New York University, New York, NY; M. A. 1968

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH; B.A.  1964


National Endowment for the Arts, Painting,  1989

New York Foundation for the Arts, Painting, 1988

CAPS Grant ,  Graphics,  1978

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1964


2019 Lesley Heller Gallery, “Topsy-Turvy”, New York, NY

2010    M55 Art, “Works on Paper 1970’s-2010” Long Island City, NY

2009    M55 Art, “Paintings and Drawings”, Long Island City, NY

2007    Bowery Poetry Club, Selected Heads-Small Paintings 1977-2007, New York, NY

2007    55 Mercer Gallery,  “Grid Heads +; Paintings, Drawings & Masks”, New York, NY

2004    Fischbach Gallery, “Masks 1976 - 2004”, New York, NY

2004     Bowery Poetry Club, “Selected Masks, 1976-2004”, New York, NY






1984     LAWRENCE OLIVER GALLERY, Philadelphia, PA

1984     PAM ADLER GALLERY, New York, NY


1982     LAWRENCE OLIVER GALLERY, Philadelphia, PA


1981     PAM ADLER GALLERY, New York, NY

1980     PAM ADLER GALLERY, New York, NY

1979     PAM ADLER GALLERY, New York, NY

1977     FRANKLIN FURNACE,  New York, NY



2011      VIT Gallery, “Two Lines of Sight, Jeff Way & Carolyn Oberst, Seoul, South Korea

2008    Whitewater Gallery, “Town and Country”, Carolyn Oberst & Jeff Way, East Hardwick, VT


2019 Iberian International Mask Festival, Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

2017-18 Mitchell Algus Gallery, “FOTG”, New York, NY

2017 Artists Space, Alexander and Bonin, Pearl River Mart, “Social Surfaces” New York, NY

2016    Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Zombie Formalism”, New York, NY

2016    Karyn Mannix Studio, “What Becomes a Legend Most”, East Hampton, NY

2016    Kerry Schuss Gallery, ”Drawing”, New York, NY

2016    Sidney Misken Gallery, Baruch College, “Small Works”, New York, NY

2016    Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Concept, Performance, Documentation, Language”, New York, NY

2015    Art & Design Faculty, Fashion Institute of Technology, “New Views”, New York , NY

2014    Art & Design Faculty, Fashion Institute of Technology, ”New Views”, New York, NY

2010    M55 Art Gallery, “Drawing on Paper”,  Long Island City, NY

2009   Boca Raton Museum of Art, “Expanding Boundaries: Lyrical Abstraction", Boca Raton, FL

2009   The Museum at FIT, “Metallic”, New York, NY

2008   M55 ART Gallery, “Inaugural Exhibition", Long Island City, NY

2008   Salena Gallery, Long Island University, “What’s In a Face?”, Brooklyn, NY

2007   The Museum at FIT, “Imagined Sites”, New York , NY

2004   Gallery Vietnam, “Tribeca Film Festival Awards Exhibit”, New York, NY

2004   K.S. Art, “Colored Pencil”, New York, NY

2004   The Painting Center, “The Anxious Image”, New York, NY

2004   The Museum at FIT, "Schools of Thought”, New York, NY

2004   Westbeth Gallery, “SigelReeseWay”, New York, NY

2003   K.S. Art, “Ballpoint Inklings”, New York, NY

2003   The Museum at FIT, “The Convergence of Art and Poetry”,  New York, NY

2003   JVC Jazz Festival at Jazz Gallery, “Jazz- Rhythm, Color, and Harmony”,  New York, NY

2002   The Museum at FIT, “FIT Art & Design Faculty: Works on Paper”,  New York, NY

2001    Fairbanks Museum, “Face to Face: The Power and Play of Masks”, St.Johnsbury, VT

1999    Margaret Bodell Gallery, “LTD”, New York, NY

1995    The New Museum, “Temporarily Possessed”, New York, NY

1995    Alternative Museum, "National Showcase", New York, NY                                                                                                                                                                   

1995    Contemporary Arts Museum, “2XImmortal: Elvis + Marilyn”, Houston, TX

1994    Institute of Contemporary Art, “2X Immortal: Elvis + Marilyn”, Boston, MA

1991     Anderson Galleries Virginia Commonwealth, “Private Stories”, Richmond, VA

1990    Catamount Arts Center, “Insider Art”, St. Johnsbury, VT

1988    The Drawing Center, “Influences From the Untaught, Contemporary Drawings”, New York, NY

1987    Park Avenue Atrium, “Light: Illumination In Art”, New York, NY

1987    Cavin Morris Gallery, “Neo-Alchemy”, New York, NY

1987    Mary Delahoyd Gallery, “Out of the Ordinary”, New York, NY

1986    Zeus-Trabia Gallery, “American Indian Portraits”, New York, NY

1986    Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, NY

1986    Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, “Contemporary Primitivism”, Colorado Springs, CO

