Tameka Jenean Norris
2012 Masters of Fine Art (MFA) Painting and Printmaking, Yale University, CT
2010 Bachelor of Art (BA), minor African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 2007 Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
Present Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2016-2017 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Grant Wood Fellow, Iowa City, IA 2016 Adjunct Professor of Art and Art History, Santa Monica College, CA
2012-2015 Adjunct Professor of Art, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
2012-2014 Visiting Artist Lecturer, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
2014 Professor of Art, Bard Early College, McDonogh 35 High School, New Orleans, LA 2012 Teaching Assistant, Animation, Yale School of Art
2011 Teaching Assistant, Digital Video, Yale School of Art
2010 Teaching Assistant, Drawing, UCLA Summer Art Institute
2017 OxBow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
2016 Grant Wood Fellowship, Iowa City, IA
2016 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2016 Long Road Projects, Jacksonville, FL
2013 Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota, FL
2013 Fountainhead Artist Residency, Miami, FL
2009 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MA
2016 C ut From the Same Cloth , Ronchini Gallery, London
2015 Bloodlines and Flood Lines , Savannah College School of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA 2015 Meka Jean: Not Acquiescing , 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
2015 Meka Jean: Sole Rights , David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
2015 Meka Jean: Recovery , Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 Introducing Meka Jean (Too Good For You), Lombard Freid, Chelsea, NY
2014 Almost Acquaintances , Ronchini Gallery, London
2013 Family Values , Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Selected Group Exhibitions
The Embedded Message: Quilting in Contemporary Art , Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA
Count/Recount: Feminist Film and Video , curator Carmen Hermo, screening at the Hirshhorn Musesum of Art, Washington D.C.
I Hear it Everywhere I go , Terri C. Smith, curator Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
On Repeat , curated by Raphael Rubenstein, Clark & Associates, Houston Heights, TX
Face to Face: A Survey of Portraiture by Louisiana Artists, Hillard Art Museum, Lafayette, LA Expo Chicago, Rena Bransten Projects, Chicago, IL
Perfect Day, Robert & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dark Revival: After Terry Adkins, Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Beat Goes On, School of Visual Art Gallery (SVA) Chelsea, NY
Southern Accent, Nasher Museum, Duke University, NC
Cabin Fever! Annual art exhibition and auction, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Warm Kitty, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL Expo Chicago, Rena Bransten Projects, Chicago, IL
The Articulated Void, The PostContemporary, NY
Then and Now: Artist as Witness, College of the Holy Cross, MA
Texas Contemporary, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
Auto Body, Faena Art Center Buenos Aires, Argentina
Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath, Force of Nature, Wave Hill Museum, NYC
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art , curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, Yerba Buena Museum, San Francisco, CA
The Influence of Painting , Frank Street Works, Stamford, CT
Meka Jean: How She Got Good , Prospect 3 New Orleans Biennial
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art , curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
a/wake in the water: Mediations on Disaster , curated by Erin Christovale, Museum of Contemporary Diasporian Arts, NYC
Performa 13, Studio Museum in Harlem, performed, Untitled, 2012-2015, NYC
Facets, Terry Adkins Recital, Northwestern University, Regenstein Hall of Music, IL
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art , curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, Studio Museum of Harlem, Harlem, NYC
Unsupervised, Lombard Freid, Tameka Norris and Mark Jenkins Chelsea, NY
Art Basel Miami Beach, Lombard Freid
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art , curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston , Texas
Eyes Off the Flag, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan
Gifted and Talented, Third Streaming Gallery, curator Clifford Owens, NY, NY
