About Vandorn

Vandorn Hinnant; painter, sculptor, poet, and educational consultant resides in Durham NC, USA. He received a BA in Art Design from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro NC, and studied sculpture at UNC-Greensboro. His works of art are in private collections in Africa, North America, and Europe, and in public collections across North America.

He leads hands-on experiential workshops on “The Geometry of Art and Life” for learners of all ages. He is co-author (with Robert L. Powell, Sr and Jr) of the book: The Rest Of Euclid“; a definitive treatise on the long overlooked implications of proposition one in Volume One of “Euclid’s Elements“.

He has served as guest curator of exhibitions, as juror of many fine art competitions, and guest lectured at colleges and universities. He serves as an independent  arts educational consultant working with both youth and adult learners. Currently the artist is developing sculpture maquettes (models) to be fabricated into permanent materials.

Abbreviated Listing of Solo Exhibitions:

  • “Of Numbers and Other Mysteries”, Delta Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem NC, 3 August – 26 September 2009
  • Artist’s Pavillion/ART EXPO International, Javitz Center, New York NY, March 2004
  • Lyda Moore  Merrick Gallery, “There Is Something I am Trying To Say”, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham NC, October – November 2002
  • Delta Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem NC,  “Perseverance”,  April – June 2001
  • “Phi Singing”, Elon College, Fine Arts Building, Elon NC, August 1999 – May 2000
  • Installation:  “Pattern: Reflection of Universal Order” at PROJECT ROW HOUSES, Houston TX, April 1999 – October 1999
  • Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville NC, “Illuminations”, January-February 1998
  • Harrison Museum of African-American Culture, “Vandorn Hinnant: Selected Works” Roanoke VA, May -Aug 1996
  • Chelsea Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC, “Of Sign and Symbol”, August-September 1994
  • Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem NC, “Space Summoning, July-August 1993
  • Hammonds House Galleries, Atlanta GA, “Expanded Visions: Works by Vandorn Hinnant”, January-March 1993
  • African American Cultural Center, NC State Univ., Raleigh NC, “Vandorn Hinnant: 10 Years of Work”, July-August 1992
  • Vandorn Hinnant, New Paintings, UBIQUITOUS Gallery, Charlotte NC, March 1991
  • Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro NC, “Vandorn Hinnant: Recent Work”, September-November 1990
  • Duke University, Institute for the Arts, Durham NC, November 1988
  • Winston-Salem State University, Fine Arts Gallery, Winston-Salem NC, February-March 1986     

Abbreviated Listing of Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • “Rhythm of Structure:” The Bowery and Beyond”, Antioch College, Yellow Springs OH, Sept – Nov 2011
  • “Rhythm of Structure:” The Bowery and Beyond”, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota FL, January – April 2010
  • “Rhythm of Structure: Squares and Circles (John Hiigli/Vandorn Hinnant)”, Bowery Poetry Club NYC, Sept 11 – Oct 12, 2009
  • “Rhythm of Structure: The Atomic Cartesian MathArt Hive”, Bowery Poetry Club NYC, Nov 20 – Dec 22, 2009
  • 9th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ARTISTS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art Exhibition at the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture, and History, January 15 – March 30, 2007
  • “ELEMENTS: Ancient Cosmology-Modern Interpretations”, Green Hill Ctr for NC Art, Greensboro NC, April-June 2006
  • “Blurring Racial Boundaries”, Salem College, Winston-Salem NC, Summer 2006
  • ASCENSION: Works by North Carolina African American Visual Artists, DIGGS GALLERY, Winston-Salem Sate University, Summer 2004–Spring 2005
  • *The National Conference of Artists’ 46th Annual Conference Exhibition: “Creative Energy and Enduring Spirit”, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham  NC, 30 March –13 May, 2005
  • “Rhythm of Structure: THE MATHEMATICAL AESTHETIC”:  Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York NY,         June 2, to July 24, 2004
  • Woodruff Library Gallery, “The Art & Math of the Fractal”, Morehouse College, Atlanta GA, February 2004
  • National Museum Accra, “Renewing Our Spiritual Connection” 13th Annual NCA Exhibition, Accra, Ghana, July – August 2002
  • City Gallery East, “African American Abstraction”, Atlanta GA, June-July 2000
  • Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro NC, “Altars In Open Space”, January-February 1999
  • “Sacred Places: Design in Liturgy”, Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery, University of Cincinnati, 17 Oct-26 Nov 1997
  • SECCA, Winston-Salem NC, “Triad Artists Exhibition”, April 10-July 7, 1996
  • Noel Fine Art Acquisitions, Charlotte NC, “Southern Ties; Two Generations Of African American Artists United By Their Southern Heritage”, July 3 – August 15, 1996
  • Camille Love Gallery, Atlanta GA, “Black Art Defined and Redefined”, June 14- July 7, 1996
  • National Arts Club, “Contemporary African American Artists 1980-1994”, New York NY, November 10-27, 1994
  • San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, “Collective Memories: Art from the African Diaspora”, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco CA, August 1994
  • SECCA, “NC Arts Council 1993-94 Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition”, Winston-Salem NC, January-April 1994
  • National Arts Club, “NC in New York”, New York NY, November 1993
  • “Black Nativity: Spirituality in Contemporary African American Art”, Hughley Gallery, Atlanta GA, December 1991
  • Atlanta Life Insurance Company’s 10th Annual Competitive Exhibition, Atlanta Ga, Feb. – March 1990; Purchase Award
  • “Collaboration: Art by Members of Collaborations in the Creative and Sacred”, CCB Galleries, Durham NC, Jan-Feb 1990
  • Saint John’s Museum of Art, Wilmington NC, October 1984
  • North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC, “Afro-American Artists, NC, USA”, November-December 1980

