Carroll Sockwell Curriculum Vitae

  • 1966 - Tarot Gallery, New York City
  • 1971 - Carroll Sockwell at Jefferson Place Gallery (highlighting Sockwell’s Mirror Compositions)
    Carroll Sockwell at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (simultaneous with exhibitions of work by Hans Namuth and Mark Tobey)
  • 1975 - Sockwell 75: Classical Geometric Compositions at Middendorf Gallery, New York City
  • 1978 - Carroll Sockwell at Fraser’s Stable Gallery
  • 1980 - Carroll Sockwell: New Works at the Barbara Fiedler Gallery
  • 1983 - Carroll Sockwell at Lunn Gallery
  • 1985 - Carroll Sockwell: Drawings and Painted Reliefs at Graham Gallery, Houston
  • 1987 - Collages/Drawings at the Pavilion of Fine Arts, Montgomery College
  • 1990 - African American Contemporary Art at the Gibellina Civic Museum of Contemporary Art, Palermo, Italy (with Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Victor Young, and others)
  • 1992 - Carroll Sockwell: Work From Five Decades at the Washington Project for the Arts
  • 1999 - Selections from the Estate of Carroll Sockwell at the Mather Gallery at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (curated by James F. Hilleary)
  • 2004 - Carroll Sockwell: AM i THE BeST? By Washington Arts Museum at Edison Place Gallery (curated by Sam Gilliam)
  • 2009 - Carroll Sockwell at Marin-Price (abstract expressionist paintings)

  • Margaret Dickey Gallery (1963)
  • Drawings at The Tarot Gallery, New York. (1964)
    Exhibition of Graphic Arts at the Barnett Aden Gallery (1964)
  • Mt. Pleasant Group Show at Fred C. Hays & Company (with Sam Gilliam, others) (1966)
    Exhibition of Graphic Arts at Barnett Aden Gallery (1966)
    Barnett Aden Gallery (1966)
    Esther Stuttman Gallery (represented) (1966)
  • Esther Stuttman Gallery (represented) (1967)
  • Esther Stuttman Gallery (represented) (1968)
    Washington 1968 New Painting: Structure at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (with Michael Clark, Robert Newman, Carroll Sockwell, and Kenneth Wade, organized by James Harithas) (1968)
    Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State College (Baltimore) (1968)
    Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte) (1968)
    Barnett Aden Gallery (1968)
  • Twelve Afro-American Artists at the Lee Nordness Galleries, New York City and the Smithsonian Institution, sponsored by the NAACP (with Arthur Coppedge, Felrath Hines, Norman Lewis, Charles McGee, Noah Purifoy, Arthur Smith, James L. Tanner, Alma Thomas, Russ Thompson, Jack White, Walter Williams) (1969)
    The Washington Painters: 17 Artists from the Capital Area at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida (1969)
  • Washington: Twenty Years at the Baltimore Museum of Art (1970)
    Jacksonville Museum (1970)
    Young Washington DC Artists at the Hetzel Union Building Gallery at Pennsylvania State University (with six works by Sockwell) (1970)
  • Washington Art at the Columbia [South Carolina] Museum of Art (1971)
    The Phillips Collection (1971)
    The Whitney Museum of Art, New York City (1971)
    Review of the 1970-71 Season at the Jefferson Place Gallery (1971)
    25 Washington Artists at the International Monetary Fund (1971)
    Loan Exhibition of Washington Artists at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1971)
  • The Deluxe Show at the Deluxe Art Center, Houston (1972)
    Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1972)
    Black American Contemporary Art at the American Embassy, Dar es Salaam (1972)
    Christmas Show at the Art Lending Service of the Museum of Modern Art (1972)
    Dibujos/Washington: 1972 [Drawings/Washington: 1972] at the Instituto Guatemalteco Americano, Guatemala City (1972)
    Washington Art Today: John Safer, Carroll Sockwell, James Twitty at the US Information Agency (traveled internationally for 24 months after the exhibition) (1972)
    Loan Exhibition of Washington Artists at the Phillips Collection (with de Looper, Downing, Gilliam, Hilleary, Mehring, Noland, and others) (1972)
  • Washington Color School Paintings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1973)
    Two Hundred Mattresses at the Harold Rivkin Gallery (1973)