1985    Park Avenue Atrium, “Mask”, New York, NY

1985    Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY

1984 - 1985   Whitney Museum, Phillip Morris Branch, “Masks”, New York, NY

1983    Castiglioncello - Voltera, “Art/Itinera 83 Persistenza Della Pittura”, Tuscany, Italy

1983    University of Colorado Art Galleries, “Face It, Ten Contemporary Artists”, Boulder, CO

1982    Pratt Institute Manhattan Center, “Partitions”, New York, NY

1982 - 1983   Barbara Gladstone Gallery, “Cruciform”, New York, NY

1982    The Institute for Art & Urban Resources, PS 1, “Beast, Animal Imagery in Recent Painting”, New York, NY

1982    Barbara Toll Fine Arts, “By the Sea”, New York, NY

1982    Institute of Contemporary Art, “Art Materialized”, Philadelphia, PA

1982    Institute for Art & Urban Resources, PS 1, “Critical Perspectives”, New York, NY

1980    The Contemporary Arts Center, “From Performance”, Cincinnati, OH

1979     Hallwalls, “Four Artists”, Buffalo, NY

1979     Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, “Visionary Images”, Chicago, IL

1978     The New Museum, “New Work/New York”, New York, NY

1978     Carl Solway Gallery, New York, NY

1973     Whitney Museum of American Art, “Biennial Exhibition”, New York, NY

1971      Whitney Museum of American Art, “Lyrical Abstraction", New York, NY

1970     Kornblee Gallery, “Three Artists”, New York, NY


2009 The Anne Hill Blanchard Symposium: Uncommon Artists XVII; Ernest “Popeye” Reed; Outsider Art Fair; THE MART; New York, JY

2003 Bowery Poetry Club; “A Night At the Rebel Cafe”, Sets, Costumes Masks, and Poster Design; New York, NY

1989 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY

1989 Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

1989 “ Poet”s Theater Festival”, St. Marks Church, New York, NY

1987 Dixon Place, New York, NY

1987 Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

1986 Gray Art Gallery, Jenkins Fine Arts Center, E. Carolina University, Greenville, NC

1986 Maryland Institute of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Maryland

1985 Whitney Museum, Phillip Morris Branch, New York, NY

1983 Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

1983 “Ubu Review”, Medicine Show Theater, New York, NY

1983 Danceteria, New York, NY

1983 University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.

1982 Southern Ohio Art Center, Portsmouth, Ohio

1982 Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.

1982 Carboro Art Center, Chapel Hill, NC

1982 Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York, NY

1982 Pratt Manhattan Center, New York, NY

1982 Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.

1981 “Performance Festival” Public Arts International, New York, NY

1980 “Customs and Culture”, U. S. Customs House, New York, NY

1980 “From Performance”, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

1979" “ New Work, New York”, The New Museum, New York, NY

1979 Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

1978 Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

1977 “Contemporary Masks”, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

1975 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1974 Artists Space, New York, NY

1973 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca.

1973 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, Ca.


Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

Otis Elevator Corporation, New York, NY

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

American Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, New York , NY

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Schroeder Bank, New York, NY

Banco Di Napoli, New York, NY

Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York, NY

Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

The New Museum, New York, NY

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH


Schjeldahl, Peter, “Zombie Formalism, 1970-2016”, The New Yorker, Dec. 12, 2016

Morgan, Nicholas Chittenden,  “Zombie Formalism, 1970-2016”, ARTFORUM online, Critics’ Picks, Dec. 2016     

Browne, Lynn and Browne, Margaret; The Anne Hill Blanchard Symposium: Uncommon Artists XVII; Folk Art Messenger; Spring/Summer 2009, pp. 34-35

Smith, Roberta;  “Masks, 1976-2004”, New York Times, Dec. 17, 2004

Goddard, Donald;  “SIGELREECEWAY: An Exhibition by Barry “Butch” Sigel, Jesse Reece, Jeff Way, April 11, 2004

Naves, Mario; Ross Neher and Jeff Way at Mitchell Algus Gallery; The Observer; Sept. 30, 2002; p.18

Rexer, Lyle; “The Pen: Mightier Than You Thought”; New York Times; April 13, 2003; p. 31

Rexer, Lyle; “Ross Neher and Jeff Way at Mitchell Algus”; Art in America; Feb. 2003; p. 118

Rexer, Lyle; “Abstract Paintings: 1970-71”; Review; April 15, 1998; pp.6-7

Brenson, Michael, “Influences From the Untaught: Contemporary Drawings”, New York Times; Nov. 14, 1982

Hernandez, Miriam, “Barbara Sandler and Jeff Way Present American Indian Portraits at Zeus-Trabia”, Downtown, Dec.10, 1986, pp. 16-17

Bowman, Mieke, Kenyon Alumni Bulletin, March 1986, pp.12-13

Warren, Ron, “Jeff Way”, Arts, May 1984, p. 45 (illus.)

