Glenn Sonnie Wooden
2020: University of Pennsylvania, Masters of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2018: University of Iowa, BA Studio, Emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Iowa City, Iowa
2014-2015: The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Westside With Love solo exhibition at The University of Iowa Visual Arts Building gallery E148
Ancestral Phone Booth (2018) at The University of Iowa Visual Arts Building in The Visual Arts Building sculpture Garden.
Ancestral Phone Booth (2018) at The University of Iowa Visual Arts Building in The Mauricio L. Lasansky and Emilia B Lasansky Atrium.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad Program: Tokyo (Philadelphia, PA)
Penn Lens Showcase (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Fine Arts First-Year Exhibition: “11/10” (Philadelphia, PA)
Slap Happy (Brooklyn, NY)
Hip-Hop Healing group exhibition (Iowa City, IA)
Shift: Light Leaked is an bi-monthly online photography magazine that creates community and dialogue.
STEAM Fest 2018. Terry Trueblood Center. (Iowa City, IA)
Symptomatic Process (Iowa City, IA)
16x16x16 Traveling Group Exhibition (University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA. University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS. Metropolitan Community College - Omaha, NE. Montana State University - Bozeman, MT)
We're A Grateful Bunch (Iowa City, IA)
4X5X10 (Iowa City, IA)
Incubation Series: Close Enough at the Lightbox Film Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad Program: Tokyo, Japan
The Heights, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
PennDesign Spotlight: Presentation on privilege, Chicago, and the convergence of community.
V103 Chicago segment, Chicago Speaks with Darryl Dennard on Kanye West, Chicago, and education
Hip-Hop Healing at Big Grove Brewery on black resilience, survivals guilt, and community
Hip-Hop Healing on KRUI Radio Iowa City, in conversation with Joshua Housing
"Somewhere is Here: Sumter County, Alabama,” presentation in conversation with Tameka J. Norris, Witching Hour festival, Iowa City, IA
The Mu Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at The University of Iowa
“A Beacon of Hope” for Phi Gamma Delta Magazine
Brother Spotlight: Sonnie Wooden in the Phi Gamma Delta graduate newsletter for the Mu Deuteron chapter
Sonnie Wooden & Joshua Housing in conversation with The Daily Iowan on race, socio-economic status, and privilege.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation: Student Arts Innovation Grant
University of Pennsylvania Masters of Fine Arts Departmental Grant
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation Travel Grant
"Farewell, Iowa" opinions column for The Daily Iowan
"The warmth of The Dandy Lion" opinions column for The Daily Iowan
"I hope God hears me cry" opinions column for The Daily Iowan
"Hawkeye fans need to demand more" opinions column for The Daily Iowan. The column became the second highest viewed online article in the past three years with 60,000 hits.
"Anthony Bourdain & America" opinions column for The Daily Iowan
"Drake’s only true competition is Drake himself" opinions column for The Daily Iowan
"Pseudo Liberals & Racism" personal essay in The Daily Iowan
Chicago: Neither Here, Nor There with The Daily Iowan on race, socio-economic status, and privilege.
P! Magazine for the Mu Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at The University of Iowa in collaboration with Sonnie Studios LLC
Staff photographer for The Daily Iowan newspaper
Pacemaker finalist and honorable mention from the Associated College Press for the story Chicago: Neither Here, Nor There.
The Light Factory - Honorable Mention in the Annuale 9 (Charlotte, NC)
Young Masters Award from Danny Wilcox Frazier of VII Photo agency, for photographic theory and practice while at The Daily Iowan Newspaper.
2018 - 2020
Teaching assistant for David Hartt’s class “Defense Against the Dark Arts” at the University of Pennsylvania.
Student council program representative for the Master of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Provide communication between the MFA’s to the student council board. Comments, ideas, and concerns are then taken to the larger governing body of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.
Student Ambassador for the Master of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
Photography lab monitor at the University of Pennsylvania. Oversee camera rentals, inventory, and developing room.
Creative consultant for Rowan. An LA based producer, sound engineer, rapper, and singer.
Creative Director of the Mu Deuteron chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. Head director of merchandise and logos, while overseeing chapter events from formals, philanthropies, and date parties.
Artist Assistant (video and photographic documentation), for National Endowment for the Arts awarded project by Tameka J Norris; in collaboration with Coleman Center for the Arts. (July 2017 - August 2017)
Volunteer Research Assistant at The University of Iowa Museum of Art. Worked remotely and communicated back to the museum weekly. Researched artist and objects for catalog descriptions. Research used for all UIMA public domain catalogs. Learned the importance of feedback and writing skills in the work place. (January 2017 - May 2017)
Founder of Sonnie Studios LLC. An art, concept, and design company focused on enhancing the lives of others through creation.
Co-Founder of Porous Photography Collective. Porous is a photography collective/agency focused on giving the photographer more power over their images and stories they tell.
2015 - 2016
Staff photographer for The Daily Iowan newspaper.