American, b. Palo Alto, California.



2000                             Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Davis

1998                             Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Davis



2018                             Strange Days, KP Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2017                             Bread and Circuses (and Walls), Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC

2016                             To Be Seen, KP Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2015                             New Ancient Pictures, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC

                                     I is an Other, Cypress College Fine Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2014                             Gravity And Other Lies, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013                             Somewhere Else, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012                             This Makes Sense, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011                             Stages, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, PA

                                    Late Empire Style, Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

2010                             Paintings, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008                             The Other Side of Here, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA  

2007                             Secret Society, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

                                     Arrival, 50 California St.(Bank of America), San Francisco, CA

2005                             Out To Sea, Stevenson Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2003                             Vonn Sumner, Steveneson Fine Art/-Scope, The Standard, Los Angeles

1998                             Paintings, Northern California Center for the Arts,

                                         Grass Valley, CA

                                     Still Life, Tahoe Tallac Association, South Lake Tahoe, CA 



2017                          The LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, KP Projects, CA

                                  Portraiture, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

                                  Irridescence, KP Projects/Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2016                           All that Glitters, KP Projects/Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

                                  Texas Contemporary, Morton Fine Art, Washington DC/Houston, TX

                                  Portraits, Lindsay Museum and Gallery, Lindsay, CA

2015                           UC Davis Alumni, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA

                                  CreateLA, Space 1520, Los Angeles, CA

                                   Aqua Art Miami, Morton Fine Art, Miami, FL

2014                           Me and You and Someone Else, Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA

                                   Aqua Art Miami, Morton Fine Art, Miami, FL

2013                           Double Feature, Main St. Gallery/Pomona Arts Colony, Pomona, CA

                                   Beyond Yesterday, Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

                                   Fair Focus, Morton Fine Art/Pop-Up Projects, Alexandria, VA

2012                           Big Names, Small Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

                                   Works with Paper, Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

                                   War Paint, Brett Rubbico Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2011                            Big Names, Small Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

                                   Art Chicago, (Paul Thiebuad Gallery), Chicago, IL

                                   Realm of Realism, L.A. Mart (in conjunction with Art Platform LA) Los Angeles, CA 

                                   Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010                            Thanks for Being With Us: Contemporary Art from the Douglas Neilsen Collection,

                                         Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, AZ

                                   Small Works on Paper, Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

                                   San Francisco Fine Arts Fair, (Paul Thiebaud Gallery), San Francisco, CA

                                    I Dream Awake, Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

                                    Art Chicago, (Paul Thiebaud Gallery), Chicago, IL

2009                            Fresh,  auction for the Museum of Contemporary Art,

                                        Los Angeles, CA

                                    Self-Portraits in the Age of My-Face-Space-Book,  

                                         I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008                            Twenty-Five Treasures, Paul Thiebaud Gallery,

                                        San Francisco, CA

                                    Modern Day Characters,  J. Flynn Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

                                    Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA.

2007                            Bridge Art Fair, London, UK

                                    Then/Now, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

                                    Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

                                    Oceana, Oceana Society, San Francisco, CA

2006                            Introductions, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                                    Portraits, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

                                    Figure/Form, Coastline College, Costa Mesa, CA

                                    The Peaceable Kingdom, Kortman Center for Design,

                                        Rockford, IL

                                    Summer Survey, Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                                    Fountain Art Fair, Miami, FL

                                    Art International Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

2005                            Incognito, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA

                                    !All California!, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

                                    Venice to Venice, V & A Gallery, Venice, Italy

                                    -Scope Hamptons, Southhampton, NY

                                    Pharmaka: Inside the Box, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles

                                    Pharmaka: Outside the Box, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

                                                (LA Weekly pick of the week)

2004                            The OsCene, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

                                    Dualities, Lewallen Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM

                                    Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

                                    Artposition 04, Murten-Morat, Switzerland

                                    IGNITE! (Gen Art), Los Angeles, CA 

                                   -Scope Los Angeles, The Standard, Hollywood, CA

                                   Form, Fragments and Folly, Seven Degrees,

                                        Laguna Beach, CA

                                    Pharmaka, (three concurrent exhibitions) Bedlam Art/

                                    Corridor Gallery/ Bedlam Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA

2003                           -Scope Miami, Miami Beach, FL  

                                    Art 21, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

                                    -Scope Los Angeles, The Standard, Los Angeles, CA

                                    First Annual Invitational, Square Blue Gallery,

                                        Costa Mesa, CA

                                    Valentine’s Exhibition, Nelson Gallery, U.C. Davis

2002                            Texas Artist's Museum, Port Arthur, TX

                                    An American Experience, Associated Artists,

                                        Winston-Salem NC

2000                            M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Nelson Gallery, U.C. Davis

                                    Blind Date, Worth-Ryder Gallery, University of California,

                                        Berkeley, CA

1999                            Miniatures, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA

                                    Blind Date, Manchester Metropolitan University, England, UK

1998                            Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum,

                                        Sacramento, CA




2018                        The Savvy Painter Podcast,  Episode/Interview with Vonn Sumner

                               ArtScene, March, Vol. 37, No.6, p.21, Continuing and Recommended (reviews)