Reviewed in:

  • The International Review of African American Art, “Rhythm Of Structure: MathArt in the African Diaspora”, Volume 19/#3, 2004
  • The Art of Well Being, “Artist Vandorn Hinnant: Making Other Realities Visible” (by Mirka Knaster), Fall 2001
  • Fayetteville Observer-Times, Fayetteville NC, “Artistic Approaches…”, 11 January 1998
  • The International Review of African American Art, “Fresh Paint! National Scene“, Volume 13/ #4, 1997
  • American Visions, The Magazine of Afro-American Culture, “Portfolio: Nine Artists to Watch“, August-Sept. 1993
  • The Winston-Salem Journal, “Golden Mean: Artist Explores Nature of Things“, August 1993
  • Triad Style, “Hinnant Show Shines Like ‘Rare Diamond’“, Previews, 4 August 1993
  • Creative Loafing, “Art Review: Drawing Board“, Atlanta Ga, February 20, 1993
  • The Atlanta Constitution, “Vandorn Hinnant: Expanded Visions, Visual Arts Review“, 12 February 1993
  • Greensboro News and Record, “Artist Has Made Total Commitment to His Art“, Feature article, 28 January 1990
  • Asheville Citizen-Times, “Artist’s Metaphysical Paintings Map Out Search for Sublime“, 2 September 1990
  • The Chronicle (Duke University Publication), “Further Explorations Merge Creative and Sacred“, November 1988

Abbreviated Listing of Works in Private Collections:

  • Dr. Alma Adams; Greensboro, NC
  • Dr. Juanita H. Archer; Marlow Heights, MD
  • Mr. Dallas Austin; Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. Cheryl Banks; Ervine, CA
  • Mr. Eric Bibb; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mr. & Mrs. John & Hazel Biggers; Houston, TX
  • Ms. Manuela Brochin; Bern, Switzerland
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Brooks; Washington, DC
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Buchannan; Riverdale, GA
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Burton; Riverdale, GA
  • Mr. Fred Canada; Berlin; Germany
  • Ms. Sarita Cathcart; Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Billy & Barbara Coble; Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. Rise Collins; Houston, TX
  • Ms. Gianeen Kira Courrier; Minneapolis, MN
  • Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Deane; Los Angeles, CA/London, England
  • Ms Marilyn Doby; Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Lee Echols; Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. Betty Emarita; Minneapolis, MN
  • Mrs. Eunice Dudley; Kernersville. NC
  • Prof. Kojo Fosu; Accra, Ghana
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Finch; Long Island, NY
  • Mr. Andrew F. French; New York NY
  • Mr. & Mrs. William & Quiana Frost; San Francisco, CA
  • Atty. Henry & Mrs. Shirly Fry; Greensboro, NC
  • Ms. Adrienne Grant; Silver Springs, MD
  • Ms. Marion Griffiths; Brooklyn, NY
  • Mr. Rudolph Kumasi Hampton; Cincinnati, OH
  • Mr. Bob Hansel; Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. Julliette Harris; Hampton, VA
  • Ms. Paulette Holyfield; Atlanta, GA
  • Miss Alma lrving; San Francisco, CA
  • Atty. Karen Jackson; Philadelphia, PA
  • Dr. & Mrs. Martin Jeffries; Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. Bill Jones, Jr.; Durham, NC
  • Mr. Robert A. Jones; High Point, NC
  • Mr. Willard Jones; Washington, DC
  • Ms. Gloria Karpinsky; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Mr. & Mrs. Keith Lane; New York, NY
  • Ms. Valeria Lee; Rocky Mount, NC
  • Ms. Camille Russell Love; Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. Montra May; Kennesaw, GA
  • Ms. Patricia Grace Mauney; Charlotte, NC
  • Mr. Bob McAdoo; Miami, FL
  • Ms. Jackie McCray; Cincinnati, OH
  • Mr. & Mrs. Henry & Donna Moore; Savannah, GA
  • Dr. Iris Morton; Silver Spring, MD
  • Mr. Alton Myers; Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. B.E. Noel; New York, NY
  • Mrs. Belinda Norman; Hoboken, NJ
  • Prof. & Mrs. Benjamin & Joan Offei Nyako; Accra, Ghana
  • Dr. & Mrs. Stewart & Ginnie Pett; Albuquerque, NM
  • Mr. Pete Pucci; New York, NY
  • Dr. Charles Lewis Richards; Del Mar, CA
  • Dr. & Mrs. George & Marilu Robbins; Houston, TX
  • Ms. Regina L. Saunders; San Francisco, CA
  • Mr. Eric Tye Smith; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mr. Mel Soloman; Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Kitty Spivak; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mr. Russell Stern; New York, NY
  • Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Brenda Thompson
  • Ms. Belinda A. Tate; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Dr. Cassandra L. Wanzo; Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Graham Walford; Oak Ridge, TN
  • Atty. & Mrs. Mel Watt; Charlotte, NC
  • Mr. Walter Wells; Phoenix, AZ
  • Mr. Nathaniel B. White, Jr.; Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Keith Williams; Alexandria, VA
  • Mr. Scott Williams; Los Angeles, CA
  • Mrs. Patricia Yancy & Senator Bill Martin; Greensboro, NC


