Bruce Beasely’s work is in the permanent collection of over thirty art museums worldwide, including: The Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, the National Art Museum of China, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, The Los Angeles County Art Museum, and the China Museum of Contemporary Sculpture. He has had over fifty solo shows in museums and galleries around the world and has been included in over 160 group shows internationally. He has done thirty major sculpture commissions for cities and institutions worldwide, including: The Beijing Olympics, the cities of Shanghai, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Mannheim, Germany, The United States Government, the State of California, Stanford University, the University of Oregon, Miami International Airport, and the San Francisco International Airport. His work is included in fifty-five books on modern and contemporary sculpture.
George Beasley was born in Ironton, Ohio in 1943. He achieved a B.F.A degree at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1968 and a M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1970 at which time he joined the faculty of Georgia State University. In 2007 he was recognized as a “Regent’s Professor of Fine Art” by the University System of Georgia and has recently retired as “Regent’s Professor Emeritus.” He exhibits internationally and his work is found in numerous private, corporate, and institutional collections. Inspiration for imagery in his sculpture and drawings has been developed through research into Celtic influences on European foundry history and practice. Site-specific installations have been built to substantiate this research. Presently he divides his time between residences in Atlanta and in Northeast Scotland.
Russell Arthur Bauer
Russell Arthur Bauer is an interdisciplinary artist working with functional living systems. He received his BFA from Michigan State University in 2007, and anticipates receiving his MFA from the University of New Mexico's Art & Ecology program in 2014. Bauer is currently focusing on DC electronics systems involving the powering of plant growth spectrum LEDs, sensors for controlling the climate, and microprocessor feedback loops animating his living sculptures. His latest work 'Live Stock' was completed for a solo exhibition held in conjunction with ISEA12 in Albuquerque, NM entitled 'Welcome to the Fuchsia'. Live Stock is a hanging interactive sculpture that grows wheatgrass in a pressurized environment. The highly nutritious wheatgrass is performatively harvested, juiced and fed to the gallery viewers. Through the creation of hybrid electronic/living anthropomorphic artworks, Bauer suggests an ethic extending human rights to what many people think of as the 'non-living'. Bauerl keeps a blog of projects he is involved with at http://RABwork.com.
Franklyn Berry is a mechanical engineer with 40 years of experience in the development of electro-mechanical machinery, fabrications, and kinetic applications. His formal training in requirements analysis, 3D solid modeling, drafting and sketching, finite element analysis, software development and coding, and power electronics are allied with his interests in the visual arts. He has helped sculptors like Ned Kahn, Janet Zweig, Lewis Desoto and Charlotte Paul, and several Midwestern architects develop their artistic visions into plans and prototypes for durable installations with well defined performance criteria, material and process applications, budgets, and "professional engineering" review and certifications for conformance. Berry is based in Milwaukee, WI. His practice, artifacts, collaborates with a Milwaukee based fabricator, AFX, in the production and installation of public art.
Sanford Biggers, an LA native currently working in NYC, creates artworks that integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process, and an equally syncretic creative approach, he makes works or “vignettes” that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.
Tom Bollinger is a sculptor and the managing owner of Bollinger Atelier, a fine art production company that specializes in cast and fabricated bronze and other metal sculpture using traditional techniques as well as advanced digital technology. Bollinger Atelier, formerly AZB Fine Art Atelier, was established in 1977 in Tempe, Arizona. Bollinger was one of the foundry's first employees before he purchased the business in 1997. Bollinger has also worked as a consultant and Foundry Director for Shidoni Foundry in Santa Fe, NM and Tallix in Beacon, New York.
Cath Brunner directs Public Art 4Culture in Seattle, Washington, bringing over 25 years of experience as a built environment innovator. Brunner specializes in managing large-scale integrated public art projects for facilities that include Harborview Medical Center, SeaTac International Airport and Brightwater wastewater treatment system. A strong advocate for the economic, social and environmental benefits of public art incorporated into the built environment, Brunner lectures on integrating art in infrastructure, place-making and best practices in the field.
