1945    Born in Washington D.C.

Currently lives and works in Houston, Texas


1970-71    North Texas State University, Denton, Texas

1969-70    Texas Tech Art Extension Course, Taos, New Mexico

1964-69    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


2017    Texas Bird Project, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas

2015    Texas Bird Project, 1821 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas

2013    Horizontal, Zoya Tommy Contemporary, Houston, Texas

2011    Frank X. Tolbert, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, Texas

Frank X. Tolbert, HCG Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2010    Frank X. Tolbert, Studio Show, Houston, Texas

2008    Meditations on Mortality, Art Museum of Southeast, Texas, Beaumont, Texas

2007    Meditations on Mortality, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas

2006    Frank X. Tolbert at the Ty Stokes Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2005    Frank X. Tolbert, Rudolph Projects / Artscan Gallery, Houston, Texas
2004    Leaves, Ouisie’s Table, Houston, Texas

2003    Frank X. Tolbert, New Drawings, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2001    The Exotic and The Everyday, Pillsbury & Peters Fine Art, Dallas, Texas. Catalogue.

2000    Chili X: A Special Supper, Ouisie’s Table, Houston (guest chef and artist)

1999    Frank X. Tolbert Drawings10, Galveston Arts Center and Weil Gallery, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas. Catalogue.

    Berlin/Paris/Texas, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

    Berlin/Paris/Texas, Slugfest Gallery, Austin, Texas

    Berlin/Paris/Texas, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas. Catologue.

    Frank Tolbert: Recent Work, Mulcahy Modern, Dallas, Texas

    Francis Xavier Tolbert [The Transatlantic Project] 1996-1999, Mulcahy Modern, Dallas, Texas. Brochure.

1998    The Utopia Series, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas

1997    The Gulf Coast Project 1990-1997, Mulcahy Modern Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1994    Frank X. Tolbert, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

1992    Frank X. Tolbert: Recent Work, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas

 Tarot Tableaux, Eugene Binder Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1991    Drawings, Eugene Binder Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1990    Frank X. Tolbert, Air Gallery, Austin, Texas

1989    Frank X. Tolbert, Art Bar, Dallas, Texas. (Presented by Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas)

1984    Eleven Drawings, Paperbacks Plus, Dallas, Texas

The Grape Show, Grape Restaurant, Dallas, Texas

1980    New Work, D.W. Co-op Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1975    Frank X. Tolbert, Wellington’s, Dallas, Texas

1973    New Mexico Kit Carson National Park Show, New Mexico

 Killeen to Austin, Texas: Full Mood Highway Show, Highway 196, Texas

1972    Frank X. Tolbert, Knox Street Pub, Dallas, Texas

Frank X. Tolbert, Tyler Street Factory, Dallas, Texas


Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Dallas Museum of Art

Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Witte Museum, San Antonio

Houston Museum of Fine Arts


2006  Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, First Prize, Houston

1993    East-West (X. & Dr. Sanh), Mural commission, 8.0 Bar, Houston

1989     Ninth Life, Lyric Films, Inc., Dallas

Little Kingdoms, SMU Press, Southwest Life & Letters, hand-colored etching on cover

Trip to Boystown, mural commission, 8.0 Bar, Dallas

1987    Spirit of the Beach Boy Boot, painting on Frito Lay grain silo, Dallas, commissioned for film Paramedics, Paramedics Productions

Terilli’s Restaurant, mural commission, Dallas

1986    Hard Rock Café, stained glass window, team collaboration, Dallas

Dallas Observer, Best Dallas Artist Award

1984    The Grape Restaurant, outdoor mural commission, Dallas

1982    Twelfth Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Purchase Award, Terry Allen, juror