Born in Birmingham, AL, 1950
Lives and works in Atlanta, GA
What Have They Done with America?, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Coming From the Earth, curated by Peter Doroshenko, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
The Growth of Communication, Edel Assanti Gallery, London, UK
The Influence of Images, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Tangled Up in de Kooning’s Fence, South Etna, Montauk, NY
Everything That Wasn’t White, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY
Somewhere in a Dream I Got Lost, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
The Weight of Everything, James Fuentes, New York, NY
I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA
Which Do We Drop First, the Baby or the Bomb?, James Fuentes, New York, NY
Something to Take My Place, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC
Supported by the Power, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, Durham, NC
It’s like Coming Home, Cash Rojas Projects, Atlanta, GA
Keeping You Out of Harm’s Way, James Fuentes, New York, NY
Assemblages and Drawings, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
Recent Works, Monty Stabler Galleries, Homewood, AL
A Twenty-Five Year Survey, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Do We Think Too Much? I Don't Think We Can Ever Stop, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Perspectives 8, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Sculpture, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Cultural Recycling: The Work of Lonnie Holley, Gasperi Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, AL
Little House Galleries, Birmingham, AL
Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art, curated by Dr. Leo Mazow, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
At The Rose House: Green River Project LLC and Object & Thing, Ridgewood, NJ
Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
The Relevance of Your Data, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
The Art of Assemblage, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Living Legacies: Art of the African American South, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Now Is The Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
From the Limitations of Now, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
Trauma and Loss, Reflection and Hope: Selections from the Collection, curated by Alison Amick, Intuit, Chicago, IL
Forms of Life, Morán Morán, Los Angeles, CA
Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY; traveled to Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Leigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA; and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis, CA
Cosmologies from the Tree Of Life: Art from the African American South, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Straighten Up the World, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
In the Hot Seat, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY
History Refused to Die, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Outliers and American Vanguard Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., traveled to High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Unseen, James Fuentes, New York, NY
Difference Engine, curated by Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski, Lisson Gallery, New York, NY
Strange Attractors: The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Dawn Dedeaux and Lonnie Holley: Thumbs up for the Mothership, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Revelations: Art from the African American South, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Animal Farm, curated by Sadie Laska, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT
Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
When the Curtain Never Comes Down, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
The Body Metonymic, curated by Dick Goody, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI
Prospect.2 Biennial, New Orleans, LA
Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY
Pitch, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings and Sculpture, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts, And Beyond, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, The Bible and the American South, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY
The Whole World Is Rotten: Free Radicals and the Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Dopes, Dupes and Demagogues: Viewed by Outsiders, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Gathering, The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Recycled/Remade, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African-American South, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC and AXA Gallery, New York, NY
Street Savvy, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY
Singular Visions, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
WET!, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Four Outsider Artists, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Ogun Meets Vulcan: Birmingham's African American Men of Metal, Ruth Hall Hodges Art Gallery, Morris Brown University, Atlanta, GA
Uncommon Bonds: Expressing African-American Identity, University of Deleware, Newark, DE
Winter Group, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; traveled to Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Material Dialogues - Contemporary Arts: The New Jersey Context, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Bearing Witness: African-American Vernacular Art of the South, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
Drawing On the Spirit of 9: Drawings and Paintings on Paper by Contemporary African-American Self-Taught Artists, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Obsession with Line, Archer Locke Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC
Let It Shine: Self-Taught Art from the T. Marshall Hahn Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Souls Grown Deep, Emory University, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA
Civil Rights Now, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Contemporary Folk Art: A View from the Outside, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Dust Tracks on a Road: Four Southern Artists, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Outsider Art by Southern Folks, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
ASHE: Improvisation and Recycling In African-American Visionary Art, Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
Figurines, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (traveling exhibition)
Collector's Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Dream Singers, Storytellers: An African-American Presence, Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui, Japan; traveled to Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Not by Luck: Self-Taught Artists in the American South, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars: Death, Reverence and the Struggle for Equality in America, Betty Rymer Gallery at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Give Me a Louder Word Up: African American Art, Metropolitan State College Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO
Montgomery Biennial, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL
The Legacy of Africa in the New World, Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo, IA
The Next Generation: The Southern Black Aesthetic, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Another Face of the Diamond: Pathways through the Black Atlantic South, INTAR Latin
American Gallery, New York, NY
Southern Outsider Art II, American Primitive, New York, NY
The Figure Redefined, Primitivo, San Francisco, CA
Art from the African Diaspora, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Outside the Mainstream: Folk Art in Our Time, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Voices in the Wilderness, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
The Bloodline, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
More Than Land and Sky: Art from Appalachia, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (traveling exhibition)
Oliver, Valerie Cassel. Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2019.
My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South. Texts by Cheryl Finley, Randall C. Griffey, Amelia Peck, and Darryl Pinckney. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018.
Burgard, Timothy Anglin. Revelations: Art from the African American South. Texts by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Joe Minter, and Lauren Palmor. San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; New York: DelMonico Books, 2017.
Arnett, William S. History Refused to Die. Texts by William S. Arnett, Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Hill Harper, Bernard Herman, Sharon P. Holland, Robert Sain, Diala Toure, Karen Wilkin, and Horace Randall Williams. Atlanta: Tinwood LLC, 2015.
Sloan, Mark. Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley. Texts by Bernard L. Herman, Theodore Rosengarten, Mark Sloan, and Leslie Umberger. Charleston, SC: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 2015.
