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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2002        Material Transformation, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001        Mr. Imagination, Banana Factory, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
2000        Mr. Imagination: New Works on Paper, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999        Artist and the Community: Mr. Imagination, Southeastern Center for Community Art (SECCA),                Winston-Salem, NC
1998        The Spirit of Unity, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996        Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.     
               Gregory Warmack/ Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995        Mr. Imagination, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
               Mr. Imagination, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
1993        The Eye Stands For Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992        Mr. Imagination, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, FOCI (Forms of Contemporary Illinois),                State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
               Mr. Imagination, Sibell-Wolle Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1991        The Eye Stands For Mr. Imagination: A Retrospective Show, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
1990        Mr. Imagination, Art Talk at Cairo, Chicago, IL
1986        Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983        Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1999    The End is Near, Portfolio 99, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996    Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
The Intuitive Edge: Midwest Outsider and Folk Art, South Bend Regional
Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Recycled-Reseen: Folk Art from the Global Scrapheap (Traveling show
through Spring 1999)
Recycle, Reuse, Recreate, African Tour
1995        Chicago Connectors: Ten Self-Taught Visions Intersect the Mainstream,
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Untutored Eye, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI
From Africa to the Americas, Northwestern University Settlement,
Chicago, IL

1994        Reclamation and Transformation: Three Self-Taught Chicago Artists,
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL
Resonances: Echoes of the Ancestors in African-American Art, Wabash
College, Crawfordsville, IN
Resurrections: Objects With New Souls, The William Benton Museum of
Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1993    Absolut Heritage, USA
1992    Mr. Imagination, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH
1991        Spirited Visions: Portrait of Chicago Artists by Patty Carroll, State of
Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991    "Evidence of Spirit", Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
"Images in Black: Memory and Spirit in African American Art", Carl
Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Home Sweet Home", Columbia College, Chicago, IL
"The Cross Show", First Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
"Black Art: Ancestral Legacy", Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond,
VA
1990        "Mr. Imagination and Willie Leroy Elliott, Jr.", Carl Hammer Gallery,
Chicago, IL.
"Black Art: Ancestral Legacy", High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1989        "Black Art: Ancestral Legacy", Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX. 
(Traveling Show Through 1991)
1989    "Sculpture: Inside and Out", Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1988    "Portrait from Outside", Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.
1987        "Outsider Art: The Black Experience", Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago,
IL
"Group Exhibition/Gallery Artists", Mia Gallery, Seattle
"Opening Exhibition", Primitivo, San Francisco, CA
1986        "Mr. Imagination/Philadelphia Wireman/Boneman", Oscarsson Seigeltuch
Gallery, New York, NY
"Group Exhibition", Janet Fleischer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1985    "Group Exhibition", Janet Fleischer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

AWARDS

1997    Recipient of the Artist of the Year Award from the Folk Art Society of
America
1995        Recipient of The Children's Defense Fund Award celebrating success at
the Elliot Donnelly Youth Center Art Park for his continued work
with children from low-income families; award presented by Marian Wright Adamon.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

1999        Commission from the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV to design and
create front entranceway installation for the Mandalay Bay site

1997    Commission from the National Blues Foundation Awards to design and
create the award for The Outstanding Performers of the Year

1997    Commission from the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, to design and
Create the entranceway, The Unity Grotto

1996        Commission from the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, to design and create
installation for the Howlin’ Wolf Bar Area in the First Balcony Music Hall

1996        Completed an eleven foot Coca-Cola bottle cap sculpture for the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.

