Tameka Norris

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

Tameka Jenean Norris also known as Meka Jean[1] and mynameisnotshorty is a visual and performing artist born in Guam.


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 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 MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art.

In 2012, Norris spent six weeks at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, FL.[citation needed] She is represented by Lombard Freid Gallery, New York.[7]

Exhibitions & Projects[edit]

Solo Exhibition

2015 " Meka Jean: Recovery, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

2014 Too Good For You (Introducing Meka Jean), Lombard Freid Gallery, NY [8]

2014 Almost Acquaintances, Ronchini Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Prospect Biennial, Meka Jean: How She Got Good, May Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2013 Unsupervised, Lombard Freid Gallery, NY, NY[9]

2013 “Facets,” a performance with the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago, IL[10]

2013 Deep Cuts, Anna Kustera Galley, curated by David Humphrey and Wendy White, NY, NY[11]

2012 Art Basel Miami Beach, Lombard Freid Gallery, Miami, FL [12]

2012 The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, East Tennessee State University, curated by Committee Chair Mira Gerard, Johnson City, TN[13]

2012 Eyes Off the Flag, Motus Fort, curator Mark Thomas Gibson, Tokyo, Japan[14]

2012 Gifted and Talented, Third Streaming Gallery, curator Clifford Owens, NY, NY[15][16]

2012 MFA Painting Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT[17]

2011 A Dialogue With Tameka Norris, Le LEE laboratoire d’expression élastique, curator Leonor Comin, Metz, France[18]

2011 Queer Sexing, Human Resources, LA, CA[19]

2011 3x6x3 #2, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) LA,CA[20]

2011 Pulp, Beta Pictoris, Birmingham, AL[21]

2010 Not Just a Shelter, curator Osvaldo Trujillo, The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College, LA, CA[22]

2010 Prospect 1.5, Good Children Gallery, curator Dan Cameron, New Orleans, LA[23][24]

2010 Lube, Jaus Gallery, curator Martin Durazo, LA, CA[25][26]

2009 UCLA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, curator, Mark Allen (Machine Project), New Wight Gallery LA, CA[27]


  1. ^ "Lombard Freid Gallery". 2014. 
  2. ^ "Modern Painters. 24 Artists to watch". Retrieved October 2013. 
  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. ^ "Unsupervised". Lombard Freid Projects. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Facets". Northwestern University. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Deep Cuts". Anna Kustera. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Art Basel". Online Catalog Art Basel Miami Beach. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art". East Tennessee State University. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Gibson, Mark Thomas. "Eyes Off the Flag". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ Owens, Clifford. "Gifted and Talented". Third Streaming LLC. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Proch, Renaud. "Roving Eye: The Gifted and Talented Clifford Owens". Art in America. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ Yale School of Art. "MFA Thesis Show". Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ Comin, Leonor. "A Dialogue With Tameka Norris". Le LEE laboratoire d’expression élastique. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  19. ^ Kathryn Garcia and Sarvia Jasso. "Chokra Loves You". Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  20. ^ Dinco, Dino. "3 x 6 x 3". LACE. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  21. ^ Pictoris, Beta. "Pulp". Beta Pictoris Gallery. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  22. ^ Trujillo, Osvaldo. "NOT JUST A SHELTER". The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ Cameron, Dan. "Prospect 1.5". Retrieved November 6, (2010).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  24. ^ Coviello, Will. "Prospect 1.5 Preview". GAMBIT bestofneworleans.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  25. ^ Durazo, Martin. "Lube". Jaus Gallery. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  26. ^ Coagula Art Journal. "Tameka Norris at Jaus Gallery". The LowDown on High Art online. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  27. ^ Allen, Mark. "tryharder". New Wight Gallery. Retrieved February 13, 2009.