Paul Catanese is a hybrid media artist, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and the President of the New Media Caucus, a College Art Association Affiliate Society. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2000 in Art and Technology Studies. Catanese is the author of Director’s Third Dimension, a book on three-dimensional programming for interactive multimedia; and the co-author (with Dr. Angela Geary) of Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional, and Hybrid Techniques. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, notably at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA Artist's Gallery, the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Stuttgart Filmwinter, FILE, ANIMAC, and the New Forms Festival. Catnese is the recipient of numerous residencies, grants and awards, including commissions for the creation of new artwork from Turbulence.org as well as Rhizome.org.
David Cianci is a Designer and Principal of Artscape. Artscape is a dynamic and innovative Australian based public art consultancy whose approach is collaborative and integrative, with an emphasis on bringing together skills and approaches from a range of disciplines in a complementary and project specific way. Cianci is skilled in the management of projects from concept design, through design documentation to built completion. His sound knowledge of the design and construction processes has been instrumental in working between artists, developers and authorities on the development of site specific installations. Cianci’s role includes managing procurement services, cultural planning, public art strategies and strategic development initiatives across a spectrum of arts and cultural practices. Cianci’s professional background in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design has resulted in an inherent respect for site specific conditions and appreciation of the role that art can play in creating memorable, meaningful and quality public spaces, coupled with formal training in visual arts and industrial.
Steven Daly was born on the East coast and raised on the West coast. His first creative impulses were in music with transition to art occurring half way through high school. A first “real” sculpture is made, as a student in the early 60’s, at San Jose State University in Northern CA. His primary media interest at this time was cast bronze and aluminum, and images tended to be anthropomorphic organic and mechanical combinations. Daly’s training continued at Cranbrook Academy of Art Technical and aesthetic growth accelerated as ideas were challenged and refined. He began teaching at the Univ. of Minnesota the year after his MFA work. The 70’s were split between teaching at Humbolt State Univ.(N. CA) and a 2-year residency as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Italy where drawing became a parallel interest and the figuration entered the vocabulary. In 1981 Daly moved to Texas where he still works and lives. A Professor Emeritus at the Univ. of Texas in Austin, Daly maintains a studio in a rural area near Austin. For more information, www.daly-studio.com.
Dana Martin Davis
Dana Martin Davis is presently CCO of Davis Steel & Iron, a third generation AISC-certified structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication company in North Carolina, touting blue collar practicality with an uncommon aesthetic sensibility.
With personal experience in metal work ranging from making her own undergrad student-level cloisonne’, to collecting museum quality contemporary steel sculpture, to fabricating actual museum structures; Davis offers a massive atelier allowing sculptors to achieve their ultimate scale.
Keenly focused on the transformative possibility of the collaborative project, she cites Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan at The Grand Palais as a peak experience of new concept within dazzling venerable structure. An invitation is extended for you to experience the Mint Museum, Knight Theater, and The Bechtler Museum as the most recent examples of her passion and Davis Steel’s contributions to the cultural landscape of Charlotte.
Yvonne Domenge was born in Mexico City in 1946. She studied plastic arts at the Outremont School in Montreal, Canada, at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and in Mexico City. Working in materials as diverse as wood, stone, marble cement, steel, silver and resin, Domenge has had more than 40 solo shows and participated in nearly 200 group exhibitions across Mexico, the United States, Canada, Europe and China. Her sculpture Lily won gold medal at the Olympic Landscape Design Contest in Beijing, China, and her work was selected to represent Mexico for the International Sculpture Biennale 2009-2011 in Vancouver, Canada, for which she was awarded the Sorel Etrog Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture & Public Art. She currently has six large-scale sculptures on show at Millennium Park in Chicago. She has a gold medal from the Academic Society of Arts, Letters and Science in Paris and is an honorary member of the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts in Belgium.
Isaac Duncan III
Isaac Duncan III a Brooklyn, New York native and Afro-Cuban descendant, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and certification of secondary art education from St. Mary's College. In 2001, he was awarded a Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, from the University of Kentucky, where he completed his Masters of Fine Arts, in Art Studio- Sculpture, in 2004. Duncan has taught elementary/middle school art as well as university sculpture and digital image-making. Isaac was employed by John Henry Sculptor, Inc. for three years, where he was the crew supervisor, heavy equipment operator and John Henry’s assistant. Duncan opened his own studio, Duncan Sculpture and Services, where he creates his large scale sculptures and fabrication projects. In 2009, Duncan was contracted, by internationally renowned artist Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett, to fabricate their sculpture “A Place In The Woods,” for the Hunter Museum of American Art. He also teaches as Adjunct Professor at Chattanooga State Technical College.
Bob Emser is an international sculptor with exhibits on 4 continents, 7 countries and 27 states in the U.S. His extensive body of work dating back to 1978 can be seen in cities and municipalities, sculpture parks, museums and institutions of higher learning. During his 30+ year career he has served as a visiting artist and has taught at several universities and held a tenured professorship. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation of the Art, the United State Artist foundation and several others. As a strong arts advocate he founded a not-for-profit art center that is still in existence and served as the executive director of Chicago’s international sculpture exhibition, Pier Walk. Emser was the architect of local Chapters for the International Sculpture Center and co-founded the Chicago Sculpture International (CSI) in 2004. He served as the CSI’s founding president until 2011. Emser has served on the ISC Board of Directors and currently is on the Board of Directors of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. In a review in Art in America (May 2006) Emser’s work was described as “complex and challenging with its own distinctive personality”. Emser focuses his full time efforts on creating sculptures for public and private spaces.
Bill Fontana is an American composer and artist who uses sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. He has realized sound sculptures and radio projects for museums and broadcast organizations around the world. Exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Ludwig (Cologne), the Post Museum (Frankfurt), the Art History and Natural History Museums (Vienna), both Tate Modern and Tate Britain (London), the 48th Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), the Art Gallery of NSE (Sydney) and the new Kolumba Museum (Cologne). He has done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France and the Austrian State Radio. Prizes has won are the Golden Nica for Digital Music form Ars Electronica in 2009 and the San Francisco Bay Area Treasure Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fontana’s current projects include Acoustical Visions of the Golden Gate Bridge, for the Bridge’s 75th Anniversary and Soaring Echoes a site-specific sound sculpture for the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Adam Frelin divided his undergraduate education between Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA; Hunter College, New York, NY; and the Art Center of Lorenzo De’ Medici, Florence, Italy. In 2001 he received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego. From 2001-2004 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, and since 2006 has held the position of Assistant Professor of Art at SUNY University at Albany in Albany, NY. He has shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Getty Research Institute; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Frelin has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Gateway Foundation, and College Art Association. Frelin has completed projects in Japan, Finland, Austria, Ukraine, and most recently India. He has had two books of photography published, and has had several public artworks commissioned. Frelin lives and works in Troy and Brooklyn, NY.
Chris Fremantle is a producer and researcher working in public art. In 2011 he was appointed as part of a team to deliver Creative Scotland's national public art development program. PAR+RS, is focused on critical debate and reflection, supporting practitioners and commissioners in Scotland. He is also currently working on arts and health projects with Ginkgo Projects and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. He has a long term association with On The Edge Research, Gray's School of Art and has worked as a Research Associate on The Artist as Leader and on the steering group for the Working in Public Seminars. He contributes to the Art Space & Nature MA/MFA at Edinburgh College of Art and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. In 2010 he established ecoartscotland as a platform for research and practice, connecting into international networks. He is on the Executive of the Scottish Artists Union. Prior to going freelance, he was Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire.
