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    JIM VANKIRK (American, b. 1946)
    Chinese Distribution, 1975
    Oil on canvas
    Inscribed verso: J. VanKirk '75
    72 x 30 inches (182.9 x 76.2 cm)

    Frisco City Hall, Frisco, Texas, "Local Color: Jim VanKirk, from NY to CA to Texas, 35 Years in the Making", May 16-August 22, 2008.

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    About this work, the artist writes: 

    In the fall of 1969 I was a senior in undergraduate art school at UCLA and Diebenkorn was on the graduate faculty.  Dick had a show in downtown LA and I responded to the work on many levels. After acceptance to the graduate program there I asked him if we could work together and he complied even agreeing to be the chair of my thesis committee.


    On one studio visit he came into my studio on the 8th floor of the Dickson Art Center. On a table I had a huge Edward Hopper book open to his "Night Café."

    Dick tapped on the picture and said, "You know something about me." I hadn't made that exact comparison, but  I understood what he was revealing. The point of the picture he had indicated was the meeting of the two storefronts the café and the brownstone storefront across the street.

    Anyone who is familiar with the Ocean Park Series will immediately recognize this section  of the Hopper work turned into an abstract idiom for Diebenkorns personal expression. It contains all the plastic elements that he would use over and over again, transparency, reflection, light and shadow, Color phenomena, etc.


    Jim VanKirk




    2008              "Flower Power, "VAGF, Frisco TX

    "Local Color," 2-man Show at City Hall, Frisco TX May 17 -August 22

    "N*de of the month," for July 18th, 2008,

    "The Artistic Hammer Project," Curator for the Texas Democratic Women of Collin County, Get Out the Vote Campaign, 2008 national election.

    "N*de of the month," for August 28th, 2008,, "Oceans in TEXile and other work," One-Man show at VAGF, Frisco TX


    2007       Joseph S. Lewis, III, Curator, "Committee of Making," a Mini-Curated Micro-Book, "Magazine Stand," a project of the Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD.     

                   "Merci," Frisco Arts Association, Frisco, TX

                   "Curated Members Show," VAGF, Frisco TX     


    1995              Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Gallery, NY

    Kouroi  &Kourai, Kouros Gallery, NY

    The Crest Hardware Show, Crest Hardware, Brooklyn, NY

    Works on Paper, S. Cono Pizza, Brooklyn, NY


    1994              The Jupiter Show, 4-Walls, Brooklyn, NY

    Jobs Overseas, Munchen Kunstverein, Munich, Germany

    Portraits, 4-Walls Film Club, Brooklyn, NY

    Wall to Wall, Tribeca 148, NYC, NY


    1993              The Blast Magazine, Vol. 3, Jordan Crandall, ED., Artists & Homeless Coalition

    The Pier Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

    Henry Street Settlement House, NYC, NY

    1.      On the Way Home, Artists & Homeless Coalition Exhibition,

    Hope Sandrow, Curator

    2.      Something Lost, Something Gained

    Robin Tewes, Curator and Project Originator

    612 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

                1.    Found Objects, 2.    Drawings, Scott Reilly, Curator


    1992       The Last Acetate Show, The Palladium, NYC, NY

                   Red Spot Theatre Memorial for Alan Dougherty

                   Aztec Café, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                               1.    $99.95                  2. Still Life

                   Firestone Art Space, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    1.         The Collaborative Show, James VanKirk, Curator

     2     Fast Forward, Dean Balsamo, Curator

    Private Exhibition, Hangar T-2, Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM

    Que Pasa: Art in New Mexico, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM

    Monothon, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    The Gathering Storm, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

                Joseph Lewis III, Curator


    1991              Group Show: Bedarte y Bedar, Aeropuerto, Cortijo Grande, Almeria, Spain

    1990              Group Show: Bedarte y Bedar, Aeropuerto, Cortijo Grande, Almeria, Spain


    1989       Current Works, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYC, NY

    The Jesse Helms Obscene Art Shoe, NYC, NY


    1986              Guerilla Warfare Show, E. 9th Street, NYC, NY

    1985              Abandoned Building Show, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

    The South Bronx Show, Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY


    1984              Exceptions 2, Pratt Institute of Art, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, NYC

    Lowry Simms, Curator & Curator, Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art


    1983              The Re-gentrified Jungle, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

    Kwok Gallery, 299 Mott Street, NYC, NY

    The Monumental Show, Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, NY

    The Times Square Show, Times Square, NYC, NY

    Distances: A Performance Collaboration with Joseph Lewis III, Rebecca Smith and S. Peter Stevens, Terminal New York & Brooklyn Terminal, NY


    1982              Strike Force, Community Gallery, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

    Young Artists, Kansas Bank Exhibition, Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC, NY

    If U CN RD THS U CN GTA GD JB W HI PA, Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY

    Self Portrait, Kwok Gallery, 299 Mott Street, NYC, NY  


    1981              The TAPS Show, PS 122, 150 1st Avenue, NYC, NY

    Doomsday, AA Salon, 330 Broom Street, NYC, NY


    1978       Gold: An Unperformed Performance Piece, A Portion of Which Was Performed on Public Television, a collaboration with Joseph S. Lewis III


    1976              Magoo's Cafe, 6th Avenue & West Broadway, NYC, NY


    1975              Organization of Independent Artists, New York State Supreme Court Offices, NYC, NY


    1974              McDowell Colony for the Arts, Peterborough, New Hampshire

    Thesis Exhibition, Graduate School of Art & Architecture, Yale University, CT

    Group Show, Graduate School of Art & Architecture, Yale University, CT


    1973              The Gallery, New Canaan, Connecticut

    Three Person Show, Graduate School of Art & Architecture, Yale University


    1972              Thesis Show, F.S. Wright Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    New Talent '72, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