MFA Painting Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Prospect 2 New Orleans Biennial, curator Dan Cameron, New Orleans, LA Queer Sexing, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Prospect New Orleans Benefit Auction, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CA 3x6x3 #2, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)LA,CA
Pulp, Beta Pictoris, Birmingham, AL
Prospect 1.5 New Orleans Biennial Good Children Gallery, curator Dan Cameron, New Orleans, LA “not just a shelter” Oxnard College, McNish Gallery, Oxnard, CA
For Your Pleasure, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
To the Window to the Wall, UCLA Undergraduate Senior Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, LA, CA Lube, Jaus Gallery, curator Martin Durazo, LA, CA
Party at Chris’s House, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, curator Phong Bui, Brooklyn, NY
UCLA Undergraduate Scholarship Award Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, LA, CA,
WWWD (What Would Wayne Do?) The Best Rapper Alive Art Exhibition, Bushwick Star, Brooklyn, NY UCLA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, curator, Mark Allen (Machine Project), New Wight Gallery LA, CA
Entitled, UCLA Undergraduate Senior Show, Senior Show New Wight Gallery, New Wight Gallery LA,CA Open Projector Night, Hammer Museum, LA, CA
True Diva Biennale, Skowhegan, ME
UCLA Undergraduate Scholarship Award Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, LA, CA
UCLA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, curator, Ali Subotnick (Hammer Museum), New Wight Gallery, LA, CA
Dissent! 1968 to Now, Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, LA, CA
Theories, Moralities and Goals Dripping from Teeth and Nails in Grand Moonlight, UCLA Undergraduate Gallery, LA, CA
Women of Color Explore Homeland, Lucy Florence Gallery, LA, CA
2017 Meka Jean: Cover Me, Sundance Film Festival
2015 Meka Jean: Cover Me, New Orleans Film Festival
2015 Meka Jean: Cover Me, Hammer museum screening
2015 Meka Jean: Cover Me, International Film Festival Rotterdam
National Endowment for the Arts, $25,000, Somewhere is Here: A Town Called York, Coleman Center for the Arts
Kickstarter Campaign, $25,000, Meka Jean: How She Got Good, Prospect.3 Biennial
Blair Dickinson Scholarship, Yale School of Art
Schlosberg Prize, Yale School of Art
Modern Painter Magazine, 100 Emerging Artists List, Dec 2011/ Jan 2012
School of Arts and Architecture Dean’s Scholarship (merit based) UCLA Robert and Marion Wilson Award (financial based) UCLA
Emma B. Keller Award (faculty nomination) UCLA
Jo Downing Scholarship, (academic merit and moral character) UCLA Women’s Faculty Scholarship (merit and need based) UCLA
Lillian Levinson Scholarship (“In recognition of artistic and academic promise,” for “demonstrating superior achievement") UCLA
Aubrey Penny Award (faculty nomination) UCLA
John Densmore Award (rock band, The Door’s drummer award for African American music and art majors) UCLA
Robert and Marion Wilson (financial based) UCLA
Art Council Undergraduate Project Award (travel grant) UCLA
Emma B. Keller Award (faculty nomination) UCLA
Jo Downing Scholarship (academic merit and moral character) UCLA
UCLA Scholarship Recognition Award (stellar academic achievement)
Caltagirone, Rita Rovelli (2006). You Go To My Head: a visual poem on African inheritance. Monaco: Muse Cultural Publishing. 52-53.
Cotter, Holland, (2016, November 6). “Forget the Coasts. Look to the Hinterlands.” New York Times. Retrieved From: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/arts/design/forget-the-coasts-look-to-the-hinterlands.html
Patel, Alpesh (2015, April) “Tameka Norris” Art Forum. Retrieved From:
Stillman, Nick (2015, January). “Prospect.3” Art Forum. Retrieved from:
Karp-Evans, Elizabeth (2015). “Introducing Tameka Norris.” Golly Magazine. 100-112.
Ryzikdec, Melena (2014, December 5) “Art Is a Splash, Grand and Tiny, in Miami
Art Basel Miami Stretches Into Little Haiti” New York Times. Retrieved From: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/arts/art-basel-miami-stretches-into-little-haiti.html?_r=0
Yablonsky, Linda (2014, October 31). “Bright Prospects.” Art Forum. Retrieved from: https://www.artforum.com/diary/id=48878
Abbott, Kate (2014, March 4). “Hurricane Force.” The Guardian. Retrieved from:
(2014, April). “Review: Personal Influences.” Aesthetica 57: 21.
Cotter, Holland (2014, April 3). “Where Blue-Chip Brands Meet Brassy Outliers.” New York Times . Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/arts/design/from-hot-to-schlock-holland-cotter-tours-chelsea-g alleries.html
Sirmons, Frank (ed). (2014). Prospect 3: Notes for Now. New York: Prestel. 110-111.
