Exhibition History


Invisible Boundaries
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
September 14–March 1, 2018
Yale University
170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520-8118                         
(Traveling in summer 2018 to The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming)

The Inexhaustible Regions of Nature
A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions
June 1—August 13, 2017
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street                                         
New Haven, CT 06510-2302

James Prosek
Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)
May 28th – June 25th         
Main Street
Narrowsburg, NY, 12764

Fish Tales: Stories and Legends from the Deep
April 20, 2017–April 1, 2018
Lowe Art Museum
University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Commission for US Embassy
Kabul, Afghanistan
U.S. Department of State
Art in Embassies
Installed 2017

The Art of James Prosek
Yellowstone: Wilderness in a Box
January 20 – June 4, 2017
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Ave
Cody, Wyoming

James Prosek: Recent Works
January 13 – February 24, 2017
Reynolds Gallery
1514 West Main Street
Richmond, VA  23220


Abstract Fish No. 4
July 8, 2016
Installed in the Larry Wheeler Pool
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina

Invisible Boundaries
June 17, 2016 – January 2017
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Ave
Cody, Wyoming

James Prosek Watercolors
June 10 - July 23, 2016
Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art
University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340

The Nest, an exhibition of Art in Nature
March 6 - June 19, 2016
Beitzel and Righter Galleries
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY 10536

Rare Bird: John James Audubon and
Contemporary Art

January 21 - April 3, 2016
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art
Ursinus College
601 E. Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426-1000

Invisible Boundaries
April 28th – September 2016
National Geographic Magazine Headquarters
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036


Center for Contemporary Printmaking
20th Retrospective:
Highlights From The Past 20 Years
September 12 – December 13, 2015
Mathews Park           
299 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850

James Prosek: Ocean Fishes
June 6, 2015 – September 6, 2015
Vero Beach Museum of Art
3001 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, Florida 32963

Field Guide: James Prosek's Un/Natural World
March 7–August 2, 2015
North Carolina Museum of Art
East Building, Level B, Studio 3
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina

Art in Embassies
U.S. Embassy
Abuja, Nigeria
Curated by Virginia Shore

James Prosek: Walk in the Woods
March 5 – May 22, 2015
Leslie Feely Gallery
in association with Schwartz-Wajahat
33 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

Light/Dark, White/Black
January 17 – July 31, 2015
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA


The Singing and the Silence:
Birds in Contemporary Art

October 31, 2014-February 22, 2015
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd floor North8th and F Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

James Prosek: Wall of Silhouettes
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cornell University
Sapsucker Woods
Ithaca, NY

Beyond Eden: The Work of James Prosek
December 12, 2014 – May 2, 2015
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art
October 11, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

James Prosek:  Three Americans, 2014
September 2, 2014 – January 9, 2015
Arnot Art Museum
Falck Gallery—West Wing Ground Level
235 Lake Street
Elmira, New York

Ocean Fishes: the Art of James Prosek
Woods Hole Historical Museum
579 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
June 21 - July 31, 2014

The Animal Heart
The Slater Memorial Museum
Norwich Free Academy
305 Broadway 
Norwich, CT  06360
June 15 - August 10, 2014

James Prosek: Wondrous Strange
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT
February 22-June 8, 2014

Audubon and the Art of Birds
Bell Museum of Natural History

University of Minnesota,
October 5, 2013 – June 8, 2014
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
October 4, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sam Noble Museum, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman May 15 – July 26, 2014

Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in
Contemporary Art

Trafó Gallery of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Artists: Greta Alfaro (ES), Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (RO), Tamás Kaszás / Anikó Loránt (Ex Artists Collective) (HU), Szabolcs Kisspál (HU), London Fieldworks (UK), James Prosek (USA) and Andrea Roe (UK)
December 12,2013 – January 26, 2014

Traveled to: / Bucharest
9 May to 4 June
Str. Galelei nr.44, sector 4
Bucharest, Romania

The Peacock and the Cobra: James Prosek among the Arts of South Asia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wood Gallery 227
November 27, 2013–September 16, 2014


Come Together: Surviving Sandy
Industry City (curated by Phong Bui)
220 36th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
October 20 – December 15, 2013

Teaming with Nature: James Prosek
The Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall
National Sporting Library & Museum
Middleburg, Virginia
October 8th, 2013 – January 30, 2014

James Prosek: The Spaces in Between
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence
September 2 - January 5, 2014

Tandem Pursuits: Armor & Ichthyology
Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill public
garden & cultural center
Bronx, New York
September 15 – December 1, 2013

First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries
July 13-September 8, 2013

