Willie Little is a multimedia artist and author who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon. His visual narratives document a fading part of rural southern life while also tackling topics of racism, Social Justice, Black Lives Matter, and the childhood memories of growing up on a tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina. His memoir and art book, In the Sticks, documents his years growing up as a poor, Black and gay child in the rural south.
Little is an artist whose genius incorporates sculpture, painting, sound installations, re-constructed architecture, re-cycled memorabilia, and real-life stories, Willie pours out his soul for all to see as he relives growing up during a time of radical change.
Willie received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His solo exhibits include the Smithsonian Institution, The Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon and The Noel Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, the Charles H. Wright African American Museum in Detroit and the American Jazz Museum. Notable group exhibitions include the Corcoran and the California Folk Art Museum. He also participated in The Hourglass Project: Baggage, an internationally renowned residency and exhibition program, which toured venues throughout South Africa, Belgium, and Mozambique; the work is archived in a catalog published by Caversham Press. (South Africa)