Robert is a fourth generation South Carolinian and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree. One of Robert’s major influences was the yearly trip with his family to Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. This influence can be seen today in his love for classic realism. The works he creates evolve from day to day interactions, stories his children and wife share with him, and his love of mythical, whimsical characters. “I strive to bring forth, out of the cold clay or metal, the grace, courage and inner strength of the male and female, the tender innocence of the child and the indomitable spirit of God's creatures”.
The relationship between humans and animals can be seen in a number of his works. In each piece, it is very important for him to focus on the smallest of details: from the placement of a hand; strands of hair blowing in the wind; to the eye contact between the subjects. In his view, it helps bring the sculpture to life and completes it. In conjunction with his sculpting, he shares his knowledge by teaching classes to adults who have inspired to create and mentors to children and young adults.
His studio is located in Parker, Colorado where he currently works and lives.
Greetings! I'm Tim Appel, fine artist and sculptor. I was born in Edgerton, a small town in western Ohio and raised on a dairy farm surrounded by acres and acres of land. It was a great place to spend a childhood. Daily adventures with my dog would lead us through the woods and fields—me with my drawing pad and Queenie with her enthusiasm. We would return at sundown with many pencil sketches and a pretty decent collection of stone arrowheads. As long as I can recall, I've always loved to draw. But I wanted to challenge myself—and this passion for 2D evolved into a desire to try my hand at creating 3-dimensional figures and environments. To my surprise, what I had considered to be a challenge, came quite naturally to me, and soon I was developing my own unique style.
After graduating from high school, I traveled east to New Jersey to pursue an education at Joe Kubert Graphic Arts School, where I majored in drawing and comic book art. My work experience encompassed many stages of the art business from paste-up in advertising agencies to illustration for a newspaper publisher to freelance work for DC and Marvel Comics. For many years, I was employed full time as head pressman for a small print shop. I now concentrate solely on my artwork, trying to make a living doing something that I love. I live in western New Jersey with my wife, Maryann, and our cockapoo, Mini.
Aug. 1986- M.F.A. Glass at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,
May 1989 Il. Instructor- Bill Boysen.
Sept. 1978- B.A. in Art from Hastings College, Hastings, Ne. Emphasis
May 1982 on glass. Instructor- Richard Bird.
- June 2012 Instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.
- June 2000 Instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.
- June 1994 Instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.
- Sept. 1991- Artist in Residence- Penland School of Crafts, Penland,N.C.
- Sept. 1994
- June 1992 Teaching Assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood,Wa. Instructors- Curt Brock and Jan Mares.
- Aug. 1989- Artist in Residence- Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tn. Taught three classes and five workshops in stained glass and pate de vere.
- Nov. 1990 Conducted workshop at Golden Glass Studio,Cincinnati,Oh
- May 1989 Studio assistant at Penland School, Penland, N.C. Instructors- Jack Wax and Jack Schmidt.
- Aug.1988 Studio assistant at Penland School, Penland, N.C. Instructors-Jeff Todd and Yaffa Sikorsky-Todd, Dante Marioni and Ben Moore.
- Sept. 1983 Glass studio assistantship at Hastings College, Hastings, Ne. Instructor- John Elias.
- Summer 1981 Glass coursework at ARCC- Coon Rapids, Mn. Instructor Robert Toensing.
- 1995 SAF/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship.
- 1994 North Carolina Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship.
SELECTED ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
- Rick Beck, Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach, Fl. April- MAY 2016.
- Rick Beck “Now”, Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Il. Sept.-Nov. 2014.
- Rick Beck,Showcase, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, N.C. Oct.-Nov. 2013.
- Rick Beck at Thomas Riley Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, Sept.-Oct. 2013.
- "Figures and Forms:The Sculptures of Rick Beck",Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, S.C. August-Dec. 2013.
- Shared Journey, Rick and Valerie Beck,Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, N.C. June-Aug. 2013.
- "Form,Color,Light" Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach,Fl. June-Oct. 2012
- Habatat Galleries, Palm Beach, Fl. March 2011.
- Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Il. September 2010.
- Rick Beck, Habatat Galleries, ,Royal Oak, Mi. October 2009.
- Rick Beck, Habatat Galleries, Tysons Corner, Va. Aug.-Sept. 2009
- Two-person Exhibition, Valerie and Rick Beck, Thomas Riley Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
- Shared Vision, Christa Faut Gallery, Cornelius, N.C. March 2008.
- Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl. January 2008.
- Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago,Il. Sept. 2007.
- Glass- Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney,Ne. Aug. 2007-Jan. 2008
- Thomas Riley Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, May-June 2006.
- Form-Rick Beck Traveling Museum Exhibit
- Gallery of Art and Design N.C.S.U. Raleigh,N.C. Aug.-Oct. 2005.
- Muskegon Museum of Art,Muskegon,Mi. March-May 2006.
- Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington,N.C. July-Oct. 2006.
- Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia,Pa. Aug.-Sept. 2004.
- Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago,Il. Nov.-Dec. 2003.
- Kentucky Museum of Art and Design,Louisville, Ky. March-July,2003.
- Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Feb. 2003.
- Gallerie Alegria, Birmingham, Al. Sept.-Oct. 2002.
- Snyderman Gallery,Philadelphia,Pa. Sept.2001.
- Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 2001.
- Sculpture-Rick Beck Solo Traveling Museum Exhibit
- Green Hill Center for N.C. Art, Greensboro, N.C. Sept.-Nov. 2000.
- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Al. Jan.-March 2001.
- Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Sept. -Nov. 2001.
- Form Gallery W.D.O. Charlotte, N.C. April 2000.
- Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. May 1998.
- Gallery W.D.O., Charlotte, N.C. April 1998.
- Chelsea Gallery, Western Carolina University at Cullowhee, N.C. Jan. 1998.
- Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. Dec. 1997.
- Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Sept.-Oct. 1996.
- Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. Feb.-March 1995.
- Gallery W.D.O., Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 1994.
- The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Co. July 1994.
- Snyderman Gallery, Philadephia, Pa. Aug.-Sept. 1993.
- University Art Gallery, Tennessee Tech. University at Cookeville, Tn., Jan. 1991.
- M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Southern Illinois University at
- Carbondale, Il. May 1989.
- Hastings College Alumni Show, Hastings, Ne. 1985.
- Stuhr Museum, Grand Island, Ne. 1983.
- Hidell/Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC, August, 2016.
- The Sculptor’s Voice,Blowing Rock Art& History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC. Aug.-Nov. 2015.
- Halper Exhibition,Asheville Art Museum,Asheville,NC Aug.2015.
- Go Figure! Hidel/Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Jan.-Feb. 2015.
- South by Southeast, Masters of Studio Glass, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Al., Oct. 2014-Feb. 2015.
- Igneous Expressions, David McCune International Art Gallery of Methodist University, Fayetteville, N.C. Oct.-Dec. 2013.
- 15th Anniversary Show, Hidell/Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, N.C. March 2013.
- North Carolina Glass, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee,N.C. Oct.-Jan. 2012,13
- Glass in the Mountains, Toe River Arts Council,Spruce Pine, N.C. Sept. 2012
- Primed, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, N.C. March-April 2012.
- Not So Still Life, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wi.
- Habatat International Glass Invitational, Florida 2006-2011.
- Pop Craft, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Ma. Aug.Oct. 2009.
- Neolithic Idols, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Il.February-March 2009.
- Glass: Evolving, Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, Rockville, Md., September 2008.
- The Art of Tools, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Ma.,May-July 2007.
- Pursuing Excellence, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, N.C. March-April 2007.
- SOFA Chicago Marx-Saunders Gallery, October 2006.
- Studio Glass Then and Now,Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach,Fl., May-Sept. 2006.
- 2006 Governor's North Carolina Craft Exhibition, Governor's Mansion,Raleigh,N.C., May-August 2006.
- SOFA New York, Marx-Saunders Gallery, June 2006.
- Glass Weekend at Wheaton Village,Snyderman Gallery,July 2005.
- 22nd Annual Habatat International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl., Dec. 2004-Jan. 2005.
- SOFA Chicago Marx-Saunders Gallery, October 2004.
- 21st Annual Habatat International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl., Dec. 2003-Jan. 2004.
- SOFA Chicago Marx-Saunders Gallery, October 2003.
- Glass Weekend at Wheaton Village,Snyderman Gallery,July 2003
- 20th Annual Habatat International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl., Dec. 2002-Jan. 2003
- SOFA Chicago Marx-Saunders Gallery, October 2002.
- SOFA New York Snyderman Gallery,May 2002.
- 30th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, Mi. April 2002.
- 19th Annual Habatat International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl. Dec. 2001-Jan.2002.
- Fire and Ice William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, Va. June-Sept. 2001.
- Glass Weekend at Wheaton Village Snyderman Gallery, July 2001.