Arnett, Paul and Eugene W. Metcalf Jr. Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee’s Bend Quilts, and Beyond. Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2006.
Arnett, William and Paul Arnett. Souls Grown Deep Volume Two. Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2001.
Arnett, Paul and William Arnett. Souls Grown Deep Volume One. Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2000.
Selected Articles and Reviews
Job, John. “Lonnie Holley: Who am I? Who am I?” OakRidger.com, February 9, 2023.
Helfand, Raphael. “Lonnie Holley and Moor Mother Share New Song ‘I Am a Part of the Wonder’.” TheFader.com, February 8, 2023.
Breihan, Tom. “Lonnie Holley – 'I Am a Part of the Wonder' (Feat. Moor Mother).” Stereogum.com, February 8, 2023.
Pappis, Konstantinos. “Lonnie Holley Announces New Album Featuring Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Stipe, and More.” OurCultureMag.com, January 11, 2023.
Hatfield, Amanda. “Lonnie Holley Announces New Lp Ft. Bon Iver, Moor Mother & More; Shares Title Track Ft. Michael Stipe.” BrooklynVegan.com, January 11, 2023.
Rettig, James. “Lonnie Holley Announces New Album Featuring Michael Stipe, Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Moor Mother, & More.” Stereogum.com, January 11, 2023.
Cohen, Jonathan. “Hear Lonnie Holley Sing With Michael Stipe On ‘Oh Me, Oh My.’” Spin.com, January 11, 2023.
Helfand, Rapheal. “Song You Need: A Soulful Reflection from Lonnie Holley and Michael Stipe.” TheFader.com, January 11, 2023.
Ruiz, Matthew Ismael. “Lonnie Holley Announces New Album Featuring Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and More.” Pitchfork.com, January 11, 2023.
Rafter, Casey. “Young Gifted And Black Exhibition At U.C. Davis Reassess Narratives Around An American Experience.” Sacramento.Newsreview.com, August 2, 2022.
Little, Colony. “Going Back to the Ditch With Lonnie Holley.” Hyperallergic.com, August 2, 2022.
Womack, Camille. “Lonnie Holley, Popular Birmingham Artist Goes Global with an Exhibit in London.” BhamNow.com, June 16, 2022.
Cascone, Sarah. “Step into the Jam-Packed Studio of Lonnie Holley, Whose Latest Works Include Ceramics and Musical Compositions.” News.ArtNet.com, June 15, 2022.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Seeing in Texas: From Dallas to Houston and San Antonio, Museums Are Showcasing a Spectrum of African American Art.” CultureType.com, May 29, 2022.
Aspden, Peter. “Artist Lonnie Holley: ‘I Didn’t Know That What I Was Doing Was Art’.” FT.com, May 19, 2022.
Luke, Ben. “A Life Saved by Art: Lonnie Holley on Making Work Inspired by Trauma, ‘Garbage’—and Being Stranded on an English Island.” ArtNews.com, May 9, 2022.
Westall, Scott. “Lonnie Holley: The Growth of Communication.” FadMagazine.com, May 6, 2022.
O’Hagan, Sean. “‘It’s Like One Continuous Song Pours Out of Him’: Meet the Shaman-like Artist-Musician Lonnie Holley.” The Guardian.com, May 1, 2022.
Scott, Chadd. “Lonnie Holley Debuting First Works In Clay At Dallas Contemporary.” Forbes.com, April 14, 2022.
“Artist Lonnie Holley Awarded $50,000.” Ajc.com, February 2, 2022.
Acheampong, Nicole. “Looking Back to Fly Forward: ‘Another Tradition’ at the Morgan Library & Museum.” ArtNews.com, January 20, 2022.
Kurian, Ajay. “Lonnie Holley.” TheGuide.art, June 16, 2021.
Elujoba, Yinka. “An Artist’s Life of Perseverance.” New York Times (May 7, 2021).
“Lonnie Holley Is Still Explosively Experimental.” Culturedmag.com, May 5, 2021.
Segal, Mark. “Lonnie Holley’s Double-Header.” Easthamptonstar.com, April 22, 2021.
Empire, Kitty. “Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley: Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection Review – a Moving Collaboration.” Theguardian.com, April 11, 2021.
Frank, Priscilla. “Lonnie Holley Is the Most Genuine Performance Artist in the Mother Universe.” Huffpost.com, December 6, 2017.
Braithwaite, Hunter. “10 Great Contemporary Art and Music Crossovers.” Pastemagazine.com, May 15, 2015.
Hultkrans, Andrew. “The Haunting Soul Music of Lonnie Holley.” Frieze 168 (December 2014).
Hutson, Laura. “Born of Struggle and a Dickensian Childhood, Lonnie Holley's Work Is Not Nashville's Typical Public Art.” Nashvillescene.com, August 14, 2014.
Binelli, Mark. “The Insider’s Outsider.” New York Times Magazine (January 26, 2014): 32.
Spice, Anton. “The Outside Inspirator: The Music of Lonnie Holley in His Own Words.” Thevinylfactory.com, January 17, 2014.
Masters, Marc and Grayson Haver Currin. “However Long It Takes.” Pitchfork.com, November 14, 2013.
Awards and Residencies
United States Artists Fellowship
Elaine de Kooning House Residency, East Hampton, NY
Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, FL
Joan Mitchell Fellowship
Museum and Public Collections
American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY