1957 Born Phoenix, Arizona

1957-1975 Raised in Arizona, father a surgeon, mother a woman's rights advocate, the third oldest of eight children, showed interest in painting and drawing at early age

1975 Graduated high school worked in copper mines earning money for travel

1975 Traveled in Europe for eight months

1976 Returned to the US began study at San Francisco Art Institute

1980 BFA, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute Graduation Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute
Annual Spring Show
, First Prize in Drawing

1980-1983 Lived and worked in San Francisco

1983 Attend University Of New Mexico Graduate School in Painting

1985 MA, Painting, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Met and studied under Paul Wonner, Bay Area Figurative Artist

1986 MFA, Painting, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

1986 Exhibited University Art Museum, Awarded Jonson Prize Moved to New York City

1988 Married Artist/Photographer Ellen Garvens in Madrid, Spain

1987-1992 Taught at The College of New Rochelle and Westchester CC.

1992 Exhibited at Darby/Cardonsky Gallery, CT, Reviewed in New York Times

1993 Lectured at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

1994 Son Cole born
New York Exhibition, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1995 Moved to Seattle, WA

1995-1996 Visiting Professor, Bowdoin College, Maine
Certain Uncertainties, Bowdoin College Art Museum

1997 Jim Phalen, Paintings 1990-97
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Visiting Professor, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Faculty Work Exhibition, Cornish College of the Arts
Artist Trust Grant, Seattle, WA
Visiting Professor, University of Puget Sound

1998 New American Painting, Boston, MA

1998-1999 Visiting Professor, University of Puget Sound
Jim Phalen, Paintings Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA

1999 Son Mason born

2000 Jim Phalen / Robert Arneson John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Jim Phalen, Still Lifes, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, SF, CA
Washington State / Artist Trust Grant, $5500
Pollock / Krasner Foundation Grant, $15,000

2001 Visiting Professor, University of Washington, Rome Program, Italy Lectured at University of Washington
Realism Invitational, Van De Griff/Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Figure Eight, Diane Nelson Fine Art, Long Beach, CA

2002-2003 Jim Phalen, Undercurrents of the Commonplace, Paintings,Sculpture and Drawings, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2003 New American Painting, Boston, MA

Adjunct Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

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