Cliff Garten has completed more than fifty sculptures throughout the U.S. and Canada in collaboration with significant architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering projects. While sought after for creating evocative and nuanced site-specific sculptures within the civic realm, Garten also maintains an independent studio practice creating small-scale sculptures and works on paper. Garten’s artistic approach toward civic sculpture explores the expressive potential of infrastructure. He places his sculpture within the everyday as a way to re-imagine how civic infrastructure might perform beyond its basic function. By connecting people to places through sculptural material, social history, and ecology, his civic sculptures locate the latent potential within a public space. Garten is the recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation Fellowship for Individual Artists, the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, and the Jerome Foundation Travelling Artist Grant. His civic sculptures have consistently been named best in the nation by The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network and have been cited for design excellence by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Helen Glazer lives in Owings Mills, MD. She received her BA in art from Yale University and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. in New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Florida. Two relief sculptures are currently on loan to the American Embassy in Lima, Peru, through the Arts-in-Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC (2011) and the Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY (2012), as well as in group exhibitions at Photo 11 at Artisphere, Arlington, VA (2011) and the New York Hall of Science (2011-12). She also will have a piece in the 100th Anniversary Juried Exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum (2012-13). Glazer's works are in the collections of the Medical College of Virginia, the Chautauqua Institution and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
John Gow and his wife, Jo
John Gow and his wife, Jo, established Connells Bay Sculpture Park in 1998. John previously financed such popular international musicals as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. John and his wife Jo put the royalties from sponsoring these plays into a program bringing together nature with monumental art in the stunning landscape of New Zealand. Initially, they purchased sculpture to enhance the setting for three colonial-era cottages along the shoreline. However, the concept of a sculpture park developed, and the Gows have purchased and commissioned more than 26 large-scale permanent works and five temporary installations. In this evolution, Connells Bay has followed a typical pattern; while the collection began with purchased works, it continued to grow through commissioned pieces. This mature stage has brought with it some of the parks most distinctive sculpture, since commissioned works tend to have a specific reference to place, space, or site. The Gows have embraced a variety of works that challenge the concept of a sculpture park and comment on their own activities at Connells Bay.
Lisa Hickey-Besserer has been responsible for implementing and managing more than 20 public art projects on behalf of the Calgary’s Public Art Program. Her project portfolio has focused on placing artworks in public spaces such as parks, recreation facilities and transit stations. She has also facilitated the Public Art Program’s civic partner portfolio, providing guidance to private and partner organizations embarking on their own public art initiatives. In 2012 she transitioned to a Program Coordinator position, overseeing the creation of a new public art education portfolio. Hickey-Besserer obtained her Honors BA specialist degree in Arts Management from the University of Toronto, combined with a major in Art History. Prior to her career in public art, Hickey-Besserer spent over a decade as a coordinator and consultant for the municipal arts council Arts Etobicoke and several commercial galleries in Toronto, Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta. She is currently pursuing post graduate studies in Cultural Policy through the University of British Columbia.
Jon Isherwood's work has been widely exhibited in public museums and private galleries around the world. Over twenty solo exhibitions and seventy group exhibitions including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy; His work can be found in over 22 public collections. Publications include The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and The London Times, UK. Media coverage includes WAMC Public Radio, US; and The Culture Show, BBC Television, UK)
Mary Jane Jacob
Mary Jane Jacob is a curator who holds the position of Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago [SAIC]. As chief curator of the Museums of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Los Angeles, she staged some of the first U.S. shows of American and European artists. Then shifting her workplace from the museum to the street, Jacob critically engaged the discourse around public space with such landmark site-specific and community-based programs as “Culture in Action” in Chicago, and “Conversations at The Castle” during the Atlanta Olympics, and “Places with a Past” for the Spoleto Festival USA-which launched two decades of public engagement in Charleston, South Carolina. More recently her programs have led to co-edited anthologies: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience into Art, The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists, and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society.
Elizabeth Keithline is the Director of Public Art and Grants To Organizations for the RI State Council On the Arts. She is a principal at Wheel Arts Administration, serving as the founding director of Providence Art Windows and the Rhode Island Graffiti Contest. In 2010, she curated “The Apartment At The Mall,” featuring the artist collective Trummerkind who were arrested for living secretly at the Providence Place Mall for four years. Keithline’s work as an artist and curator includes exhibitions at Governors Island, UMass Amherst, the Danforth Museum, the Contemporary Institute of Detroit, Gatescapes NY, the Newport Art Museum, Real Art Ways, the Waiting Room New Orleans and Mobius, among others. For more information: http://www.elizabethkeithline.com/.
Paul Klein has long been an art advocate and proponent for artists. In 2006 his long-term contributions were acknowledged by the Chicago Society of Artists when he was selected as their “Man of the Year.” His desire to see artists empowered led him to create Klein Artist Works to demystify the art world, assist artists in a navigating their own path and to make introductions to enable artists to succeed on their terms. He was the Managing Director of the Bridge Group, the premier Art Succession Planning Group in the country. For the past 8 years Klein has championed Chicago art by writing and distributing ArtLetter, which is also published in the Huffington Post. Klein was the Art Consultant/Curator for the 2.3 million square foot expansion of McCormick Place West. Klein owned and operated Klein Art Works from 1981 to 2004. In recent years, because of his Chicago focus at McCormick Place and his plain speaking ArtLetter he has become the go-to guy in the expanding Chicago art scene, advising artists and cultural institutions almost daily.
