The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson



Kevin Blythe Sampson Online Resume

Kevin Blythe Sampson  Newark New Jersey


To obtain a position that utilizes my diverse background, knowledge and skills as a working artist, an art instructor, a Police Composite Artist and retired Police Officer. I am interested in a full time position, with great flexibility, that combines my training and expertise in security and policing, with my unique people skills, teaching background and artistic talents.


Ironbound Community Center                                                                                 2004- 2011
Art Teacher                                                                                                                Newark NJ
     Worked with low income students at varied locations throughout the city of Newark.
     Provided after school classes in art technique combined with art history, introduction to varied artist and cultural history.
      Developed teaching plans for all classes.
      Functioned as lead teacher responsible for providing technical support to teachers.
      Implemented projects included developing cartoons and learning graffiti technique.
      Lead this past year’s students created community mural. 

Elizabeth Day Program, New Jersey State Probation Dept                            2000 to 2004
Art Instructor , Youth Division                                                                                 Elizabeth, NJ
  • Worked with students released from the juvenile justice system in a job preparation program. Developed teaching plans for the classes and sessions to introduce participants to art, art history and artistic techniques.
  • Utilized art as an instrument to introduce creative thought to problem solving.
  • Lead discussions with the participants about life and choices. Art became a mechanism for expression and discussions on feelings and thoughts about life situations, current events and history.
  • Interacted with 50 – 75 students during each week.

Littman’s Jewelry Company                                                                         1994-1997
Operations                                                                                                                  Jersey City, NJ
       Assisted the staff of jewelry store in daily operations.
      Sold high end jewelry to clients.
      Maintained presentation of store layouts and showcases.
       Work the cash registers and maintained the inventory.

 Police, Scotch Plains Police Department                                                               1975~1994
Detective/Police Officer                                                                                           Scotch Plains, NJ
     Served nineteen years as Police officer and two years as a Police Detective whose responsibilities included maintaining the township darkroom as well as crime scene photography, investigations including homicide and fatal accidents
       Ten years as a Composite Sketch Artist, with the Scotch Plains Police Department.
      Worked with the FBI and other police agencies to assist in the apprehension of criminals throughout the tri-state area by working with crime victims to develop drawings of the suspects.
       Trained by The New Jersey State Police.

Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art (Newark Board of Education)    1981-95
Art Instructor                                                                                                             Newark, NJ
Instructor of air brush techniques, sculpture, and three dimensional design.
   Developed art curriculum and teaching plans.
    Worked with students on development of portfolios to use to acquire professional jobs in the arts. 



 Graduate Pictorial Illustration Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art
Police Composite Art Training Course

Graduated Union County Police Academy,
1972 - 1974
Attended Lincoln University, PA; completed over 50 credits toward Bachelors of Arts in African American history

Specialized Police Related Training

Specialized interview tech’s of rape victims
Evidence Collection
Arson Investigation,
Advanced fingerprinting,
Bomb investigation
Advanced report writing.
Chop shop investigation
Advanced Fingerprinting Techniques
Homicide investigation
FBI Advanced Photography Courses
Advanced Interview and Interrogation
Crime Scene Photography
Police Composite Sketch Artist for over ten (10) years throughout NJ


Art Resume

Kevin Sampson is a working artist in the field (painting and sculpture) is represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery 210 11th Ave,, New York New York, 212-226-3768 as he has been since 1992. He is a trained illustrator and photographer. Painter

One Person Exhibitions

Blue and Black: New Sculpture by Kevin Sampson, Cavin-Morris   Gallery, New York, NY
Fruit of the Poison Tree, Rutgers University, Robeson Gallery, Newark, NJ
Fruit of the Poison Tree, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Beyond the Canon: Spirit Catchers, Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
One-Man Exhibit for Black History Month, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ
Kevin Sampson, Ra-Jon Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ.

