Napoleon Jones-Henderson                                                                                                                                                    BENNU ARTS, LLC                                                                                                                                                              12 Morley St.                                                                                                                                                                    Roxbury, Ma. 02119                                                                                                                                                              803-348-8746   

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 to Present: Continuous Independent Study, research, writing, curating, and collecting of art                                                 

Roxbury Dudley Library- (finalist), Boston, Ma 2019 Melrose Library Plaza- Roanoke, VA 2019                                                                                                                                Old North Church: (invited to submit proposal) Boston, MA 2018                                                                                            Mountain View Elementary School:  (Finalist) Municipality of Anchorage, AK 2017
Boston Arts Commission-Hyde Square Rotary, (Finalist) Jamaica Plain, MA 2016
Boston Arts Commission, Bruce C. Bolling, Jr. Municipal Building, Public Art, Roxbury, MA 2014-15
DC Commission on the Arts, Finalist Anacostia Public Art Commission, Washington, DC
Sarasota Library Finalist Public Art Commission, Sarasota, FL. 2005
Dining Table with Enamel insets, Private, Jamaica Plain, MA. 1995
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
Columbia Council, Palmetto Tree Project, Columbia, SC. 1999
City of Boston, Parks and Recreation Department, "Living Room Project" and
First Night at Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston Commons & Mattapan, MA. 1999 - 2000
Private Commissions:
Numerous private commissions for site specific works 
2015 Brother Thomas Fellowship: Boston Foundation, Boston, MA
2013 Finalist: Dudley Municipal Center, Public Art, Roxbury, MA
2013 Curator for the 2012-13 Wyoming Arts Council, Artists Fellows Exhibition, Nicalysen Museum, Casper, Wyoming
2007-8 Ford Foundation: Artist in Residence Fellow, CFAC, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2007 Tougaloo Art Colony, Artist in Resident, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
2005 Walters Art Museum, Merit of Honor Award, Baltimore, MD
2004-5 Artist in Residence, McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD
2004-5 Artist in residence in Print Making, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
2005 Artist workshop City Springs Elementary School, Baltimore, MD
2005 Walters Art Museum, Traveling Fellowship Award, Honorable mention, Baltimore, MD
2005 Official Citation, The Senate of Maryland, Senator Verna L. Jones
2005 Certificate of Recognition, Maryland Institute College of Art
2004 Artist workshop Diggs Johnson YMCA After School Program, Baltimore, MD
1999 Mayor of Boston, “Award of Recognition for Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit”
1999 Tri-Ad Veterans League, inc. “Award for Cultural Contributions”
1999 Massachusetts State Senate, “Omical Citation for Cultural Excellence”
1994 New England Foundation for the Arts, New Art Forms, “Artist’s Project”
1988 Museum of Afro-American History, African Meeting House, “350 Years of Black Presence
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”
1987 Artist in Residence, Happy Hollow School, Wayland, Massachusetts
1986 Museum of Science and Industry, “Award for Outstanding Recognition”
1982 National Conference of Artists, “Award of Excellence”
1982 Mayor, Marion Barry, “Award for Artistic Excellence” Washington , DC
1979 Outstanding Young Men of America
1978 Artists Foundation, Artist in Residence fellow, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
1977 “FESTAC”’77 United States zone representative, Lagos, Nigeria West Africa
1971 Traveling Fellowship Recipient, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship Winners Exhibition Curator-2013
Wyoming Arts Council; 2013 Fellowship Awards
Wyoming Arts Council; 2012 Fellowship Awards
Hampton University: “New Power Generation 2008” exhibition Hampton University Museum 2008
Video Documentation “Bridging the Gap” conference, Harvard Uni. Dubois Center, Cambridge, MA 2006
Monmouth County Arts Council/ Monmouth Museum Brookdale Community College “Annual Art Exhibition”, Monmouth, NJ 2006
NAACP: ACT-SO Awards 1996
Ohio Arts Council; 1995 Fellowship Awards
Artist Critic: Vermont College MFA program: Montpelier, VT 1991-2003
Artist Critic: Painting Dept. Mass Art various years 1989-present                                                                                                   
Georgia Southern Uni. sponsored:” Youth At Risk Conference” (annual) 2006, 07, 08: Savannah, GA
*Designed and executed projects regarding Healing Quilt workshop for Katrina Hurricane victims.
Government of Haiti and CARE International, Haiti, West Indies , 1981
* Visited four (4) crafts centers throughout Haiti to study and advise upon the reasons for poor quality of craft
products produced for export trade.
* Developed a quality control scheme and advised on the technical application of dyes, spinning and fabrication of export products. Designed workshops for better production and overall quality of health of the artisans.
Government of Barbados and the Organization of American States: 1982
* Observed and evaluated the production of crafts for export in two craft's centers on the island.
* Developed a plan for the improvement of and expansion of crafts products offered for tourism and export markets. Submitted a scheme for overall improvements for the economic development of crafts export, for the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation.
Government of Mauritania, West Africa, and US-AID, Arts America Program: 1985
* Lived with the nomadic peoples of the desert to assess the impact of the drought upon their way of life and the traditional carpet production methods.
* Evaluated spinning, dyeing and shearing of wool methods with regard to their effect, if any, upon the production of their traditional carpets.
* Evaluated the quality of the imported wool from Spain as it effected the traditional carpet
production of these nomadic peoples. The effects of the drought upon the nomadic peoples
nearly devastated their way of life.
* Developed a plan for stabilization of production and related tasks of carpet weaving as well as a method for relief from some of the effects of the drought upon carpet production.
* Introduced new designs and color considerations with regard to the Government's desire to export the traditional carpets of the nomadic peoples as a means of economic stabilization for their new way of life.
OXFAM America and the Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, East Africa
* Traveled throughout Zambia and Zimbabwe evaluating Oxfam's economic development projects for women.
* Submitted a report that recommended better health conditions for the workers as well as
training in the skills of maintenance and repair of the essential equipment for production.
Boston Public Schools, Charles E. Mackey School.
* Developed and conducted art workshops as an extended arts program of the regular education program.
Artists Foundation, Boston, MA.
* Selected emerging artists for the exhibition "Seven by Seven" sponsored by the Artists Foundation.
Baltimore Office of Promotions & The Arts, Baltimore, MD
Designed and installed Power Point Presentation for “Bright Starts” art exhibit, ArtScape 2004.                                                     