Jonathan Kuhn A twenty-five year veteran of New York City Parks & Recreation, Kuhn has served as its Director of Art & Antiquities since 1995, and oversees the placement, display and care of permanent and temporary art, and monuments in the City’s parks. He has curated more than 30 exhibitions on the history of parks in New York, and has authored the catalogue, The Outdoor Gallery: 40 Years of Public Art in New York City Parks (2007), the guide, Historic Houses in New York City Parks (1989/1992), as well as more than two dozen entries in the Encyclopedia of New York City (1995).Mr. Kuhn previously worked at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Christina Lanzl is a cultural planner, public art consultant, freelance curator, presenter and author with more than 20 years of experience working with the creative leadership of neighborhoods, towns, and cities to create successful places that become part of our history, part of our evolving culture, and part of our collective memory. Prior to joining the Urban Art Commission of Memphis as Executive Director this summer, she was affiliated with the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for 12 years. This spring, she also launched the Urban Culture Institute in Berlin, Germany. Lanzl has completed more than 70 projects working with public and private sector clients, cultural institutions and grassroots community initiatives. She regularly publishes on art and culture, placemaking, and integrated design, notably as contributing writer for the journal Sculpture. Lanzl’s achievements have been honored with awards of distinction by Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Nan Foundation, Manhattan Arts, Artprint Magazine, and Public Art Network Year in Review.
Jon Lash attended California College of the Arts before joining Johnson Atelier in 1978. He showed in NYC with the Victoria Munro Gallery in the 1980’s and has work in various private and corporate collections in the US. At Johnson Atelier Jon was the Director of Special Projects. Lash has worked with numerous Artists from around the world overseeing their projects using traditional casting and metal fabrication techniques. He has taught workshops and lectured at many US Universities and was a USIS Special Ambassador to Kuwait in the late 1980’s. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia visiting foundries and Arts communities. In 1998, Lash started the Digital Atelier within the Johnson Atelier. Digital Atelier is a sculpture and design firm creating unique, often one of a kind sculptures using advanced digital imaging, laser scanning and CNC machining. The DA workshop supports artists, architects and designers from original concept through project completion.
Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based audio artist and teacher. He has devoted a majority of his professional career to unorthodox approaches to sound and its instrumentation with a broad understanding of texture, atmosphere and microtones. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, founder of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Executive Director of the World Listening Project.
Matt Lynch is Associate Professor of Art at The University of Cincinnati and holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a BFA from Ball State University. He has worked under the name SIMPARCH since 1996 with Steve Badgett and other collaborators. SIMPARCH creates large-scale artworks that examine the built environment in site-specific projects. Their approach is responsive to opportunity. Because their process is project driven, they largely operate without a permanent studio, arranging workspace appropriate to each project. Uniting all of SIMPARCH’s projects is an concern for the work’s social potential. Acting as sites for communal interaction and social exchange, these structures infuse the languages of art and architecture with a desire to connect a diverse range of participants. Current projects include a yearlong site-specific commission for the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. The project, “Uppers and Downers”, a collaboration with Chris Vorhees is on view through December 2012. SIMPARCH is working on a commission for the General Services Administration at a new land port of entry in Texas. This permanent sculpture is being produced as a component of a major facility designed to control flow between the USA and Mexico. www.simparch.org
Jessica Mandrick, P.E., LEED AP
Jessica Mandrick, P.E., LEED AP is a structural engineer at Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP in New York City. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a BS in Engineering and a BA in Studio Art. She has worked on the structural analysis and design of many large public sculptures and installations. Notable projects include Mark Gibian's Serpentine Structures, Helaman Ferguson's Umbilic Torus, and the retrospectives of Cai Guo Qiang and Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She remains active in art, working in welded steel and bronze at the Art Student's League of New York. She participates yearly in the Canstruction® competition in which design professionals build sculptures out of canned goods for public display to support local food banks. Additionally, she is an active member of the Structural Engineering Institute's Young Professionals Committee and a mentor with the ACE program which introduces high school students to the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering. Her interests include the integration of engineering and art, sustainability, and sailing.