Cohen, Ronny, “Star Quality”, Portfolio, Sept.- Oct. , pp.80-87

Stein, Donna, “Photography and Printmaking”, Print Review 16, 1983, p. 14

Glueck, Grace, “Of Beasts and Humans: Some Contemporary Views”, New York Times, Nov. 14, 1982

Tucker, Marcia, “An Iconography of Recent Figurative Painting”, Artforum, Summer 1982, p. 71 (illus.)

Flood, Richard, Artforum, January 1982, pp. 80-81 (illus.)

Ratcliff, Carter, Art In America, November 1981, pp.167-168 (illus.)

Westfall, Stephen, Arts, December 1981, p. 11 (illus.)

Nadelman, Cynthia, Art News, January 1982, p. 174 (illus.)

Kuspit, Donald, “Critical Perspectives: P.S.1.” Artforum, April 1982, p.81

Barkan, J. / Friedman, J., “The Beast in Question”, Arts, April 1981, pp. 130-134

Rickey, Carrie, Village Voice,  April 28, 1980, p. 81

Rickey, Carrie, “Naive Nouveau and Its Malcontents”, Flash Art, Summer 1980, pp.36-39 (illus.)

Trebay, Guy, “Adventures of the Shamans and Other Unnatural Acts”, Village Voice, (centerfold section), May 21-27, 1980

Larson, Kay, “Through the Masks Darkly”,  Village Voice, June 2,1980, p.86 (illus.)

Westfall, Stephen,  Arts, June 1980, p. 11, (illus.)

Ashbury, John, “Decoration Days”, New York Magazine, July 2, 1979, pp. 52-52

Anderson, Alexandra, “Painting By the Yard”,  The Soho News, June 28, 1979, p. 31

Westfall, Stephen,  Arts, June 1980, p. 11, (illus.)

Zimmer, William, Soho News, April 23, 1980, p. 60

Ashbury, John, “Decoration Days”, New York Magazine, July 2, 1979, pp. 52-52

Rockwell, John, “Customs House Is Setting For a World of New Arts”,  New York Times, May 4, 1979, pp. C1-C2

Bradley, Laurel, Arts, March 1979, p. 35 (illus.)

Zimmer, William, “Way Out”, Soho Weekly News, January 11, 1979 (illus.)

Ratcliff, Carter, “New York Review”, Art International, Oct. 1978, pp. 53-54

Frank, Peter, “To Be Young Gifted and Avant-Garde”, Village Voice, July 3, 1978, p.84

Zucker, Barbara, Arts , September 1977, p.37

Zucker, Barbara, Art News, March 1975, pp.110-111

Horowitz, Leonard, “Chief With Cherries”, Soho Weekly News, Dec. 19, 1974, p.14


Two Lines of Sight;  VIT Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; 2011

How To Look At Outsider Art; by Lyle Rexer; Abrams; 2005; page 166

The Anxious Image, Curated by David Sharpe and Jimmy Wright; The Painting Center; New York, NY, 2004

ELVIS + MARILYN: 2X Immortal, edited by Geri DePaoli and Wendy McDaris, Rizzoli International Publishing, 1994

Private Stories, Selections From the de la Bourde Collection, Essay by Leslie Brothers, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, 1991

Influences From the Untaught: Contemporay Drawings, The Drawing Center, Introduction by Benny Andrews, Statements by the Artists, 1988

Art Itinera 83,Persistenzia Della Pittura, essay by Antonio Del Guercio, De Luca Editore, Rome, 1983

Critical Perspectives, P.S.1, essays by 8 critic/curators: Burnham, Cohen, Deak, etc., 1982

Art Materialized, a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators Inc., Essays by Sarah McFadden and Carter Ratcliff, 1982

Face It: 10 Contemporary Artists, traveling exhibition circulated by Ohio Foundation on the Arts, Essay by William Olander, 1982

Animals In the Arsenal, the Arsenal Gallery New York, N.Y., Essay by Joanne Barkan and Jon R. Friedman, 1981

From Performance, Essay by Robert Stearns, The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1980

Visionary Images, The Renaissance Society of the Univ. of Chicago, Essay by Carter Ratcliff, 1979

New Work, New York,  The New Museum, Essay by Alan Schwartzman, 1978

Contemporary American Art-1973 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1973

Lyrical Abstraction, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971