Selected Group Exhibitions





 Exhibited During the Venice Biennale 2011 “The Roots of the Spirit:”  Kevin Blythe Sampson Lonnie Holley, Mr. Imagination and Charlie Lucus. L'Espace Re-Evolution49 Dorsoduro Venice, Italy,  Vision and Vernacular: Eight African-American Artists in Venice. Cancelled at last minute by United colors of Benetton.
25 Years of Collecting Self taught Artist, Cavin Morris Gallery
Architecture of Hope – the Treasures of Intuit,The Intuit the Center for Intuitive
Newark Museum, Newark NJ 2010 New Jersey Craft Arts Annual, Make Me Something Beautiful.
Curators choice featuring Japanese art brut, Cavin Morris gallery
Outsider art fair 2010, Cavin Morris gallery, Booth
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. American Visionary Museum, Baltimore Maryland 2009-2010
Ancestry and Innovation (American Museum of Folk Art Traveling Exh. at Gibbs Museum, Charleston, South Carolina
Ancestry and Innovation (American Museum of Folk Art the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery Alabama

Group show American Folk Art Museum, Lincoln Center Square, NY.NY

Group show “Sticks” Intuit the Center for intuitive and Outsider Art

Outsider Art Fair, New York

Cavin Morris Gallery, New York (group show gallery artist
(Curatorial) Close the Edge, Corridor Gallery Brooklyn New York

“Boson Exotic, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark New Jersey

“Close to the Edge,” a multi-site exhibition and symposium organized by Kevin Blythe Sampson and Reynolds, City with Out Walls Newark New Jersey

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, North Carolina

Ancestry and innovation (Originated at the American Folk Art Museum)

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis

Tenn. Ancestry and innovation (Originated at the American Folk Art Museum)

Chtonic Youth, Cavin-Morris gallery NY, NY

Group Show Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY, NY

Outsider art Fair, Puck Building, NY, NY
Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston Salem North Carolina
The Newark Council of the art “the Red Badge of courage” 744 Broad st, Newark NJ

The Modified History of Downtown Newark”, an art exhibition at New Jersey’s School of Architecture, Newark New Jersey

Noah’s arc last exit east of Eden: The Shore Institute of The Contemporary Arts 20 Third Avenue, Long Branch

Lincoln Park Music 6 Crawford St Newark NJ Festival (live painting)

Newark Now 89 James St, Newark NJ Group Show

Omega Institute, NY, NY Fear is a Four-letter Word,
(An On-Site Art Exhibit at Omega Institute's Spring Conference Being Fearless
Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C, Traveling Exhibition, Ancestry and Innovation

Cavin Morris Gallery, Hating 4 Never, NY, NY

Outsider art fair, Puck Building, NY, NY

Group Exhibition Drawings; London Biennale

London England Jill Rock Gallery

Group Exhibition Gigantic Art Space 59 Franklin St., New York, New York
Internal Guidance Systems USA Art Tour Mark Woolly Gallery Seattle Washington
American Museum of Folk Art (New York) Ancestry and Innovation: African American Art from the Collection
Group Exhibition Cavin-Morris Gallery
Group Exhibition Cavin-Morris
Group exhibition Cavin-Morris Gallery (Gallery 2002 American Visionary Museum. Baltimore Maryland (group show)
Artist to Artist-161 Artist with the Marie Walsh Foundation Space program. Ace Gallery Hudson St New York May June 2002

Cavin Morris Group show Between the Nameless and The Art of vernacular

Group show, The Jamaica Center for the Arts Jamaica NY.

Art in the Atrium. Morris County Court House Morris Town New Jersey

Keith Goodhart and Kevin Sampson, (working title)  Menello Museum, Florida
Keeping the Faith: Works by Self-Taught Artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

Transcendentally Material, Mystically Objective,  Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Ignoring Borders: New Artists, New Works, Cavin-  Morris Gallery, New York

Manifest: Visions of Masculinity by Self-Taught  Men, Cavin- Morris Gallery, New York 20th Anniversary Exhibition featuring Self-Taught Artists for the 21st Century Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York International Juried Show 2000, New Jersey Center  for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
By Any Means Necessary: Sculpture by African- American Self-Taught Artists, Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, NY
From the Heart to the Hand: New Ancient Ideas by Self-Taught Artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

New Discoveries, New Acquisitions, New Work, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

Diaspora: Seven African-American Artists, Freddie Brice, Robert St. Brice,Odilon Pierre, Ras Dizzy,  Leonard Daley, Thornton Dial, Kevin Sampson, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New  York, NY