Lewis Manilow is a lawyer and real estate developer. He helped fund the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in collaboration with Joseph Randall Shapiro and other passionate contemporary art collectors in 1967. He was also a principal backer and longtime honorary president of Chicago's Goodman Theatre and the developer of the town of University Park, Illinois, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, a monumental internationally recognized outdoor sculpture park at Governors State University. Manilow is a lifetime trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, served as a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and serves on the boards of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Progressive Policy Institute, the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, and the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust. Manilow was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000.
John David Mooney
For thirty years, the John David Mooney Foundation has operated as a true laboratory- one that crosses boundaries between disciplines, facilitates understanding, and applies discovery. In the early 1970s, artist Mooney called upon an international team of physicists, engineers, and computer scientists to work in conjunction with other artists. The result was the "Visual Systems Research" Group, an innovative team that pushed the boundary between Art and Science, producing what proved to be the inaugural ventures of the John David Mooney Foundation. Simultaneously, Mooney was approached by artists, architects, and scientists who had completed their formal training and wished to study with him. Today, the Foundation's Apprentice and Internship Program holds to the same ideals of service and collaborative processes that inspired its inception more than thirty years ago. In 1981, the Foundation established the International Currents Gallery, an exhibition space created in order to bring the world's most innovative artists to the city of Chicago. These artists continue to offer Chicago extraordinary new glimpses into the creative process. Since its conception, all Foundation programs and exhibitions have been and continue to be free and fully accessible to the public. They accept, invite, and encourage all who wish to participate in public art projects and to include them as "process artists."
Mary Neubauer has shown her work widely. Her sculptures and prints are in many collections, and she has completed numerous public art projects, including recent interactive sculptural works involving light and sound. In the past five years, her sculptures and digital images have appeared in national and international exhibitions including New York, Paris, Beijing, and Adelaide. Working at the intersection of art and science, she exhibits with organizations including Ars Mathematica/ Intersculpt, TeleSculpture, and Art-Science Collaborations, Inc. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Fellow in Cambridge England, and a Ford Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington. Recent residencies include the Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, the Vermont Studio Center, and the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency at the Kohler Foundry. She is Head of Sculpture at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, where she is involved in the Partnership for Spatial Modeling and serves as an affiliate to Arts, Media, and Engineering.
George W. Neubert
George W. Neubert currently serves as Director of the Flatwater Art Foundation, founded in 2004 to initiate and present cultural and visual arts programming, contemporary artist residencies including the establishment of an American Folk Art Museum in the historic frontier river-town of Brownville, Nebraska. He continues his professional career as a fine arts consultant in museum management, exhibition program, collection development, public art policy and placement and architectural landscape master-plan design. As a sculptor, he retains a studio in San Antonio, Texas and in Brownville, Nebraska. Neubert has served as Director and Curator of Contemporary Art for the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) in San Antonio, Texas, Director of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Associate Director of Art for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where he directed the Curatorial, Collection, Education, Preparation and Conservation Departments; and Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum.
Rod Northcutt is interested in people—how they live, die, love, fight, eat, drink, share, hoard, isolate, commune, work, make, and think. He was trained in art schools (MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of North Texas) and he has exhibited internationally, although he gave up on making pretty things for rich people long ago. He has lived and worked in Austin, Southern New Mexico, Chicago, Detroit, Rochester, and Southern Ohio, and he began teaching at the university level in 1999 in El Paso. He now creates projects that aim to generate dialogs within communities through creative, making-based practice. He maintains a studio in rural College Corner, OH with his wife Christina Miller. Refusing to work alone, he collaborates with other like-minded artists and collectives, cultural groups, and citizens of small communities to use art, intervention, and dialog to address social challenges.
Jacquelyn O’Brien is a freelance curator and art consultant based in Auckland, New Zealand. She was the inaugural Director of New Zealand’s premier temporary outdoor art event, “Sculpture on the Gulf.” After three terms in this role, she is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, researching the emergence of temporary public art events and exhibitions internationally. O’Brien focuses on the implications for contemporary art production and reception outside the confines of institutional venues conventionally dedicated to the production and reception of critical art practices. Her MA thesis explored the development of temporary public art within the context of local councils in New Zealand and charted the shift that took place as Auckland Council remodeled its Public Art Policy in the years between 2005 and 2009.