James Prosek: Ocean Fishes
The Gallery at The Nature Conservancy
The Center for Conservation
East Hampton, NY
June 29 – August 16, 2013

James Prosek: The Swordfish
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA
July-August 2013

James Prosek:
Ocean Fishes, Birds and Curiosities

National Arts Club, New York, NY
February 19 - March 4, 2013

James Prosek: Abstract Nature
Mark W. Potter Gallery
Taft school, Watertown, CT
January 4-February 1, 2013

Domestic, Wild, Divine:
Arstists Look at Animals

October 27-August 4, 2013, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA


James Prosek:  Ocean Fishes
Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia
October 13, 2012–January 21, 2013

MoMA Studio: Common Senses
Mildred’s Lane and the Mildred’s Complexity/group show, September 24-November 19, 2012

Ocean Fishes and Taxonomy
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC, June 28th to September 28th

1708 Gallery
Catch 22, 22nd annual art auction, event chair

Ocean Fishes
Yale University, Kroon Hall

James Prosek, Marc Petrovic, Mark Messersmith
J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
November 13-January 25


James Prosek: Un-Natural History
Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University

James Prosek: Suriname
Gallery at the Whitney, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Voyage on Uncanny Seas
Gallery Diet, Miami, Florida. 

Oceanomania:  Souvenirs from Mysterious Seas
The National Museum, Monaco (Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, NMNM).  Group show curated by Mark Dion.

group show, Summer 2011, Schwartz • Wajahat, 25 Leonard Street, New York, NY


Strange Travelers
curated by Mark Dion, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY

Mildred’s Lane/Renovating Walden
Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Nature, Revisions and Dreams
The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, curated by Anica Sturdivant

Art in Embassies
Group Show, American Embassy, Accra, Ghana, Africa

Washington Project for the Arts
American University Museum's Katzen Arts Center, curated by Joanna Marsh, Jock Reynolds


Real & Imagined
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

The Peacock and The Cobra
Manhattanville College Art Gallery, Purchase, NY

Breaking the Surface: Painting and Sculpture
Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT


The Peacock and The Cobra
Center for Contempora d d ry Printmaking, Norwalk, CT

Manhattanville College Art Gallery, Purchase, NY


Life & Death: A Visual Taxonomy
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Air & Water
Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX

Birds & Fish
Wajahat-Ingrao, New York, NY


Blind Birds
Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, CT


Symmetry & Myth
Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Monuments to Nature
Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT


The Desire of Memory
D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

41 Degrees North
Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY


Trouts of Asia
Hammond Museum of Japanese Art, South Salem, NY

Pris sur le Vif: Les Peintres Pecheurs
Galerie Larock-Granoff, Paris, France

Great American Artists
Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH


James Prosek
Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY


James Prosek
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

James Prosek
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Water Journey
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN


James Prosek
Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

James Prosek
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM




BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Grants & Residencies


Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, in artist’s apartment designed by David Ireland
Rockwell Visiting Artist, Taft School, Watertown, CT


Artist-in-Residence, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

2008 to Present

Visiting artist at Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake, PA (Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett)


Visiting Artist, Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, Connecticut


Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont


Films / Documentary


The Mystery of Eels, “Nature,” PBS


Picture the Leviathan


The Complete Angler, ESPN Original Entertainment




Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art, awarded by the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia


George Foster Peabody Award for documentary film The Complete Angler


Public Collections

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Collection of Art in Embassies/US Department of State/US Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria

Collection of Art in Embassies/US Department of State/US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, evansville, IN

Florida Department of State Art Collection

Hammond Museum of Japanese Art, North Salem, NY

Henry l. Ferguson Museum, Fishers Island, NY

Lafayette College Art Collection, easton, PA

Mildred’s lane Historical Society Museum, Beach lake, PA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Try-me, Richmond, VA

Union College Art Collection, Schenectady, NY

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript library, New Haven, CT



Trout: An Illustrated History (Knopf, 1996)

Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship (Morrow, 1997)

The Complete Angler:  A Connecticut Yankee Follows in the Footsteps of Walton (HarperCollins, 1998)

Early Love and Book Trout (Lyons Press, 2000)

Fly-Fishing the 41st Parallel (HarperCollins, 2003)

Trout of the World (Stewart Tabori and Chang, 2003)

A Good Day’s Fishing (Simon & Schuster, 2004)

The Day My Mother Left (Simon & Schuster, 2007)

Bird, Butterfly, Eel (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Eels:  An Exploration from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Mysterious Fish (HaperCollins, 2010)

Ocean Fishes (Rizzoli 2012)