Meadows School of the Arts

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 75275


6430 Lakewood Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75214





MFA, Sculpture; California State University, Long Beach, 1979

BA, Philosophy; Yale University, 1974

            Studied:  Edinburgh College of Art, 1973

                         Maryland Institute of Art, 1975




Altshuler Distinguished  Teaching Professor , 2012-2014


Professor of Sculpture and Design, Meadows School of the Arts, 1988-present



Dallas, TX  1995-2009, 2013-14, 2017-18

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts.   Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1983-1988

            Chair, 1985-1986

Assistant Professor of Art.  Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 1980-1983.





Visiting Artist and Critic, Gachon University, Seoul, Korea, 2017

Adjunct Faculty, The Guildhall School of Digital Gaming, Dallas, TX, 2004, 2006

Visiting Critic in Drawing, Yale Graduate School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1984-2004

Visiting Artist, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 2002

Visiting Artist, Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX, Spring, 2001

Visiting Artist, Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, TX, Spring 2000

Visiting Artist, Hampshire College, Hampshire MA, Fall, 1999

Visiting Artist, Carleton College, Northfield MN, Spring, 1999

Visiting Professor, Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany, 1994 

Visiting Artist, University of Portland and Portland Museum College of Art, 1995 

Visiting Lecturer, Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, 1994

Visiting Artist, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1987.





Distinguished International Resident Artist, Jurisan International Art Farm, Hadong, Korea, 2018.

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professorship, 2012-2014

Provost’s Instructional Technology grant, SMU 2006, 2009, 2013 (co-researcher)

University Scholar/Teacher award, Methodist Council, SMU 2005

Jentel Artist’s Residency, Sheridan, Wyoming, 2004, 2007

Dean’s Award—Research in Art, 2003; Administrator, 2000

Golden Mustang Award for Teaching, Southern Methodist University, 1993 

Rotunda Teaching Award, 1990

Faculty Development Grant, Meadows School of the Arts, 1992, 1995, 2002, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016

University Research Grant, Southern Methodist University, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2002, 2016

Connemara Conservancy.  Grant for Site-specific installation, Dallas, TX 1992, 1999

Phillip Morris Sculpture Fellowship, Berlin, W. Germany, 1989

Massachusetts Artists' Foundation.  Finalist Grant, Sculpture, 1987

Resident Sculptor, Bildhauerwerkstatt, Berlin, Germany, 1989, 1992, 1995

Resident Sculptor, Triangle Workshop, Pine Plains, NY, 1987






Mi Cuerpo no Está Aqui/Mi Cuerpo Está Aqui (Colaborative intrallation with Hellen Ascoli)

                  Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX July/August 2017.

Mi Cuerpo Esta Aqui/Mi Curepo no Esta Aqui.  (Collaborative installation with Hellen Ascoli).  C-41 (Concepcion 41) La Antigua, Guatemala. Dec 2016-April 2017.

Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas TX 2015

Pensado Desde mi Cuerpo.  Hellen Ascoli et Jay Sullivan.  Galerie Sol del Rio, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2015

Searching for ….and other things.  Hellen Ascoli and Jay Sullivan.  S 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2014

Alice Leonora Briggs/James Sullivan.  The Gallery at UTA, University of Texas at Arlington, 2014

Le Corps Propre.  Artspace at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK, 2013

Remains.  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2013

The Reluctance of Things. Robert and Elaine Stein Gallery, Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH 2012

New Work.  Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX,  2010

Variations. Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX, 2007

Four Figures.  Meadows Museum, 2006 (installation, with dance performance)

Natural Histories. Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX April, 2005

Provisional Self: Sculpture and Drawings.  Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas, TX , 2002

Presence/Absence.  Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany, 2002

Recent Sculpture.  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX 2000

Matter and Meaning, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX  2000 (catalogue)

Sculpture and Drawings, Longview Museum of Fine Art, Longview, TX, 1998

Requia:  Recent Sculpture and Drawings,Conduit Gallery, Dallas, 1998

Sculpture and Drawings,Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, 1997

Body  :  Fragment, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 1996 (catalogue)

Figur/Umgekehrte Figur, Installation, Berliner Dom, Berlin, Germany, Nov. 1994

Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1994 





If I Was Here/If You Were There.  Permanent Installation, Jurisan Art Farm, Hadong, Korea, 2018.

