I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. For more than 60 years it has been a gift, a curse, a passion. My studies at Purdue University (BA 1974 and MA 1976) emphasized 3-D: jewelry, metalworking and sculpture. After graduating, I started to make constructions—boxes, houses, temples—tiny stages where reality could be just a bit different. Eventually it was very frustrating to work long hours and move so slowly.

Drawing was much more satisfying. I could work faster and express many more ideas. Soon I was incorporating collage in my work, adding type and cutouts; tearing books apart.

One day I finally sat down and tried our little turquoise iMac and released a genie from the bottle. I came back every day to experiment.

Photography —and more recently painting — was much the same: Jump in with both feet—learn as you go. My images — and the media used to create them — are changeable. Sometimes realistic, sometimes surrealistic, sometimes abstract. Sometimes traditional acrylic or oils. Sometimes digital manipulation. A reflection of my experiences, a way to share what is happening in my life.

I work in the studio an average of 12 hours a day, seven days a week. I have learned a great deal over all of those days, months and years. I always have ideas swirling around in my head. One piece becomes a jumping-off place to another.

James Ferringer, self portrait, 2015


1974 Purdue University • BA (metalwork)
1987 Purdue University • MA (metalwork & sculpture)
1975 Apprentice for Gene and Hiroko Pijanowski • National Endowment for the Arts
1987 Artist Fellowship • Indiana Arts Commission
1988 Artist Fellowship • Indiana Arts Commission


Editions Ltd. • 1987–1992 • Indianapolis
Kay Garvey Gallery • 1987–1994 • Chicago
Galerie Hertz • 1991–present • Louisville
Artists' Own • 2018-present • Lafayette

Recent Exhibitions

2018 Visiting artist - Artist Own • Lafayette
2018 Art from the Heartland - Indianapolis Art Center • Indianapolis
2018 Painted Ground (solo) - Tippecanoe Arts Federation • Lafayette, Indiana
2017 39th Whitewater Competition (honorable mention) - Indiana University East • Richmond, Indiana
2017 catholicity (solo) - Tippecanoe Arts Federation • Lafayette
2016 Indiana Now - Lafayette Museum of Art • Lafayette
2016 Shanties (solo) - Art of Framing • Lafayette
2015 Dreamers Collection, Exposure Award Reception - Musee du Louvre • Paris
2015 Jim Ferringer (solo) - Pride Lafayette • Lafayette
2014 Louisville Photo Biennial - Gallery Hertz • Louisville
2014 Jim Ferringer (solo) - The Center on Halstead • Chicago
2014 Self Portrait Show - Tippecanoe Arts Federation • Lafayette
2013 Indiana Now (honorable mention) - Lafayette Museum of Art • Lafayette
2011 Enlightenment (solo) - Vitruvian Gallery • Washington, DC
2011 Michelle Feulner Castro & Jim Ferringer: Recent Works - Galerie Hertz • Louisville
2010 Jim Ferringer: Recent Works (solo) - Galerie Hertz • Louisville

Jim Ferringer: Portraits • self-published, 40 pages
Jim Ferringer: catholicity • self-published to accompany solo show, 48 pages
OCIO magazine • Atmósferas masculinas de proporciones históricas • Issue 925, June 2015, page 32
tmf magazine • Jim Ferringer • Issue 14, Winter 2014/2015, pages 132–143
Divinity: Jim Ferringer • Monograph, Duality Books, Lexington, KY
The Naked Man Project (guest artist) • Jim Ferringer – Classic American Artist
Noisy Rain magazine • Jim Ferringer • Issue XXIV, Winter 2014, pages 41–58
Noisy Rain magazine • Jim Ferringer • Issue XIX, Anniversary 2014, pages 41–56
Vitruvian Lens – Edition 2 • Jim Ferringer • Firehouse Publishing, September 2013, pages 7–10
tmf magazine • Jim Ferringer • Issue 5, Summer 2012, pages 120–131