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Sonya Yong James (b.Knoxville,Tennessee) lives and works in Atlanta,Georgia. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2000 where she focused on etching and sculpture. James has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past twenty years and has been the recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies. Her work is held in numerous corporate and private collections and has been exhibited in galleries and museums locally such as MOCA GA, Atlanta Contemporary, The Hudgens Center for the Arts, The Albany Museum of Art, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. She is currently a member of the Studio Artists Program at Atlanta Contemporary and is represented by Whitespace Gallery.


BFA in Printmaking Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Loud Magic, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA
One Hundred Blossoms and the Sweetest Scent, site specific installation on project wall, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
Shedspace series, Site specific installation in Inman Park, Atlanta, GA
Aggregate: sculptures, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions

The December Show, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA
Entanglements. Laney Contemporary Savannah, GA
Forward Arts Foundation Finalist Award Show. Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Shebang. The Corn Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
I am both: a two person exhibit with Trevor Reese, Chastain Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Biophilia of Life, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN
The December Show, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA
The Summer Swan Invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta,GA
Gathered: Gerogia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
These Things Are Tangible, Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, (traveling) Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
Touched: Soft Sculpture, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN
New Fibers: A national survey of contemporary fiber art, Eastern Michigan University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI
Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber, The Project Space – Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber, The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA
Fibers, Morgan Culture Center, Madison, GA
Zen Dixie: a group exhibition, curated by John Otte, Driver – Phillips Studio, Atlanta, GA
Extraordinary Things: 2011 Chattahoochee Biennial of Textiles, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Decatur Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Seamless: a group exhibition with Glen Kaufman, Junco Sato Pollack, and Clay McLaurin, One Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Fiber and Wood, Pocosin Arts Folk School and Gallery, Columbia, NC
Tender Landscape: artists respond to human involvement in the natural world, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA
Res Secundae: the Best of the Biennial, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
Small Works”. Nexus Gallery, New York, NY
Georgia/Alabama Biennial, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
Japonisme: Asian Inspirations, Target Gallery Alexandria, VA
Layers Into Light, a 4 person exhibition of paintings, constructions, and book arts. Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2000 Defining Vessels, All media national juried exhibition. Chico Arts Center – Chico, CA
Day of the Dead, Fine Art Center en Taos, Taos, NM
Booked: Contemporary Artist Books, Art Academy of Cincinnati Chidlaw Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Print and Sculpture Show: Recent Works from the Printers Workshop, Georgia State University School of Art and Design Gallery, Atlanta, GA
The Paradise Show: Benefit for I.M.A.G.E. Film and Video, Atlanta Stage Works, Atlanta, GA
Pathological Conditions, New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Curatorial Experience

Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber, The Project Space, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber, The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

Awards & Residencies

Sterne Scholarship for Printmaking, Atlanta Printmakers Studio
Emerging Artist Award Finalist, Forward Arts Foundation
Juror’s Award, Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Studio Artist Residency Program, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Arrowmont Pentaculum Residency Invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
New Fibers Award of Merit, Eastern Michigan University Gallery
Elena Prentice Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Handweavers Guild Of America Award of Excellence
Award of Excellence in Fiber, American Craft Council Show
Teacher assistantship scholarship, Penland School of Craft
Marion Bowen Davis Scholarship
The GSU Reward
Cassandra B. Walker Award

Reviews & Publications

“At Chastain Arts Gallery, Puzzling, Rewarding I am Both Digs into Dualities. Cullum, Jerry., February 7, 2019
“The Fibers of her Being: Textile Artist, Sonya Yong James celebrates the cycle of life”. Ledoux, Jeanne, Uppercase, January 2018, pg 79-83.
“Fine Art Exporter”. Ledoux, Jeanee The Atlantan, September, 2017, pg 62.
“A studio conversation with Sonya Yong James”. Nelson-Daniel, Anna ArtsAtl, August 23, 2017.
“Gathered III makes for a rich experience, conservative in tone”. Brantley, Rebecca, ArtsAtl, June 27, 2017.
“Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge”. Martin, Art Fiber Art Now, Fall 2015, pg 10-12.
The Craft Companion. Barry, Ramona & Rebecca Jobson Thames & Hudson, Australia November 2015, pg 118.
“A fresh take on fiber art at Minnesota Museum of American Art’s Project Space”. Chouweiler, Susannah, Knight Arts Foundation, January 6, 2014.
“Year in Review: Notable exhibitions, works of art and experiences of 2013”. Cullum, Jerry, ArtsAtl, January 1, 2014.
“In Review: Repetition and Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber”. Hansell, Sally, Surface Design Journal, Fall 2013, pg 60-61.
“Review: In Hudgens fiber show, loveliness and pleasing unease”. Cullum, Jerry, ArtsAtl, May 17, 2013.
“Review: Repetition and Ritual at the Hudgens Center”. Rich, Leisa, Burnaway, May 30, 2013.
500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, New York, 2011, p. 297.
“Sculpture of self – effacing power”. Cullum, Jerry, Atlanta Journal Constitution, , March 14, 2003, p. Q6
“Exploring Light and Bugs”. Cullum, Jerry Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 25, 2000, p.Q8


Art In Embassies, Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania, US Department of State, May 2017
King & Spalding, LLC, Private collections