1995        Completed Meditation Grotto at the Elliot Donnelly Youth Center,
Chicago, IL

1995    Completed Chicago Children's Museum Park bench, Chicago, IL

 

VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

1996        Museum of International Folk Art, Youth workshops,  creation of an “art
car" to promote Recycled, Re-seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap and Community Day, Santa Fe, NM
1995        TASA Conference, University of Texas at Tyler Lecture-- The Orange
Show, sandstone workshop
Chicago Hearing Society, Youth workshop at the Mayor's Office for
people with Disabilities
1994    Artist in Residence, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN
"Art Bench Project", Chicago Children's Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Arts Club Lecture, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL
1992   "Mr.  Imagination",  Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts,  University  of  Colorado,
Boulder, CO
1991    "Family Christmas Tea", Field Museum, Chicago, IL
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
"Evidence of Spirit", SIU, Carbondale, IL
1990    Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas TX
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
"Outsider Art" Sponsored by Chicago Artists Coalition at Carl Hammer
Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Family Day", Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
Wencrest Nursing Home, Chicago, IL
1989    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1988    Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL
Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
DuSable Museum of Afro-American Art, Chicago, IL
The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
1987    Boston College of Art, Boston, MA
Francis Parker School, Chicago, IL
St. Ignatius School, Chicago, IL
The Collins School, Chicago, IL
1986    Expressway's Children's Museum, Chicago, IL
1984    DuSable Museum of Afro-American Art, Chicago, IL

 

ARTICLES

Mr. Imagination Transforms Trash Into Treasures of Art, from VISTA
( Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum publication), 1997
The Fascinating World of Mr. Imagination, from VISTA, Vol. 6, 1997
Mr. Imagination Pounds Away on North Side, Chicago Sun Times, July 14,
                        1996.
Imagination Gives Junk Artistic Life, Journal North, Albuquerque, NM, Wed,
May 15,1996
Community Pride Builds Bronzeville Park, Chicago Sun-Times, Monday, August
26, 1995
Center gets rock-solid fun with whimsical art grotto, Chicago Tribune,
Wednesday, August 28, 1995
Partnership promotes exhibition and beautification, Spotlight Chicago, Week of
May 10, 1994, p.12 
Recycled art helps support robbery victim, Chicago Tribune
Mr. Imagination to Show at Lockport Gallery
Visiting Artists Animate Crafts in the Minds of Illinois Children, Daily Egyptian
About face: self-portraits by Chicago Artists Chicago, March 1992
Absolut Big Break for these Two Chicago Artists Chicago Business, Aug. 12,
1991
For this Street Artist, the Eye Stands for Imagination, Colorado Daily Weekend,
November 13-15, 1992
DMA Exhibit Features Chicago Sculpture, The Dallas Weekly, 10/12/89-
10/18/89, Page 11
Trash becomes Treasure in the Hands of Mr. Imagination, The European
Connection, November 3, 1992, p. 14
The Wonderful World of Mr. Imagination, Outsider Art
Fest Art Brings Families Together (1B), The Journal Times, July 4, 1993
Chicago Trio Evokes Sense of Community in Terra Show, Chicago Sun-Times
Artist Has Found Celebrity Through His Own Brand of Recycled Images, Chicago
Tribune, Thursday, July 22, 1993
Stone carvings by Mr. Imagination Embody the Black Folk Art Tradition, Sun-
Times, Sunday, May 22, 1983
Mr. Imagination pays Tribute to the Jacksons Chicago Defender, Tuesday, July
10, 1984
He has a  dreamMr. Imagination takes first steps toward fame, Uptown News,
November 6, 1984
Sampling of Artworld Renders New Faces’ at the Clark Gallery, Lincoln  Journal,
Thursday, July 9, 1992
Art Expo Promises to Be A Showcase for the Imagination, Chicago Tribune,
Friday, May 3, 1991 Section 7, p. 75
The Magic of Mr. Imagination, Springfield Magazine, February 1992
Mr. Imagination to Share His Secrets: Folk artist/sandstone Sculptor An expert in
Visual Story-telling, The Houston Post, Calendar Sept. 29 - Oct. 6, 1991
Treasure from Trash: Self-Taught Artists Recycle Their Way Through An
Exhibition Chicago Tribune, Sunday, April 17, 1994 p.12, Section 13
Making a Statement with Castoff Objects The Providence Journal-Bulletin, March
4, 1994(18)
Portraiture with Inventive Twists, Boston Globe, Thursday, July 16, 1992
Discards Pop Up in Artwork, Southtown Economist, Section E, page 1, Thursday,
June 11, 1992