Representative Exhibitions:                                                                                                                                                  58th. Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 2019 Museum of Contemporary Art-North Miami-AfriCOBRA “Ten in Search of a Nation” Miami, FL 2018 Mosaic Templar Cultural Center-Little Rock, Arkansas 2018 Myrtis Galerie-AfriCOBRA The Evolution of a Movement-Baltimore, MD 2018 KRAVETS-WEHBY GALLERY, NYC 2018 THE TIME IS NOW! ART WORLDS OF CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE, 1960-1980, Smart Museum of Art, Uni of Chicago-2018, Chicago Ill. Showing and Showing Out, Joan Reniskoff Gallery, Roxbury Community College-Roxbury, MA. 2016 Roxbury Community College, Solo Exhibition “Showin Up and Showin Out” Roxbury, MA 2016
Hearne Fine Art Gallery, “AfriCOBRA Now-Works on Paper”, Little Rock, AK 2016
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC 2015
Violence Transformed, Roxbury Community College, Roxbury, MA 2015
For Whom It Stands, TOO: at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum, Baltimore, MD 2014
Black Jazz, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 2014
Ohio Crafts Museum, Columbus, OH 2014
Laney College Gallery, Oakland, CA 2014
Southside Community Art Center: AFRICOBRA: Prologue – The 1960s and The Black Arts Movement, Chicago, IL 2013
AFRICOBRA: Philosophy at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL 2013
AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact at The DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL 2013
AfriCOBRA: From Collection-RIAADA, Haley Café, Roxbury, MA 2013
Haley House Café, “Fronm Pickin Cotton to Pickin Presidents” Roxbury, MA 2012
Community Folk Arts Center, “AfriCOBRA; Liberated Images” Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 2008
David Lusenhop Gallery, NY NBFA NYC, NY 2008
King Arts Complex, “Living Legends”, Columbus, OH 2007
Hampton University Museum: AfriCOBRA: Revolutionary Images” Hampton University, Hampton, VA 2007
Community Folk Arts Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 2006
Museum of Afro-American Art and Culture, Philadelphia, PA 2006
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 2006
Mainstreets Columbia, Columbia, SC 2006
Everlasting Creations Salon, Baltimore, MD 2005
Maryland Federation of Artists, Baltimore, MD 2005
Anacostia Museum and Center, Washington DC 2005
McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD; 2005
Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.: 2005
Loyola College, Baltimore, MD 2005


The David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Brooklyn Museum of Art Brooklyn, NY
Bell Telephone Company of Illinois Chicago, Ill.
CFAC, Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
West Virginia State College Institute. West Virginia
Dusable 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 Hampton, VA
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
Brandywine Print Archive Philadelphia, PA
Bob Blackburn Print Workshop New York, NY
Southside Community Art Center Chicago, Ill.

Essays and Publications:
Catalog, Juror’s Statement “Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship Winners 2013”
Catalog, Juror’s Statement: “New Power Generation 2008” exhibition Hampton University Museum 2008
Video Documentation of “Bridging the Gap” conference, Harvard Uni. Dubois Center, Cambridge, MA 2006

Exhibitions Organized or Co-Organized (partial list):
“Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship Winners Exhibition-2013” Cheyenne, WY 2013
The William H. Thomas Gallery, Columbus, OH. 1996
Gallery 596, Jamaica Plain, MA. 1994
National Afro American History & Culture Museum. Wilberforce, 0H.1993
A-Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada,:1992
University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus, Boston, MA. 1991
Alpert Gallery, Boston, MA. 1990
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA. 1990
J.P. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY.:1990
The Art Academy, Guangdong, China.:1986
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. 1986
Mt. Holyoke College, North Hadley, MA. 1984
NCA International Joint Exhibition: Darkar, Senegal, West Africa.1986
Tennessee State University Gallery, Nashville, TN.1982
RIAADA Annual “Juneteenth” exhibition 1982 to the present
Zenzele House Gallery', Chicago, IL. 1981
Shelby State Community College, Memphis, TN.1979
The Gallery at the Piano Factory, Boston, MA.1979

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