hamlett dobbins
1170 Knox
memphis, tn 38127
(901) 219-1943

Represented by David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

1999 university of iowa, iowa city, iowa, master of fine arts.
1998 university of iowa, iowa city, iowa, master of arts.
1993 university of memphis, memphis, tennessee, bachelor of fine arts.

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
bemis center for contemporary art, three month residency, omaha, nebraska.
vermont studio center, four week fellowship, johnson, vermont.
1999 best of show, arts in the park juried show, jerry saltz, juror.
1998-1999 pelzer-lynch fellowship for graduate students in painting. university of iowa, iowa city, iowa.

recent & upcoming

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

spring 2016 The Attendant, (one person show), Gatewood Gallery, University of North Carolina Greensboro.
summer 2015 Soft Eyes, organized by Pete Schulte, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
Spring 2015 Old Man Study Group, (Collaborations with Douglas Degges), Southfork Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.
Winter 2015 Lovey Town: We Got Spirit, Yes We Do, Organized by Michael Velliquette, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa.
Mellow Mountain Coalition: Born to Hula, (in collaboration 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 Critology, The Fine Art Museum at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University, North Carolina.
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.
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 summer show, fourteen30, portland, oregon.
tennessee abstraction, organized by adam mccoy, cheekwood museum of art, nashville, tennessee.
Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
tinker, tailer, sifter: spies!, gallery 130, university of mississippi, oxford, mississippi.
touch faith, organized by jeffrey courtland jones, semantics, cincinnati, ohio.
2008 every one, every day (one person show), university of the south, sewanee, tennessee.
every one, every day (one person show), dixon gallery and gardens, memphis, tennessee.
good morning milla (one person show), fuel room, power house memphis, memphis, tennessee.
2007 every one every day (one person show), david lusk gallery, memphis, tennessee.
Class 0f ’07, lantana projects, memphis, tennessee.
Tablet: Contemporary Southern Painting, organized by seed through the tanner-hill gallery, chattanooga, tn.
2006 color, space 301, mobile, alabama.
Class 0f ’06 lantana projects, memphis, tennessee.
Place as Muse 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.

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

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

2004 paradise or parking lot, (two person show), gertrude herbert institute of art, augusta, georgia.
early morning paintings, 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.
new work: new gallery artists, karolyn sherwood gallery, des moines, iowa.
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 invention of a new star (one person show), art museum, university of arkansas, fayetteville, arkansas.
the memphis connection, kunstruimte40, amsterdam, the netherlands.
2001 we like each other, armstrong gallery, cornell college, mt. vernon, iowa.
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.
2000 notfromhere, bemis center for contemporary art, omaha, nebraska.
winter show, percival gallery, des moines, iowa.
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, p. 48, november/december 2005.
the commercial appeal 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 2002.
memphis flyer carol knowles, first light: the “early morning paintings” of hamlett dobbins, july 20, 2005.
  Chris Davis, Material Man, page 31, December 9, 2004.
Nashville Scene

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, pp. 10-11, summer 2003.
mark s. price, hamlett dobbins at amum, pp. 20-21, summer 2003.

related experience

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

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.