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Artist's Statement, CV

Artist's statement

My medium is wood. I am enamored with its qualities - its colors, grains and textures - and forever challenged by the sculptural possibilities of carving and fabrication. I also like to experiment with combinations of wood and other media.

I believe that my work is form driven and often about “soft” and “hard” visual and tactile shapes. The “soft” shapes are inspired by my earlier work in clay and my ongoing fascination with biomorphic form. Such shapes evolve naturally when carving. The “hard” shapes are inspired by my interest in technology and structure. These result when fabricating.

The sculptural forms that emerge have intriguing metaphorical connotations. “HARD” seems to signify what is rational, controlled and active, whereas “SOFT” seems to be more about what is emotional, spontaneous, passive and vulnerable.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Valley Cottage Library 2011
Azarian McCullough Art Gallery 2008, 2001
Suffern Free Library 2008
Chapel Gallery 2002 (Mariandale Retreat Center)
Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts 2003
Piermont Flywheel Gallery 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993
Edward Hopper Foundation 1991, 1980
Washington Square Gallery, N.Y.C. 1980
Ward-Nasse Gallery, N.Y.C. 1978, 1976
Graphica 3, Haifa Israel, 1976

Selected Group Exhibitions:
"National Trompe L'eoil Exhibit", John F. Peto Museum (9/27-12/31/14)
"Artoberfest", Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center (10-11/14)
"Northeast Ceramic Sculpture", Art Centro (9/13-10/11/14)
"Change and Transformation", Blue Hill Art Center (12/13-5/14)
"Members Exhibit", Rockland Center for the Arts (1/13)
"VCS Gay Pride Exhibit(s)", Rockland Center for the Arts (2010-13)
"It's All About Me !", Azarian McCullough Art Gallery (11-12/12)
"Re-imagining Garner", Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center (10-11/12)
"Juried Exhibit", Center for Contemporary Art Bedminster NJ (11-12/12)
"Resurrection Show", Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center (10-11/12)
"Post Cards from the Edge", Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA) 1-2/12
"Art Faculty Exhibit", Azarian McCullough Art Gallery (2-3/11)
"New Dimensions Exhibit", Upstream Gallery (1/11)
"Robes", Theresa Maloney Art Gallery, College St. Elizabeth (9-10/10)
"Through Your Eyes", Rockland Historical Society (9-11/10)
"Garnerworld Invitational", Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center (10/09 -2/10)
"2007 Art of Hospice", VCS Rockland - curated by Eric Laxman
"Once Upon a Tree", Garnerville Arts Project Gallery 6/06
"Kindred Spirits", Pomona Cultural Center (two person exhibit) 1/03
"Interpreting the River", Blue Hill Plaza 11/97 3/98
"Rockland Artists Today", Rockland Center for the Arts 1996
"We're Only a River Apart", Kennedy Galleries N.Y.C. 5/95
"Regional Juried Exhibition", National Museum Ceramic Art, Baltimore 1991
"Art to Live With", Sterlington N.Y. (curated by Thorpe Intermedia Gallery) 1991
"Mt. Aramah Invitational", Artists of Orange & Rockland (Thorpe Intermedia Gallery) 1986
"Rockland County Artists", Rockland County Legislature 12/84 - 4/85
"Architecture & its Sculpture", Thorpe Intermedia Gallery 11/84
"Proposals 1983", Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA) 1983
"Works in Clay and Fiber", Valley Cottage Library (two person exhibit) 1983
"Rockland Artist-Craftsmen", Rockland Historical Society 1982
"Chair Show", Thorpe Intermedia Gallery 1981
"New York Clay Works", Thorpe Intermedia Gallery 1980 (curator and exhibitor)
"Members Exhibit", N.J. Painters & Sculptors Society Lever House N.Y.C. 1976
"Craftsmen Hudson Highlands", Bear Mountain State Park 1974-85
"NYS Craftsmen", 1974
"Westchester Arts Society", 1970-73
"Rockland Foundation", 1978, 1974, 1972
"N.J.Painters & Sculptors Society", Members Exhibit 1970-75
"Hudson River Museum", Invitational Exhibit 1972
"Silvermine Guild of Artists", Member's Exhibit 1972-75

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Tappan NY, (liturgical cross) 2008
St. Stephens Episcopal ChurchPearl River, N.Y., (processional cross) 2006
Domincan Sisters of Sparkill, (liturgical chair and cross) 2000-01
St. Thomas Aquinas College, (liturgical cross) 1999
CIBA-Geigy Legal Department, 1995 (private commission)
County of Rockland - Executive Arts Awards, (multiple free standing sculptures) 2000, 1995, 1992
Klein and Klein, Law Office, Suffern N.Y., (wall relief) 1988
Thorpe Village - Sparkill, N.Y., 1987 (wall relief) (NYFA grant)
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Benjamin - New City, N.Y., 1988 (wall relief) (private commission)
Mr. Steven Barris - Long Beach N.Y., 1986 (wall relief) (private commission)

B.A., Grinnell College
M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art
D.A., New York University

Teaching / Administration:
Professor of Fine Arts, Saint Thomas Aquinas College (1969 -
Director Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, Saint Thomas Aquinas College (2001-13)
Visiting Professor of Art, University of Haifa, Israel (1975-76)
Adjunct Instructor, U.S. Military Academy, West Point (1985)
Adjunct Instructor, Montclair State University (1971)