Mi Cuerpo no Está Aqui/Mi Cuerpo Está Aqui (Colaborative intrallation with Hellen Ascoli)

                  Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX July/August 2017.

Mi Cuerpo Esta Aqui/Mi Curepo no Esta Aqui.  (Collaborative installation with Hellen Ascoli).  C-41 (Concepcion 41) La Antigua, Guatemala. Dec 2016-April 2017.

Conversations and Gifts (Collaboarative installation with Hellen Ascoli).  Artspace Kamin, Comalapa, Guatemala, Dec. 2014-Jan 2015

Art is Me, Art is You. (What is the Sound of US)  Collaborative Performance, DUMBO art Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Living Room. Collaborative installation.  Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art

            Dallas TX, 2010-2011

Art is Me, Art is You.  Performance, Los Angeles CA, 2010

“Loud Room: Quiet Room”Installation in “Prelude: works in Progress and Unfinished Works”Pollock Gallery, SMU, Dallas, TX, 2001

Garden.  Collaborative installation with Kaleta Doolin, 20THAnniversary Invitational, Connemara Conservancy, Plano, TX, 2000

“Loud Room/Quiet Room”Fort Burgwin Research Center, Ranchos de Taos, NM 1996 (destroyed)

 Figur/Umgekehrte Figur, Installation, Berliner Dom, Berlin, Germany, Nov. 1994

“2 Houses” Collaborative installation with Stephen Mohring,Connemara Invitational  Plano, TX, 1992









Jurisan International Art Festival, 2018. Jurisan Art Farm, Hadong, Korea.  Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea, 2018.

Per Diem. Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX 2017

Arte 12, Colectiva de fin de Año. Galerie Sol del Rio, Guatemala, Guatemala. 2016

Primary Research. Sean Cairnes, Linnea Glatt, James Sullivan.  St. Paul Place, Dallas, TX, 2016.

Ceramicists and Sculptors in Two Dimensions.  The Andrews Gallery, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 2015

Longitude/latitude: 30 years at Conduit Gallery.   Conduit Gallery, TX 2014

Sculpture Walk.  Allied Arts Council, St. Joseph, MO, 2014  (Tumulus, 2014)

Fountainhead. The Art Foundation, Dallas, TX 2012

Wunderkammer. Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX 2011

Small Sculpture.  College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2011

Check Up : Recent Additions to the Art Collection. Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, 2010-1

Natural Translation: Harry Geffert and James Sullivan. Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX, 2010

Art is Me, Art is You. Exhibition and Performance. Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA 2010

Rapid Artists 2010.  Conference of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers, Los Angeles, 2010

Rapid Artists 2010.  One Arts Place, Dallas, TX, 2010

Collections, Cultures, and Collaborations with Flatbed Press. UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX, 2010

Face and Form: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection. Meadows Museum, Dallas TX. 2009

Experiencing Perspectives II.   Daimler Financial Services, Fort Worth, TX. 2009-11

The Plan is the Body.  Big Chimney Art Space, Chicopee, MA 2009

Print Club of Cleveland Fine Art Print Fair. Cleveland, OH, 2009, 2011

Experiencing Perspectives 2008-9. Daimler Financial Services, Fort Worth, TX, 2008-9

Meadows Art Now ,McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas TX 2009