    Les Levine and Carroll Sockwell at the Harold Rivkin Gallery (1973)
    United States Department of State “Art in the Embassies” Program (traveling exhibition) (1973)
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art (1974)
  • The Barnett Aden Collection at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1975)
    Drawings from the Studios of Washington Artists at the Washington Project for the Arts (1975)
  • Seven Artists in the Park at The Art Barn (1976)
    Invited Group at the Barbara Battin Fiedler Gallery (1976)
    Art Exhibit in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia (1976)
  • A Bird's Eye View of the Washington Project for the Arts at the Washington Project for the Arts (1977)
    Art Auction '77 at the Sign of the Times Gallery, New York City (1977)
    Art Auction and Exhibition at the Art Barn to benefit in support of the United Negro College Fund (1977)
  • Textural Renderings: Works on Paper, Dimock Gallery (1978)
    Drawings X 12 at the headquarters of Government Services Savings & Loan (1978)
    WOOD at Gallery 10 (1978)
    Works on Paper: Washington, D.C. Artists at Chuck Levitan Gallery (New York City) (1978)
    Collector’s Corner Show at Gallery 10 (1978)
  • Washington Art on Paper: 1962-1978 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1979)
    5th Anniversary Show at Gallery 10 (1979)
    Middendorf Gallery (1979)
    Wash Art ’79 at The D.C. National Armory (1979)
  • Ten Washington Artists: 1950-1970 at the Edmonton Art Gallery (1980)
    Elements of Art: Line at the Arlington Arts Center (1980)
    American Drawing in Black & White: 1970-1980 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1980)
  • Cinquant Ans de Dessine Americains, 1950-1980 at the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (1985)
    27 Ways of Looking at American Drawing: 1930-1980 at Rice Museum, Houston, and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (with Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Kline, Motherwell, Rothko, Mark Tobey) (1985)
    Art in Washington and Its Afro-American Presence: 1940-1970 at the Washington Project for the Arts (1985)
    The Washington Show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1985)
    Franz Bader Gallery??? (1985)
  • American Drawing at Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (1986)
  • Works on Paper by Black Artists at the Corcoran Gallery (1988)
  • Thirty Years Later at Gallery K (1989)
    Celebrating American Drawing: Ashcan to Contemporary at Susan Conway Carroll Gallery (inaugural show at the Glackens House location) (1989)
    Patrons and Collectors: Works from the GW Permanent Collection at The Dimock Gallery (1989)
  • Drawings at Gallery K (1990)
    Encore: Continuity and Change in the Work of Eight Artists at the Pavilion of Fine Arts, Montgomery College (1990)
  • Review Preview (Mixed Media Group Show) at Gallery K (1992)
  • Deck the Walls at Susan Conway Gallery (1999)
  • That 70’s Show at District West Fine Art (with Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, Willem de Liiper, and others) (2002)
  • Washington Project for the Arts (2005)
    Living Legacy: 60 Years of the Watkins Collection at the Katzen Center (with Sam Gilliam, Mindy Weisel, Jennie Lea Knight, Jacob Kainen, Willem de Looper, Gene Davis, Michael Clark, Leon Berkowitz) (2005)
  • Good Things Come in Small Packages: The Collection of Elisabeth French at the Katzen Arts Center (2010)
  • Unveiled: Works from the UMUC Art Collection at the University of Maryland University College (2014)

  • 1963 - Painted a forty-foot mural at D.C. General Hospital
  • (1965-1968) - Curator, Barnett-Aden Gallery (including Edith Kramer)
  • 1969 - Curated Recent Work by Ron Bishop at the DC Commission on the Arts
  • 1970 - Grantee, The Washington Gallery of Modern Art Workshop Fund of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • 1973 - Panel Interview, Les Levine’s “The Last Sculpture Show” on WETA TV
  • (1973-1976) - Two works hung in the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 2005 - Portrait photograph included in “Wrinkle Free”, a 30-year retrospective of works by Joe Cameron and Paul Feinberg featuring some of Washington’s art-world luminaries

