Hamlett Dobbins
701 N Idlewild
memphis, tn 38107
(901) 219-1943
hamlettdobbins@hotmail.com
hamlettdobbins.com

 

Representation

David Lusk Gallery
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee

Whitespace Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia

 

education

1999 MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1998 MA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1993 BFA, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

 

grants, awards, and residencies

2014 ArtsAccelerator Grant, ArtsMemphis

2013-14 Fellow, The Jules Guerin Rome Prize in Visual Arts, American Academy in Rome, Italy

2010 Nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

2009 Nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

2003 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant

2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2000 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, three month residency, Omaha, Nebraska

2000 Vermont Studio Center, four week fellowship, Johnson, Vermont

1999 Best of Show, Arts in the Park Juried Show, Jerry Saltz, juror

1998-99 Pelzer-Lynch Fellowship for Graduate Students in Painting. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

 

recent & upcoming

2020

The Wellspring, (one person show), Union University Art Gallery, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

Let It Last, (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2019

Let It Last, (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Mellow Mountain Coalition, (collaboration with Tad Lauritzen Wright), Medicine Factory, Memphis, Tennessee

I Will Have to Tell You Everything, (one person show), Whitespace, Atlanta, Georgia

 

exhibitions

2018

Chaos and Information curated by Mark Scala, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee traveling to Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. (catalog)

2017

Drawing Performance, organized by James Bockelman, (Old Man Study Group, Collaborations with Douglas Degges), Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and Inga Kondeyne Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Mellow Mountain Coalition: All the Pain on the Inside (Collaboration with Tad Lauritzen Wright), Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia

Mellow Mountain Coalition: Caboose! (Collaboration with Tad Lauritzen Wright), Chattanooga, Tennessee

I Will Have to Tell You Everything, (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2016

I Will Have to Tell You Everything, (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Sant’Ivo, (one person show), Medicine Factory, Memphis, Tennessee

The Attendant, (one person show), Gatewood Gallery, University of North Carolina Greensboro

2015

The Attendant (one person show), The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Soft Eyes, organized by Pete Schulte, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Old Man Study Group, (Collaborations with Douglas Degges), Southfork Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Untitled (for A.J.F.) (one person show), Glitch, Memphis, Tennessee

Lovey Town: We Got Spirit, Yes We Do, Organized by Michael Velliquette, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa

Mellow Mountain Coalition: Born to Hula, (Collaborations with Tad Lauritzen Wright), Glitch, Memphis, Tennessee

2014

The Attendant, (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Concrete Ghosts / Fantasma Concreto, organized by Christian Caliandro, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

2013

The Wellspring, (one person show), University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, Mississippi

The River Beneath Us, (one person show), Leu Art Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee

All My Rowdy Friends, The Rozelle Warehouse, Memphis, Tennessee

Co-Lab, (Collaborations with Tad Lauritzen Wright), Nu Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Critology, Curated by Ron Laboray, The Fine Art Museum at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University, North Carolina

Present Tense: The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now, Curated by John Weeden, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

2012

Bred and Fed, Martos Gallery’s Shoot the Lobster, Organized by Mary Grace Wright, Benton Street Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

Today’s Visual Language: South Abstraction, A Fresh Look, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama

The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

2011

The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Connection: A Show of Collaborative Work, Organized by Dwayne Butcher, Marshall Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

2010

We Like Each Other, Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska

The River Beneath Us (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

2009

Tinker, Tailer, Sifter: Spies! Gallery 130, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

Touch Faith, organized by Jeffrey Courtland Jones, SEMANTICS, Cincinnati, Ohio

Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee

Summer Show, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon

Tennessee Abstraction, organized by Adam McCoy, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee

2008

Every One, Every Day (one person show), Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

Every One, Every Day (one person show), University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

Good Morning Milla, (one person show), Fuel Room, Power House Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

2007

Class of 07, Lantana Projects, Memphis, Tennessee

Every One Every Day (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Tablet: Contemporary Southern Painting, Organized by SEED through the Tanner-Hill Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2006

Class of 06, Lantana Projects, Memphis, Tennessee

Place as Muse, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama.

Color, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama.

