• ​It Takes A Nation. the Kaizen, American University Museum, College of Arts and Sciences. Washington, DC, 2016
  • AfriCobra Now: An Aesthetic Reflection. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts Culture, Charlotte, NC, 2015
  • 32nd - 45th Annual Faculty Exhibition. Blackburn University jCenter Gallery, Howard University, Washington, DC, 2002 to 2015.
  • Twenty From Ten: 20/10 - 20 Artists, 10 Years - New Door Celebrates A Decade. New Door Creative, Baltimore, MD. December 6, 2014 - January 3, 2015.
  • The Dianne Whitfield-Locke & Carnell Locke Collection - Building on Tradition. Hampton University Museum. Hampton, VA. Fall 2013-Spring 2014.
  • RHYTHM-A-NING: James Phillips, Charles Searles and Frank Smith Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts Culture, Charlotte, NC, 2012
  • Abstracts Decker Gallery. Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, Maryland. Spring 2011.
  • MICA Takes Flight Reagan National Airport. Gallery Walk – Terminal A. Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, Maryland. Winter 2010.
  • AfriCobra and the Chicago Black Arts Movement Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University Chicago, IL, 2010
  • Beyond the Blues: Reflections on African America From the Fine Arts Collection of the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, 2010.
  • Iyare: Splendor and Tension in Benin’s Palace Theater.University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008-2009
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Maryland Art Place. Annual Benefit Exhibition,   Auction and Gala. Baltimore, MD, 2008
  • Transmutations: MICA Alumni American Masters of TransformationNew Door Creative Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2008
  • 6th Annual Curators’ Incubator – AFRIKATALYSTMaryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD, 2008
  • Artists for Obama: Restoration of America International Visions – The Gallery, Washington, DC, 2008
  • Visions and Voices: Recent Work of the Howard University FacultyParish Gallery, Washington, DC 2008
  • Cowans, Harris, PhillipsInternational Visions – The Gallery, Washington, DC 2008
  • Highlights from the David C. Driskell Center Permanent CollectionDavid C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2008
  • AfriCobra: Liberated ImagesCommunity Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2007-2008
  • AfriCobra: African American Art Rooted in AfricaHampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, 2007 
  • Holding Our Own: The Collectors Club of Washington, DCDavid C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2006-2007 Pepco, Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC, 2007
  • Six of Six    Fifteen Years – Transnational Aesthetic CelebrationParish Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC, 2006  
  • Silent Voices, Loud EchoesAfrican American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Riffs and Rhythm: Abstract Forms/Lived RealitiesJames E. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, 2006  
  • Conversation/Influence and Collaboration in Contemporary ArtEvergreen House, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003-2004
  • A Language of Pattern: Mali as a Medium McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Virginia, 2003
  • Blackness in Color: Visual Expressions of the Black Arts MovementCornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2000
  • James Phillips and Wadsworth JarrellRush Art Gallery, NewYork, New York, 1999
  • Locating the Spirit:  Religion and Spirituality in African American Art Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution,   1999
  • Seeing Jazz (traveling exhibition)Smithsonian Institution, 1997-99  
  • Black New York Artists of the 20th Century Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, New York, 1998
  • Yoruba DiasporasOctober Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 1997-98  
  • TransAfrican Art Invitational Exhibition       Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida, 1997
  • No Middle GroundMuseum of Arts and Industries, Chicago, Illinois, 1992
  • AfriCobra Traveling Exhibit1991 92: Clemson University; Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Winston Salem State; Hickory Museum, Hickory, NC; Florida A&M University; Pennsylvania State University; Afro American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC; Indiana State University
  • Joe Sam, James Phillips, Arthur Monroe, Dewey Crumpler, Stephen Von Mason XYZ Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1990  
  • Traditional Soundings: Joe Oddo and James Phillips at Mid Career Weigand Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA, 1990
  • Shaping The Spirit: The African American Art of Charles Abramson, Senga Nengudi and James Phillips Capp Street Project/AVT Experimental Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1990  
  • Art Against ApartheidWestbeth Gallery, New York, NY, 1989
  • AfriCobra/FromajeHoward University, Washington, DC, 1989
  • Ancient Symbols, Images, Myths and Modern ConceptsMuseo Civico De'arts Contempranea, Di Gibellino (Palermo), Italy, 1989
  • Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse In African American ArtDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, 1989-90; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1990; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1990
  • AfriCobra: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Wall HangingsFay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1988
  • Negritude SEMAC 16eme Festiva, Fort de France, Martinique, 1987  
  • Tradition and Conflict 1963 1973  The Hechsher Museum, Huntington, NY  Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 1986  Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 1985
  • Chain ReactionSan Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1985
  • Artists Against ApartheidSargent Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1985
  • Since The Harlem Renaissance: 50 Years of Afro American ArtThe Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD;  The Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY;  The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA; The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1985; The Center Gallery of Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; The Amelie A. Wallace Art Gallery, The State University of New York, College at Westbury, NY, 1984
  • AfriCobra FarafinduguUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD, 1985
  • Color BlackBerkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, CA, 1985
  • Visiting Faculty ExhibitionUniversity of California, Berkeley, CA, 1983 84
  • Artists of the EightiesLos Angeles County Fair, Fine Arts Building, Pomona, CA, 1983
  • Correlations of Painting and Afro American Classical MusicKenkeleba House Gallery, New York, NY, 1983
  • Canvas Rhythms (exhibition)University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1983
  • Third World Festival of African Diaspora (exhibition)Surinam, 1982
  • Second New World Festival of the African Diaspora (exhibition)Port au Prince, Haiti, 1979
  • Universal Units (exhibition)Afro American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
  • 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and CultureLagos, Nigeria, 1977
  • Howard University Art Faculty Exhibition Howard University, Washington, DC, 1974, 1975, 1976
  • Jubilee Afro American Artist on Afro American ArtMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1976
  • Levels and Degrees (exhibition)Fisk University, Nashville, TN, 1974
  • Directions in Afro American ArtH. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1974
  • Resurrection 1 (exhibition)Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 1971

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