Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Visual Art
The World is the Teapot and the Cup, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA www.platformgallery.com
Queer the Materials! Fortify the Domestic! Stone the Hegemony!, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
The Trouble with Last Year. Anthem Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Skadüchi: Dispatches from Make-Believe, Boehm Gallery, Palomar Collage, San Marcos, CA
Curve of Forgetting, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
Taking Things Apart, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN
A Column of Air Between Me and You, Terrain, Dallas, TX
UnspeciFic, Gallery 219, Eastfield College, Dallas, TX
The Overuse of Everything, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
You won't remember this because it isn't about you., The Art Depot, Lubbock, TX
Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media, curators: Ginger Shulick Porcella, Kate McNamara, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Fiction (with only daylight between us), curator: Jeffery Cortland Jones, Divisible, Dayton OH; Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany
Texas Draws: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, curator: Mary Mikel Stump, The Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
Drawing Quote Unquote, curator: Lorraine Tady, Edith O'Donnell Visual Arts Gallery, University of Texas Dallas, Dallas, TX
Women's Work: Masculinity and Gender in Contemporary Fiber Arts, curator: Ginger Shulick Porcella, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Déjà vu, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
53rd Annual International Show, juror: David A. Ross, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Every March and November, curator: Liliana Bloch, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX
The Artist's Alphabet, juror: Jodi Hays, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN
Art in the Metroplex, juror: Sara-Jayne Parsons, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX
Object! Object! Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
Town and Country, Brand10 Art Space, Fort Worth, TX
Big and Bright: New Work from Texas, curator: Jessica McCambly, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
Laid Bare, curator: Lara Bullock, The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, CA
No Rhyme or Reason, Ro2 Gallery, Dallas, TX
Modular: Eric Eley, Patrick Schneider, David Willburn, curator: Ryder Richards, Richland College, Dallas, TX
Temporary Occupants, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX
This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia: Jim Burton and David Willburn, Gallery 219 at Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX
Thread Baring, curator: Andrea Avery, Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
No. 3: What you do after No. 2, curator: Ryder Richards, RJP Nomadic Gallery, Marfa, TX
Paper Jam, My House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Your Favorite Artist Was a Member Here: 30 Years at 500X Gallery, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
How else can I say this? Sarah Maxwell English and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, curator: David McFadden, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Inside Out, curator: Randall Garrett, Richland College, Dallas, TX
Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine, curators: John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly, Good Good Things, Dallas, TX
Translation: Dreams/Nightmares, Backroads Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
99 Red Balloons was the Greatest Song Ever Written: Jim Burton and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
New Embroidery, curators: Annin Barrett, Manya Shapiro, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
All Together, Gallery 219, Mesquite, TX
500X: Love Us for Good, Motel 3 Bungalow Project, San Antonio, TX
Platform, curator: Simeen Farhat, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
Direct, Northlake College, Irving, TX
will you be mine? Lily Hanson and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
Somebody: Simeen Farhat and David Willburn, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
West Meets West, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
Small Works Invitational, SoHo20 Gallery, New York, NY
Missives - Visual Takes on Presumptive Thought, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
New Texas Talent XII, curator: Nancy Cohen Israel, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
Oppositions, Backroads Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Zemtsova, Maria, editor. “Editorial Selection of Works.” Art Maze Magazine, no. 5, 2017, pp. 126–127.
Terranova, Charissa M., PhD. “The Object-Oriented Ontology of David Willburn's Embroidered Paintings.” Peripheral Vision Arts. 27 Sept. 2016.
Popova, Ekaterina, Ed., and Maria Zemtsova, Ed. Fresh Paint Magazine 13 June 2016. Print.
Bullock, Lara, and Lauren Lockhart. Object Object!: A Selection of Smaller Works. San Diego: Good Good Things, 2013. Print.
Simek, Peter. “Doroshenko Era Launches at Contemporary with Theatrics.” Review. D Magazine Feb. 2011. D Magazine: Front Row. 24 Feb. 2011. Web.
Joseph-Lowery, Frédérique. “Embroidery Goes Contemporary.” Art Press 352 Jan. 2009. Print.
Gupta, Anjali, Ed. “Visual Space: 500X Gallery.” Editorial. Art Lies 56 Winter 2008/09. Print.
McFadden, David R. Pricked: Extreme Embroidery. New York City: Museum of Arts and Design, 2007. Print.
Barrett, Annin, and Namita Gupta-Wiggers. New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma's Doily.
Portland: Museum of Contemporary Craft, 2006. Print.
Juror's Selection: Best in Show: The Artist's Alphabet, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN
Beth Lea Clardy Award, Art in the Metroplex, Fort Worth, TX
Cecil Wallace Fordham Award in Visual Art, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX
Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
University of Texas at Dallas (Arts and Technology), Richardson, TX
Private collections in Fort Worth, TX; Dallas, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; and New York, NY