Smith, William S. (2013, September 13). “Valerie Cassel Oliver Talks Black Performance Art.” Art in America Magazine . Retrieved from: http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/interviews/valerie-cassel-oliver-talks-black-perf ormance-art/
Cooper, Ashton (2013, November 5). “25 Questions for Possibly Bleeding Performa Artist Tameka Norris.” Artinfo. Retrieved from: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/978650/25-questions-for-possibly-bleeding-performa-artist- tameka
(2013, Fall). “25 Artists to Watch and Collect.” Art Voices Magazine . pg 35.
Quilter, Margaret (2013, August). “Tameka Norris’s Characters push our buttons in exhibit at the New Orleans CAC.” The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved from: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_bf0db2e1-f238-560c-8230-80424be4851c.ht ml
Frater, Sally (2012, fall). “Review: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.” Retrieved from: “https://www.artforum.com/picks/id=38383”
Glentzer, Molly (2012, November 15). “Performance artists activate “Radical Presence” at CAMH.” Chron. Retrieved from: http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/performance-artists-activate-radical-presence-4041835. php
(2012) “Tameka Norris.” Graphite Magazine No. 3: 55-56.
Proch, Renaud (2012, June 15). “Roving Eye: The Gifted and Talented Clifford Owens” Art in America. Retrieved From:
(2012, April). “Editor’s Selections.” New American Paintings. (2011, December). “100 Artists to Watch.” Modern Painters.
Koetter, Susanna and Sokoloff, Emma. (2011, Winter). “Artist Profile: Tameka Norris.” Dimensions, 10-13.
Kori. (2009). Tameka Norris and Hamilton. "Finding Meaning in College Bound Words Through Visual Art," in Arts=Education, Connecting Learning Communities in Los Angeles, Amy Shimshon-Santo and Lauren Salazar (eds.), Lulu.
Shimshon-Santo, Amy (ed). (2009). Arts = Education: Connecting Learning Communities in Los Angeles . 98-103.
Roselle, Sarah (2016, November 18). “Five Senses From My World”.i-D. Retrieved From:
Nunes, Andrew (2016, August 28) “Groove Your Way Through Art and Music in These Four ‘Listening Rooms’” The Creators Project. Retrieved From: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/listening-rooms-hip-hop-and-art-exhibit
Gotthardta, Alexxa (2016, August 22). “New Show in Chelsea Features Four Artists working (And Performing) at the Intersection of Art and Music” Artsy. Retrieved from: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-in-a-new-show-in-chelsea-four-artists-blur-the-lines-bet ween-art-and-music
Terrell, Matthew (2015, July 29) “Home’s Wake: Tameka Norris at Gallery 1600” Burnaway, Retrieved From: http://burnaway.org/interview/homes-wake-tameka-norris-at-gallery-1600/
Tatum, Charlie (2015, May 26). “A Conversation with Tameka Norris aka Meka Jean”. Temprary Art Review Retrieved From: http://temporaryartreview.com/a-conversation-with-tameka-norris-a-k-a-meka-jean/
Pechman, Alexandra (2014, July 30). “Tameka Norris: Too Good For You (Introducing Meka Jean).” Art News. Retrieved from: http://www.artnews.com/2014/07/30/tameka-norris-too-good-for-you-introducing-meka-jean/#sthas h.7rr2sYPE.dpuf
Vanagan, Dea (2014, May). “Tameka Norris: Almost Acquaintances.” Art Review. Retrieved from:
Cooper, Ashton (2013, November 6). “25 Questions for Possibly Bleeding Performa Artist Tameka Norris.” Huffington Post. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/artinfo/tameka-norris_b_4220900.html
Green, Sarah Urist; Green, John; PBS. (2015, February - Forthcoming). “Be Someone Else.” The Art Assignment.
