Faculty & Staff

James Bailey

Professor of Printmaking & Painting/Drawing


Personal Summary

James Bailey was born in New Jersey, and grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He earned his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at The University of Montana. In 1998 he established Matrix Press, the publishing component of the print program, which brings in nationally recognized artists to collaborate in the production of limited edition prints and he is also one of the co-founders for the Annual Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project which recently completed its seventeenth year.  

As an artist, James continues his research into both traditional and experimental approaches in printmaking. James has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 300 exhibitions and national print portfolios across 35 states as well as Estonia, France, China, Australia, Portugal, Wales, New Zealand and Canada. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Hillard University Art Museum and Sioux City Arts Center among others. James was interviewed for the full length documentary film on printmaking titled Midwest Matrix and he serves on the board for the Printmaking Legacy Project.


M.F.A. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
M.A.    The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
B.F.A. The University of Minnesota, 1997

Courses Taught

  • Printmaking I & II: Relief, Screen, Lithography, Intaglio, Monotypes and Book Arts; Independent Study in Print; Advanced Research in Printmaking.
  • Painting I; Painting II: The Figure; Contemporary Themes, Advanced Research in Painting
  • Drawing Foundations; Drawing I: The Figure; Drawing II
  • Professional Practices
  • Graduate Research Studio; Beyond Art School; Graduate Pedagogy; Graduate Critique Seminar; Expanded Studio Seminar


Selected Collections:

  • Walker Art Center
  • New York Public Library
  • Jundt Art Museum
  • Sioux City Art Center
  • Missoula Art Museum
  • West Virginia University
  • Kohler Library
  • Museum of Art, Washington State University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • China Guanglan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China 
  • Montana State University-Bozeman
  • The University of North Dakota
  • Eastern Oregon State College
  • The University of South Dakota
  • Montana State University-Billings
  • The University of Montana
  • University of Alaska
  • Southern Graphics Print Archives 
  • Frogman's Press
  • Boise Art Museum
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Mesa Arts Center
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Nicolis State University
  • Hillard University Art Museum
  • The University of Wisconsin
  • Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Whakatane, New Zealand 
  • Rocky Mountain Print Alliance
  • Boise State University
  • Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI 
  • Museum of Texas Tech University    

Lectures & Workshops:

  • Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI 
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 
  • Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 
  • SFCC, Spokane, WA 
  • Terrain, Spokane, WA 
  • The University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • Wingtip Press, Boise, ID
  • Idaho Historical Museum, Boise, ID
  • Southern Graphics Print Conference, Knoxville, TN
  • College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Oklahoma Arts Institute, Quartz Mountain, OK
  • Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
  • Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
  • Armstrong-Prior Print Studio, Phoenix, AZ
  • Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
  • The University of Montana-Western, Dillion, MT
  • Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT
  • Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT
  • Frogman's Press, Vermillion, SD
  • The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
  • Blanden Museum of Art, Fort Dodge, IA
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
  • PABA Center, Rochester, NY
  • Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
  • Split Rock Arts Program, Duluth, MN
  • SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
  • Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
  • Casper College, Casper, WY
  • Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, Portland, OR
  • The University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY