Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Curriculum Vitae

1986  B.F.A. Parsons School of Design, Division of Fine Arts, Painting and Sculpture

2008-2010 Fellowship, Center for Emerging Artists, Philadelphia, PA
1995    Grant Recipient, Artist’s Fellowship, Inc., New York
1985    Skowhegan Center for the Arts, Maine; nominated for summer scholarship

Artist Assistantship:
1983-1987           Artist’s Assistant
Assistant to internationally renowned sculptor Ronald Bladen; construction and installation of large scale steel and wood sculptures.

2012     “Catagenesis”, Invited Artist, Globe Dye Factory, Philadelphia, PA
2012     “Out of Bounds” Schuykill Center for Environmental Studies, Philadelphia, PA
2011     “Toys” curated by Asha Ganpat, Middlesex County College Studio Gallery, NJ
2010     “Exchange”, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2009     “The Messenger is Already Dead”, Center for Emerging Visual Artists Spotlight Exhibition, 1521 Locust St. Gallery, Philadelphia
2009     The South Philadelphia Boat Show”, Storage, Philadelphia, PA
2009     “Dead of Winter”,Middlesex County College Gallery, NJ; & artists’ panel presenter
2009     “Art in Bars”, Vesuvius, Philadelphia, PA
2009     “Salon Exhibition:CFEVA Artists”, 1326 13th, South Philadelphia, PA
2009     Auction Benefit and Exhibition for CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA Felicity R. Bebe Benoliel Gallery, The Center For Emerging Visual Artists
2008     “Perspectives”, The Icebox, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
2008     “Art Selection”, Baachus Law Firm, Philadelphia, PA
2008     “Biennial 08-Philadelphia Selections”, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2008     “Live With It”, PhotoWest Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008     Far Away from the Beginning”, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2008     “Center for Emerging Artists: Opening Exhibition”, Moore College of Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007      Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show at the Navy Yard, Phil., PA, Art Furniture
2002-2005 Annual open studio, Brooklyn NYC; Philadelphia, PA
2005     Gawanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn New York
2004     Gawanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn New York
2004     Gallery Without Walls, South Street Seaport, New York
2003     Gowanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn  New York
2002     Gowanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, New York
2000     Group Exhibition, BHMS Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
1999     Gowanus Art Exchange, Brooklyn, New York, Open Studio and Performances
1998     Gowanus Art Exchange, Brooklyn, New York, Open Studio and Performances
1996     “Bibliomania: metaphorical works related to books, language & reading”, Eighth Floor Inc., Gallery, Soho, New York
1995     “Cross-Sections” group exhibition, Eighth Floor Inc., Gallery, Soho, New York
1993     Designed and constructed beehive hut sculptures based on prehistoric Irish dwellings. Ballydehob, Co. Cork., Ireland.
1992     “Ethernity”, group exhibition, Gallery 313, Bowery, New York City
1991-92 Installation, Design, and Fabrication of Rotating Sculpture, Test Site Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Design and installation of sculptural piece in artist-designed environment. Two 1-ton walls, each rotating on a central axis, spin at variable speeds narrowly avoiding contact and collision. Opening show with Lauren Szold. Video documentation available on request. Photo, New York Magazine, July, 1992; New York Magazine, Editorial, July, 20th, 1992, pg. 5; also Waterfront Week, July 15th, 1992; and Greenpoint Gazette, February 1992. Project budget, design, installation, and architectural interior design by artist.
1991     On-site Public Sculpture, Smith Street Station, Brooklyn, New York
            Collaboration with artist, Judy Aiello. Hanging sculpture beneath train trestle and over Hamilton Avenue.
90-91    Sculptural Installations, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Constructed large scale mixed media site-specific pieces in abandoned factories on Brooklyn Waterfront over a period of one year.
90-91    Licha Jimenez Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Inaugural Group Show 1990,
Group Exhibition 1991
1990     Barkinghog Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn  - Group Exhibition
1989     Subterranean Sculpture: underground installation, stone and cement, Calpe, Spain
1986     Parsons School of Design, Solo Graduate Exhibition, New York
1985     50 West Gallery, New York, N.Y.
            Spring and Fall Group Exhibitions

Additional Installations:

90-91    Sculptural Installations, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Constructed large scale mixed media site-specific pieces in abandoned factories on Brooklyn Waterfront over a period of one year. Art and Auction Magazine review.
1989     Subterranean Sculpture: underground installation, stone and cement, Calpe, Spain

Projects, Designs, and Commissions:

·                     2006-10 Artists Furniture Design, Marquetry
·                     2001-2009 Anamorphic Sculpture Series

·                     1999-2000 Monument Project
Planning and designing of collaborative monument

·              1996-98  Lighting and Votive Designer for Scarlet and Sage, Soho, N.Y.

·                     1994-2000         Designer
Free-lance Designer of interiors, furniture and lighting.

·                     1994     Sounds Fun!
Participated in installation and construction of interactive environment at Citicorp Center, New York, featuring musical instruments and interactive displays for children.

·                     1994     Exhibitions Designer, Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Designed and built interactive educational exhibitions geared for young children.