 Assemblage: More Than Meets The Eye, Organized by D. Dominick Lombardi, Pace University Gallery, Choate House, Pleasantville NY
The Widening Gyre, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New  York, NY

 Obsession with Line, Archer Locke Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Art: New Jersey, Ben Shahn Galleries, West  Paterson College, Paterson, New Jersey

Aljira Auction, Newark, New Jersey
Labor of Love, New Museum of Contemporary  Art, New York, NY,

Organized by Marcia Tucker, with catalog

Art and Soul, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
The Real Surreal, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York,  NY

Outside the Canon, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New  York, NY

Important Works by Self-Taught Artists, Cavin- Morris Gallery, New York, NY

Third International Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

Hotel Triton Contemporary Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
Grouped Show, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Kwanzaa Exhibit, Aljira Gallery, Newark, NJ

African-American Arts Festival, G.S.A.C., Newark, NJ
2 Person show, Olaf Clasen Gallery, New York, NY

Traveling Exhibitions

Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C, Traveling Exhibition, Ancestry and innovation Internal guidance system 2006-2008 USA VISIONARY ART TOUR,   (Venues)
Track 16 Galleries, April, 2008 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1 Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tag Gallery, Nashville, TN, February, 2007 North Nashville, TN 37219
Gallery Gachet, February-March, 2008 Vancouver, BC, V6A1K2, Canada
Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR 97209
The Outsider Art Center, Oct/Nov, 2006 Minneapolis, MN 55404
Barristers Art Gallery of New Orleans, October, 2009 New Orleans, LA 70117

Awards and Fellowships

The Joan Mitchell foundation Grant, 2001
"Best in Show" award for the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts 1999
International Juried Show 2001, Summit, NJ
Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (Residency) New York, NY 6/94 - 6/95,

Public Art work
2008 Mural Hawkins Street School (total area of school auditorium), Newark New Jersey
2009 Mural  City Murals Donald Tucker Center Elizabeth Ave (60’ by 60’), Newark New Jersey
2010 Mural  City Murals “The Cut” Hawkins and Rome street Underpass (40’ by 70’), Newark N.J

Public Collections

The Center for Intuitive and Outsider art ,Chicago Ill
Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY
Menello Museum of American Folk Art, Orlando, Florida

Publications and Online Articles




Art in America Folk Art Museum Show for Venice Canceled

Folk art magazine
Folk Art Magazine, (July)
Folk Art Magazine (May June), NY
House and Garden Magazine (April issue) American  Scene
Celia McGee DAILY NEWS New York Folk Museum exhibit has a two-way message
Patterson, Tom Street Savvy: The Urban Street Art of Curtis Cuffe, Kevin Sampson and Anthony Dominguez,
Folk Art magazine, Fall 2002


Roberta Smith: Artists to Artists: A Decade of the Space Program, The New York Times, Art in review
New Jersey Star ledger Trailblazers series. Urban League of
Union County, Elizabeth, NJ


Close to the Edge,” a multi-site exhibition and symposium organized by Kevin Blythe  Sampson and Reynolds,, City Without Walls, Newark NJ
 Close to the Edge,” a multi-site exhibition and symposium organized by Kevin Blythe Sampson and Reynolds,, City without Walls, Newark NJ, Rush Art Corridor Gallery Brooklyn NY


College Art Association, 95 Annual conference, New York New York
Contemporary Postures to Meaning, Reception, and Integration of Outsider Art,
American Museum of Folk Art
Lecture and Panel discussion at Reynolda House Gallery and Gardens, NC
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis Tenn.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Columbia University Teachers College, NY NY (Masters degree program) Diversity Class (race, politics and art making) Brook Anderson (instructor)
American Folk Art Museum, Lincoln Square New York



 October-Columbia University NYNY, Teachers College, (Masters degree program) Diversity Class (race, politics and art making) Diversity Class, Brook Anderson (instructor)
April-Columbia University NYNY, Teachers College, (Masters degree program) Diversity Class
(race, politics and art making) Diversity Class, Brook Anderson (instructor)

Board of Director’s

 Former Member City without Walls Gallery, 6 Crawford St, Newark New Jersey