Biography

James Woodfill is a 1980 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and has lived and worked in Kansas City since. As an interdisciplinary artist, his work is focused on direct experience through the composition of objects, occurrences and site. His artworks regularly blur boundaries in their execution, often crossing into functional design. His installations bridge the fields of sculpture, painting and public art, and his work in the public realm has extended into education and curatorial projects, writings and numerous urban planning projects and studies.

 

Woodfill’s gallery installations have been widely recognized, including reviews in Art In America (at Joseph Nease Gallery V1.0), Art Papers, The New Art Examiner, Hyperallergic, Art Slant and Sculpture Magazine. His public work has recieved numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, and it has been included twice in the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network annual “Year in Review.” His work has also been recognized by I.D. Magazine and by Art in America in their “Public Art in Review.” Woodfill currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the Painting Department of the Kansas City Art Institute.

 

In 2018, Jim is involved in several projects and exhibitions.  One of these is in Kansas City's West Bottoms area along the Missouri River where the city first developed.  A historic urban and industrial area; it has history, decay, reuse and rebirth, and is a place of inspiration.  Here is the link to West Bottoms Reborn project site.

 

For more information: James Woodfill's website

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