- Glass America Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. July 2001.
- Off the Beaten Path:Artists of Penland, Penland Gallery, Penland, N.C. June-July 2001.
- SOFA New York Heller Gallery, May 2001.
- 18th Annual Habatat International Glass Invitational Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl. Dec.2000-Jan.2001.
- Taking Form in Glass:Contemporary Works from the Palley Collection Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Fl. Sept.-Nov. 2000.
- Glass America 2000 Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. July 2000.
- Millennium Glass Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, Louisville, Ky.
- April-July 2000. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Al., Jan.-March 2001. Hunter Museum og American Art, Chattanooga, Tn., June-Aug. 2001.
- SOFA New York Snyderman Gallery, June 2000.
- An Inaugural Gift: The Founder’s Circle Collection Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, N.C. Feb.-Sept. 2000.
- 17th Annual International Glass Invitational Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl. Dec. 1999-Jan. 2000.
- Glass Weekend at Wheaton Village Snyderman Gallery, July 1999.
- Three Person Show Penland Gallery, Penland, N.C. May 1999.
- 16th Annual International Glass Invitational Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Fl. Dec. 1998-Jan.1999.
- SOFA Chicago Snyderman Gallery, Oct. 1998.
- Glass America 1998 Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 1998.
- Glass Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, Ga. Nov.-Dec. 1997.
- SOFA Chicago Heller Gallery, Oct. 1997.
- International Designer Glass Hadeland Glassverk, Jevnaker, Norway, June-Aug. 1997.
- Calido! Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Az. April-June 1997.
- 25th Annual Glass Invitational Habatat Galleries, Pontiac,Mi. April, 1997.
- The Glasmuseum-The First Ten Years Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark , June 1996-May 1997.
- Glass America 1997 Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 1997.
- Glass America 1996 Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 1996.
- 24th Annual Glass Invitational Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, Mi. April 1996.
- Summer Session Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. July-Aug. 1995.
- Citings City Art Gallery, Raleigh,N.C. Feb.-April, 1995.
- Glass America 1995 Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 1995.
- Eight from Penland Folk Art Center, Asheville, N.C. Jan.-Feb. 1994.
- Glass America 1994 Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 1994.
- From our Vault to the Studio Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine,Wi. Sept.-Nov. 1993.
- North Carolina Glass Reunion Blue Spiral I, Asheville, N.C. Aug.-Sept. 1993.
- North Carolina Glass Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C. July-Sept. 1993.
- Glass America 1993. Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y. Jan. 1993.
- Arts and Activities May 2009 Front Cover
- Tools for Creativity May-July 2009 Front Cover
- American Style October 2004, Page 87.
- Glass Art January/February 2003, Page 28-29.
- Glass Winter 2002, Inside Back Cover.
- American Craft Oct./Nov. 2002, Page 4.
- Glass Fall 2002, Page 12.
- Neues Glas Fall 2001, Front cover and Pages 20-27.
- American Craft Feb./March 2001, Pages 98-99.
- Glass Winter 2000, Inside Back Cover.
- American Craft Dec. 2000-Jan. 2001, Page 8.
- American Craft April/May 2000.
- Glass Summer 1999, Page 36.
- Glass Fall 1998, Page 65.
- American Craft April/May 1998, Page 86.
- American Craft Dec. 1997/Jan. 1998, Page 16.
- Glass Fall 1996, Page 65.
- American Craft Oct./Nov. 1996, Inside Cover.
- American Craft Feb./March 1995, Page 10.
- Glass Winter 1995, Page 20.
- American Craft June/July 1994, Page 4.
- American Craft Feb./March 1994, “Portfolio” Page 58.
- American Craft April/May 1993, Page 12.
- American Craft Oct./Nov. 1992, Page 71.
- Glass Fall 1992.
- New Glass Review 12 Spring 1991.
- Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, N.C.
- Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia South Carolina
- Fletcher,Barnhart, White Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
- Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
- Hastings College, Hastings, Ne.
- Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, N.C.
- Lowe Museum of Art, Miami, Fl.
- McDonalds Corporate Colection
- Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.
- Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte,N.C
- Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile,Al..
- Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon,Mi.
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, La.
- The Palley Collection, Miami, Fl.
- Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wi.
- Telfair Museums, Savannah,Ga.
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlottte, N.C.
- Western Carolina University,Cullowhee,N.C.
- XL Screw Corporation,Wheeling, Il.