  • S & 11, Brooklyn Museum (Gift of Christopher Middendorf)
  • Painting included in the collection of Carroll Greene
  • Painting purchased for the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1970
  • Unveiling of The Wrecking of the Berlin Wall at Bowie State University, 2004

  • 1963 - Streets, Wellner (photographer), “This is War”, Washington Star-News, May 21, 1963)
  • 1965 - Exhibition of Graphic Arts [Exhibition Catalogue], Barnett Aden Gallery
  • 1968 - Washington 1968: New Painting, Structure [Exhibition Catalogue], Corcoran Gallery of Art
    "Art and Noise Open Season at Corcoran", Washington Post including reference to Sockwell's work (Sept. 28, 1968)
    The Humble Way, 3rd Quarter, 1968 xxx
    Harithas, James, Washington 1968 New Painting: Structure, Corcoran Gallery of Art xxx
    House, Toni, "The Eyes and Ears Have it At Corcoran Art Show”, Washington Evening Star (Sept. 1968)
    Forgey, Benjamin, "Art: Four Precocious Painters at the Corcoran Gallery", Washington Star (Sept. 29, 1968)
    Trois, Gustav, "Art and Artists", Washington Star (Aug or Sept 1968) (reviewing the Corcoran show)
    Harney, Tom: "Optical Illusions in a Thrice", Washington Daily News (Oct. 4, 1968)
    Art Gallery Magazine, April 1968 xxx
  • 1969 - ArtForum, 1969 xxx
    The Arts Magazine, Feb/Mar 1969 xxx
    Kramer, Hilton, "Art: Imposition of a Racial Category: '12 Afro-Americans' at the Corcoran", New York Times, p. 23 (Jan. 25, 1969) (“Three other painters show work of serious interest: Felrath Hines, Carroll Sockwell and Alma W. Thomas. . . . Mr. Sockwell’s work derives rather closely from the ‘Chevron’ series of Kenneth Noland, but one of the paintings he shows . . . indicates a certain poetic vein of his own within the confines of this rigorous abstract style.”)
    Richard, Paul, “Four Washington Artists Poised for Flight”, The Washington Post (June 29, 1969)
    “Washington Art Goes Ringling”, St. Petersburg Independent (December 2, 1969)
    Genauer, Emily, “Is ‘Black Art’ A Meaningless Term?”, Newsday (Feb 1969) (“…two painters in that area who've won international recognition. Alma Thomas, one of the artists in the Nordness show, is an abstractionist whose compositions of targets and stripes strongly recall the art of Morris Louis. Carroll Sockwell paints bold diagonal patterns very much in the chevron style of Kenneth Noland. In their emulation of the work of artists who've already made it, these Afro-American artists differ not one bit from white American artists.”)
    Twelve Afro-American Artists [Exhibition Catalogue], xxx
    Forgey, Benjamin, “Enthusiasm of Sculpture”, Washington Star (June 22, 1969)
  • 1970 - Art Gallery Magazine, (April 1970) xxx
    Washington: Twenty Years [Exhibition Catalogue], Baltimore Museum of Art
    The Washington Painters [Exhibition Catalogue], Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota
    Washington: Twenty Years [Exhibition Catalogue], The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • 1971 - Paul, Richard, “Art: Mirrors of Black Colors”, The Washington Post and Times Herald (Jan. 15, 1971) (reviewing "Mirror Compositions," at the Jefferson Place Gallery)
    Forgey, Benjamin, “Carroll Sockwell”, Star-News (Jan. 17, 1971) (reviewing Jefferson Place Gallery show)
    Canaday, John, “Black Artists on View in 2 Exhibitions”, The New York Times (April 7, 1971)
    Tabley, Melvin, “Racism Charged Against Museum”, New York Amsterdam News (April 10, 1971)
    Wright, Charles, “Paint Art Racist”, The Village Voice (April 15, 1971)
    Washington Art [Exhibition Catalogue], Columbia [South Carolina] Museum of Art
    Eagle, Joanna, "Washington", Art Gallery Magazine (Feb 1971) (“Just closed at Jefferson Place, Carroll Sockwell's highly innovative mixed media "Mirror Series" was a bit more than the usual fool-the-eye show. The works were black on black, with tiny pink, blue and white marks spread across the surface. Much of it was out of Kandinsky, of course, but the weaving in-and-out movement, floating space, and hard-to-pick-out forms and spatial relationships, combined with the reflections of the covering glass, made for an unusual show.”)
