Tameka Norris

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Tameka Norris
Born Hagåtña, Guam
Residence USA
Nationality American
Alma mater UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
Yale School of Art
Occupation Artist
Years active 2002–present
Website www.tamekanorrisart.com

Tameka Jenean Norris (born 1979), also known as Meka Jean[1] and mynameisnotshorty, is a visual and performing artist. She grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Los Angeles

Through work in performance, video, photography, and installation, her practice critiques the invisibility of blackness in cultural forms built upon the appropriation of black cultural expression and idioms. By inserting herself – a mixed-race woman of color - into the dialogue about traditional art practices and works of art, it all but force a critique about the presence of the body in the history of art.


Currently,[when?] Norris is a Grant Wood Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Iowa in the Painting and Drawing Department. In 2016, she attended Macdowell Artist Residency and is a 2017 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, with her partnership at Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama.

Norris was listed as one of "24 Artists to Watch in 2013" by Modern Painters magazine[2] and included in New American Painting magazine's MFA Annual in 2012.[3] In 2010, she participated in a two-person show for Prospect New Orleans 1.5 and in 2011 in Prospect 2, both curated by Dan Cameron.[4] Norris will premiere her new film, "Meka Jean: How She Got Good", this year[when?] at Prospect.3 New Orleans, curated by Franklin Sirmans.[5] Norris attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She graduated from UCLA School of Art and Architecture in 2010 majoring in art and minoring in African American studies.[6] In 2012, Norris completed her Master of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art.

In 2012, Norris spent three weeks at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, Florida.[citation needed] She is represented by Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco and Ronchini Gallery in London.[7]

Exhibitions and projects[edit]

Solo exhibitions

  • 2014 Too Good For You (Introducing Meka Jean), Lombard Freid Gallery, New York[8]
  • 2014 Almost Acquaintances, Ronchini Gallery, London, UK
  • 2015 Between Bloodlines and Floodlines, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Atlanta, Georgia[9]
  • 2015 Meka Jean: Not Acquiescing', 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  • 2015 Meka Jean: Sole Rights, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 2015 Meka Jean: Recovery, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, Florida
  • 2016 Cut From the Same Cloth, Ronchini Gallery, London

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2009 UCLA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, curator, Mark Allen (Machine Project), New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles[10]
  • 2010 Not Just a Shelter, curator Osvaldo Trujillo, The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College, Los Angeles[11]
  • 2010 Prospect 1.5, Good Children Gallery, curator Dan Cameron, New Orleans, Louisiana[12]
  • 2010 Lube, Jaus Gallery, curator Martin Durazo, Los Angeles[13]
  • 2011 A Dialogue With Tameka Norris, Le LEE laboratoire d’expression élastique, curator Leonor Comin, Metz, France[14]
  • 2011 Queer Sexing, Human Resources, Los Angeles[15]
  • 2011 3x6x3 #2, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles[16]
  • 2011 Pulp, Beta Pictoris, Birmingham, Alabama[17]
  • 2012 Art Basel Miami Beach, Lombard Freid Gallery, Miami, Florida[18]
  • 2012 The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, East Tennessee State University, curated by Committee Chair Mira Gerard, Johnson City, Tennessee[19]
  • 2012 Eyes Off the Flag, Motus Fort, curator Mark Thomas Gibson, Tokyo, Japan[20]
  • 2012 Gifted and Talented, Third Streaming Gallery, curator Clifford Owens, New York[21]
  • 2012 MFA Painting Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut[22]
  • 2013 Unsupervised, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York[23]
  • 2013 Facets, a performance with the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago[24]
  • 2013 Deep Cuts, Anna Kustera Galley, curated by David Humphrey and Wendy White, New York[25]
  • 2014 Prospect Biennial, Meka Jean: How She Got Good, May Gallery, New Orleans


  1. ^ "Lombard Freid Gallery". 2014. 
  2. ^ "24 Artists to watch". Modern Painters. December 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Ruiz, Alma. "New American Paintings MFA Annual (#99) Sneak Peek". New American Paintings. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ MacCash, Doug. "Dan Cameron previews Prospect. 2, New Orleans' second international art exhibit". The Times-Picuyune. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Prospect.3". 2014. 
  6. ^ Guigayoma, John. "A fresh and candid voice". UCLA The Daily Bruin. Retrieved February 24, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Lombard Freid Gallery: Tameka Norris". 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lombard Freid Gallery". 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tameka Norris exhibition: 'Between Bloodlines and Floodlines'". SCAD. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Allen, Mark. "tryharder". New Wight Gallery. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  11. ^ Trujillo, Osvaldo. "NOT JUST A SHELTER". The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Cameron, Dan. "Prospect 1.5". Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
    - Coviello, Will. "Prospect 1.5 Preview". bestofneworleans.com. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Durazo, Martin. "Lube". Jaus Gallery. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
    - Coagula Art Journal. "Tameka Norris at Jaus Gallery". The LowDown on High Art online. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Comin, Leonor. "A Dialogue With Tameka Norris". Le LEE laboratoire d’expression élastique. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Kathryn Garcia and Sarvia Jasso. "Chokra Loves You". Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  16. ^ Dinco, Dino. "3 x 6 x 3". LACE. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Pictoris, Beta. "Pulp". Beta Pictoris Gallery. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Art Basel". Online Catalog Art Basel Miami Beach. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art". East Tennessee State University. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  20. ^ Gibson, Mark Thomas. "Eyes Off the Flag". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Owens, Clifford. "Gifted and Talented". Third Streaming LLC. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
    - Proch, Renaud. "Roving Eye: The Gifted and Talented Clifford Owens". Art in America. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  22. ^ Yale School of Art. "MFA Thesis Show". Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Unsupervised". Lombard Freid Projects. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Facets". Northwestern University. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Deep Cuts". Anna Kustera. Retrieved 31 January 2013.