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Biography from the American Visionary Art Museum

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M.L.I.S, Library and Information Science,
University of Southern Mississippi, 1996
M.A. English, Western Kentucky University, 1994
B. A. History, University of Wyoming, 1990

Solo Exhibitions:

"JJ Cromer: A Study of Passing Events," The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

“Fill: A Failure of Imagination,” Ellen Von Dehsen Elmes Gallery, Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, VA; and The Booth Center Gallery, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA

"Our Stampedes are Compatible," Staniar Gallery, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA

District Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
Nelson Fine Arts, Lexington, VA

Grey Carter-Objects of Art, McLean, VA

Appalshop Art Center, Whitesburg, KY
Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, VA

Lonesome Pine Regional Library, Wise, VA
Tulgey Wood Gallery, Wytheville, VA

Brainerd Gallery, Bluefield, WV



Group Exhibitions/Fairs:

"NEW HORIZONS: Self-Taught Art in the 21st Century" Hickory Museum of Art. Hickory, NC
The Unusual Universe: JJ Cromer and Fabrizio Molinario.” Copenhagen Outsider Art Gallery. Copenhagen, Denmark

“Ordinary Wonders” (Tam Tam: Normali Meraviglie, la Mano), Triennale Milano, Milan, Italy
1st Triennial of Self-Taught Visionary Art, Muzej naivne i marginalne umetnosti (MNMU). Jagodina, Serbia
"Welcome outsiders.” Galerie Béatrice Soulié, Paris, France
Contemporary Redux,” Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

dRaw,” Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
Lands Beyond: Otherworldly Landscapes and Visionary Topographies,” Loft Gallery, The Bascom, Highlands, NC
Biological Clocks: Transience and Illusion,” American Primitive Gallery, NY, NY
Rebecca and Joseph Meyerhoff Permanent Collection Gallery. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

One of a Kind: Artwork from the Collection of Stephanie Smither,” Art League Houston, Houston, TX
Les Arts Buissonniers,” Musée des Arts Buissonniers, Saint-Sever-du-Moustier, France
The Outsiders,” Galerie Grand’Rue, Poitiers, France
"Georgia and Beyond: Southern Self-taught Art, Past and Present," Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA

"Raw Vision: 25 Years of Outsider Art," The Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France

Outsider Art Fair, Paris, France
International Drawing Project (2013). Café Royal Books. Hanover Project -- the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
"Splotch/Asterisk," Art Enables, Washington, DC (Collaboration with Steve Loya)

"Works on Paper from the Folk Art Collection," High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
"Likeness | Interpretations of Portraiture," The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
"Messages from Outsiderdom," Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC
"Trust the Eye," Art Enables, Washington, DC

"All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs, & Karma," The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

"First Decade Celebration: Tenth Anniversary of the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center," The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA
"Three-Ring Circus: Highlights from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Folk Art Collection," The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA
Throat Truck Show, Brooklyn, NY
Wallpaper,” Art & Design Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
"New Appalachian Geographies," UVA-Wise, Wise, VA

“The Strange Horses Came,” Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead, KY

8th Annual Invitational: Writers' Choice, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA

"The Marriage of Art, Science & Philosophy," The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

"Others" An Art Show, New York, NY
"Outsider Art: The Exceptional Brought to Light," Falk Gallery, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

The Intuit Show, Chicago, IL

"Life in the South," Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany
Gallery in the Woods, Brattleboro, VT

"The Rhodes-Nadler Collection," Strathmore Halls Arts Center, Bethesda, MD

Pittsburgh Folk and Outsider Art Show, Pittsburgh, PA
"Apparitions," Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

Studio Artists, Grey Carter-Objects of Art, McLean, VA

Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

Outsiders Outside, Harbert, MI
Lab School Art Show, Washington, DC

Folk Fest, Atlanta, GA

Selected Publications (Print & Online):

Featured Artist. Flock 18 (2017).

Featured Artist. Interview. Melt. (2017).

Gomez, Edward M. “From Curiosity to Institution: The Outsider Art Fair at 25.” Hyperallergic (January 2017).

Patterson, Tom (essay). Untitled Structures: JJ Cromer. New York: American Primitive Gallery, 2016.

Bravaco, Danielle. "Expressively Inspired: The Desire to Create for Two Self-Taught Artists." Brut Force (June 2016).

Sellen, Betty-Carol. “J.J. Cromer.” Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art (3rd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016. (Cover image).

