Showing posts with label award. Show all posts
Showing posts with label award. Show all posts

Monday, October 24, 2016

It’s Your World For The Moment (Part One)

Artist Talk, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

Last week I spoke to a group of art students at Western Illinois University.  I told them about my work, about myself and about the paths that I had taken to get to that moment.  When asked to offer up any words of advice that I might have for emerging artists, I told them to "simply get yourself out there...that you never know who would see your work and what opportunity that may bring".  I shared my story of how doing just that has led me to where I am now and to an art commission that currently covers every open surface in my art studio.

In June of 2015 I received an email from Amy DeLap and Andrew Jendrzejewski of Art Space Vincennes. They were offering me a solo show at their gallery.  Now, to be perfectly honest, I had to Google Vincennes, not knowing where, exactly, it was located. Well, it turns out that Vincennes, is located in Indiana, our next door neighbor!  Founded in 1732 and home to Vincennes University, it is an almost straight 5 hour drive south of Chicago.  

Art Space Vincennes, Vincennes, Indiana

Amy and Andy, artists themselves, had retired from teaching in the Art Department at the University and converted a lovely historic home into a beautiful gallery space.  The story why they invited me to show at their gallery began a year earlier in 2014.  They became interested in my work when they saw it at the Swope Art Museum's annual juried show in Terre Haute.  I applied to that show when I saw that the juror was Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art and knew that this was an excellent opportunity to get my work in front of this leader in the art world.  Not only did my work in this show receive an Award of Recognition, but it caught the eye of  Amy DeLap and Andrew Jendrzejewski, leading to my solo show "Surfaces" at Art Space Vincennes.

Yah, that's me on the front page!!
The community of Vincennes was very welcoming and my exhibition was a great success.   Chris Jackson, the Director of Begley Art Source at the Evansville Museum, saw my work and reached out to me regarding the possibility of a commission for a new hospice that was to be built by the Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. I was asked to present a proposal for an art piece that would be hung behind the front desk of the lobby of this new facility.  Inspired by my fiber and encaustic wall-hung sculpture "Wallflower", this piece, upon completion will be 3' high and 7'wide and is titled "It's Your World For The Moment".

This story continues in my next post!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Award of Recognition

I am pleased to follow up my last post with this announcement that my encaustic and fiber sculpture  "Passages" received an Award of Recognition in the 70th Annual (WVE) Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition at The Swope Art Museum.


Juror Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, wrote this statement for the exhibition program.

"Surrealism is alive and well.  Whether through startling disjunctions of scale, eerie elimination of detail, strange juxtapositions or simply playful twists on observed reality, many of the artists I chose for this year's exhibition find endless richness in tinkering with the world while remaining fully part of it, without resorting to abstraction.  Some mined their psyches or that of an imagined other quite playfully and optimistically, without the darker undercurrents often common in this type of work.  On the other hand, the terror of the mind's unknown or blacker recesses was not feared at all by others.  Art has the privilege of distance bringing even the unspeakable to our protected selves.

Surrealism is alive here in painting in particular, though some of the most intriguing examples are three-dimensions, with a fetishistic, reliquary-like quality that is appealing and original.

Painting's elasticity and durability was also a strong constant.  I was thrilled to see such a thriving community of oil painters.  The medium's demise is always overstated-flexibility and practically means that once one masters its technical basics, endless interesting riffs are possible, and there was no shortage of that among the rich trove of image types submitted to this exhibition.  The long tradition of exploring pictorial space and finding a tension between flatness and depth is richly apparent and beautifully mined with much variety.

It was heartening in general to find an interest in mastering the craft of making, whatever the medium.  Ceramics is clearly having it's moment in Indiana as with the rest of the world-it seems to be thriving everywhere these days, laudably so.  I also enjoyed seeing certain artists push the use of language and the body, a mini-theme for this show.

In a world truly saturated with images, in which the image seems to be overtaking and ruling so many aspects of our daily lives, and over which we seem to have less and less control, even while gaining more and more access, it is a real pleasure to find those who are willing to take control themselves and use imagination fearlessly and with great confidence."

The exhibition runs from June 28-August 23, 2014.
Swope Art Museum 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer Exhibition News

Well summer has taken it's time getting to Chicago but it is finally here!  The cool rainy weather has kept me indoors and in the studio creating work.  I am happy that many of these new pieces have been included in area exhibitions. 

Staci Boris, Chief Curator for the Elmhurst Art Museum juried two of my sculptures, Vertical Lines and Considering Mies, into the Summer Show at Water Street Studios in Batavia. I am thrilled to learn that I was chosen as an Honorable Mention artist in this show.

The show was beautifully curated.  I was particularly pleased to see Vertical Lines hung out in the open.  Given the small size of my studio this piece was never afforded the space that gives it it's sense of floating.
 The Water Street Studios Gallery Summer Show runs July 12-Aug 24, 2013

Vertical Lines
 The name of this sculpture, Vertical Lines, was influenced by the artist Robert Mangold.  He is known for translating basic elements such as line and shape into paintings that express simplicity of form yet evoke complex ideas.  I loved that he described a circle as being 2 bent vertical lines. 

Considering Mies
Chicago is known for it's architecture and we embrace the influence that architect Mies van der Rohe’s has had on our city.  His architectural style is noted for its extreme clarity and simplicity followed a “less is more” philosophy. He sought structural order and balance in his architecture; seeking a balance between interiors and exteriors through the use of free-flowing open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture.  Considering Mies indeed does "Consider Mies"!
Unfulfilled Dream
Unfulfilled Dream was featured in my May 2013 blog post
and it will be included in the exhibition "Fluidity" at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.  This regional juried show will feature art that is "calm, quiet, subdued, and peaceful".
It will run from August 7-September7, 2013. 
The opening artist reception is August 9 from 6-9pm.
 Closer to home, I have two sculptures in the exhibition Encaustic USA at ARC Gallery in Chicago.  I was so happy that my Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law, Marion and Roland Boehm were able to attend the opening artist reception!  Jurors Shelley Gilchrist and Paul Klein chose Make No Little Plans and Living Together-But-Separate Lives for inclusion in this outstanding show.  These two pieces were also exhibited together at the Wright Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County earlier this year.

Make No Little Plans
 "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
— Daniel Burnham (1846-1912)

Architect Daniel Burnham, whom some consider the inventor of urban planning, offered a vision of what he believed a civilized city should look like at a time of urban disorder. He believed that a city could be both beautiful and efficient.  His work sought to merge things often thought of as opposite such as business with art and the practical with the ideal. Burnham’s influence is strongly felt in Chicago as well as across America.

Encaustic USA runs from June 26-July 20, 2013