Born    1942, New Orleans, LA


1973    M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

1969    B.A., Southern University, New Orleans, LA




2014    United States Artists Fellowship, James Baldwin Fellow

2013    National Conference of Artists (NCA) Life Time Achievement Award

            Artist in Residence, RedLine Milwaukee “Roll With It, Brass Bands in the streets of New Orleans”, Duke University Press

2012    Sculpture Commission, Jimmy Club Sculpture Garden, St. Ann, Louisiana

2011    Artist in Residence, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)

2009    Artist in Residence, École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes, France 

2008    The Benjamin Altman Prize, National Academy of Design

2006    The Pollock Krasner Foundation Award

            The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

2005    Cue Art Foundation Fellowship

2004     The Governor’s Award, State of Louisiana 

2002-4  Artist in Residence, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation

2000    Artist in Residence, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

1997    Commission, Spoffard Juvenile Detention Center, Brooklyn, NY

1996    Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, Arts for Transit, (135th St/Lenox Ave) 

            Commission, Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A (Murals)

1995    Municipal Collaborative Project for Downtown Winston-Salem, N.C.

1994    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1993    John Guggenheim Fellowship (sculpture)

1989-90   New York State Council on the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Visual Art Fellowship 

1987     New York Foundation for the Arts Artists Fellowship Award

1985-86  Brandywine Workshop Visiting Artist Fellowship

1984-85 and 1989-90     National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant 

1983 and 1988     Commission, Public Art Fund, Inc., New York, NY

1980-81         Artist in Residence, Henry Street Settlement, New York

1977-78         Artist in Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

1976    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Baltimore, MD, (Sculpture)




2015    Seen and Unseen: Coupling, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

            Spirit House: Willie Birch, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2013    Southern Gothic: An Insider’s View, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Crossroads, Bard College for Curatorial Studies (thesis show by  Robin Wallis Atkinson)

2010     Looking Back: 1978-2003, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 

             In Search of Sacred Place, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, LA

2006-8    Celebrating Freedom: The Art of Willie Birch, National traveling retrospective (Catalogue)

2002    Somebody’s Child, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Adams, MA, 

            Transforming Identities, University Art Museum, Joel L. Fletcher Hall, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA

2001-02 Willie Birch: 1994-1997, Zora Neal Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Eatonville, FL

2001     Black Male, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2000     Free to Be in Black and White and Color, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY 1999    

1998-99 Transforming Identities, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Museum, Dallas,TX (traveling) 

1998     Spirit House and Recent Work, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

1997     Dialogues and Heroes, Museum of African American Art, Tampa, FL

1996     From Bertrandville to Brooklyn, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (traveled to Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC)

             Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

            Not Just a Pretty Picture: Urban American Portraits, Satori Fine Art, Chicago, IL 

             In Search of Heroes? Part I, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY 

1994     An Urban Perspective, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA 

             Dialogues, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY

1993     Spirit House, Sculpture Center, New York, NY (traveled to Contemporary Culture and Documentary Art, Dallas, TX and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY)

            Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

            Paa Ya Paa Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

            “Nairobi Series", York College Art Gallery, New York, NY 

1992    A Personal View of Urban America, Exit Art, New York, NY (traveled to Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA)

1991     Affirmations, Sculpture Center, New York, NY

1990    Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1988     Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College, Old Westbury, NY

1984     Miami-Dade Library, Miami, FL

1979    Tim Blackburn Gallery, New York, NY

1978     NYS Office Building in Harlem Gallery, New York, NY (sponsored by Studio Museum) 

1977     New Muse Community Museum of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 

1975     Art Works Gallery, Baltimore, MD

            Institute of Black Ministry, Philadelphia, PA (traveling exhibition)

1968    Southern University, New Orleans, LA



2018    Changing Course: Reflecting on New Orleans Histories, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans, LA

2017-2018 Dress Matters: Clothing As Metaphor, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2017    Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans, LA

2016-17   Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC and Speed Museum, Lexington, KY (traveling exhibition)

2016    According to What, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, USA, Saratoga Springs, NY

            A New World in My View: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey, The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

2015-16    Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art (traveling exhibition)

2015    Ten Years Gone, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans, LA

2014    Viewpoints: 20 years of Adderley, MassArt (Massachusetts College of Art and Design), Boston, MA    

2013    Ashé to Amen, African-Americans and Biblical Imagery, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA (traveling exhibition)

           Breaking Ground: Gifts form Katie and Drew Gibson, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2012    Thenceforward, and Forever Free, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee

2011    The Human Touch: Contemporary Art from the RBC Wealth Management Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg, FL (traveling) 

            Printed Histories: 16 Years of Print Portfolios at Exit Art, Exit Art, New York

2010    The Global Africa Project, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York

2009    High Water Marks, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.

           There Goes the Neighborhood, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

           The American Scene, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE 

2008     Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial, New Orleans, LA

            In Katrina’s Wake, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

2007     Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO 

2006-07     Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY 

2005     The Chemistry of Color, African-American Artists in Philadelphia 1970-1990, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

            The Other Mainstream: Selections from the Mikki and Stanley Weithorn Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

2004     Rap: Reflections of Our Time, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

            Southern Journeys, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

2002-04         In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Smithsonian Institute (traveling exhibition)

2003    Modern Story Tellers: Bearden, Birch, Lovell, Ringgold, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2000    Go Figure, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

            The Rutgers SummerFest 2000 Exhibition, New Brunswick, NJ 

            Culture of Class: Issues of Class in North American Culture, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1999-2000     Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First Century, Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.; cultural exchange project traveling to Asia

1999-2000     Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (travelling exhibition)

1998     New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA 

            The Colors of Rhythm, The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1996-98     Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Santa Fe, NM (traveling) 

1995    48th Annual Purchase Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1992     Altars, Divinations and Icons, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, 

1989    The Blues Aesthetic, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C. curated by Richard Powell, (Traveling) 

1989-90    If You Lived Here - Homefront, Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY, curated by Martha Rosler 

1987-88     USA Paintworks: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop Collection, United States Information Agency/Arts America (traveling exhibition)

1987     Por Encima Del Bloqueo, (Donación De Artistas Plásticos Norteamericanos Al Pueblo De Cuba) Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

            Camino A Cuba, Museum Universitario do Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico 

            Contemporary Print Images: Works by Afro-American Artists from the Brandywine

            Workshop, Presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITE) ‘

            Call and Response: Art on Central America, curated by Lucy Lippard, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

1980    Outlaw Aesthetics, Just Above Midtown/Downtown, New York




Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, FL 

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 

Southern University, New Orleans, LA 

Speed Museum, Louisville, KY

Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Xavier University, New Orleans, LA




Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

Tim Blackburn Gallery, New York, NY

Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

The Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY

Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

The Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Brunswick, NJ