Andrew Norris is an artist and educator who specializes in grisaille oil painting, screen printing, and drawing. Andrew received his BFA from East Tennessee State University and his MFA from the University of Florida where he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies. He creates figurative oil paintings that explore how the often undervalued forms of Americana and heartland kitsch can be recharged as instruments through which to generate and explore queer identities.
Norris’ work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Bermudez Projects (Los Angeles, CA) The University of Wisconsin (Green Bay, WI) and Iridian Gallery (Richmond, VA). His work has featured in numerous national group exhibitions including Miami University (Oxford, OH), Capital One (Richmond, VA), and Field Projects (New York City). Norris has been awarded fellowships to attend artist residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL) and at the University of Wisconsin (Green Bay, WI). Norris’ work has been featured in New American Paintings (Issue 153) and has work in the private collection of the Tom of Finland Foundation. Norris is currently an Adjunct Professor in both the Art Foundation (AFO) and Painting and Printmaking (PAPR) Departments at Virginia Commonwealth University and is Assistant Professor and Studio Art Program Coordinator at Virginia State University.