For the Love of Sculpture
What happens if you are an artistic child of Savannah whose favorite childhood summer pastime is climbing all over the sculpture in magnificent Brookgreen Gardens in nearby Myrtle Beach? Without realizing it at the time, this childhood experience gave her a love of sculpture. It just took her awhile to figure it out. And, while she did not start out to be a sculptor, she became a remarkable one.
The Modeling of a Sculptor
Talented, passionate, and driven to find her artistic niche, Susie was led to sculpture through a journey of personal discovery. Growing up in a home where artistic expression was valued, interest in art came naturally. Showing talent at a young age, art lesson were the norm. She painted well, but could not connect to it. She and her brother Danny Grantham both majored in graphic design at the University of Georgia. Coming home to Savannah, she married Billy Chisholm and used her design skills in a variety of jobs that included designing paper bags, creating billboard designs, and finally, designing and building exhibits for the Savannah Science Museum. During this time, she also raised three children.
Still unsure of her artistic direction, she happened upon an ad in a Savannah newspaper for a portrait sculpture class. She tried the class to see if she had any talent for this three-dimensional art form. After three lessons, Susie was hooked! Working with clay made sense to her, and it was fun! She wanted more. She checked out every book on sculpture in the Savannah library, learning everything she could about her new medium. Immersing herself in as many aspects of sculpture as possible, she also sought out the experts across the country who shared their knowledge through workshops.
Susie continued to perfect her technique by participating in the 1997 University of Georgia art program in Cortona, Italy where she studied sculpture and bronze casting. During a workshop in 2003 in Italy, Susie persuaded the sculpture instructor, Paul Lucchesi, to hold a workshop in Savannah. This marked the beginning of her ongoing commitment to bring art workshops to Savannah, thus founding the Susie Chisholm School of Sculpture. (see workshops)
In 2008 she produced the very successful and now annual Sculpture in Savannah sculpture show.
Susie is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society.
Susie’s passion is representational, figurative portrait sculpture. She enjoys making “real” people and bringing them to life in bronze. She spends a good deal of time before beginning a project getting to know the subject and strives to master all of the details needed to insure accuracy. Her ability to capture the subtlest details of ordinary people doing everyday things defines her work. Her sculptures tell a wordless story, conveying the emotion of a movement in time through facial expression, body language, the movement of the clothing.
“It is not how life-like you make a sculpture, but how much life you give it.”
Art was always there…
An artist tends to recognize when ART became an “AH - HA” moment to one’s being. Mine was in a required liberal arts course at St. Olaf College, when I took a sculpture course with Dr. Arnold Flaten in 1967. It wasn’t a clay or metal class, rather hacking away on a nice walnut log he handed me. Going to college for art, back in that era, wasn’t what the expectations were for me. So after graduation it was onto architecture school, at the University of Minnesota, with Dr. Ed Sovik’s guidance. What a great era that was studying under Ralph Rapson.
Architecture was terrific, especially realizing, today, that I was doing large sized sculptures. Apparently I was good at it, being chosen to work with Liebenberg, Kaplan, & Glotter as a student intern, later to get a job with Jim Browning at Collins Engineering and Stevens Construction Company. I even designed a public sculpture in an apartment complex for them.
When I reflect back now though, I was fortunate to grow up in a family with a very artistic mother, whose uncle was an accomplished painter, and with my father whose family owned a chain of hardware stores. He taught me all about tools, hard work, and varnishing boats (back then only wood – there was no such thing as fiberglass) which was a spring ritual after the snow melted. So as a kid I was more than fortunate, I was blessed to have had these many influencers in my life.
Another huge element to my designs is my involvement in the marine industry. I’ve had the very fortunate opportunity of working with some of the greatest naval architects and boat builders in the world, from Herreshoff to Morgan. There really is a difference between a boat…and a beautiful boat.
My sculptures are generally wood, yacht quality finished (as my father would expect), and with the “lines and flow” of architectural design. Sometimes you’ll even find a little “wonder” of working with a live medium.
“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I was not Blessed with the gift to write poetry, so my vehicle is sculpture. In my work, I try to write a sonnet, detail where it is needed, but really just a glimpse of a moment in time.”
Leslie Hutto is a native of Hyde Park NY. She has a natural love for animals, and has been deeply involved in the “dog world” from a very young age. Her passion for animals combined with encouragement for the arts from her both her parents and grandparents, led her to sculpture in high school. She received her first commission at age 16, and received a partial scholarship from the National Sculpture Society to study classical sculpture under Elisabeth Gordon Chandler and Michael Lantz at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Since her passion was sculpting animals, she later continued on to enroll in SUNY Delhi’s pre-vet program where she pursued an intense study of animal anatomy. She combines her well-rounded knowledge of sculpture, animal behavior, and anatomy and marinates this into her own style of rhythm and flow, capturing the essence of the animal. Her sculptures are known for their intense energy, sense of life and the moment.