Indexing the Moment. CADD Art Lab, Dallas TX 2008

The Chair Show. Austin Museum of Art, Austin TX,  2008

Small Work.  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2008

Alchemy or Change.Main Gallery,  University of Texas at Dallas, 2008

“The Chair Show”. Austin Museum of Art, Austin TX,  2008

Red Dot Fair—Art Miami 2007, Conduit Gallery Artists , Dec. 2007

Printmaking Invitational. Carillon Gallery, Fort Worth, TX, 2007

Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 2006

Drawing as Alterity. Studio Gallery, Brookhaven Colege, Dallas, TX 2005

The Third Coast: Texas on Townsend.  Haley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2004

Conduit Gallery 20thAnniversary Exhibition.  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004

Form.AIA Gallery, Dallas, TX 2003

I-45 Combined, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, TX, 2002

Daou, Letscher, Robertson, Sullivan.  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2002

3 x 3 x 3: Contemporary Figurative Art.  The Gallery at UTA. University of Texas, Arlington. 2002

Vessels of the Soul,Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, Texas, 2001

Counterpoint: Six Artists from Conduit Gallery, University Art Gallery, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, 2001

Vision and Movement, 2000:  Public Art, Public Transit.  The Gallery at UTA, Arlington, TX, 2000

Inevitable Progression I. Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, 1999

The Figure:  Experiencing Views. University of Texas, San Antonio, 1999

Faculty Exhibition, Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, 1998

34th Longview Museum of Art Invitational, Longview, TX 1998 (Awarded Best in Show, Purchase Prize)

New Dallas Art:  Small Works, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, TX, 1998

Six Ways of Seeing, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1996

Uber Grenzen Miteinanderen, Stadt Museum, Erlangen, Germany, 1995

Body and Spirit, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX, 1994

Human Nature, Human Form,Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, 1993

Senses Beyond Sight, D-Art Center, Dallas, TX, and Abilene Art Center, Abilene, TX, 1993

Drawings by Gallery Artists,Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1993

Kaleidoscop, Haus Am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany, 1992

Connemara Invitational  (site-specific installation), Plano,TX, 1992



BIBLIOGRAPHY  (*Catalogues of work)


*Austin Museum of Art.  Chair: the Texas Chair Project. Austin, TX: 2009.

Bird, Sarah. "Jay Sullivan at Mead"  In Other Words, October 8, 1986.

*Caesar, Catherine.  Alice Leonora Briggs / James Sullivan.  University of Texas, Arlington, 2014

Camplin, Todd.  “James Sullivan at Conduit Gallery”, Modern Dallas .net, April, 2013

Daimler Financial Services GMBH:  Experiencing Perspectives I, II, 2008, 2010, 2013

Damsker, Matt.  Hartford Courant.August 16, 1987

Daniel, Michael. “James Sullivan at Conduit” Dallas Morning News, Dec. 15, 2000

Daniel, Mike.  “James W. Sullivan at the Meadows Museum”, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 4, 2002

Der Tagesspiegel.  "Grusel und Grauen."Berlin, Germany, January 23, 1990. 

Greiler, Fritz.  “Amerikanische Kunst in MMK,” Passauer Woche Kulture, 19 June 2002

Harman, Andi. “Over the Weekend”, frontrow.dmagazine.com April 9, 2013

*Hicks, Tracy.  “James Sullivan” Photographic essay. Gulf CoastVol. 16 No.2,  Spring 2004

Huerta, Benito. Vision and Movement, 2000:  Public Art, Public Transit. Exhibition catalogue, University of Texas, Arlington, June, 2000

Inman, Marcie.  "Komodore and Sullivan...." Art Times, Irving TX, October 1991. 

Kohl, Ines. “Glitter ins Grau,” BayernStaatzeitung, July 7, 2002

*Kudielka, Robert.  James Sullivan: Plastiken- Skulptur.  Exhibition catalogue, Amerika Haus, Berlin,   Germany, 1990.

Kutner, Janet.  “Bodies of Work.”  Dallas Morning News, April 4, 1996.

Kutner, Janet.  "A Force in Anti-Gravity." Dallas Morning News,  June 16, 1990. 