·                     1992     Co-designer/Contractor, 1629 Bar
            Interior design collaboration with Peter Moore Associates, mural painting, metal work, and complex plaster finishes. Reviewed in New York Magazine.

1991        Designer and builder of Test Site Gallery,the first experimental gallery space in Williamsburg Brooklyn. A 6000 sq ft space with the permanent installation of two 24’x2’x15’ rotating walls. Reviewed in NewYork magazine.

·                     1991     Set-designer
Off-Broadway Production of Vainglorious!, Ludlow St., New York

·                     88-89    Prop Designer
Broadway Production of Chess, with set designer Robin Wagner

·                     88-89    Arts Restorer, Center Arts Studio, New York
Restoration of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture.

·                     1985     Set Designer, for multi-media summer dance/arts production at St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York. Music by David Byrne, choreography by Cho.

Teaching Experience:

10-11    Adjunct, Middlesex County College, School of Corporate and Community Education Sculpture
10         Consultant, Franklin Township School District, NJ, delivered professional training workshops to art teachers K-12
09         Teaching-Artist, Arts High Program, Edison, New Jersey

00 – 06  Adjunct Associate Professor  Visual Studies Dept.
             College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

             Undergraduate Courses:
·         Introduction to Drawing – observational drawing
·         Drawing for Graphic Design
·         Multimedia Materials (a shop-based class)
·         Sculpture

Graduate Courses:
·         Space Time Studies - (Graduate Sculpture).
·         Art and Medicine – graduate lecture/studio course for medical students taught at Drexel’s College of Medicine, Queen’s Lane, East Falls, PA.

01 – 03 Adjunct Professor of Drawing
 Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Philadelphia, PA.
             Taught Drawing to adult professionals and non-traditional learners

99         Guest Artist, Touro College, Brooklyn, New York
            Gave artists presentation

95- 96 Teaching Assistant
National Institute of Health, Early Childhood Center, Bethesda, Maryland
            Teaching assistant for early childhood center working with children ages 2-5. Focus on art projects using mixed media and 3-D constructions.

1993     Instructor of Sculpture,  Ballydehob, Ireland
            Organized and taught eight-week adult education sculpture course. Materials used included stone, clay and mixed media.

1989     Teacher, Boy’s Harbor School, New York
            Taught art and woodshop to children ages 7-12 in Harlem.

1986     Teaching Assistant, Parson’s School of Design, New York
            Sculpture techniques


Pittsburgh Gazette, “Two Artists Create Imaginary Worlds and Will Explain Why”, Mary Thomas, review, January 13, 2010
Pittsburgh City Paper, “Standout Work Makes the Exchange A Good Deal”, Melissa Kuntz, Dec. 31, 2009
The Messenger is Already Dead Exhibition Review, August 16 2009, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia City Paper, review, Carolyn Huckabay, August 5, 2009
CFEVA at Drexel University: DoNArt News: Brewer multimedia reviews the Philadelphia Region Art Scene: August 13, 2008
CFEVA Art Show House,DoNArt News: Brewer multimedia reviews the Philadelphia Region Art Scene: 7/31/08
“The House That Art Built”, Caitlin Meals, South Philadelphia Review, July 24, 2008
 Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof’s ArtBlog, “A Tower Grows in South Philly”, March 30, 2008
Philadelphia Weekly, Roberta Fallon, May,  2008
“Newest Tower Iin South Philly is the Art Work of Furnituremaker/Artist”, The Open Press.com August 16, 2007
“A Smile in the Making” Blog, PhillyNews, Inquirer, March 25, 2007
Bradydale-live journal.com

Slide Registry:
White Columns, NYC
Artists Space, NYC
Irving Sandler Artists File

Visual Documentation available upon request.
References available upon request.

Biography and Artist's Statement

I was born in a poisoned industrial city and both my grandfathers made their livings painting smokestacks.  My interest in the remnants of the Industrial Age--- both the material realm and the metaphysical--- stems from my childhood.  I continue to be intrigued by things that are on their way out or dying and how we react at that moment. Do we flee? Try to hold things together? Or bring back an earlier version as nostalgia?  Nostalgia allows for total group denial of the past and the creation of a false past based on consensus that embodies the desire of the majority.  I left home and moved to New York City where I studied art. I began to work as an assistant to the sculptor, Ronald Bladen, and did that until I began to support myself as a laborer. At twenty eight I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness.  This changed the way I experienced time and history. I have spent my life making art.

Artist Statement:
I was initially working in plastic to create figurative anthropomorphic vignettes. These pieces mimic the surface of bronze and the associations and connections retained and reflected in that metallic surface.  My toy-like figures are very small but brutal. Brutality is like our circulatory system, it runs through us and through the systems we invent and organize. My figures express the mundane brutality that allows for war, sets us to mindless labor, or rears its face in our relationships, despite ourselves, despite love.  

From this, my work has evolved to where I use inanimate objects such as boats, missiles, or buildings, in a way which allows me to deal with these same issues of brutality without making direct use of the human body as the stage upon which these narratives are played out. It is a challenge to utilize inanimate objects to create a system through which I can continue this exploration with a minimum of sentiment.