James Vance is comfortable working in a variety of mediums. His paintings, drawings, and sculpture have been exhibited in New York, Miami, and Asbury Park, and have been featured in Visionaire and other international publications. In addition to working as a gallery director, James has designed theater sets, large-scale set pieces, and exhibitions for fashion and art events, most recently for The Whitney Museum of American Art. James is also known for his dramatically scaled prop and mural work which has appeared in the windows of Barneys New YorkBergdorf Goodman and other stores worldwide.

Born in Miami, Florida, 1965

Currently based in Asbury Park, New Jersey

2004 to Present - Freelance Designer

1998 - 2004

Visionaire Publishing, NYC - Director of Special Projects & Visionaire Gallery

1995 - 1997

Q2 Television, NYC - Set Designer & Prop Maker

1989 - 1995

Barneys New York, NYC - Visual Merchandising & Murals

Theatrical Set & Exhibition Design

2015 DANCENOISE: Don’t Look Back, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

2002 Dreaming in Print: A Decade of Visionaire, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC

2001 Sony 'Play'/A Decade of Visionaire, Spiral Garden, Tokyo

2001 Visionaire's Exquisite Corpse, Carlton Arts Festival, Sao Paulo

1993 DANCENOISE: Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

1992 Kyle DeCamp, LADYLAND, The Kitchen, NYC

1992 DANCENOISE: Hedda Gabler, Hedda Gabler, La MaMa, NYC

1991 DANCENOISE: It’s A Girl, Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival), Vienna

1991 DANCENOISE: It’s A Girl, Serious Fun At Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

1990 DANCENOISE: When Women Had Tails, The Kitchen, NYC

1989 DANCENOISE: All The Rage, P.S. 122, NYC

Group Shows

2021 Summertime Invitational, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2019 Queer City: A CNN Experience, Hudson Mercantile, NYC

2018 Tastemakers And Rule Breakers, Red Bank Design Center, Red Bank, NJ

2018 Male Bonding, The Collective Art Tank, Asbury Park, NJ

2018 By A Thousand Cuts, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2017 Pleased To Meet You, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2016 Wooden Walls/Holiday Show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2016 SeaChangeAP/Wooden Walls Public Art Project, Asbury Park, NJ

2016 Anniversary Show: 7 Year Itch, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2012 Fun Is The Law, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2012 Fortune Favors The Bold, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2010 Fancy, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2009 Home Show, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

1995 Salon des Tree, Central Park, New York, NY

1995 The Moderns, Feature Gallery, New York, NY

1994 Red Windows: Benefit for the Little Red School House, Barneys New York, NY

1994 Holiday Disaster Installation, Barneys New York, Yokohama, JP

1993 Holiday Disaster Installation, Barneys New York, NY

1992 People Pleasers, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Slogan Paintings, Barneys New York, New York, NY

1988 Linoleum Tile Paintings, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY

1988 Birdcages To Benefit Max, Pyramid Club, New York, NY

1986 Micro, Now Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Group Show, Artifacts Art Salon, Miami Beach, FL

1985 Burnt Toast, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL

1985 Art on Española, Miami Beach, FL

1984 Get Fresh, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL

Selected Bibliography

2017 Billy Anania, Asbury Artist Takes Numbers In Infinite Directions, The Asbury Park Press

2016 Richard Virgilio, Wooden Walls Art Project Artist James Vance Talks About #1871, The Asbury Park Press

2016 Billy Anania, Asbury Park Mural Project Pushes Beauty to the North Side, The Asbury Park Press

2015 Hilton Als, Summer Encounters, The New Yorker

2015 Gia Knurls, The Whitney Embraces Dancenoise, a Brash ’80s Performance Duo, The New York Times

2015 Siobhan Burke, Dancenoise Brings Biting Commentary (and Fake Blood) to the Whitney, The New York Times

2013 Jennifer Paull, Bergdorf Goodman’s Literary Windows, Book Riot (blog)

2010 Windows at Bergdorf Goodman, Assouline

2008 Modern Paper Lighting, Lighting Trends (blog)

2008 The Art of James Vance, Rochambeau (blog)

1998 Simon Doonan, Confessions of a Window Dresser, Callaway Editions

1996 Visionaire No. 16 Calendar, (Father’s Day) Visionaire Publishing

1995 Emily Kuenstler, The Incest Between Art and Fashion (zine)

1993 Herbert Muschamp, Windows to the Mind of Christmas, Devouring Passion, The New York Times

1993 Visionaire No. 10 The Alphabet, (F) Visionaire Publishing

1993 Mayer Rus, Barneys New York & Yokohama, Interior Design, SANDOW

1993 Jennifer Dunning, Dance in Review, The New York Times

1991 Jennifer Dunning, Travel Hints to Doomsday Courtesy of Dancenoise, The New York Times

1986 Robert Becker, Miami: Creating a Scene, Interview Magazine

Freelance Clients

Shelter Home, Bergdorf Goodman, Fendi, Hasbro, Estée Lauder, Geoff Howell Studio, FAO Schwartz, Versace, Robert Isabell

Editorial Set Design

Wallpaper, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden, Vanity Fair, Interview

Musical Direction/DJ Services

Bergdorf Goodman, Florent, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Flamingo East, Bowery Bar, The Stone Pony, Asbury Lanes, The Asbury Hotel, TAKA Restaurant, APNJ.