    Brentwood Art Center, Brentwood, CA

    Barnsdahl Park Annual Art Exhibit '72, Los Angeles, CA


    1971              Barnsdahl Park Annual Art Exhibit '71, Los Angeles, CA

    Westwood Art Association Open, Westwood, CA

    Westwood Art Association Scholarship Exhibition, Westwood, CA

    New Talent '71, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA

    Sunset Canyon Recreation Center


    1970              Group Show, F.S. Wright Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

                   Barnsdahl Park Annual Art Exhibit '70, Los Angeles, CA


    1969              Group Show, F.S. Wright Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    Helena Newland Gallery, Los Angeles, CA




    1989              Cummington Community of the Arts: One month fellowship, Cummington, MA


    1974              McDowell Colony for the Arts: Three month fellowship, Peterborough, NH

    Yale University Gift Scholarship of $3,200, New Haven, CT

    Yale University Full Tuition Scholarship, New Haven, CT


    1972              Yale University Gift Scholarship of $2,650, New Haven, CT

    Yale University Full Tuition Scholarship, New Haven, CT

    Innovative Educational Programs Grant of $1,300, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    UCLA Fine Arts Council Grant of $200, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA



    2003       San Diego Museum of Art, California Light: History and Techniques of Landscape Painting      


    1973-74  Yale University, Beginning Painting, Teaching Assistant to both William Bailey and Bernard Chaet


    1971-72    UCLA, Beginning Drawing, Associate Professor of Art and Teaching Assistant to Robert Fichter



    1992-93    Artists and Homeless Collaborative, Parkside Armory, NYC, NY

    Taught Beginning Art for Women's Shelter residents

    Conducted field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Conducted field trip to the Museum of Modern Art


    1991              Firestone Art Space, Santa Fe, NM

    Established temporary alternative exhibition space of 6000 square feet

    Mounted two alternative exhibitions of local area artists


    1989              The AIDS Resource Center, NYC, NY

    Collected 250 artists' prints and drawings solely for decoration of rooms of AIDS sufferers in hospices


    Arts Coalition for Freedom of Expression, Founding Member

    Organized to resist censorship in the arts and insure continued funding of the National Endowment of the Arts; designed a political poster used nationally in this campaign


    1986              Laquine Simmons Fund, Founder

    Collected funds to support this young woman who had been shot for attempting to have drug dealers evicted from her apartment


    1982              New York Air 727

    Assisted artist David Wells in painting airliner as a reindeer to transport Santa to all destinations


    1971-72    Interviews with Artists Grant Project, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    Developed (along with photographer Fred Endsley)an interview/videotaping team of Los Angeles artists to interview renown local artists including Robert Fichter, Robert Heineken and Stanton MacDonald Wright.  The Wright interview was the last before his death and is now part of the Smithsonian Collection.


    1970              Designed three novelty wrist watches: a Richard Nixon, a Spiro Agnew and a Ronald Reagan (which ran backwards!) These received national publicity when produced in Switzerland




    Manny Mendoza, " Pecha Kucha: Art in a Hurry," KERA Art & Seek Blog: for north Texas and beyond. June 24th, 2008


    Joseph S. Lewis, III, Curator, "Committee of Making," a Mini-Curated Micro-Book, "Magazine Stand," a project of the Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD


    Kandace Dodson, "Non-profit group is coming into bloom," The Dallas Morning News, Metro Section, page B1, September 6, 2007. An Un-attributed photo of my oil crayon drawing, "Violets."

    No Author, "Easter for Orthodox Christians," The Sunday Record, Page NJ-7, April 14, 1996. A captioned photo of myself working on the installation of the exhibition, "Heaven on Earth," for the Newark Museum of Art, Al Paglione, Photographer.

    Edith Newhall, "It Takes a Village, New York, page 58, March 4, 1996,Photo of the myself working as an Art handler for the Whitney Museum of American Art on the retrospective exhibition of Edward Kienholtz, Scot Frances, photographer.

    Candelora Versace, "Art with a New Twist," Pasatiempo Magazine, The Santa Fe New Mexican, July 3, 1992.

    Johanna Woll, "Firestone Artists Show Virtual Maelstrom of Sensibilities," Pasatiempo Magazine, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 19, 1992.

    Editorial, "Self Help Art," The Albuquerque Journal, Journal North, June 17, 1992.

    Candelora Versace, "Fast Forward at Firestone Gives Look at Alternative Art,"  Pasatiempo Magazine, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 12, 1992.

    Pamela Tarchinskio, "Expanding Horizons: Pair Will Exhibit Santa Fe's Disenfranchised Artists." The Albuquerque Journal, June 11, 1992.

    James VanKirk, "Indian Art: Parallels Past and Present," The Santa Fe Reporter, May 27, 1992.

    Candelora Versace, "Alternative Art Space Hopes to Juice Up Local Arts Scene," Pasatiempo Magazine, The Santa Fe New Mexican, May 22, 1992.

    The Wingspread Collectors' Guide, Illustration, Volume 6, Number1, Santa Fe and Taos, 1992.

    Lowry Stokes Sims, Curator of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Catalogue Essay, "Exceptions 2,"1984.

    Joseph S. Lewis III, "Re-gentrified Jungle," Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 1983.



    B.A.      (Fine Arts) U.C.L.A.

    M.A.     (Painting) U.C.L.A. , Richard Diebenkorn, Advisor

    M.F.A.  (Painting)  Yale University, Al Held and Lester Johnson, Advisors 


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