                               OC Weekly, Feb.09-15, p.22, Trash Can Scholar

2017                        The Washington Post, In the Galleries/Vonn Sumner, Sunday, Oct.1, p.E7

2016                        The Huffington Post, Vonn Sumner: The Crowd Within, John Seed, August 9

                               Artsy, See Freak Flags Flown and Not Flown in Vonn Sumner's New LA Show,

                                             Bridget Gleeson, July 28

                               Diversions LA, KP Projects Dazzles, August 27

                               The Houston Chronicle, Fall Art Fair Fever, September 8

2015                        Vice, Art Basel Review, December 11

                               The Washington Post, In The Galleries, November 13

                                The Huffington Post, Hot Off The Easel, November edition

                                Sacramento News & Review, Aggie Legends, p.23, Vol.26, Issue 43, Feb.12

2014                         ArtScene, Mercedes Helnwein, Kim Kimbro, Vonn Sumner, p. 21, Vol. 34 No. 3, November

                                Beautiful Surface, Paintings by Vonn Sumner, (artist profile), October 16

                                Plastaloux, Portraits/Vonn Sumner, (artist profile), July 17

2013                         The Huffington Post, Interview with John Seed, May 18

                                 Hi Fructose, Preview: Vonn Sumner Somewhere Else, May 15

                                 The Huffington Post, Haiku Reviews/Peter Frank, January 2

                                 Rooms Magazine (UK), Featured Artist, June 3

                                 Glamcult Magazine (NL), Artist Profile and Interview, Fall issue

                                 Trendhunter, Art & Design, Featured Artist, June 5

                                 Design Collector, Staff Picks, July 9

                                 Inland Empire Weekly, Arts & Culture, Volume 8, Issue 11, p.11

                                 Artweek LA, Featured Articles & Previews, May 13

2012                          The Washington Post, Taking Art Beyond the Frame, September 28, Style Section C8

                                  Poets And Artists Magazine, Vonn Sumner: The Complexities of Simplicity, p.15-19

                                  Hi Fructose, The Art of Vonn Sumner, July, 2012

                                  Juxtapoz, Preview: Vonn Sumner/This Makes Sense, August, 2012

                                  The Huffington Post, Vonn Sumner: This Makes Sense, August 6, 2012

                                  Artweek LA, Vonn Sumner: This Makes Sense, August 2012

                                  Cartwheel Art, The New Traditionalists, August 13, 2012

                                  ArtScene, War Paint: Vonn Sumner & John Scane, November issue, Vol.32, No.3, p.28

2010                           Tucson Weekly, An Art Less Ephemeral, September 2-8 2010, p. 29

                                  Thanks for Being With Us, (Exhibition Catalog), Tucson Museum of Art

                                  The Washington Post, Friday, April 2, p. 19

2008                           Inland Empire Weekly, Beam Me Backward, Scotty, Volume 3,

                                       Issue 29, p.13

                                   Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here, Exhibition Catalogue,

                                       Riverside Art Museum

                                   Twenty-Five Treasures, Exhibition Catalogue,

                                       Paul Thiebaud Gallery

                                   Riviera magazine, April Issue, Modern Day Characters, p. 42

2007                           Art Ltd., Artist Profile, March issue, p. 72

2006                           Quickfiction, Cover Image (and statement inside), Issue 9

                                   Trendsetter magazine, Artist Profile and Interview, n.46,

                                       Volume 4, p. 54-57

                                   Blade Magazine, March 2006, p. 24

2005                           LA Weekly, Pick of the Week review and image,

                                       April 22-28, p.56

                                   Lifescapes magazine, June/July Issue, p. 11-13

2004                           BOOM magazine, Cover Image and story inside, Issue 7,

                                       Spring, cover and p.17-18

                                   ISM, Volume 1, Spring

2003                           NY Arts Magazine, Vonn Sumner, November/December,

                                       Volume 8, Number 11, p.57

2002                           New American Paintings, # 43, Pacific Coast Edition

2002                           Winston-Salem Journal, American Experience, Sunday,

                                        November 10, p. F4



2010                             Gamblin Oil Color Torrit Grey Competition First Prize

2003                             Curator’s Choice Award, Laguna Art Museum,

                                         Laguna Beach, CA

2002                             Featured Artist, New American Paintings, 43/Pacific Coast Competition,

                                     Jessica Morgan, Curator, ICA Boston, juror.

2002                             American Experience Show Award, Hanes Art Gallery/

                                         Wake Forest Univeristy, Winston-Salem, NC

1999-2000                    U.C. Davis Graduate Study Fellowship

1998                             Purchase Award, Buehler Alumni Center, U.C. Davis

                                     Tahoe Tallac Association Artist Residency, South Lake Tahoe, CA

1997                              John and Terry Kubota Scholarship, U.C. Davis



Branner Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

University Circle, East Palo Alto, CA

Stanford Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA

Shields Main Library Collection, University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis Buehler Alumni Center



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