Jim Byrne received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana; and his Masters of Fine Art degree in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since graduation he has actively exhibited his work in New York and throughout the country, presenting 14 solo exhibitions of his paintings and participating in over 40 group exhibitions in museum and galleries. Most recently Jim exhibited his work at Tew Galleries in Atlanta, Georgia in 2013, a major exhibition of 15 paintings completed over the previous four years. In addition, Jim has had solos shows at Forum Gallery in New York City; the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado. His work has been reviewed in Art in America magazine, ArtPapers, The New York Times, and The Atlanta Constitution and Journal and has appeared in the Gettysburg Review and the Painters Table blog. Jim has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, a Pollock—Krasner Foundation grant, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Activities. Jim has been a member of the faculty at Suffolk County Community College since 1995. Before teaching at SCCC, Jim has taught at Parsons School of Design, The University of North Carolina and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.