Kutner, Janet.  "James Sullivan."  Art News,  October 1990.

Lee, Jody.  “3 x 3 x 3” Exhibition Catalogue, The Gallery at UTA, Texas, 2002.

Levy, Rebecca. “Human Relations:  Sculpture at Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Art View, Austin American Statesman, April, 1993

Meadows Museum of Art.  At the Meadows. Fall, 2009, p. 13

*Mead, Elizabeth.  Provisional Self. Exhibition catalogue, Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, 2002. Massengale, Jean.  Westport News,August 26, 1987

Mitchell, Charles D.  "Art Lovers' Annual...."Dallas Morning News, March 16, 1992.

Mitchell, Charles D.  “Heady Experience.”Dallas Morning News,February 17, 1994.

Mrozek, Donald.  "Kren, Marak and Sullivan." Kansas City Artists Coalition FORUM, February,1982.

Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau.  30-year Exhibition History.  Passau, Germany, 2004

Museum of Texas Tech University.  Check Up 1/Check Up 2. Lubbock TX, 2010

*Newman, David.  James Sullivan: Matter and Meaning. Exhibition Catalogue, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, 2000.

Ossoy, Renato and Fernández, Camila.  “My body is here.  My body is not here.”  Tr. James Sullivan. Guatemala, Guatemala and Dallas TX 2017.

*Philip Morris GmbH.  Werkspuren:  Stipendiaten 1987-1990. Berlin, Germany, 1990.

*Philip Morris GmbH.  Die Kunst zu Fördern: 25 Jahre Phillip Morris und die Kunst in Deutschland. Munich: Phillip Morris GmbH,  1999.

Ruff, Dale.  "A Decade of Pluralism."  Art Week, February 9, 1980.

Russell, Gloria. Sunday Republican(Springfield, MA), Dec. 6, 1987.

Sattler, Stephan. "Tabakduft und die Shoen Kunste." Pan.   December 1989.

Schlesinger, T.  Chicago Reader, April 13, 1984.8

*Stadt Museum Erlangen.  Uber Grenzen Miteinanderen. Exhibition catalogue, Erlangen, Germany, 1995. 

Stutz, Karl.  “An- und Abwesend Zugleich,” Passauer Neue Presse, July 30, 2002

____________. “Thank You America,” Aktuelle Kunst no. 46, July-August 2002

"The Lawndale Competition" Houston Chronical, December 3, 1982.

Triangle Foundation.  Triangle Workshop, 1987,Exhibition and workshop catalogue, New York, NY, 1987.

Van Keuren, Philip.  Body  : Fragment.  Exhibition catalogue, Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, 1996. 

Wagner, Helmut.  “Glamour und Meditativer Ernst,” Landshuter Zeitung, June 26, 2002

Wellen, Laura A.L. “Hellen Ascoli & Jay Sullivan at Concepción 41, Antigua, Guatemala” 

            Art Review, April 2017

Wilour, Clint.  In Body and Spirit.  Exhibition Catalogue, Galvaston Art Center, Galvaston, TX, 1994





Conversation—Acts of Agression.  Laura Wellen, moderator.  Hellen Ascoli, Reyes Josue Morales, James Sullivan.  Pollock Gallery, Dallas TX, Oct. 14, 2017.

The Body Itself-2.  Gachon University, Soeul, Korea. May 25, 2017

Experimento Cuerpo. Symposium, Reading, Performances by Hellen Asccoli, Jay Sullivan, Jorge de Leon, Camila Fernández.  La Casa de Cervantes, Guatemala City, Sept 21, 2016.

