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 received 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 Professor in the Painting Department of the Kansas City Art Institute.
In 2019, Jim had an exhibition in Kansas City at the Crossroads Hotel exhibition space. Some interesting information about the exhibition and the artist is here. Another recent project 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.
For the last couple years up to the present, Jim has been busy in the studio creating his “Code Practice” work that creates new objects and animations through reconsideration and reinterpration of previous work that resides in his studio. See his Code Practice exhibition work HERE. As well, he is experimenting widely with color as evidenced by some of his latest wall mounted work shown above and in his Code Practice work.
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