Leslie took time off to raise two sons, but continued sculpting part time doing work for dog clubs and pet owners. Her works have been included in Jan E Irving’s Great Dogs Amazing Artists and Woman of Grace series by Judy Ritter. In addition to private collections, both national and international, Leslie’s commissions include public works and monuments for churches, hospitals, academies, dog clubs and associations, notably the Cathedral of St Paul in Birmingham Al, and the Wichita Greyhound Park.
She exhibits annually at South Eastern Wildlife Expo, Sculpture in the South, Sculpture in Savannah, and Easton Waterfowl Festival, and has exhibited at Sculpture in the Park in Loveland Co. She continues to teach dog sculpture workshops to teens and adults.
Among Leslie’s awards are:
•Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award American Artists Professional League 2011 Grand National Exhibition Judges Awards
•LSU Animals in Art 2009: “Flight”, Judges Award; Gazehound Bedouin’s Dog
•LSU Animals in Art 2010; “Pursuit(Hound of Heaven)”, Judges Award;
• Second place sculpture Art Show at the Dog Show 2009;
• Richard L. Marini Award Audubon Artists Society ‘s annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club NY NY 2010;
• Josephine Beardsley Sandor Memorial Award CLWAC at National Arts Club NYC for ” Takeoff” 2010;
• Judge’s award HVAA 2008, and her work has been included in the prestigious Society of Animal Artists Art and the Animal annual show 2009, 2011, 2012.
• The Bennington: “Bedouin’s Dog” Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX
Professional memberships include:
• Signature Member Society of Animal Artists ,National Sculpture Society;
• Allied Artists;
• Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
I am an artist whose work, for the past 50 years, has focused on figurative themes which have been cast in bronze and stainless steel. The current contemporary set of works is built upon the concepts of traditional works. With regard to the modern works, instead of sculpting things that we see and are familiar with, such as a person, I chose to depict elements we people feel, but cannot necessarily touch or quantify. The warmth of the sun, the secure and loving feeling of a Family, the strength of nature; these are just a few of the elements I'm touching on.
My sculpture is a metaphor that exceeds the physical presence of the work. It is less literal than much of the abstract work out there, and is somewhat reductive in its presentation. In these works, industrial created components are placed in a formal, yet irregular and lyrical juxtaposition, thus suggesting a transformation from utility to non-utility material. I chose the circle as a thematic symbol because of its cleanliness of shape, presence in our ever day life, and the fact that it has no corners- just one beautiful line with no beginning, middle or end. An incredible spiritual shape, that invites interpretation, and is so very common in our landscape. Radiance is a work that references mother nature in motion- whether the warmth of the sun, planetary movement, it suggests circular movement .
My lyrical, caressing rings form beautiful contemporary sculptures that suggest the pathways of life, the forces of nature or emotions of our humanity. I use the entire circle, whole and complete, contrast it with segments of the circle, and yet other times will use other geometric shapes to make circles...quite a mix of contradictions.
These sculptures, constructed of high quality brushed stainless steel are mounted on granite bases. The works offer exciting views from any angle, and are reflective of their environment- literally. Place them next to a bed of flowers, and those flowers are reflected in the metal. The works are ideal for interior or exterior placement, and offer a lifetime of minimal maintenance.
