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Ian James
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Teaches In
Fine Arts

MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
BA, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


Ian James (b. 1981 Cincinnati, OH) is an artist primarily working in photography who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has participated in exhibitions at Five Car Garage (LA), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the UNLV Barrick Museum, Roberts Projects (LA), vacancy Los Angeles, REDCAT (LA), Holiday Forever (Jackson, WY), and was an artist in residence at SÍM in Reykjavik, Iceland and the The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY). He recently released the artist book The 13:20 Movement with The Fulcrum Press and has an upcoming solo project at Hernando’s Hideaway (Miami) and The Fulcrum (LA). He teaches within the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art & Design, the Graduate Art Department at Art Center, and the Visual Arts & Media Studies Department at Pasadena City College.


Otis Faculty Development Grants: Spring 2017, Fall 2014

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  



  • UR-TEMPLE, The Fulcrum, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming - solo)
  • Untying Six Astral Knots, Hernando’s Hideaway, Miami, FL (solo)


  • The Harmony of the Noosphere, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
  • Hand of Basajuan, (w/ Patricia Fernández), Holiday Forever, Jackson, WY


  • Seven of Cups, Queens, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Magic Hour #5, The Magic Hour, 29 Palms, CA
  • In the many valleys, the sun, was the eye of god (w/ Patricia Fernández), Forest Island Project, Mammoth, CA
  • Wasting Time in the Tomb World, El Classificado, Los Angeles, CA


  • Death Show, curated by Don Edler, Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA
  • Take Care, curated by Ceci Moss, Gas, Los Angeles, CA


  • Preservation, curated by Aurora Tang, UNLV Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV
  • I Was Meant to Love You, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Four Person Summer Group Show w/ Laeh Glenn, Phil Chang, John Houck & Ian James, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
  • To See the Moon Fall from the Sky, Spring/Break, curated by Will Hutnick & Mark Epstein, New York 
  • Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of the Empire, curated by Joey Cannizaro, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • Chateau Antonym, curated by Carter Mull, Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA 


  • Preston-Zappas, Lindsay "Ian James at Five Car Garage,", Jan. 21
  • Diner, Eli "Six Art Shows to See in Los Angeles Now," Cultured Mag, Jan. 11


  • Cohen, Alina, "How Two Collectors are Nurturing a Vibrant Scene in Jackson Hole," Artsy, May 11
  • Bryant, Jesse, "Hand of Basajuan Explores Immigrant Stories," Jackson Hole News & Guide, Feb. 5


  • Guadagnino, Kate, "T Suggests," T Style Magazine/The New York Times, Nov. 1


  • Azizi, Arshy, "take care," Artforum, July
  • Wells, Emily, "Curator Ceci Moss on 'Take Care' at Gas Gallery,", June 16


  • Baude, Dawn-Michelle, "Barrick Museum's 'Preservation' Mounts a Stunning Visual Defense Against Loss," Las Vegas Weekly, Oct. 9
  • Cling, Carol, "UNLV's Barrick Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary...," Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oct 5.
  • "Preservation at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art," Las Vegas Sun, Oct. 4.
  • Moon Reed, C. "Trust Us....," Las Vegas Weekly, Oct. 5-11
  • Preston Zappas, Lindsay, "Ian James, Vacancy Los Angeles," Flash Art, March/April.
  • Chilewicz, Patryk, "On the Moonrise...Art Museum," Fashion Post (Poland), March 1.
  • Graziosi, Fabiola, "A Museum on the Moon,", March.
  • Weiss, Alexandra, "Don't Worry, There's an Art Museum Coming to the Moon," Bullet Magazine, Feb 28.