A r i   N o r r i s

from Muskegon, MI




2021     MA - Metalwork, Jewelry Design, Digital Fabrication - Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL

2019     BFA - Sculpture - Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL

Solo Shows



Quartet for the End of Time, the PLAN. Chicago, IL



the Treachery of Objects, David Salkin Creative. Chicago, IL

Two / Three Person Shows



Our Two Scents, Cleaner Gallery + Projects. W/ Marvin Chan. Chicago, IL



Shooting Pool with a Rope, Baby Blue Gallery. W/ Derek Ernster + Jose Jimenez. Chicago, IL



Denny Craycraft Memorial Sculpture, Vietnam Era U.S. Soldier, and K-9 War Dog, at Denny Craycraft Veterans Freedom Park. Belding, MI 



Clarence Zylman, Muskegon's Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Memorial Sculpture, at LST 393

Veterans Museum. Muskegon, MI


Doris Rucks Memorial Sculpture, at Muskegon Community College. Muskegon, MI

Selected Group Exhibitions



The Patriot, O'Flaherty's. New York City, NY





5th International Exhibition on Conceptual Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum. 

Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

More Small Painting(s); an Exhibition Homage to CvD. Lawrence & Clark. Chicago, IL

The Plant Show, Ground Level Platform. Chicago, IL

Rulers, Coco Hunday. Tampa, FL

Artist Residency Alumni Exhibition, Main Street Arts. Clifton Springs, NY

53rd Annual National Drawing and Sculpture Show, Cain Gallery, Del Mar College. Corpus Christi, TX


the 75th Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum. Juried by Aron Packer. Rockford, IL

Impromptu, Rubberneck Gallery. Chicago, IL


Midwest Sculpture Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery. Curated by Tara Scott. Kokomo, IN

14th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Juried by Dan Addington. Freeport, IL


55th Greater Michigan Regional. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Midland, MI


54th Greater Michigan Regional, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Midland, MI





Artist-in-Residence at Art Casting of Illinois, inc. Oregon, IL



Artist-in-Residence at Art Casting of Illinois, inc. Oregon, IL


LAUNCH Invitational Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago, IL


Artist-in-Residence at Main Street Arts. Clifton Springs, NY

Public Collections

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

Notre, Chicago, IL

Private Collections

Chicago, IL

Grand Rapids, MI

Los Angeles, CA


Milwaukee, WI

Naperville, IL

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Virgil Abloh Estate

Washington, D.C.

Selected Curatorial Projects



Making Space, Group Show. Co-Curated W/ Philip Spangler. The PLAN. Chicago, IL


Where There's Smoke... Group Show. Co-Curated w/ Gretchen Schreiber. Annette & Jerry Johns Gallery.

Northern Il. University. DeKalb, IL

Terrain Biennial Group Show. DeKalb, IL


Keep Cool, Chris Bradley & Mark Klassen. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL

The Other Side of the Curtain. Noah Wandrey. Reynolds Whitney Gallery, Northern Il. University. DeKalb, IL

Return to 90/39, NIU/UW Madison Exchange. Co-Curated W/Jodi Robertson. Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Il. University. Dekalb, IL

Stuck in the Middle With You, Group Show. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL

All Sheets to the Wind, Group Show. Backspace Gallery. Dekalb, IL

Interesting Voids, Caleb Beck. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL


Ping, Ping Syvongsa. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL

Managing Conflict with Color, Brett Whitacre & John Linquist. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL


The Shed Series (and Satellites) 2011-2017, David Dodd Lee. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL


Particles | Waves, Group Show. Annette & Jerry Johns Gallery, Northern Il. University. DeKalb, IL


the g(rad) stuff, Group Show. Backspace Gallery. DeKalb, IL





John X. Koznarek Memorial Scholarship Fund


Lester K. Smith Creative Art Scholarship


Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs - Public Arts/Sculpture. Minigrant Arts Projects


O’Malley-Pugh Endowment Fund


Sally Stevens Scholarship in the Arts

Selected Bibliography / Press



Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (4/21-4/27)." badatsports.com. Web. April 21, 2022. 