Everyone (one person show), Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Early Morning Paintings (one person show), CAP Gallery, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee

Early Morning Paintings (one person show), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

2005

Early Morning Paintings (one person show), David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

MAX: 2005, curated by David Moos, Art Museum at University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

New Currents in Regional Painting organized by Brian Bishop for the Sarah Moody Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

2004

Paradise or Parking Lot, (two person show), Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Early Morning Paintings, (one person show), Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee

Suburban Abstraction, organized by Barbara Campbell, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Stillness of Skin (one person show), Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee

Under Run, organized by Julia Marsh, Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003

Switchyard, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Marshall Abstraction, Fugitive Art Space, Nashville, Tennessee

The Stillness of Skin (one person show), Art Museum University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

2002

Now Serving, Art in General, New York, New York

A Century of Progress: Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee

The Stillness of Skin (one person show), Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee

Side by Side, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Connection, Kunstruimte40, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Invention of a New Star (one person show), Art Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

2001

Featured Emerging Artist, 2001 Invitational Art Exhibit, Arts in the Park, Memphis, Tennessee

Omaha Paintings (one person show), Second Floor Contemporary, Memphis, Tennessee

MAX: 2001, All About Paint, University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis, Tennessee. Holly Block, curator

dh-hd, Artfarm Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

We Like Each Other, Armstrong Gallery, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

2000

notfromhere, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska

The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

From the Story of the Rose (one person show), Iowa Gallery, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1999

Young Memphis, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

Arts in the Park, Memphis Tennessee. Jerry Saltz juror

This is Always Finished, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Road Trip, New Work from the University of Iowa, Fassbender Gallery Annex, Chicago, Illinois

M.F.A. Show, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

Tuesday Night Collaborative Drawing Group, Reservoir Space, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1998

Each Child’s Story Illuminates the Others’, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, Iowa

Five Days, Five Shows (one person show), Eve Drewlowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

 

selected reviews and publications

Art Papers

Susan Knowles, Review of Early Morning Paintings at David Lusk Gallery, page 48, November/December 2005

Burnaway

Erica Ciccarone, Hamlett Dobbins and Douglas Degges on Artistic Collaboration, June 19, 2015

Joe Nolan, All About Me, January 10, 2017

Commercial Appeal

Fredric Keoppel, Abstracts Peer into Realms both Microscopic, Cosmic, Sept 23, 2016

Fredric Keoppel, Hamlett Dobbins at Fogelman Gallery, August 26, 2015

Fredric Keoppel, Hamlett Dobbins at David Lusk Gallery, March 20, 2014

Fredric Keoppel, Dobbins Probes Limits of Abstraction, Sept 10, 2010

Fredric Keoppel, Year’s Top Art Exhibitions, Playbook, Dec 28, 2007

Fredric Keoppel, Beauty is in the Eye of Artful Dobbins, Playbook, Oct 5, 2007

Dateline Memphis

John Weeden, Focus on Hamlett Dobbins, January 15, 1999

GAMUT

Meikle Gardner, iD Hamlett Dobbins, June issue, 2002

The Memphis Flyer

Chris Davis, Material Man, July 11, 2013

Carol Knowles, First Light, page 34, July 21-27, 2005

Chris Davis, Material Man, page 31, December 9, 2004

Nashville Scene

Joe Nolan, In the Abstract, August 8, 2013

David Maddox, Hillsbroro Village Blues, June 29, 2006

Julie Roberts, Building Blocks, August 5, 2004

New Art Examiner

David McCarthy, Studio Visit, February 2000

Number: An Independent Journal of the Arts

Carrie McGee, Hamlett Dobbins: Early Morning Paintings, pages 16-17, Fall 2005

Terry Thacker, Long Live the Death of Modernism: The Practice of Thomas Nozkowski, Hamlett Dobbins, and Greely Myatt, pages 10-11, Summer 2003

 

related experience

2017-present Foundations Coordinator, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

2016-2017 Foundations Lecturer, Department of Art, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

2001-2013 Drawing and Painting Instructor, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

2001-2013 Director, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis

2004-2013 Organizes exhibitions for Material, a non-commercial, alternative exhibition space

2004-2006 Advisory Board Member for Lantana Projects, Memphis, TN

2003-2004 gallery coordinator for non-profit arts organization delta axis, memphis, tennessee

2001-2003 board member and contributor for independent arts quarterly, number inc.

2001-2003 board member for non-profit arts organization, delta axis

1999-2003 curator of memphis alternative exhibition space, delta axis at marshall arts

1994-1996 member of memphis artists’ studios and exhibition space, marshall arts

1990-1991 volunteered for non-profit gallery, memphis center for contemporary arts, director robert mcgowan