Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Visual Art

Solo Exhibitions


The World is the Teapot and the Cup, Platform Gallery, Seattle, Washington,


Queer the Materials! Fortify the Domestic! Stone the Hegemony!, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, Texas 

The Trouble with Last Year. Anthem Gallery, San Antonio, Texas


Skadüchi: Dispatches from Make-Believe, Boehm Gallery, Palomar Collage, San Marcos, CA


Curve of Forgetting, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, October

Taking Things Apart, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

A Column of Air Between Me and You, Terrain, Dallas, TX


UnspeciFic, Gallery 219, Eastfield College, Dallas, Texas


The Overuse of Everything, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas


You won't remember this because it isn't about you., The Art Depot, Lubbock, Texas

Group Exhibitions 


ComplicitCarneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas

Prohibitor, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, Texas

5th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, (Juror: Christina Rees) Art Space 111, Fort Worth, Texas


Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media, curators: Ginger Shulick Porcella, Kate McNamara, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California 


Fiction (with only daylight between us), curator: Jeffery Cortland Jones, Divisible, Dayton Ohio, Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany

Texas Draws: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, curator: Mary Mikel Stump, The Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX

Drawing Quote Unquote, curator: Lorraine Tady, Edith O'Donnell Visual Arts Gallery, University of Texas Dallas, Dallas, TX


Women's Work: Masculinity and Gender in Contemporary Fiber Arts, curator: Ginger Shulick Porcella, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

Déjà vu, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX

53rd Annual International Show, juror: David A. Ross, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

Every March and November, curator: Liliana Bloch, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX


The Artist's Alphabet, juror: Jodi Hays, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Art in the Metroplex, juror: Sara-Jayne Parsons, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas


Object! Object! Helmuth Projects, San Diego, California


Town and Country, Brand10 Art Space, Fort Worth, TX

Big and Bright: New Work from Texas, curator: Jessica McCambly, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA


Laid Bare, curator: Lara Bullock, The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, CA


No Rhyme or Reason, Ro2 Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Modular: Eric Eley, Patrick Schneider, David Willburn, curator: Ryder Richards, Richland College, Dallas

Temporary Occupants, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas


This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia: Jim Burton and David Willburn, Gallery 219 at Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

Thread Baring, curator: Andrea Avery, Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee

No. 3: What you do after No. 2, curator: Ryder Richards, RJP Nomadic Gallery, Marfa, Texas


Paper Jam, My House Gallery, Philadelphia

Your Favorite Artist Was a Member Here: 30 Years at 500X Gallery, 500X Gallery, Dallas

How else can I say this? Sarah Maxwell English and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas


Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, curator: David McFadden, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Inside Out, curator: Randall Garrett, Richland College, Dallas

Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine, curators: John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly, Good Good Things, Dallas

Translation: Dreams/Nightmares, Backroads Gallery, Damariscotta, Maine

99 Red Balloons was the Greatest Song Ever Written: Jim Burton and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas


New Embroidery, curators: Annin Barrett, Manya Shapiro, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon

All Together, Gallery 219, Mesquite, Texas

500X: Love Us for Good, Motel 3 Bungalow Project, San Antonio

Platform, curator: Simeen Farhat, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas

Direct, Northlake College, Irving, Texas

will you be mine? Lily Hanson and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas


Somebody: Simeen Farhat and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas

West Meets West, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland

Small Works Invitational, SoHo20 Gallery, New York

Missives - Visual Takes on Presumptive Thought, Broadway Gallery, New York City

New Texas Talent XII, curator: Nancy Cohen Israel, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas

Oppositions, Backroads Gallery, Damariscotta, Maine


Zemtsova, Maria, editor. “Editorial Selection of Works.” Art Maze Magazine, no. 5, 2017, pp. 126–127.

Link: Terranova, Charissa M., PhD. "The Object-Oriented Ontology of David Willburn's Embroidered Paintings." Peripheral Vision Arts. 27 Sept. 2016.

Popova, Ekaterina, Ed., and Maria Zemtsova, Ed. Fresh Paint Magazine 13 June 2016. Print.

Bullock, Lara, and Lauren Lockhart. Object Object!: A Selection of Smaller Works. San Diego: Good Good Things, 2013. Print.

Peter, Simek. "Doroshenko Era Launches at Contemporary with Theatrics." Review. D Magazine Feb. 2011. D Magazine: Front Row. 24 Feb. 2011. Web.

Joseph-Lowery, Frédérique. "Embroidery Goes Contemporary." Art Press 352 Jan. 2009. Print.

Gupta, Anjali, Ed. "Visual Space: 500X Gallery." Editorial. Art Lies 56 Winter 2008/09. Print.

McFadden, David R,. Pricked: Extreme Embroidery. New York City: Museum of Arts and Design, 2007. Print.

Barrett, Annin, and Namita Gupta-Wiggers. New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma's Doily. Portland: Museum of Contemporary Craft, 2006. Print.


Juror's Selection, 5th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Art Space 111, Fort Worth, TX

Juror's Selection: Best in Show: The Artist's Alphabet, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

Beth Lea Clardy Award, Art in the Metroplex, Fort Worth, TX

Cecil Wallace Fordham Award in Visual Art, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX


Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts 

University of Texas at Dallas (Arts and Technology), Richardson, Texas

Private collections in Fort Worth, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, and New York City

Gallery Affiliations

Platform Gallery, Seattle, Washington