Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping eventually very large canvases. His first exhibited experiments of this type were at the Jefferson Place Gallery, where he was a partner, and had a number of solo shows. 

Solo Exhibitions
1965—June 7—26
1967—Nov. 28—Dec. 16
1969—New Paintings, April 1—19
1970—Recent Paintings and Watercolors, Dec. 11—Jan. 2
1971—Watercolors and Multiples, July 13—Aug. 8
1972—Nov. 27—Dec. 16
1973—Paintings, Nov. 27—Dec. 31

Group Exhibitions
1967—Group Show, Jan. 2—21
1968—Jefferson Place Ten Years, July 16–Aug. 7
1973—New Work, Sept 6—22

Sam Gilliam by Carol Harrison
(C) Carol Harrison [ #160 ]

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Painting a Vision
Painting a Vision
December 1, 1971
The Washington Post
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]
Nesta Dorrance and the Jefferson Place Gallery
Nesta Dorrance and the Jefferson Place Gallery
September 21, 1969
The Washington Post
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]
Wherefore Art…
Wherefore Art…
December 4, 1973
The Washington Star
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]
Sam Gilliam: More ‘Melodic’
Sam Gilliam: More ‘Melodic’
December 19, 1970
The Washington Post
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]
Sam Gilliam: More ‘Melodic’
Sam Gilliam: More ‘Melodic’
December 19, 1970
The Washington Post
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]
Painting a Vision
Painting a Vision
December 1, 1972
The Washington Post
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]
Painting a Vision
Painting a Vision
December 1, 1972
The Washington Post
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and studied art in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1962 he moved to Washington, D.C., and created abstract paintings inspired by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and the Washington Color School movement. In the late 1960’s he began taking the canvas off of the frame, folding and draping […]