1975              Born, Kingsport, Tennessee
1994 – 98      School of Architecture and Planning, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2000              BFA-Photography, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

solo exhibitions

2015              Subversive Vernacular, Hops & Hollers, Knoxville TN

2013              New Work, Aislenine Artspace, Knoxville TN

2012              Showcase, Aislenine Artspace, Knoxville TN

                      Ghosts / Numbers, Aislenine Artspace, Knoxville TN
                      Night Work, Gallery 103 / University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN

2011              Night Work, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee WI

                      Recent Ideas, Gallery 103 / University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN

2010              50 / 2009, WAR ROOM, Milwaukee WI

2009              Entropy, CaseWorks, University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis TN
                      Southeastern View, MIAD Perspectives Gallery, Milwaukee WI
                      Night Work
, Freya, Milwaukee WI

2008              Southeastern View, LULU, Milwaukee WI
                      Southeastern View, WAR ROOM, Milwaukee WI

2007              Delta Work, WAR ROOM, Milwaukee WI

2006              Works, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis MN

2005              Night Work, Hi Fi, Milwaukee WI

2004              Milwaukee Bands 2001-2003, Hi Fi Café, Milwaukee WI
                      8 Pieces, Blue Water Café, Milwaukee WI
                      New Work, Comet Café, Milwaukee WI

group exhibitions

2015           New Work, CBI, Knoxville TN

2010           12th National Juried Art Exhibit, Baker Arts Center, Liberal KS

2009           2nd Annual Camera Works Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT
____           11th National Juried Art Exhibit, Baker Arts Center, Liberal KS

2008           Photo Midwest:A Seven State Photography Competition,
UW Memorial, Union Galleries, Madison WI Memorial (Juror: Lisa Hostetler, Curator, Milwaukee Art Museum)
____            Exposed, Light Ideas Gallery, Milwaukee WI
____            Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander WI
____            19th International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists, New York NY (Juror: Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum of Art)
                    Photography 2008, Anderson Art Center, Kenosha WI

2007            Forward 2007: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now
(Margaret Rahill Memorial Award), The Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee WI
                    Photocentric 2007, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis MN

                    Photography 2nd Annual, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles MO
                    Photo Invitational 2007, WAR ROOM, Milwaukee WI

2006            Continuum 5(0), INOVA / Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee WI
                    CoPA Inaugural Member’s Show, 320 E. Buffalo, Milwaukee WI
                    Got Quirk?, M-80, Milwaukee WI
                    9th National Juried Art Exhibition (Honorable Mention Award), Baker Arts Center, Liberal KS

2005            ‘Tis the Season, M-80, Milwaukee WI
                    Photocentric: A Regional Biennial of Photography, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis MN
                    Trick or Treat, M-80, Milwaukee WI
                    Grand Opening Exhibition, Nature’s Design Studio and Gallery, Milwaukee WI
                    Prologue, M-80, Milwaukee WI
                    Feel The Rock, Luckystar Gallery, Milwaukee WI

2004            Face Time, Jefferson Block Gallery, Milwaukee WI
                    Art Behind the Scenes, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI
                    3/Tres, Kunzelmann-Esser Galleries, Milwaukee WI

2003            The Artist Within, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI
                    Research & Development: 20 Young Photographers, The Hide House, Milwaukee WI

2002            Keep It Like A Secret, The F Gallery, Milwaukee WI

2001            Nocturnal, The Golf Shoppe Gallery, Waukesha WI

2000            New Work, Photo Art Space, UWM, Milwaukee WI
                    The Champagne of Shows, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison WI

1999            ABC-D2 Installation 001, Chroma Arts District, Knoxville TN

1998            New Student Work, Ewing Art Gallery, UTK, Knoxville TN

public collections

                    Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI

reviews | publications

2009            SOUTHEASTERN VIEW: photographs by jw lawson w/ Matt Hall & Chad Pelton (WAR ROOM Print Material, 2009)

2007            FORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now
by Katherine Murrell (EYESPY, www.susceptibletoimages.com, June 19 – 26)
                   jw lawson Has an Eye for Photography by Christy Sneide (OUT & ABOUT, The Milwaukee Post, MAY 2)
                    Photographer Takes Craft All the Way to Memphis [Delta Work] by Nan Bialek (South Shore NOW, APRIL 2)

2004            Take a Picture; It’ll Last Longer by Nan Bialek (DIVERSIONS, Bay Viewer, December 16)
                    Loss Of Sense? by Nathan Guequierre (IN REVIEW, Shepherd-Express, April 29)

professional experience | memberships

since 2007   jw lawson FINE ART | WAR ROOM, Milwaukee WI, owner & exhibitions director

2004 – 10   Coalition of Photographic Arts, Inc., Milwaukee WI                

2007 – 10   Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh PA
...................Bay View Arts Guild, Milwaukee WI

2004 – 08   Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis MN

2005 – 06    M-80 Artist Cooperative, Milwaukee WI

2004 – 05    Milwaukee Art Museum, Curatorial Assistant of Prints, Drawings and Photographs               

community service | points of interest

2003, 2005 & 2010    Wisconsin Regional Scholastic Art Awards, Served as Judge
2003 & 04    4th Congressional District Art Competition, Served as Judge
2002            Discussion on Professional Photography, Alverno College, Panelist