesis, Newark, DE

    Group
    2020
    Group Text, Napoleon, Philadelphia, PA

    Indelible, Gallery O-on H Street. Washington, D.C.

    2018
    Hyphenated, Salisbury University Gallery/Downtown Salisbury, MD

    Futures For The Rest of Us, Futures Visions - a multimedia exhibition of futurism by contemporary artists, Los Angeles, CA
    Curator: Celia Peters FRIEZ ART FAIR

    Futures For The Rest of Us, Futures Visions - a multimedia exhibition of futurism by contemporary artists, Columbus, OH
    Curator: Celia Peters

    2017
    Now More Than Ever, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
    Curator: Joesph Orzal

    Spiral Recoil, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
    Curator: Kayliegh Bryant

    2015
    Ceci nest pas une T.V., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

    SELECT 2015: Washington Project for the Arts Auction, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

    Mood Board, Furthermore, Washington, D.C.
    Curator: James Huckenpahler

    2014
    Arts and Letters - Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
    Curator: Twig Murray

    Transformer Auction, Washington, D.C.

    2013
    In Unison - A Collection of 20 Washington Artists, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Traveling exhibition

    2012
    CTRL+P, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
    Curators: Kristina Billonic and Julie Chae

    Symphonic Stylings, Cincinnati Orchestra and Par Projects, Cincinnati, OH

    SELECT, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

    In Unison - A Collection of 20 Washington Artists, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York, NY
    Traveling exhibition

    In Unison - A Collection of 20 Washington Artists, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
    Traveling exhibition

    In Unison - A Collection of 20 Washington Artists, Capitol One Bank Global Headquarters, McLean, VA
    Traveling exhibition

    2011
    DC2NY, Dorian Gray Gallery, New York, NY

    Ten Years After 911, Edison Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Kinetics, Par Projects Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

    2009
    20 X 20, Washington, D.C.
    Curator: Sondra Arkin

    2008
    University of Dayton, Rike Center Art Gallery, Dayton, Ohio
    North of U Street- Billy Colbert and Michael Platt

    2007
    Reasons to Riot, Memphis College of Art + Design, Memphis, TN

    Jolly Cowboy, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

    Concrete Domain, Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, New York, NY

    2006
    Residue from the Bling-Bling Circus Cubicle Ten, Washington, D.C.

    DC Studio - American University Faculty Show, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, D.C.

    Without Formula, Cubicle Ten, Washington, D.C.

    2005
    Take Me to the River, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

    The Emerging Eye, Quinland Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA

    Pyramid-Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland Collectorʼs Auction, MD

    Fusebox, Transformer Auction, Washington, D.C.

    The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

    The Southern Graphics Council Presents Studio Space DC, Studio Space DC, Washington, D.C.

    2004
    National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC New Acquisitions
    from Washington, D.C. Artist

    DC Print Portfolio, David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Museum Of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.

    Member Show: MOCA Darlings

    Transformer Alumni Show, Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    2003
    Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Thelma Harris Gallery, Oakland, CA

    Washington, D.C. Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

    2002
    DCCAH Art Applicant Exhibition, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.

    300 Years of African American Art, African American Museum, Dallas, TX

    2001
    Invitational Alumni Print Exhibition, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

    Gallery 505, Washington, D.C.

    Rock Creek Galley, Washington, D.C.

    Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Curated
    2011
    Cedric Smith, You’re Welcome,
    Montserrat House Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Bradley Chriss, Parade, Montserrat House Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Tyrique Tucker, Mega Waves, Cre8 Space/LeMont Bishop Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    2010
    Bauble, Wool Exploratorium, The Lacey, Washington, D.C.

    2009
    Ellington Robinson, InterVisions, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

    2005
    Residue from the Bling Bling Circus, Washington, D.C.

    Artist's Bibliography

    2020
    Howard, Ashorn, "Biggs Museum Shows a Slice of African American Life," Delaware State News, February 15, 2020

    2018
    Chapin, Adele, "Where to Find All Those D.C. Murals You’ve Seen On Instagram," Going Out Guide, Washington Post, September 5, 2018

    2017
    Jenkins, Mark, "In the Galleries: The eternal cycles of decay and rebirth," Style Review, Washington Post, November 16, 2017

    Capps, Kriston, "At the WPA NoMuNoMu Confronts The Current Sociopolitical Climate," Washington City Paper, Galleries, May 12, 2017