Kramer, Tia (2015, June 2) The Project Room: Who’s Musing Who? Episode 14. Retrieved from:
Byrd, Cathy, (2015, March 19) Fresh Talk International. Artist Tameka Norris. Retrieved from
Ash, Lucy (2014, March 11) Outlook: First Gay First Lady. BBC. Retrieved from:
Shaw, Cameron. (2013, October 1). “On Becoming.” Art21 Blog. Retrieved from:
2016 Sampling: Tameka Norris, Brontez Purnell and Kenya Robinson, University of Texas, Austin (presenter, performer)
2009 GMP Graduate Mentoring Program Brown Bag Lunch Series “A Rap Music Video as Institutional Critique?” screening and discussion Licker (Presenter) UCLA, Los Angeles CA
2008 “Finding Meaning in College Bound Words Through Visual Art,” Jordan Starr High
School, Watts, CA, 11t h grade English class. Integrated SAT College Preparation vocabulary with visual art, promoting ownership and personal meaning of these words, students made several paintings with exhibition and critique.
2007-2009 ARTS- IN Scholar, Research and Follow up in New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coast, Post Katrina Photographic Journal. Included three trips to the area traveling through to document the change or lack of change in particular neighborhoods and observe the particular needs of the community.
(2018) “Ivy League Ratchet,” performance and lecture, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Upcoming
(2018) “Ivy League Ratchet,” performance, CAA Conference, Women’s Caucus on Art, Los Angeles, CA. February 23.
(2018) “Ivy League Ratchet,” performance and lecture, St. Ambrose University, Catich Gallery, Davenport, IA. February 16.
(2018) “The Embedded Message: Quilting in Contemporary Art,” discussion, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA. February 8.
(2018) “Ivy League Ratchet,” Raw Identities collective exhibition, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg. January 29.
(2018) “Ivy League Ratchet,” lecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. January 17. (2017) “The Art of Journalism,” panel discussion, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, LA. September 21.
(2017) “What Can Art Do?” panel discussion and performance, Berlin Literatur Festival, Berlin. October 9.
(2017) “Somewhere is Here: Sumter County, Alabama,” presentation and performance, Witching Hour festival, Iowa City, IA. October 20.
(2017) “Propositions on Revolution,” panel discussion with Kristin Romberg, curator, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL (September 21).
(2017) “Ivy League Ratchet,” performance, Black Artist Retreat, Chicago, IL. September 17. (2017) Lecture, Visiting Arts Faculty, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI. June 9.
(2017) “Ivy League Ratchet,” visiting artist lecture in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, RI. April 18.
(2017) “Ivy League Ratchet,” lecture, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT. March 3.
(2017) “Ivy League Ratchet,” lecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 20.
(2016) “Ivy League Ratchet,” lecture and performance, Critical Dialogues Lecture, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. April 13.
(2015) Ned Behnke Annual Lecture, Distinguished Keynote Speaker, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA April 10.
(2015) “Notes on Failure.” Lecture, photography department, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA. February 24. (2015) “Notes on Failure.” Santa Monica College. Santa Monica, CA. February 26.
(2014) “The Past is Present: Black Artists and the Issue of Abstration,” Black Art Conference Panel. Panel Leader: Dawoud Bey. Black Artist Retreat. Chicago, IL. August 23.
(2014) “Meka Jean: Getting Good. Discussion about the film.” Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. November 6.
(2014) “Meka Jean: Getting Good. Discussion about the film.” Purchase College, SUNY. Purchase, NY. December 17.
2016 School of Experimental Work, Meka Jean: Ivy League Ratchet, Houston, TX
2015 Coleman Center for the Arts, Summer Camp, Becoming Someone Else Workshop
2009 RECOVERING KATRINA: A Retrospection and Call for Action. The African Diaspora Theme Community and the Academic Advancement Program donate for the New Orleans Read and Rise Program, UCLA, LA, CA (Presenter and Panelist)
2008 Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love
Francis Alys: Politics of Rehearsal
Extraordinary Exhibitions: Broadsides From the Collections of Ricky Jay,
...And Then Again: Printed Series, 1500-2007, Hammer Museum LA, CA (Docent /Student Educator) 2008 June Cross, “Secret Daughter: A mixed race daughter and the mother who gave her away” Hammer Book Club Conversation, Hammer Museum, LA, CA (Moderator)
2008 UCLA + URBAN SCHOOLS + COMMUNITIES IGNITING CORE SYNERGIES: Artsbridge 2nd Annual Symposium, Shared lessons learned from arts education community partnerships in South and Central Los Angeles. The annual gathering shares successful teaching and learning strategies in the arts and urban schooling, and celebrates both individual and social transformation. (Presenter)