    Susquehanna, R., “Art” [review of exhibition at Jefferson Place Gallery], Intowner (November 1971)
    Richard, Paul, "At the Phillips", Washington Post (Dec. 8, 1971) (reviewing "A Small Loan Exhibition of Washington Artists")
    Phillips, Paul, “An Expert’s Personal Choice”, Washington Star (Dec. 12, 1971)
  • 1972 - Dibujos/Washington: 1972 [Exhibition Catalogue], Instituto Guatemalteco Americano
    Washington Art Today: John Safer, Carroll Sockwell, James Twitty [Exhibition Catalogue], US Information Agency
    "Area Artists to Create Works at Downtown Museum" The Baltimore Sun p. B5 (Sept. 27, 1972)
    Gold, Barbara: “A Baker’s Dozen Worth Seeing”, The Baltimore Sun p. D14 (Oct. 14, 1972)
  • 1973 - 200 Mattresses [Exhibition Catalogue, printed in a limited edition of 200 copies], exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
    Forgey, Benjamin: "Art Notes", The Evening Star and Daily News (Apr. 12, 1973) (reviewing “Soft Gallery”, the 200 Mattresses, show)
    Richard, Paul: "Just Letting the Art Sink In", The Washington Post p. D3 (Apr. 21, 1973) (reviewing “Soft Gallery”, the 200 Mattresses, show)
    Unknown publication: Washington Art Today Review, "Contémporanul" and "Saptamina" (Mar. 16, 1973)
    de Oliveira, Mario, "A Retrospectiva de Lima de Freitas e Washington Art Today", Exposicoes , Sao Paulo, Bazil, (Feb. 15, 1973)
  • 1974 - Richard, Paul: "An Eye on the Artists", The Washington Post p. B1 (June 6, 1974)
    Forgey, Benjamin: "At the Galleries", Washington Star-News p. D-5 (June 8, 1974)
  • 1975 - Forgey, Benjamin: "Galleries", The Washington Star (Apr. 25, 1975) (review of Middendorf show)
    “Much Ado Over an Unpretentious Art”, The Washington Post p. D2 (May 10, 1975) (reviewing Middendorf show)
    Richard, Paul, "The Seventies: Where Art's At, More or Less", The Washington Post, Style Section p. 1 (Nov. 23, 1975)
  • 1976 - Richard, Paul: "A Bright New 'School' With a Black Theme", The Washington Post p. B1 (March 19, 1976)
  • 1977 - “Personalities”, The Washington Post (Apr. 25, 1977)
  • 1978 - Richard, Paul, “Classical Collages: Carroll Sockwell At His Artistic Best”, Washington Post (March 14, 1978)
    Forgey, Benjamin, "The Galleries: One-Man Shows, and Some Studies in Abstract Painting", Washington Star (Mar. 26, 1978)
    Rayman, Abby Wasserman: "Drawings and Wall Constructions by Carroll Sockwell", Unicorn Times (April 1, 1978) (reviewing Fraser's Stable Gallery show)
    "Carol [sic] Sockwell, New Paintings", Washington Review (April 1978) (reviewing Fraser's Stable Gallery show)
    Forgey, Benjamin, “Gallery Visits: Rediscovery Art in Wood”, Washington Star (Aug. 13, 1978) (reviewing Gallery 10 show and describing Sockwell's work as "taught neo-Constructivist relief constructions" that are "distictly urban")
    Forgey, Benjamin, “Inside the Washington Art Scene. . .”, Washington Star (Sept. 30, 1978) (reviewing Chuck Levitan show)
    "Art Reviews: Wood at Gallery 10", Washington Review (Oct. 1, 1978)
  • 1979 - Lewis, Jo Ann, “Déjà Vu Relieved by The Unique”, The Washington Post (May 5, 1979)
    Forgey, Benjamin, "Two Shows That Draw from a New Personalism", Washington Star p. J24 (Nov. 2, 1979)
