Represented by Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia


Bachelors of Fine Art

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia


Sterne Scholarship for Printmaking, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, October 2018

Emerging Artist Award Finalist, Forward Arts Foundation, March 2018

Juror’s Award, “Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists”. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, May 2017

Studio Artist Residency Program, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. 2016-2019

Arrowmont Pentaculum Residency Invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, January 2016

New Fibers Award of Merit, Eastern Michigan University Gallery, October 2014

Elena Prentice Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2011

Handweavers Guild Of America Award of Excellence, 2011

Award of Excellence in Fiber, American Craft Council Show, 2010

Teacher assistantship scholarship, Penland School of Craft, 2008

Marion Bowen Davis Scholarship, 1999

The GSU Reward, 1998

Cassandra B. Walker Award, 1997


Art In Embassies, Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania, Africa : US Department of State, May 2017

King and Spalding

Private and Corporate collections


One Hundred Blossoms and the Sweetest Scent.” Site specific installation on Project Wall, Zuckerman Museum of Art. Kennesaw, Georgia: August 25, 2018 - July 22, 2019.

Shedspace series.” Site specific installation in Inman Park, Atlanta, Georgia: August 2, 2003.

Aggregate: sculptures.” Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Atlanta, Georgia: February 21 - March 21, 2003.


(Forthcoming) “Biophilia of Life.” Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, Indiana: December 14, 2018 - February 18, 2019.

Material + Method: Exploring Gender Roles through Tradition.” Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia: June 21 - August 23, 2018.

The Making of Meaning”. Hadeland Glasswork AS, Jevnaker, Norway : September- December, 2017.

The Summer Swan Invitational.” Swan Coach House Gallery Atlanta, Georgia: June 1 - August 4, 2017.

Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists.” Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Atlanta, Georgia: May 16 - July 1, 2017.

These Things Are Tangible.” Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado: January 27 - March 13, 2017

Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge”. (traveling) Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan: December 6, 2015 - March 2016

Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan: August 20, 2015 - November 1, 2015

Touched: Soft Sculpture”. Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee: October 1 - 29, 2015

New Fibers: A national survey of contemporary fiber art”. Eastern Michigan University Gallery Ypsilanti, Michigan: October 27 - December 10, 2014

Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber”. The Project Space - Minnesota Museum of American Art St. Paul, Minnesota: November 7, 2013 - January 19, 2014 (traveling)

Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber”. The Hudgens Center for the Arts Duluth, Georgia: March 26, 2013 - May 25, 2013

Fibers”. Madison - Morgan Culture Center Madison, Georgia: August 2 - October 20, 2012

Zen Dixie: a group exhibition - curated by John Otte”. Driver - Phillips Studio, Atlanta, Georgia: June 15 - July 15, 2012

“Extraordinary Things: 2011 Chattahoochee Biennial of Textiles”. The Art Institute of Atlanta -Decatur Gallery: April 15 - June 2, 2011

Seamless: a group exhibition with Glen Kaufman, Junco Sato Pollack, and Clay McLaurin”. One Twelve Gallery - Atlanta, Georgia: November 12 - January 16, 2011

Fiber and Wood”. Pocosin Arts Folk School and Gallery, Columbia, NC: May 8 - June 12, 2009.

Tender Landscape: artists respond to human involvement in the natural world”. Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College: January 29 - March 5, 2004.

Res Secundae: the Best of the Biennial”. Albany Museum of Art - Albany, GA: November 7 - January 5, 2003.

Small Works”. Nexus Gallery, New York, New York: January 31 - February 23, 2002.

Georgia/Alabama Biennial”. Albany Museum of Art Albany, Georgia: October 5 - November 25, 2001.

Japonisme: Asian Inspirations”. Target Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia: March 28 - May 6, 2001.

Layers Into Light”: an exhibition of paintings, constructions, and book arts. Eyedrum Gallery - Atlanta, Georgia: August 5 - September 4, 2000.

2000 Defining Vessels” Chico Arts Center - Chico, California: May 5 - June 11, 2000.

Day of the Dead”. Fine Art Center en Taos, Taos, New Mexico: October 16 - November 19, 1998.

Booked: Contemporary Artist Books”. Art Academy of Cincinnati Chidlaw Gallery. Cincinnati, Ohio: January 15 - February 12, 1998.

Print and Sculpture Show: Recent Works from the Printers Workshop”. Georgia State University School of Art and Design Gallery - Atlanta, Georgia: November 7 - 28, 1997

The Paradise Show: Benefit for I.M.A.G.E. Film and Video”. Atlanta Stage Works - Atlanta, Georgia: November 1992

Pathological Conditions”. New Visions Gallery Atlanta, Georgia: August 25 - September 21, 1990


Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber”. The Project Space - Minnesota Museum of American Art St. Paul, Minnesota : November 7, 2013 - January 19, 2014 (traveling)

Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber”. The Hudgens Center for the Arts Duluth, Georgia : March 26, 2013 - May 25, 2013


The Fibers of Her Being: Textile Artist, Sonya Yong James celebrates the cycle of life”. Ledoux, Jeanee. Uppercase Magazine, January, 2018, pg 79-83.

Fine Art Exporter”. Ledoux, Jeanee. The Atlantan, September, 2017, pg 62.

“A studio conversation with Sonya Yong James”. Nelson-Daniel, Anna. Arts Atlanta, August 23, 2017.

Gathered III makes for a rich experience, conservative in tone”. Brantley, Rebecca. Arts Atlanta, June 27, 2017.

Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge”. Martin, Art. Fiber Art Now, Fall 2015, pg 10-12.

The Craft Companion. Barry, Ramona & Rebecca Jobson. Thames & Hudson, Australia, November 2015, pg 118.

A fresh take on fiber art at Minnesota Museum of American Art’s Project Space”. Schouweiler, Susannah. Knight Arts Foundation, January 6, 2014.

Year in Review: Notable exhibitions, works of art and experiences of 2013”. Cullum, Jerry, Arts Atlanta, January 1, 2014.

“In Review: Repetition and Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber”. Hansell, Sally. Surface Design Journal, Fall 2013, pg 60-61.

Review: In Hudgens fiber show, loveliness and pleasing unease”. Cullum, Jerry. Arts Atlanta, May 17, 2013.

Review: Repetition and Ritual at the Hudgens Center”. Rich, Leisa. Burnaway, May 30, 2013.

500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material. Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, New York, 2011, p. 297.

Sculpture of self - effacing power”. Cullum, Jerry. Atlanta Journal/Constitution, , March 14, 2003, p. Q6

Exploring Light and Bugs”. Cullum, Jerry. Atlanta Journal/Constitution, August 25, 2000, p.Q8