Glenn Sonnie Wooden

Sonnieone.com

 

Education

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

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018

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

2018

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)

2017

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)

2016

We're A Grateful Bunch (Iowa City, IA)

4X5X10 (Iowa City, IA) 

 

Residency

2018

The Heights, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Artist Talks

2018

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 

2017

"Somewhere is Here: Sumter County, Alabama,” presentation in conversation with Tameka J. Norris, Witching Hour festival, Iowa City, IA

 

Collections

2017

The Mu Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at The University of Iowa

 

Media

2018

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.

Grants

2018

The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation Travel Grant

 

Publications

2018

"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.

2017

P! Magazine for the Mu Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at The University of Iowa in collaboration with Sonnie Studios LLC

2015-2016

Staff photographer for The Daily Iowan newspaper

 

Accolades

2018

Pacemaker finalist and honorable mention from the Associated College Press for the story Chicago: Neither Here, Nor There.

2017

The Light Factory - Honorable Mention in the Annuale 9 (Charlotte, NC)

2016

Young Masters Award from Danny Wilcox Frazier for of VII Photo agency, for photographic theory and practice while at The Daily Iowan Newspaper.

 

Professional Experience 

2018

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.

Photography lab monitor at The University of Iowa. Oversee camera rentals, student printing, and inventory. Provide troubleshooting of Epson printers. Managed print queue and print purchases.

Darkroom Monitor at The University of Iowa. Oversee the students using the darkroom. Prepare batches of working solutions for developing film and prints. Also, maintained and oversaw the cleanliness of the darkroom.

2017

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)

Photography lab monitor at The University of Iowa. Oversee camera rentals, student printing, and inventory. Provide troubleshooting of Epson printers. Managed print queue and print purchases.

Darkroom Monitor at The University of Iowa. Oversee the students using the darkroom. Prepare batches of working solutions for developing film and prints. Also, maintained and oversaw the cleanliness of the darkroom.

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. 

Elite member of Founders Club for generating over $5,000 in company revenue within a year. Founders Club is a business program for students pursuing the creation of a startup while attending The University of Iowa.

2015 - 2016

Staff photographer for The Daily Iowan newspaper.

Sales Associate at University Camera. Worked in the developing of analog photo methods. Maintained order of the sales floor and displays. Answered phones to process orders. Lastly, learned the etiquette of retail and the basics of being in sales.