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Napoleon Jones-Henderson

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Mediums: Experimental / Multi-Media, Glass, Mosaics, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Video, Steel

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Napoleon Jones-Henderson

12 Morley Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

617-989-1191                             e-mail; naphenderson [at] hotmail [dot] com



2005 Maryland Institute College of Art, Master of Fine Arts Degree, Baltimore, MD

1974 Northern Illinois University, Master of Arts; Candidate, DeKalb, IL.

1971 Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Chicago, IL.

1963 The Sorbonne, Student Continuum, Student and Artist Center, Paris, France

1963 Continuous Independent Study, research, writing, curating, and collecting of art



1971Traveling Fellowship Recipient, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1977 “FESTAC”’77 United States zone representative, Lagos, Nigeria West Africa

1987  Artist in Residence, Happy Hollow School, Wayland, Massachusetts

1988  Museum of Science and Industry, “Award for Outstanding Recognition”

1994  New England Foundation for the Arts, New Art Forms, “Artist’s Project”

1999  Massachusetts State Senate, “Omical Citation for Cultural Excellence” 




Maryland Federation of Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD.  2004

Kuumba Gallery, Shreveport, LA.  2004

Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama, 2004

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. 2003

Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. 2003

Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 2003

Thomas & Hall Gallery, Dallas, TX. 2002

South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas, TX. 2002-03

Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Fl. 2002

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, "Blackness in Color: Expressions of the

Black Arts Movement" Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  2000

Jubilation; Celebrating African Textile Traditions, “Convergence 2000”, Cincinnati,

American Craft Museum, New York, NY: 1994

Museum of African American Life and Culture, Dallas, TX: 1994

Mingei International. Museum of Folk Art, San Diego, CA: 1994

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.: 1993

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN.: 1993

Eubie Blake National Museum, Baltimore, MD.: 1993

Junior Black Arts Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Dallas, TX.: 1991

Isobel Neal Gallery, Chicago, IL: 1991

AFRICOBRA/GROUPE FROMAJE, Gallery of Art, College of Fine Arts,

Howard University, Washington, DC: 1989

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA: 1988

J.P. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY.: 1988

"Ten Year Retrospective" Museum of the National Center of Afro‑American Artists, Roxbury, MA.: 1981


                    International exhibitions


"Soweto Remembrance Day" United Nations Chambers Gallery, NY,: 1980                 

"Negritude" SERMAC 16eme Festival of Arts, Fort de France, Martinique, 1987           

The Art Academy, Guangdong, China: 1986

National Gallery of Art; Dakar, Senegal, NCA 1985

DEL BELLO Gallery, Toronto Canada: 1994

Taipei International. Exhibition of Traditional Crafts, Taipei, Taiwan: 1993

A‑Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada,: 1992

U.S. Dept. of State, Art in Embassies Program, Manama, Bahrain: 1998‑2000

U.S. Dept. of State, Art in Embassies Program, Central African Republic, W. Africa: 1996-8




City of Sarasota, Florida; finalist for North Library commission 2004

City of Boston, Parks and Recreation Department, "Living Room Project" and

First Night at Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston Commons & Mattapan, MA. 1999 ‑ 2000

Columbia Council, Palmetto Tree Project, Columbia, SC. 1999

Dining Table with Enamel insets, Private, Jamaica Plain, MA:

O’Donnell School, Boston Public Schools, East Boston, MA: 1996

Rode Island Convention Center Authority, Providence, R. I.: 1996

Tapestry Scenery for Play "African Tapestry" Boston, MA: 1994

Mather School, Boston Public Schools, Dorchester, MA: 1991

Dimock Community Health Center, Roxbury, MA: 1991

Massachusetts Port Authority, Black Falcon Cruise ship Terminal, Boston, 1989

Happy Hollow School, Wayland, MA: 1987

New England Life Insurance Co., Boston, MA: 1987

Roxbury Community College, Mass. Per Cent for the Arts, Roxbury, MA: 1986

Hartsfield International Airport, Department of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA.: 1982




City of Boston, Public Art collection                                                          Boston, MA.

State of Rhode Island Public Art Collection                                                   Providence, RI.

City of Columbia Public Art Collection                                                           Columbia, SC.

Bell Telephone Company of  Illinois                                                            Chicago, Ill.

West Virginia State College                                                                            Institute. West Virginia                          

Du Sable Museum of African American History                                             Chicago, Ill.

Studio Museum in Harlem                                                                              New York, N.Y.

Museum of the National Center of Afro‑American Artists, inc.                       Boston, MA.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture                                         New York, N.Y.

University of Vermont, McCrorey Gallery                                                       Burlington, VT.

Hampton University Museum                                                                         Washington, DC

Art Institute of Chicago                                                                                   Chicago, IL

Brandywine Print Archive                                                                               Philadelphia, PA

Bob Blackburn Print Workshop                                                                      New York, NY

Southside Community Art Center                                                                   Chicago, IL




The Flying Needle, Council of American Embroiders

Elements of African Religion that allow for the Transplant of Islam, Napoleon Jones‑Henderson

National Black Arts Catalog, 1996 National Juried Exhibition

Trans‑African Artists Exhibition Catalog, Art Atrium II Gallery

Jazz..."a Montage of a Dream”, American Jazz Museum, Dr. Samela Lewis, author

International Review of African American Art, Hampton University

Celebrating African Identity: Politics and Icons of Representation, Nikiru Nzegwu, author

Volatile Alliances, Africus Johannesburg Biennale 1995, South Africa

New Art Examiner, 1994

AFRICOBRA The First Twenty Years, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA.1990