     Regarding "Quartet for the End of Time," at the PLAN, Chicago, IL. 



Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (5/13-5/20)." badatsports.com. Web. May 13, 2021. 

     Regarding "Our Two Scents," at Cleaner Gallery + Projects, Chicago, IL. 



Martin, Michael. Fox17. “Belding Veterans Park Unveils Several New Statues, Including of Founder.”

    Web. September 7, 2020

Pickleman, Jason. "Lawrence & Clark." Print. October 2, 2020. 

Sasiela, Evan. Ionia Sentinel-Standard. "Denny Craycraft Veterans Freedom Park in Belding Adds New

    Monuments." Web. September 11, 2020. 



Alyea, Ginny Van. Chicago Gallery News (CGN) "the Newest Thing; What Collectors are Buying Now."

     Print & Web. Fall 2019 Issue. 

Coco Hunday. "Rulers," Exhibition Catalog. PDF/Web. 2019. 

Del Mar College. “53rd Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show,” Exhibition Catalog.

     Print. February 15, 2019.

Northern Illinois University Art Museum. "Jack Arends Hall Alumni Celebration: 50 Years of Excellence in the

     Visual Arts," Exhibition Catalog.

West, SK. "'Rulers,' Explores Measurements and Leaders at Coco Hunday in Tampa." Creative Loafing.      

     cltampa.com. Web. June 5, 2019. 



Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (1/11-1/17)." badatsports.com. Web. Jan 11, 2018. 

     Regarding "Shooting Pool with a Rope," at Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago. IL. 

Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (6/14-6/20)." badatsports.com. Web. June 14, 2018. 

     Regarding "Impromptu," at Rubberneck Gallery. Chicago, IL. 

Center, Patrick. "Muskegon's Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Forever Celebrated with Statue."                                  

      WGVU Public Media. Grand Valley State University. wgvunews.org. Web. Nov. 12, 2018. 

       *Radio Interview

CVPA, xFeatured. “Watch: the 2018 NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation Video.”

     NIU CVPA Arts Blog. niuarts.com. Web. Feb 14, 2018.

     *Video Documentation

Koryzno, Peter. “Dr. Rucks Sculpture Created by MCC Alumnus Ari Norris.” Muskegon Community College.

    muskegoncc.edu. Web. September 27, 2018.

Main Street Arts, "Meet the Artist in Residence: Ari Norris." Main Street Arts Blog. 

     mainstreetartsgallery.com. Web. July 2nd, 2018. 

McQuire, Justine. “Muskegon’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Honored with Statue.” MLive.  mlive.com.

     Web. November 11, 2018.

     *Video Documentation

McQuire, Justine. "Muskegon Community College Honors Late Human Rights Champion." MLive. 

     mlive.com. Web. September 27, 2018. 

Northern Illinois University, “Ari Norris - Huskie Spotlight.” NIU Website / NIU CVPA Arts Blog.

     niu.edu. / niuarts.com. Web. July 2018

NIU Art Museum, “Museum Notes; A Publication for Members of the NIU Art Museum.”

     Pub. Vol. 22, Issue 3, Spring 2018.

O'Riley, Andy. “Boogie Woogie Bugler Memorial Statue Unveiling.” Muskegon Channel.                                                    muskegonchannel.com. Web. Nov. 10, 2018.

O'Riley, Andy. "Local Sculptor Ari Norris to Present the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy November 10th at the            LST 393." Muskegon Channel. muskegonchannel.com. Web. Sept. 28, 2018. 

      *Video Interview

Rockford Art Museum, "The Rockford Midwestern Biennial 2018," Exhibition Catalog. 

     Published by 11th Street Printing. June, 2018. 


Koryzno, Peter. “MCC Alumnus to Create Life-Size Sculpture of Famed Muskegon Musician.”

    Reflections Magazine. Pub. Summer Issue, 2017.