Andrea Polli, PhD
Andrea Polli, PhD (andreapolli.com) is currently an Associate Professor in Fine Arts and Engineering in the area of Art & Ecology and Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media at The University of New Mexico where she directs a research lab called the Social Media Workgroup at the University’s Center for Advanced Research Computing. Her work has appeared in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Artport, The Field Museum of Natural History, the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, and The New Yorker and has been recognized by Fulbright, UNESCO and the National Science Foundation. Her most recent book Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles, is published with Intellect Books. Polli is an editor of the MIT Press Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ) and Vice-President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Sophie Ryder's world is one of mystical creatures, animals and hybrid beings made from sawdust, wet plaster, old machine parts and toys, weld joins and angle grinders, wire 'pancakes', torn scraps of paper, charcoal sticks and acid baths. The products are a result of her methods, and they have an inherent fascination. It is still necessary, however, to see beyond them and recognize that the materials are a means to an end: the communication of ideas.
Joshua Reiman is a cross-disciplinary artist working simultaneously in sculpture, film, sound, video and photography. Reiman is a part-time visiting faculty member and technician at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University ('11) and a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute ('95). His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States, in Germany and in Estonia. His most recent exhibition was a solo survey of his work from the past 15 years at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. Reiman has been an artist in residence at SIM in Reykjavik Iceland, The Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska, Skulpturen Park, Berlin, and the 7 Below Arts Initiative, Vermont to name a few. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art New England, the Kansas City Star, the Buffalo News, 7 Days Vermont and various other newspapers and blogs.
Donna V. Robertson
Donna V. Robertson lectures and writes on issues confronting education and practice today, with special interest in new developments in building and urbanism. Dean Robertson was recently named one of the "25 Most Admired Educators of 2011" by DesignIntelligence. The print and online publication, "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2011," published a list in November 2010 of the top 25 U.S.-based professors and education leaders who exemplify excellence in design education leadership.
Jann Rosen-Queralt creates artwork integrating the diverse fabric of urban areas, revealing the character of each locale by maintaining environmental sensitivity, and the poetry of voice. She is interested in exchanging ideas, becoming a catalyst for encouraging discovery and expanding our capacity to remember and learn. A sample of her commissions include a rain garden that treats storm water runoff at Powhatan Springs Park, Arlington, Virginia; a sound garden at the Billingsley Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina and a fountain plaza in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. She has participated on several planning teams including the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility that provides services for Snohomish and King Counties in Washington State, and the Gwynns Falls Greenway Trail and Eco-Industrial Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Rosen-Queralt has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally in Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, and nationally throughout the east coast, mid-west and Georgia and Texas. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art while serving on the board of the Baltimore Public Art Commission continuing her commitment to integrating art within the public realm of everyday life. More information can be found at www.jannrosen-queralt.com.
Fisher Stolz is a sculptor exhibiting nationally, with work notably at the Hamilton Train Station in New Jersey and the International Terminal at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Recent commissions include a major outdoor sculpture for Caterpillar and a large interior work for the Peoria Civic Center. His sculpture is created primarily in stone, steel and cast metals that range in scale from interior pedestal pieces through large outdoor works. Stolz received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia and also studied abroad in Cortona, Italy. In 2005, he returned to Cortona for a semester as sculpture faculty. Stolz is a tenured professor at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he has been teaching sculpture since 1994. He is the Vice President of Chicago Sculpture International and is a working artist with a home and studio in Washington, Illinois. Examples of his work can be seen at fisherstolz.com.
Jeff Thomson has worked predominantly with corrugated iron since he became a fulltime sculptor in 1986. He cuts common building material into strips and weaves it, screen prints onto its surface, stacks it, knits it, turns it into lace, and uses it to make moulds from which he casts plastic, pours concrete and bakes bread.
Thomson exhibits throughout Australasia, Germany and France. In 2003 he was commissioned to build and install a sculpture in Berlin to commemorate the coming down of the Berlin Wall, a gift from the people of New Zealand to the people of Berlin. Several of his sculptures are part of the internationally acclaimed sculpture collection of Alan Gibbs’ “The Farm.”
Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA, was appointed Design Director of Millennium Park by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1998. In this capacity, he oversaw construction and completion of the 24.5 acre park, coordinating the contributions of world-class artists and architects, including Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Jaume Plensa, Anish Kapoor and Piet Oudolf with the landscape design firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichols. Uhlir now serves as the park’s Director of Planning. He know serves as the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Millennium Park Inc. and he is the President of Uhlir Consulting LLC which provides consulting services for the planning and design of parks. He lectures worldwide regarding Millennium Park and parks in general. Before his involvement with Millennium Park, Uhlir was the Director of Research and Planning for the Chicago Park District. Prior to that, he served as the Park District’s Director of Architecture, Engineering and Planning and he headed the public art program.
Julian Voss-Andreae is a German-born sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Starting as a painter, he changed course and studied physics at the Universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. His graduate research in quantum physics involved participating in a seminal experiment demonstrating quantum behavior for the largest objects thus far. In 2000, he moved to the USA with his passion for art rekindled and graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2004. Voss-Andreae’s sculpture, heavily influenced by his background in science, has captured the attention of the news media, and museums and collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions include a large-scale outdoor piece for the new Scripps Research Institute in Florida and a sculpture for chemistry Nobel laureate, Roderick MacKinnon, at Rockefeller University in New York City. Voss-Andreae’s scientific as well as his artistic work has been featured in several publications, including Nature and Science, the world’s two leading science journals.
Jana L. Weldon
Jana L. Weldon is a Senior Project Manager for Scottsdale Public Art, her position since November 2004. She provides management, public and educational outreach, curatorial direction, and keen problem solving skills for the City’s capital projects that include public art, ranging from major flood control infrastructure projects to sculpture at a forensics lab. In addition she leads other community building projects with art, whether its cycle tours or incubation projects for local, emerging and experimenting artists. Currently she is overseeing a new Master Plan for the program. Previously she served as project management position was with the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and had a career in the law, serving as a prosecutor, public defender and judge pro-tem in the municipal court systems in the Valley of the Sun. Weldon holds a BA in Latin from Marquette University and a Juris Doctorate with Master’s coursework in Art History from Arizona State University. She lives in central Phoenix and writes poetry and short stories.
Sean Whalley is a Canadian artist born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1969. This modern city of 300,000 was once of the largest broad leaf forest in the world, a fact that influences much of Whalleys work. Between acquiring his BFA from the Toronto's York University in 1993 and an MFA from the University of Regina in 2000, Whalley pursued the "old-world" technologies" of blacksmithing and coopering. Whalley has made Regina, Saskatchewan his home for nearly ten years. He has received several commissions from the city and is very active professionally in the community. He is currently is a professor at the University of Regina.
Allison Wiese is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works, and architectural interventions. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, amongst other venues at Machine Project in L.A., the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is the recipient of a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and has received grants from Art Matters and Creative Capital. Wiese is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a Core Fellow of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2001 to 2003. She holds a B.A. with Honors in Visual Arts from Brown University, and an M.F.A. from the University of California at San Diego. She learned to walk and talk in Brooklyn, drive in Southern California and everything else important in Texas.
Dr. Robin Woodward
Dr. Robin Woodward is a Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A popular speaker and teacher, she is a specialist in New Zealand art, with particular expertise in contemporary sculpture and public art. In her academic profile, Woodward has been responsible for developing research and teaching in these areas of art history in New Zealand. Her approach addresses international theory as well as the artistic and historical context of the oeuvre of individual artists and the visual analysis of specific works and sites. She has written monographs and thematic texts on aspects of modern and contemporary painting as well as sculpture. In addition to her academic research, Woodward works in an advisory role to public and private organizations on a local, regional and national level. She has also been involved in developing civic policy on siting, re-siting and de-accessioning public art. Recognizing the evolving landscape of public art, her research now focuses on sculpture events and temporary outdoor art projects.
5-minute Science and Sculpture Ignite Presenters
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Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh
Mary Bates Neubauer
Ellen Messner Rogers