Artists' Fellowship - 1997
My interest is in the relationship between sculpture and the body's vitality, of seeing, feeling and being. My current work attempts to mutate abstract elements into icons. In recent works utilizing such materials as copper, steel, glass, beeswax and salt, transmutations occur: salt crystals draw moisture from the air and precipitate water; rust accumulates; patinas drip and stain glass. My sustained interest in this process is a personal representation of the body and spirit.
More about the Artist:
I was born in San Francisco, California in 1949. My first year of school was at Sacramento State University, where I studied wihth the chicago artist Jim Nutt. In 1969, when I was 19, I transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute. My work was developing on its own idiosyncratic path, utilizing subtle references to the body and developing a personal vocabulary of materials, such as glass, blood, salt and fabric. I exhibiting my work at many alternative spaces and California museums. In 1972, while still a student, I joined The Berkeley Gallery.
The year I graduated with an MFA, I took my first teaching job at California College of Arts and Crafts. I continued to teach in the Bay Area, then in 1976 I got a Fulbright Grant to Romania. When i returned to San Francisco I had a solo exhibition at SITE Gallery and a group exhibition at the Berkeley Museum.
In 1979 I received the Phelan Award and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. In 1980 I joined the Paule Anglim Gallery, taught at The Art Institute and then at UC Davis. In 1982 I received another NEA fellowship and moved my studio to NYC. In 1984 I began teaching at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. In 1986-87 I was showing with the Deborah Sharpe Gallery in the East Village. In 1988 I had a solo show at Hofstra University, curated by Peter Plagens and, in 1989, a solo exhibition at the Willoughby Sharp Gallery.
In 1991 I received a Pollock-Krasner grant and in 1993 I got a teaching position at SUNY New Paltz, and received a NYFA grant for my sculpture. In 1997 I received another NYFA grant. In 2000 I hda solo shows at the Willoughby Sharp Gallery and the Queens Art Center. In 2002-03, I will have work included in a book called "UrbanGlass Sculpture," a solo exhibition at the Islip Museum, and group exhibitions at Axel Raben Gallery in NYC and The San Luis Obispo Museum in California.