A Discussion on Materiality.  College of William and Mary, VA.  Lecture and seminar by James Sullivan, Professor of Art, SMU, and Andrew Mitchell, Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, 2016

“An Icon at 50: NorthPark’s Artworks.”  Interview, Art and Seek, KERA. August 18, 2015

“Gesture and Reluctance”, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 2012

“Objects and Things” Meadows School of the Arts, 2011

“Research in Computer Based Haptic Modeling”, SMU, March, 2009

“On Gesture” Meadows Museum, SMU, 2007

“Surface, Shadow and Spatiality:  Implied Worlds in Computer Rendering and Visualization”,

            Four lectures, The Guildhall, Dallas, TX November, 2004

“Variable States:Intention, Appearance, and Interpretation in Modern Sculpture” Nasher Sculpture Center and the J. Paul Getty Center, Workshop Panelist, Oct. 2004

“Open Work: The Collaborations of Anthony Caro”  Meadows Museum of Art, Nov 2003

“A Walk through the Nasher Center” Deep in the Arts, KERA November 30, 2003

“New Texas Artists…” Report by Suzanne Sprague, KERA, Dallas, March 3, 2003.

“50thAnnual Europaische Festwochen” Symposium, Passau, Germany, June 2002

Henry Moore, Bound to Fail: Sculpture after Moore” DallasMuseum of Art, March, 2001

Program Coordinator,  “Questioning : Quality” National Council of Art Administrators Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, Nov 9-11, 2000  Robert Hughes, Keynote Speaker

“The Architect as Artist” Panel Discussion with Santiago Calatrava, Paul Goldberger, Lawrence Speck, Jay Sullivan, Meadows School of the Arts, November 3, 2000.

“How Does Space Mean?” Symposium on the Theory and Practice of Theatrical Space. Faculty of University of Texas, Austin, Columbia University, Southern Methodist University. 

            Dallas, TX, May, 1998.

Program Coordinator, Teaching Effectiveness Symposium, SMU, 1997 

“Sculpture in Context--The Nasher Collection” Collecting Context, the Context of Collecting. Symposium, Southern Methodist University, Division of Art History, Dallas, TX, October, 1997

“Is Art Art, or is Art an Idea?” Collectors Forum, Conduit Gallery, 1997

Program Director, 1996 Meadows Award, November, 1996--Jacob Lawrence 

“An Evening with Jacob Lawrence”  Interview and Discussion with Jacob Lawrence, Southern Methodist University, November, 1996




"Mary Vernon's Open Places". Catalogue essay for exhibition Emerita: A Retrospective of Debora Hunter and Mary Vernon, Dallas TX, 2018

“John Lincoln’s Drawing”.  Introduction and interview (with Barnaby Fitzgerald and John Lincoln)inConversations 3John Lincoln: The New York and Paris Drawings Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX 2006

“Solitary Shape: 50 Years of Drawings of Nathan Oliveira” Exhibition Catalogue, Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX 2003

“Seeing Unseen” Introduction to The Observant Hand: Forty Years of Drawings by Sigmund Abeles. Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of The Arts, Dallas, TX, 1998

"Daniel Buren: Metamorphoses..." ART NEW ENGLAND, Nov. 1987

"Erwin Hauer: Sculpture."  ART NEW ENGLAND, July/August 1986.

"NCECA 1981: The Problem of Tradition." CERAMICS MONTHLY, October, 1981. pp43-49. 









Stein Gallery, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX

Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX (sculpture and Artist’s Research Print Coll)

Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX

Texas Sculpture Garden, Hall Financial Group, Frisco, TX

U. S. Trust Collection, Dallas, TX

Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX 

Jack Willis, Pasadena, CA.

Warren and Laura Elcock, Dallas, TX.

Tim and Nancy Hanley, Dallas, TX

Michael Zavis, Chicago, IL

John Reoch, Dallas, TX

Howard Hallam, Dallas, TX

Jack Willis, Pasadena, CA

Axel Gutseit, Berlin, Germany

Dennis and Teresa Stanfil, San Marino, CA

Clarence and Anne  Fleming,  Pasadena, CA

Deloitte and Touche, Chicago, IL

Felician College, Chicago, IL