SELECTED TOP SCULPTURE EXHIBITIONS FOR GREGORY JOHNSON
Miami-Basel Exhibitions 2011-14, Spectrum, FL
Kingsport Purchase Award, 2013, TN
Hutchinson Purchase Awards (3), 2013, 2104
Salinas Purchase Awards (6), 2012-14, KS
Greeley Sculpture Walk 2103-14 People's Choice Award (2), PURCHASE AWARD
University of Louisianna at Monroe, Investiture Exhibition, One Man Show, 2011 LA
McKee Botanical Garden 10th Anniversary "Sculpting Nature" 2011, (2 pieces) FL
2011 National Sculpture Exhibit in Hot Springs National Park, AR
National Sculpture Society Brookgreen Garden Exhibition, 2011, 2013 SC
Castlegar Sculpture Walk, 2011-2012, BC, Canada 1st Place Award
Avera McKennon Hospital, Sioux Falls 2009, 2010, 2011,2012 Purchase Awards (3) SD
Suwanee Sculptour, 2011,12,13 and 14. GA
Salinas Sculpture Walk (3 pieces), 2011, 2012, & 2013 KS
Red Dot New York 2011, Lake Placid New York 2011, Red Dot Miami 2010-13, FL
Ronnie Turpin Gallery of Jackson Hole, WY
Forsyth County Big Creek Greenway Sculpture Walk, (2 pieces) 2011,2012, GA
Gilette Sculpture Walk, (People’s Choice 2008), 2009-14, PUCHASE AWARDS (4) WY
City of Sioux Falls (People’s Choice 2007), (2 pieces each year) 2009- 2013, SD
Boulder City, Public Artscape, 2009, 2010 NV
Troy Sculpture on the Square (2 pcs), 2009 OH
City of Hot Springs Arkansas Sculpture Walk, AR 2010, 2011
Jewish Community Sculpture Garden, Tucson AZ, 2010-11
City of Columbus Sculpture Walk, GA (Best of Bronze 2008), 2009, 2010,2012
Altona, Canada People's Purchase Award, 2009, 2010
National Sculpture Society Online Exhibition, NY 2010
R. Alexander Gallery, 2013-14,Atlanta, GA
2010 Alumni Spectacular, Illinois State University Galleries, IL
Ocean Reef Art League, Sculpture Show, FL, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Quinlan Visual Arts Museum, GA. One man sculpture show 2008-09
Art in the Low country, Averitt Center for the Arts, GA 2009, 2012
Amsterdam Whitney International Gallery, NY 2006
Port of San Diego Urban Trees II, CA, 2005
Shidoni Sculpture Garden, Santa Fe, NM 2004-6
The Stein Art Gallery, Chicago, IL 1989
82nd Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Biennale, KY 1980
33rd Illinois Invitational, IL 1981
About Faces, Southern Ohio Museum, OH 1981
57th Burpee Museum Annual Exhibition, IL 981
Contemporary Human Form, Artists Guild of Chicago, IL
The Quincy Museum of Fine Art Invitational, IL 1979
31st Midstate Evansville Museum Art Exhibition, IN 1979
State of Illinois Museum Professional Show, IL 79
43rd Butler Institute of American Arts Midyear Show, OH
Dittmar Memorial Center Exhibition, IL 1981
Fort Wayne Museum Invitational, IN 1986
DeKalb Council for the Arts Gala Affair, 1987, 88, 89, GA
Brenau University Gala, 1994, 96, 97 Purchase Awards (5) GA
Gertrude Herbert Memorial Institute, GA 1988
LaGrange National Art Exhibition XIII. GA 1988
Equifax Corporate Exhibition, GA 1988
Atlanta Financial Center Exhibition, GA 1990
Richmond-Augusta Museum, Art in Motion, GA 1999
Zach Smith-Johnson is a sculptor and artist blacksmith living in the mountains of North Carolina. His first show was at the Nth Gallery of Boone in July of 2013. Before that he spent three years working every day to "get a better understanding" of steel prior to allowing the public to see. In just a few short months his work has been shown from the hometown galleries of those mountains to San Francisco's premier modernism fair FOG. Since May 2015, he has been represented by Reinert Fine Art and Sculpture Garden Gallery.
He is a native of those North Carolina mountains, where he grew up snowboarding, kayaking, and traveling forgotten roads on his motorcycle. That connection to nature, to the wind and to the earth is expressed is his work. Primarily made with steel and cooper he gives new twists to age old blacksmithing techniques. His work is whimsical, emphatic, and honest, speaking to both the consciousness and the heart. Many of his pieces derive from his love of the woods and the garden: expressions of life.
Alice Kiderman (nee Bondar) is a Russian-born artist who lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
"My life is a direct reflection of the roller-coaster of events in my life - both tragic and happy. The impacts of these emotions, dormant or suppressed for years, are the images and shapes seen in my work. They reflect the gradual awakening of the spirit, which becomes an entity of its own.
My work is a blend of the realistic and the abstract in shape, though I believe that the abstract is just an extension of the world around us. It is my hope that my sculpture evolves emotions and projects the victory of the spirit... untamed."
