Jim Graham is currently an Instructor of Painting at Southeastern Louisiana University. Originally from Palm Bay Florida, Graham received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 2009 from Florida State University along with a minor in Art History. Graham later went on to receive his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he was an instructor of both beginning and advances courses in painting from 2010-2013. In Illinois Graham actively showed work in both independent galleries and public art centers in Chicago and throughout the country. His work has been presented and discussed in public forums on several occasions, most notably with guest critic Hamza Walker, Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include group shows at the Zhou B. Art Center and Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago along with shows at the Lexington Art League in Kentucky and a return visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee Florida. Graham was also recently the recipient of two competitive grants, the Helen E. Platt Blake Foundation Visual Arts Grant in 2011 and with the Creative and Performing arts Visual Arts Fellowship in 2012.