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Herbert Simon

25 East Center Street
Shavertown, PA 18708, U.S.A.
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Phone: (570)696-3167

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Born: Nashville, TN - 1927


  • New York University ( BY, MA ), HansHofmann Art School, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture


  • School of Design, North Carolina State College, Raleigh, NC - 1956-58
  • Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 1969-92


  • Phoenix Gallery, NYC, NY - 1964, 1966
  • Sardine Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 1974, 1980, 1992
  • SUNY Binghamton , Binghamton , NY - 1978
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, NY - 1979

EXHIBITIONS (Selected Group)

  • New New York Views, Museum of the City of New York, NYC, NY - 1999
  • Landscapes: An exhibit of Sculpture, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington , D.C. - 1997
  • Art of the State , State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA - 1992
  • Four Artists, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA - 1991
  • Invitational , Katharine Rich Purl Gallery, NYC, NY - 1989
  • Eleven Sculptors, Roger La Pellet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - 1990
  • Four Artists and a Writer, Federal Hall, NYC, NY - 1982
  • Six Artists, Lob Student Center, New York University, NYC, NY - 1967
  • Drawings USA , Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY - 1955
  • Province town Art Association, Province town, MA - 1960


  • Two Modules, Coal Street Park , Wilkes-Barre , PA
  • Facets, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Robertson Center for the Arts, Binghamton, NY
  • Ever hart Museum, Scranton, PA
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • The State Museum of Pennsylvania , Harrisburg, PA
  • James Missioner Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
  • Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
  • Museum of the City of New York, NYC
  • Allentown Art Museum, Allentown , PA
  • Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA


  • The McDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
  • Artist in Residence - Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ

A frequent course of development in the art of many 20th century artists has been a progression from representationlism to abstraction. This was the case with my work, but in the late 80s I began to move away from pure abstraction back to a form of representation. I felt that the aims of my earlier abstract sculpture had been realized, and merely working with variations on this formal vocabulary did not interest me.

In any direction an artist follows certain things are gained, others lost. The play of formal relationships, a working with geometric modules, and the more impersonal character of my earlier abstract work has been followed by sculptures in which memory, nostalgia, the absurd, the bizarre, the humorous and the self-referential have been given scope.

These previous works were largely fabricated in metal- steel, aluminum and stainless steel- but since 1993 I have concentrated on sculptures cast in bronze. Many of these concern a theme and its variations, and most recently I have done a series of sculptures based on other artist's work. Also I have continued my interest in sculptures employing found objects . I think of these objects as dysfunctional, in which the utilitarian function of a commonplace object is rendered "useless", i.e. rendered into art.