    2015
    Capps, Kriston, "Collage Envy," Washington City Paper, Galleries, February 27, 2015

    2014
    O’Sullivan, Michael, "Art Takes on a Language of its Own," Washington Post, Weekend Section, May 23, 2014

    2013
    Capps, Kriston, “Personal Effects”
    Washington City Paper, Arts, September 13, 2013

    2012
    Jenkins, Mark, "Select: WPA Exhibition and Art Gala," Washington Post, Friday February 24, 2012

    2011
    Capps, Kriston, "DC2NY: The Exhibit," Washington City Paper, Arts Desk, September 13, 2011

    2010
    Smith, Brendan L., "The Public Eye," D.C. Modern Luxury, Arts and Power Issue, December 2010

    Clements, Michael M., "Creative List: Artist Abound," Washington Life Magazine, November 2010

    2009
    Ober, Cara, "Emerging Forces," Art News, February 2009

    2007
    Koeppel, Frederic, "An Uncivil Riot Grabs the Eye," Memphis Commercial Appeal, March 9, 2007

    Arcieri, Kate, "Law & Order- Luxe Litigator turned Design Diva," DC Modern Luxury, Lori Grahm Reflects... March 2007

    Talasek, J.D., "Their First Taste of the Strange Fruit," Issues in Science and Technology, Spring 2007, volume XXIII, number 3, page 96

    2006
    Horsley, Lance, "Paint the Town," The Downtowner, January 11, 2006 vol.7 no.22, page 14-15

    2005
    Cudlin, Jeffry, "Menagerie," Washington City Paper, pg. 80 February 4-11, 2005

    2004
    Bowers, Jessica, Baltimore City Paper, Exhibiting Signs Arts Section, June 23-30, 2004

    Jacobson, Louis, "D.C Portfolio 2004,"Washington City Paper, July 16-23, 2004 vol. 24 no. 28 page 80

    Iager, Meredith A., "FSU Fine Art Dept. and Roper Gallery Present Alumni Artist Billy Colbert," The Bottom Line Lifestyle Section, February 2004, Vol.56 No.2

    Professional Experience

    2011 - Present
    Delaware State University, Dover, DE
    Assistant Professor of New Media Arts

    2009 - 2018
    Transformer, Washington, D.C.
    Board Member

    2010 - 2017
    International Arts and Artist, Washington, D.C.
    Board Member

    2009 - 2011
    Montgomery College Silver Spring/Tacoma Campus, Takoma Park, MD
    Adjunct Faculty

    2010
    City of Washington, D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program
    Co-Lead Artist, Summer 2010

    2003 - 2009
    American University, Washington, D.C.
    Adjunct Faculty

    2008 - 2009
    Luke C. Moore Academy, Washington, D.C.

    2003 - 2004
    Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, D.C.
    Adjunct Faculty

    2002 - 2004
    Jefferson-Houston School for the Arts and Academics, Alexandria, VA
    Art Focus Coordinator

    2000 - 20002
    Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
    Assistant Professor

    1998 - 1999
    Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA,
    Adjunct Faculty

    Awards & Honors

    2021
    Washington Wizards (Monument Sports)
    Selected Artist, commission for team facility

    2000
    Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition, African American Museum, Dallas, TX
    Best of Show & Mixed Media Purchase Prize
    Juried by the late artist and MacAuthur Fellow, John T. Scott

    1999 - 2000
    University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
    Presidential Fellowship

    Lectures & Panels

    2020
    Busboys & Poets, Washington, D.C.

    2018
    Par Project, Cincinnati, OH

    2017
    Vivid Solutions, Washington, D.C.

    2012
    Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
    Visiting Artist, Lecturer

    2011
    Luce Center for American Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Lecturer

    The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Panelist, "10 Years of Art in Washington, D.C.", hosted by The Millennium Art Salon

    Vox Valise, Montserrat House, Washington, D.C.
    Artist Talk with Philippa Hughes

    2009
    Delaware State University, Dover, DE
    Visiting Artist

    2008
    University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
    Visiting Artist, Lecturer

    K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
    Visiting Artist, Lecturer

    2006
    Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
    Visiting Artist

    2004
    Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
    Panelist

    2002
    Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmittsburg, MD
    Visiting Artist

    Commissions

    2021
    Monument Sports, Washington, D.C.

    2017
    D.C. Alley Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Franklin Hall, Washington, D.C.

    2016
    Big Chief, Washington, D.C.

    2015
    Shinola, Detroit, Washington, D.C. location

    2014
    Jackpot, Washington, D.C.

    2013
    Penn Social, Washington, D.C.

    2012
    Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.

