Mr. Bellaver is a sculptor whose works span many mediums, including stone, wood, painted steel, and metal. His monumental works include The Kane County Veterans Memorial, Geneva, IL; Ēkwabet (Potawatomi Indian – found in the Art Inventories Catalog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum), St. Charles, IL; The Crucifixion of Christ (both bronze and wood), St. Patrick’s Church, St. Charles, IL; The Growth of Post Modern, MCC Technology, St. Charles, IL; Limestone in the Wind/Pittsburgh, Latrobe, PA; and Jesus Christ/The Resurrection, The Daughters of St. Paul, Boston, MA.
Mr. Bellaver’s sculptures also appear in the corporate, university, and civic collections of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, SD, Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Museum, Crandon, WI, Armstrong County, Kittanning, PA, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, St. Charles Heritage Center, St. Charles, IL, Forbes Health System, Pittsburgh, PA, Graphite Sales, Inc., Chagrin Falls, OH, H.J. Heinz Corporation’s International Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA, Hiram College, Hiram, OH, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, Property Investment Company, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, among others. His work also appears in private collections around the country.
Recent Exhibition Record:
Vicinity Show 2008 Norris Cultural Arts Center St. Charles, IL
Sculpture in the Park 2008 Mt. St. Mary’s Park St. Charles, IL
Gallery Show, Bridges Fine Art Gallery 2009 Hotel Baker St. Charles, IL
Art in the Abstract (5 artists) 2009 Fermilab Art Gallery Batavia, IL
Aurora Art Walk (7 artists) 2009 Downtown Venues Aurora, IL
Positive Matters (w/ Derek Hambly) 2010 Monroe Cultural Arts Center Monroe, WI
Turchin Center for the Arts’ Rosen Sculpture Competition 2010 Appalachian State U/Downtown Boone, NC
SculptureWalk 2010 Downtown, Washington Pavilion, and Avera McKennan Hospital Sioux Falls, SD
Sculpture in the Park 2010 Benson Sculpture Garden Loveland, CO
The Creative Thread–From Fibonacci to Fermi (1 man show) 2010 St. Vincent College Latrobe, PA
Sculpture Tour Salina 2011 Downtown Salina, KS
“Avenue of Sculpture Exhibit”/Art Chicago 2011 Merchandise Mart (outside) Chicago, IL
After his discharge from the United States Army, Mr. Bellaver earned a B.A. in Economics from St. Vincent College. He has been employed as a sales representative by Prudential Insurance and Xerox. He has worked as a sculptor full time since 1975. Mr. Bellaver has taken masters credit classes in art at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Northern Illinois University, as well as The School of the Museum of Art in Chicago. He is presently a member of the CSI (Chicago Sculpture International) and ISC (International Sculpture Center) and sits on the Boards of the St. Charles Visitors and Cultural Commission and the St. Charles Arts Council. Mr. Bellaver is a past President of the St. Charles Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation and a past Chairman of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s Public Art Committee.
In the nearly 35 years that I have been a professional sculptor, I have worked in many mediums, including stone, wood, and metal. My work over nearly four decades is eclectic, but shares a theme or style that is both organic and technical. My most recent work has been in bronze, painted steel, or painted fiberglass, and ranges from “tabletop” to monumental pieces over 18 feet tall. I have always been fascinated by the relationship of positive to negative space – the energy of their interaction, and my art. In fact, the relationship of art to the STEM disciplines has informed my artwork since my very first, extremely geometric stone sculptures. My work is in civic, corporate, residential, and university settings, both commissioned and spec.
I followed a very “unlinear” route to art – through work, the Army, and college. The journey was an experience – every day spent as an artist has been a joy.