Mountains, rocks, and stone have always fascinated me, since they are some of the few authentic relics we can touch and embrace, which are the "messengers" of the history of our planet. Similarly, craftsmanship in stone, a natural material which is an indispensable part of Earth, is something I've been passionate about preserving in this era of fast moving and fast created objects of Art. We don't seem to have the time it takes. The process of creating art forms in stone is one of the most ancient ways of "preserving" history of our planet and the process hasn't changed much. It is and has been ecologically responsible and environmentally safe -using what Earth offers us- stone with the help of some of the most ancient tools - hammer and chisels.
My work is about translating the human emotions into a three-dimensional visual sculpture. The focus is on the beauty and complexity of the humankind, rather than the ugliness and misery. The goal is to "touch" the viewer, to connect through sculpture with his/her inner feelings, memories and send him/her on own path of exploring one's own emotions.
The works represent the feminine and the masculine, the yin and yang, the moon and the sun - which could produce either dichotomy or harmony. The deciphering is for the viewer to undertake...
Alice is represented by Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, SC, as well as Mishin Fine Arts gallery in San Francisco, CA., Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, WI., 1Point 618 Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, Malton Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Aaron Gallery in Washington,D.C.
Akron Children's Hospital - Akron, OH (2015)
OZ Center for Performing Arts - Nashville, TN (2013)
Vacuum Systems International, Inc. - Cleveland, Ohio (2008)
Lake View - Private installation - Cleveland, Ohio (2007)
The Putnam Sculpture Endowment Collection, Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio (2005)
The Putnam Sculpture Collection, CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio (2005)
Vacuum Systems International, Cleveland, Ohio (2008)
Featured Artist/Solo Exhibitions
"JACL Fellow - Cleveland, OH (2014-2015)
"The Art of Women", Curated by Sylvia Rombis. Malton Gallery- Cincinnati, Ohio (2014)
"TRIFECTA", Beachwood Arts Center - Beachwood, OH (2014)
"Hudson Fine Art Company", Hudson Ohio(2013)
"Abstract Sculptures Exhibit" - Jasper Center for the Arts, Indiana(2013)
"Made in Stone: Human Journey Through Time" - Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio (2012)
"Retr-O-Spective" - O Gallery, Beachwood, Ohio (2012)
"Stone, Wood, Oil. Water" - Cuyahoga County Library, Beachwood, Ohio (2012)
Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2011)
"On the Wall, Off the Wall" - solo show, O Gallery, Beachwood, Ohio (May-June 2011)
"Reflections of the Mind" solo show 1Point 618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio (September 2009)
"Pursuit of Happiness" show, Malton gallery (October 2009)
Metropolitan Galleries "Dichotomy", Cleveland, Ohio (2007)
Aaron Gallery, 2-person show. Washington, D.C. (2006, 2007, 2008)
Opus Gallery "All Women - All Art". Cleveland, Ohio - 2005, 2006
Juried Exhibitions (Selected)
"Interpreting the Abstract", Valley Center for The Arts - Chagrin Falls, OH (2014)
Zanesville Museum of Art, "69th Annual Juried Art Exhibition", Zanesville, Ohio (2013)
Archived Artists of Western Reserve, "Seeing Green", Cleveland, Ohio (2011)
Spiritual Exhibit - Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio (July 2011)
Butler Museum of American Art, (February 2009)
Valley Center for the Arts. Chagrin Falls, Ohio (2005*, 2006)
The Sculpture Center. Cleveland, Ohio (2005)
The Fine Arts Association. Willoughby, Ohio (2005)
Thrive Gallery. Cleveland, Ohio (2004)
Fairmount Arts Center. Russell, Ohio (2000*,2002* )
Exhibitions and Fund - Raisers (Selected)
Art Expo, New York, NY (2014)
"Work of Women", Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (2014)
Spectrum International Art Fair, Miami, Fla (2013)
Art Show, Saratoga Springs, NY (2013)
Gallery Rochester, Rochester, NY (2013)
Parallax Art Fair, London, UK (2013)
Art Expo, New York, N.Y. (2013)
Art Cares Benefit, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio (2013)
Cleveland Artists Foundation, Cleveland Creates, Lakewood, Ohio (2011)
"Art Cares" Cleveland, Ohio (June 2011)
American Diabetes Association, (April 2008, 2009)
Larchmere Gallery (Invitational). (September, December 2007)
Opus Gallery - (July 2007)
Art Collinwood - (July 2007, 2008)
Atmosphere Gallery - Sculpture Garden, (summer 2007)
Valley Center for the Arts. (Invitational) Chagrin Falls, Ohio, (2007)
"JAR Show" - The Galleria, Cleveland, Ohio, June 2006
"Women as Objects of Art" - Studio 324, Cleveland, Ohio, (spring, 2006)
Sculpture Garden Exhibition - Atmosphere Gallery, Tremont, Ohio, (2005)**
Cleveland Bar Association - spring 2005, fall 2005 Shows
Earthworks Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio (2000**, 2001**, 2002**)
Art Walks, Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio (2000**, 2001**, 2002*, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Lawrence Fund-Raiser (2002) **
Ratner Fund-Raiser (2002) **
** work in private collections
Work in private collections in California, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Wyoming
Remembered in Stone - (December 2014)
Dubois County Free Press - (April 2013)
"When Stone Speaks" Sept 2012
"Canton Museum of Art offering exhibits that push boundaries,", Akron Beacon Journal (Sept. 2012)
"Human Journey in Stone" CoolCleveland.com - YouTube (Sept. 2012)
The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection Catalog 2012
Sun Courier, March 2008
"Cleveland Jewish News" July 2007
"Cleveland Business Connections" May 2007
ART (Artist Review Today), Cleveland, Ohio March 2006
"Art of the Day" 2006
Art Collinwood (web publication) July 2007
Josephine Pratt was born and raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina. Jo grew up with a love for art and dance. She left the farm to expand that love of dance by studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning a degree in Dance Performance.