    Millenium Art Salon, Washington, D.C.

    2010
    D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Washington, D.C.

    2009
    District of Columbia Housing Department, Washington, D.C.

    2007
    Virginia Four Points Development, Washington, D.C.

    2006
    D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Washington, D.C.

    KSI Services, Washington, D.C.

    2003
    Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

    Public Collections

    African American Museum, Dallas, TX
    Alley Museum-Bladgen Alley, NW, Washington, D.C.
    D.C. Alley Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Delaware State University, Dover, DE
    District of Columbia Commission for the Arts and Humanities Clark Parsia, Washington, D.C.
    National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
    John A. Wilson Building, Washington, D.C.
    Jackpot, Washington, D.C.
    KSI Services, Washington, D.C.
    Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
    Monument Sports, Washington, D.C.
    Penn Social, Washington, D.C.
    Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR
    St. Maryʼs College, St. Maryʼs City, MD
    The John Wilson Building, Washington, D.C.
    Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C. Art Bank
    World Bank Headquartes, Washington, D.C.
    Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC
    University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

    Selected Private Collections

    Julia Ames and Jason Treat, Washington, D.C.
    Kia Alford, Bowie, MD
    Andrew Au, Cincinati, OH
    Phillip Barlow, Washington, D.C.
    Janice Blanchard, Washington, D.C.
    Mitch Berk, Washington, D.C.
    Bruce and Lisa Brown, Washington, D.C.
    Earl Brown, Esq., Washington, D.C.
    Tom Bryan, Washington, D.C.
    Kendall Clark, Washington, D.C.
    Kevin Cole, College Park, GA
    Kate Damon, Washington, D.C.
    Derek and Donna Cooper, Washington, D.C.
    Patsy Cox, Los Angeles, CA
    Jeff and Belana Chapp, Newark, DE
    Christopher Darden, Esq., Los Angeles, CA
    Aisha Davis, Miami, FL
    Tom Daley, Esq.Washington, D.C.
    Dr. Robert Doriot and Mary Doriot, Washington, D.C.
    Dr. William Ebbs, Woodbine, MD
    Christine Enemark, Bethesda, MD
    Jade Floyd, Washington, D.C.
    Melvin P. Foote, Washington, D.C.
    Kelly Gorsuch, Washington, D.C.
    Lori Grahm, Washington, D.C.
    Charlie Graff, Washington, D.C.
    Richard Graff, Esq., Washington, D.C.
    John Gray, III, Washington, D.C.
    Eric Gronning, Washington, D.C.
    Michael Hines, Washington, D.C.
    Lance Horsley, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Michael Joyner, Washington, D.C.
    Sarah Kahn, Esq., Washington, D.C.
    Cynthia Kain , Washington, D.C.
    Doris Keuhn, Washington, D.C.
    Fred Kendrick, Washington, D.C.
    Steve and Martina Leonard, Gaitherburg, MD
    George Martin, Silver Spring, MD
    Tom Matzzie, Washington, D.C.
    Lisa Long and Robert Mc Millen, Memphis TN
    Pat Mathis, Washington, D.C.
    Walter Muldrow, Washington, D.C.
    Susan Najda, Washington, D.C.
    Junea Padillia, Woodbridge, VA
    Christina Parker, Denver, CO
    Miriam Park, Detroit, MI
    Heather Raquel Phillips, Philadelphia, PA
    Umberto Pisoni, Washington, D.C.
    Jennifer and Dominic Redd, Silver Spring, MD
    Cedric Smith, Savannah, GA
    Phil and Diane Spellberg, Bethesda, MD
    Dafna Stienberg, Washington, D.C.
    Julian Threats, Washington, D.C.
    Stan Voudrie, Washington, D.C.
    Mr and Mrs. Darrell Walker, Little Rock, AR
    Sylvia White, Washington, D.C.
    Jeffrey Wright, Brooklyn, NY
    Dr. Rodney Williams, Cumberland, MD
    Elif and Ebrahim Yildirim, Bad Urach, Germany
    Carin Zelenco, Washington, D.C.

    Education

    2000
    University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
    MFA, Painting

    1993
    Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
    BS, Graphic Design