John Charles Cox was born in Duluth in 1982. In 2004 he graduated from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls with an AA in Liberal Arts. He returned to Duluth to attend the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Studio Art Emphasis in 2006. Cox earned his Master of Fine Arts-Painting Emphasis from the University of South Dakota in 2010 and is currently an instructor of visual arts at M State in Fergus Falls.
Cox has shown his Artwork extensively over the past six years, participating in more than 75 regional, national and international exhibitions.
Selected national exhibitions include Los Angeles; San Francisco; Atlanta; Chicago; Baltimore; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Mo; St. Louis, Mo.; Roswell, N.M.; Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C.
International exhibitions include Melbourne, Australia; Windsor, Australia; Calgary, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Siena, Italy; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Granada, Nicaragua; Karachi, Pakistan; Lahore, Pakistan; and Cáceres, Spain.
Some of the topics, themes, and concepts Cox is currently exploring in his work include (in no particular order): Hockney’s Joiner Theories, Cezanne’s use of multiple viewpoints on a single picture plane, the history of drawing from sculpture, illustrative mark-making, construction, deconstruction, structure, geometry, science, invention, reinvention, modification, enhancement, juxtaposition, unease, peculiarity, the ideal human form, hybrids, cyborgs, narrative structures, narrative devices, communion, reverie, analysis and red figure pottery.
MFA—Painting. The University of South Dakota,
Vermillion, South Dakota.
BFA—Studio Art. University of Minnesota,
AA—Liberal Arts. Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
An Area of Import [Cycle 1]. Ruddell Gallery. Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota.
An Area of Import [Cycle 1]. Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
Assorted Works. Charles Beck Gallery—Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
The Master of Fine Arts Thesis of J. Charles Cox: Envisage (Invention) = Analysis + Allegory + Affixation. Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science—Visual Arts Center*, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. — First Ever Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
La Calaca Press III International Print Exchange: Posada Centenario. IVS Gallery, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. Karachi, Pakistan.
2014 Tour. Organized by the Art House Co-op/Brooklyn Art Library. Art Basel, Miami.
La Calaca Press III International Print Exchange: Posada Centenario. Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts. Lahore, Pakistan.
The Inktober Initiative (5K). Online Social Media Project/Exhibition organized by the Jake Parker.
Research Remnants. Charles Beck Gallery—Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
Arts Resource Exhibition. Charles Beck Gallery—Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
Conduit. McKnight Gallery—Lake Region Arts Council Offices, Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
Challenge Accepted! Find An X. Online Project/Exhibition organized by the Art House Co-op. Brooklyn, New York.
La Calaca Press III International Print Exchange: Posada Centenario. Space of Arts and Performance BelleArtes C/ Donoso Cortés. Cáceres, Spain.
La Calaca Press III International Print Exchange: Posada Centenario. Odd One Out Gallery. Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Challenge Accepted! Things Found Along the Way. Online Project/Exhibition organized by the Art House Co-op. Brooklyn, New York.
7th Annual Miniatures Exhibition. MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Lost and Found: The 55th Midwestern Invitational Art Exhibition. Rourke Art Museum. Moorhead, Minnesota.
Animystics. Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jurors: Lindsay Nohl, Jenny Bookler, and Light Grey Art Lab Staff.
Give & Take. The LA PRINT SPACE of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. Los Angeles California.
53rd Annual Arts Night Preview Exhibition. Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science—Visual Arts Center.* Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
La Calaca Press III International Print Exchange: Posada Centenario. Eugenius Gallery. Windsor, Victoria, Australia.
Area Art Faculty Exhibtion. Kaddatz Gallery. Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
The Inaugural ENMU (Roswell)/M State-Fergus Falls/Northland Community and Technical College Mail Art Exchange Exhibition. Eastern New Mexico University—Roswell, Roswell New Mexico.
Central Tour. Organized by the Art House Co-op/Brooklyn Art Library. Asheville, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Brooklyn, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New Orleans, Louisiana; Norman, Oklahoma; Oakland, California; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; Richmond, Virginia; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Colombia.
The Sketchbook Project Pop-up Library at Wythe Hotel. Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, New York.