James Gibson




1958: BS & BA, Morris Harvey College

1961: MFA in Sculpture, Ohio University


Professional Experience and Honors

1970-1999: Professor of Art - Sculpture, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro,TN

2000: Named Professor Emeritus, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro,TN

2000: Inducted into the Alumni Gallery of Achievement by University of Charleston, Charleston WV


Selected Exhibitions

2011: Fall Nashville Art Gallery Expo, MTSU, Todd Library Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN

2011: 6/60 Exhibition, Art Store Gallery, Charleston, WV

2011: Sculpture Purchase Award, 45th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

2011: Sculpture Invitational Exhibition, Art Store Gallery, Charleston, WV

2008: Best of Summer Exhibit, Art Store Gallery, Charleston, WV

2007: Life Size Exhibit, Art Store Gallery, Charleston, WV

2006: One Man Exhibit, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2005: San Francisco International Art Expo, Cumberland Gallery Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

2004: Small Packages, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2004: Contemporary AAF Exhibition, Pier 92, Cumberland Gallery Exhibit, Manhattan, NY

2003-04: Art Of Tennessee, Frist Center For The Visual Arts, Nashville, TN


Selected collections

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

Sears Towers (Chicago)

Colonial Corporation of America (NY City)

U.S. Embassy in Malta, U.S. Army (Washington, D.C.)

Huntington Galleries (Huntington, WV)

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, (Charleston, WV)

University of Charleston, (Charleston, WV)

Permanent Collection of the State of West Virginia, Cultural Center, Charleston, WV

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art

Vanderbilt University

The State of Tennessee

Ingram Industries


Dollar General Store Corporate Offices

Nashville Arts Commission

Bridgestone U.S.A. Inc.

Nashville International Airport

Tennessee State Museum



My sculpture is a visual product influenced by memories, experiences, dreams, visions, and things not known.  It is least of all from things that can be said, discussed, or talked about without risking confusion and misinterpretation.

To paraphrase Joseph Campbell, in my work, “I try to render a sense of existence, not an assurance of some meaning”.

Early in my endeavors, the revelation of subject matter, form, and content in visual art content influenced me greatly.  This triad, the universality of the human figure, plus mythology has continued to be significant in the development of my shapes and color vocabulary.

For some time, I have been intrigued by the use of the word ‘marker’ as a metaphor.  Marker is defined as ‘a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers’.

My work is abstract and materialized in welded metal, carved and constructed wood, or a combination of the two.  The size of my work may vary from small to six or eight feet.

In five years, I hope to have developed a sharper imagination, intuition, and improvisational skills, while still striving to present a sense of existence in my work, not an assurance of meaning.  The human figure and mythology will continue to be a major presence in my work.