Works in Public Collections:

Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Roanoke VA

NC Museum of Art Foundation, Raleigh, NC

Miller Brewing Company, Cincinnati, OH

The NC Governor’s Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Raleigh, NC

Hammonds House Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Mutual Saving & Loan Association, Durham

Arts Council of Wilson, NC

Bennett College, Greensboro, NC

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, NC

American Speedy Printing, Waynesville, NC

Center of Earth Gallery & Studios, Charlotte, NC

Atlanta International Airport (Paschall’s Concessions)

Simple Elegance, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC

Belk of Monroe, Monroe, NC

Guilford College, Greensboro NC

Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA,

Capital Broadcasting Company, Inc., Raleigh, NC

NationsBank, Charlotte, NC

Henley Paper Company, Greensboro, NC

James River Corporation, Southampton, PA

Home Savings Bank, SSB, Washington, NC

College Place Restaurant; Two First Union Center, Charlotte, NC

Jefferson Pilot Corporation, Greensboro, NC

USAir, Charlotte, NC

Venture Management, Winston-Salem, NC

Roche Biomedical Laboratories, Inc., Burlington, NC

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

The Institute of Outdoor Drama, Chapel Hill, NC

North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

Sawtooth Center for Visual Design, Winston-Salem, NC

Glaxo Inc., Raleigh, NC

Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority, Newton, NC

Wachovia Bank, Winston-Salem,  NC

WDCG 100.5 FM Radio Station, Durham, NC

Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Elliott University Center, UNC-Greensboro, NC

Central Carolina Bank, Greensboro, NC

Phizer Pharmaceuticals,  New York, NY

ArtQuest at Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

Lucent Technologies, Durham,  NC                                       


*Works in Private Collections across the nation  (some works in Europe and Africa)  



  • The Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap GA, Artist Residency; April, August, and December 2002
  • PROJECT ROW HOUSES (Round #10), April 1999 – October 1999, Artist Residency
  • Recipient of the 1993-1994 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award
  • National Arts Education Association COMC: Multiethnic Faculty Fellowship in Art Education, 1994
  • Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia PA, November 14-16, 1994 Artist Residency
  • Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC, October 24-November 4, 1994 Artist Residency
  • The Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap GA, August 22-September 9, 1994 Artist Residency


Featured in Art Video:

  • “Dancing The Dream Awake” (1999)
  • Documentary “Making The Dream Awake” (1999)

Featured in Books/Magazines:

  • “Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas” by: Halima Taha
  • The MANDALA Book: Patterns of The Universe”, Lori Bailey Cunningham, Sterling Publishing
  • “ILLUMINATIONS:Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience”, Publisher: Celestial Arts
  • The Cosmic Light: A Journal of Frontier Science and Philosophy for Integral Thinkers(University of Science and Philosophy); Vol. 4, No. 3, and Vol. 4, No. 4 (2002)  (Poetry Featured)
  • The Cosmic Light: A Journal of Frontier Science and Philosophy for Integral Thinkers (University of Science and Philosophy); Volume 4, No. 2  (Paintings Featured)
  • The Nightfall of Diamonds (anthology/1997) Published by the International Library of Poetry


Book Covers:

  • “A Turn In Time: Piedmont Writers At The Millennium”,   (2000)
  • “Thirteen Golden Keys To Learning”, (2005), author: Emily D. Gunter
  • “Homeopathic Color and Sound Remedies”, (2007), author: Ambika Wauters, Ten Speed Press