    Shaw-Eagle, Joanna: "Buying Art on a Budget", Washington Star (Dec. 9, 1979)
  • 1980 - Kerstetter, Barbara, “Carroll Sockwell: An Artist’s Artist”, The Georgetowner (Mar. 7, 1980)
    Oxorn, Pearl, “Art”, Washington Star (Jan. 27, 1980) (reviewing Barbara Fiedler show)
  • 1982- Richard, Paul: "Acquired Art: Corcoran Shows Its Best Since 1975", The Washington Post (Nov. 23, 1982)
  • 1983 - Richard, Paul, "Carroll Sockwell's Orderly Disorder", Washington Post (May 7, 1983)
    Allen, Jane Addams: "Galleries", Washington Times (June 2, 1983) (photograph, review of Lunn Gallery show)
    Clark, Michael, "Carroll Sockwell: A Conversation with Michael Clark", Washington Review (June/July 1983)
  • 1985 - Johnson, Patricia C., “Drawing Comparisons”, Houston Chronicle (March 10, 1985)
    Richard, Paul: "The Black Presence, Art & Integration: Exhibits Show Artists' Dilemma", The Washington Post p. B1 (Apr. 7, 1985)
    The Washington Show [Exhibition Catalogue], the Corcoran Gallery of Art
    Keith Morrison, Art in Washington and Its Afro-American Presence: 1940-1970 [Exhibition Catalogue], The Washington Project for the Arts (1985), LOC CN 85-050407
    Welzenbach, Michael, “Carroll Sockwell: A Life of Classical Abstraction”, Washington Times Magazine [cover story] (Nov. 8, 1985)
  • 1986 - Richard, Paul, "Sam Gilliam's Abstract Poise", Washington Post (Nov. 29, 1986)
  • 1988 - Forgey, Benjamin, "Washington's Bad Case of Cultural Amnesia: The Case for Rediscovering the City's Artists of the 1950s", The Washington Post (Apr. 24, 1988)
  • 1989 - Celebrating American Drawing: Ashcan to Contemporary [Exhibition Catalogue], Susan Conway Carroll Gallery
    Eight Washington Artists [Exhibition Catalogue], Colombia Museum of Art
    Lewis, Jo Ann, "Celebrating Washington's Wealth of Art / '30 Years Later' at Gallery K", The Washington Post p. C2 (June 10, 1989)
  • 1990 - Welzenbach, Michael: "Eight Intimate Encounters: Works on Paper at Addison/Ripley", The Washington Post p. B2 (Dec. 15, 1990)
  • 1991 - McCoy, Mary: "'African-American Artists' at Dimock", The Washington Post p. C2 (Dec 1991)
  • 1992 - Weinreb, Judith, "The Artist Who Shold Be Famous", The Washington Post (June 13, 1992)
    Weil, Rex: "Carroll Stockwell [sic]: Work From Five Decades", Washington City Paper (June 19, 1992)
    Weingarten, Gene, “Fatal Abstraction: The Death and Life of Artist Carroll Sockwell”, The Washington Post (Sept. 27, 1992)
    Bull, Robin, “Art in Progress: Remembering Carroll Sockwell--A Tribute to an Artist and a Friend", xxx (Sept. 15,1992)
  • 1999 - Litt, Steven, "Artist's abstract drawings possess power", Plain Dealer (Feb 1999) (reviewing Case Western Reserve Mather Gallery show)
    Yannopoulos, Charles, "Crazy Like a Fox", Cleveland Scene (Jan. 28, 1999)
  • 2004 - O’Sullivan, Michael, “Brilliance, On the Brink”, Washington Post (Nov. 12, 2004)
  • 2005 - O'Sullivan, Michael, “You Don't Have To Be an Insider, But It Helps”, The Washington Post (30 Sep 2005)
  • 2009 - Franklin, John Hope and Alvia J. Wardlaw, Collecting African American Art (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2009) p. 139 (photograph of artist’s work)