Scheller, Jörg. "Outsider Art – Sammler und Kuratoren begeistern sich immer mehr für Künstler, die ohne akademische Ausbildung und jenseits der Trends rätselhafte Bildwelten entwerfen." Places of Spirit (Feb/March 2016).

Cannoni, Marta. “’Crossing the borders’. L’Outsider Art secondo J.J. Cromer.” "La via più breve non è quella retta. Percorsi nell’outsider art." Ed. by Sara Ugolini. Torino: L’Harmattan Italia, 2015. 126-36.

Grossman, Drew. "A Journey to Live Among Art." Savant Garde. (June 2015).

Allen, Margaret. “JJ Cromer.” When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South, Schiffer Publishing, 2015.

Featured Artist. Synaptic Stimuli. “Pause into play and never rewind.” (2014)

Featured Artist. Picnic. “JJ Cromer.” (2014).

Crawley, Susan. "Georgia and Beyond: Southern Self-Taught Art, Past and Present." Folk Art Messenger. (Spring 2014).

Featured Artist. Toad Suck Review 4. (2014).

“Homemade Art: A New Exhibit Shows Southern Vernacular Works in Madison.” Cover Artist. Flagpole 28.7 (2014).

"JJ Cromer." Raw Vision: 25 Ans D'Art Brut. Ed. Martine Lusardy and John Maizels. Paris: Halle Saint Pierre, 2013. 74-77.

Simpson, Pam. "John James Cromer (JJ)." The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Ed. Carol Crown and Cheryl Rivers. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2013. 251-52.

Featured Artist. Paperbag. (2013).

Featured Artist. Reed 66 (2013).

"Beautiful Work by Appalachian Artist JJ Cromer." Lost at E Minor. (November 2013).

Cover Artist. West Branch 73. Bucknell University (2013).

Featured Artist. Mini-Interview. Museum. (May 2013).

Featured Artist. Dialogist 1.2. (May 2013).

"Illustrations by JJ Cromer." Juxtapoz online. (April 2013).

Jacobsohn, Andy. "Outsider Art Fair: 10 Artists to Buy Now." The Daily Beast. (Feb. 2013).

Laster, Paul. "10 Contemporary Outsider Artists Everyone Should Know." Flavorwire. (Feb. 2013).

Featured Artist. Loaded Bicycle 2.1. (2013).

Featured Artist. Ostrich Review 2. (2013).

Featured Artist. Thumbnail Magazine 4. (2013).

Featured Artist. Box of Jars 3. (2012).

"Five Pieces by JJ Cromer" and "Notes on the Asterisk." Knee-Jerk Magazine. (2012).

Interview and Art. The 22 Magazine 3. (2012).

Featured Artist. Diagram 12.4. (2012).

Featured Artist. deComp: a literary magazine. ( 2012).

Featured Artist. 491 Magazine 5. (2012).

"Artist Spotlight: Interview with JJ Cromer." Art Nectar. (Dec. 2011).

Featured Artist. Fiction Fix 10. (Fall 2011).

Three-Ring Circus: Highlights from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Folk Art Collection. The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (2011).

“5 Questions = Sixty Answers." Bones Magazine #5 (The Crime Issue). (April 2011).

Zimmerman Campbell, Cara. “Visual Vocabularies of JJ Cromer.”  Raw Vision 70 (Fall 2010).

Art and Science at AVAM,” Latest News. Raw Vision 65. (Winter 2008/2009).

Stanley, Caroline.  “Paul Laster: A Night at New York’s Outsider Art Fair.” (Jan. 9, 2009).

Gunts, Edward. "Visionary Arts Museum Returns to Its Inspired Roots." The Baltimore Sun. (October 5, 2008).

McKee, Lauren. “Feature: Outsider Art Fair.” “Title (Issue 76, 2008).

St. John Erickson, Mark. “Accidental Visionaries.” Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. (November 18, 2007).

Thompson, Roger. “Moved to Create.” The Outsider 12, (Spring 2007): 15-19.

Patterson, Tom. “Entering the Mainstream.” Winston-Salem Journal ( (February 4, 2007).

Ayers, Robert and Jacquelyn Lewis. “Fair Report: The Outsider Art Photo Gallery. (January 29, 2007) View additional image gallery.

Anderson, Brooke Davis et al. Life in the South: Self-Taught Artists from the Huffman Collection. Lindenau-Museum Altenburg. (2004).


American Primitive Gallery
Grey Carter – Objects of Art

Public Collections:

High Museum of Art
The American Visionary Art Museum
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Longwood University
The Taubman Museum of Art
The University of Richmond
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise