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Jack Gron

1750 Hamblen Rd.
Kingwood, TX 77339, U.S.A.
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Phone: 361 774 9651

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Jack Gron

 

Born in Steubenvile, Ohio

MFA 1976, Washington, University, St. Louis, Mo

BFA 1973, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio

 

Professional Experience:

 

2019- Recipient,  Houston Arts Alliance -Support for Artists and Creative 

       Individuals Grant- “Building Community Through Sculpture Workshops”. 

       A hands on cast aluminum workshop presented free of charge to the community.

 

2018- Visitation 3- one year loan, outdoor sculpture installation. Welded and cast aluminum, painted steel, 78”h. Sawyer Yards, Houston, Tx.

        “From the Belly of the Beast”- curated invitational group exhibition-Stephen Smith Fine Art, Fairfield, Alabama.

 

         “Still Life With Sausage-Sculpture and Sketchbook Drawings”- Lone Star Community College North Harris Fine Art Gallery.

 

2017- “Community Column”- a collaborative cast and fabricated aluminum sculpture

         installed at La Retama Park in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

        “Still Life With Sausage” -solo exhibition of aluminum castings at K Space Contemporary Art Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

2016 Visiting Artist- Festival of High Temperatures-The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (Poland). Presented a series of workshops and lectures on casting iron in an international studio arts program.

 

2015 Visiting Artist, Domaine Forget, St. Irenee, Quebec Canada. Presented a series of lectures and workshops in constructing and operating a portable foundry to cast aluminum. Fabricated and installed outdoor kinetic sculpture ,“Chase” for the Harmonic                 Gardens on the grounds of Domaine Forget.

 

2014 Viewpoints-sponsored by  Studio Montclair , Montclair NJ. Juried international exhibition featuring 100 artists. Ajira Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey. 

 

2013 "Corpus Christi Shield" 20'h. welded bronze and aluminum commission installed at Police Station Downtown Corpus Christi, Texas. Awarded through a public art competition sponsored by the city's Arts and Culture Commission.

2012 "Cast Iron Sculpture," Texas Atomic Iron Commission, New Mexico Highlands University,

                               Las Vegas, NM. (March 2012 - April 2012)

 

2011 National Conference on Cast Iron Art, Sloss Historic Furnaces, Birmingham, Ala

 

        Advisor for TAMUCC student crew for Student Cupola Contest at the National Cast Iron Art Conference at Historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. 

2010 Visiting Artist  -Northern Illinois University School of Art-Dekalb, Illinois- conducted lectures, critiques, mold making workshops and cast iron demonstration. 

 

         Organized and coordinated cast iron demonstration on the beach in front of the Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi campus. Visiting artists from across the nation participated in this event.

 

2009 Casting Iron demonstration-Texas Atomic Iron Commission (group collaborative)

        National Cast Iron Art Conference, Sloss Historic Furnaces Birmingham, Alabama

        Artist in Residence-Museum of Outdoor Steel Sculpture, Coalbrookdale, UK.

         Two- week residency in mold making and iron casting workshops.

 

2008 Panel presentation- Crossing Boundaries- Juror- student exhibition, Workshop Leader; TASA annual conference; Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

 

2007 Artist in Resident-two week workshop and lecture series culminating in a cast iron 

       event. Hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk, Poland.

 

2006 Panelist-5th International Conference on Cast Iron Art, Ironbridge England

       5th Keen Foundry Symposium- Cast iron workshop participant

        Houston, Tx.

 

     Artist in Residence-Ironbridge Museum of Outdoor Steel Sculpture, Coalbrookdale, England. Three week residency constructing cast iron and steel sculpture.

      Elected to Board of Trustees, Art Museum of South Texas

      Corpus Christi, Texas

 

2005-

2014 Chair, Department of Art, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

 

2013 "In Depth- Texas Biennial exhibition," Texas Sculpture Group, Art Car Museum, Houston, Texas, USA. (September 2013 - November 2013)

 

 

2011 Solid Substance- Juried exhibition, G. Gallery, Houston,  Texas

Arrested Form- group exhibition, Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University, 

  Beaumont Texas

 

Texas Uprising 2- juried Work by members of Texas Sculpture Group-Blue Star                   Contemporary, San Antonio, Texas

 

2010 National Small Sculpture Exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Az.

A survey of small sculpture from across the USA.

 

Imagillaboration- national touring exhibition . Collaborative works of 100 sculptors from across the USA. Islander Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Views from my Toy Box- 2 person exhibition-small sculpture exhibition, Gallery Nord,

                San   Antonio, Texas

 

National Iron- juried national exhibition, a survey of cast iron from across the USA. Missoula Museum of Art, Missoula, Montana

 

 

2009 Cast Iron Sculpture Exhibition-International invitational exhibition, Bull Pen Gallery,

        Oxfordshire, UK.

 

       Waco National Sculpture Invitational-two year outdoor sculpture exhibition

       Waco, Texas

Forms in Metal-Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, California

national invitational exhibition

 

Iron Pour Blood-national national invitational exhibition. Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for                 Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Mn.

 

 

2008 “Iron Tribe Exhibit”, in conjunction with the First Annual Western Cast Iron Conference                   Demiurge Studios, Denver Colorado.

 

         “Sculpture on the Green”, Kemp Art Center , Wichita Falls, Texas, year long, outdoor sculpture invitational exhibition

 

      Contemporary Cast Iron 2- national invitational exhibition, 

      National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

 

     “Mentors”-Tom Gipe National Sculpture Invitational Exhibition-Jacoby Art Center,                             Alton, Illinois. An exhibition featuring the works of 10 sculpture professors and their                             chosen students.

 

 

Artist Statement

My work has grown into personal statements, experiences and reflections of the times in which I live. These observations of my world and my history all contribute to the images in which I produce in metal. The choice of metal as my primary sculptural material goes back to my upbringing in the Greater Ohio Valley, where industry reined supreme in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.   My family all worked in the various mills and plants and mines throughout that area of Steubenville, Ohio.  After High School and in summers during my college years, I too worked on the blast furnaces producing iron that would be converted into machine parts and structural and sheet steel of all alloys and shapes. 

 

 With a keen interest in current events and the world in which I live, my sculptural compositions had become statements of my personal beliefs.  These encompass politics, society, pop culture and organized religion to name a few.  I found that satire, and humor served as powerful tools to enable me to state my views manifest through industrial processes and materials

 

In a culture of rapidly changing images, we have become visually jaded as a defense mechanism from the constant barrage of the advertising of products, 24 hour news etc. I hope to offer through my work, symbols that may allow the viewer to stop and ponder upon the memories, reflections and meanings of their own personal lives that these compositions may stir or unlock.