After a fulling career in performing and teaching dance, Jo continued to intertwine her interest in art and dance by creating her own original dolls. Her doll-making led to a desire to redirect her creativity to a new area which became her passion: figurative sculpture.
As only someone who has been trained as a dancer can sometimes do, she is able to translate the essence of a dancer's movement and expression into sculpture that has breathtaking beauty, while portraying a dancer's technique accurately, a frequently missing component in contemporary sculpture. In her works, the language of the body comes alive in three- dimensional reality - the culmination of her creative dream.
Still intensely enthusiastic about sculpting, she maintains studios in Florida and North Carolina and commutes between them with Dan, her husband of over forty years, who together have raised sons, Jim and Steve.
William H. Turner and David H. Turner, father and son, share a talent of capturing the beauty and motion of wildlife in bronze. Their native land, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a peninsula surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, is rich in wildlife and is a continuous source of inspiration for their work.
Established in 1983, Turner Sculpture, near Onley, VA serves as their studios, foundry and gallery, where most of their work is displayed. To date they have created more than 400 different limited edition bronzes and more than 50 large public commissions found throughout the United States.
Emmy and Academy Award winning sculptor Wesley Wofford works from his private studio in the National Forest of North Carolina. Wofford Sculpture Studio LLC, a 2,300 sq. ft. facility, is nestled with his home on a mountaintop in Cashiers. The studio is always filled with sculptures at various stages of completion, the large commissions occupying the same space as the portraits, commissions, gallery pieces, and maquette studies for submissions. He continuously participates in both indoor and outdoor exhibitions throughout the country. Wesley organized a sculpture park within The Village Green near his home, which he is the curator of a Permanent Collection and three Biennial Invitational Exhibitions. Wesley was recently invited to join The Bascom Board of Directors in Highlands, NC and is curating an Inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition opening May 2015. He also was awarded Signature Status with The Portrait Society of America in March 2015. He is an elected member of The National Sculpture Society, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas. Wesley’s sculpture is recognized on a national and international level with various awards and publications celebrating and featuring his work.
Wesley is originally from a small rural southern town in Georgia and displayed an artistic talent at an early age. He enrolled in Valdosta State University’s BFA Program on a competitive art scholarship, but after several years of study decided to leave and head for Hollywood, California. Infatuated with hyperrealism, Wesley pursued work in the motion picture industry creating realistic people, characters, and animals. His obsession with advanced translucent silicones led him to develop his own formulas and techniques, which in turn catapulted him to the forefront of the makeup effects industry. Wesley has worked on over 75 motion pictures and television shows. His credits include A Beautiful Mind, Hannibal, Batman and Robin, The Rock, and Collateral. He has personally worked with such actors as Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Chow Yun-Fat, and Russell Crowe. He has been featured in numerous magazine articles and television coverage and has received many awards, including an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as an Academy Award.
In 2002, Wesley became dissatisfied with the medium of film and moved to the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and two children to pursue Fine Art Sculpture full time. He still works on the occasional film to “keep a fresh perspective on both his sculpture and his psyche”, but spends most of his time completing both public and private commissions as well as pursuing his own compositions.