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CHUCK VON SCHMIDT
Artist's Statement, Curriculum Vitae



In addition to the usual artistic muses: mortality, the human condition, man's place in the universe and on this fragile planet, I have explored some specific themes in my most recent solo exhibitions.

For "Bamiyan, Silk to Lava", (2009) I made symbolic replacement faces for the lost colossal statues of Buddha in Afghanistan. Reflecting on the diversity of cultures that spread along the Silk Road, I used a variety of different materials to interpret the face of Buddha, from hand-dyed silk cocoons and fabric to cast iron, aluminum glass and paper. The most intriguing material was molten lava from a volcano - the inner substance of the earth taken straight from Vulcan's Forge."Antediluvian Memories", (2006) is a series of Hourglasses which house in their "separate" chambers, samples of earth (below) and water (above) which I have collected from various sites around the world which have historically suffered catastrophic floods: i.e. New Orleans; Indonesia; Venice, Prague. Each piece is displayed with photos of the collection site, designated with "ART SCENE" tape which I had previously made for just such site-specific art events.



Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Azarian-McCullough Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 2014
Sculpture in the Alcove, Suffolk County Legislature Building, Hauppauge, NY, 2013
"Faces Inside and Out", Alfred Van Loen Gallery, Huntington, NY, 2013
"Branded", Main St. Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY, 2012
"Branded", Noho Gallery, New York, NY, 2010
"Bamiyan", Noho Gallery, New York, NY, 2009
"Time & Space", Noho Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
Visiting Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1977
Selected Group Exhibitions:
"Behold the Moon", The Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, 2016
Collaborative Concepts, The Farm Project, Garrison, NY, 2011 - 2016
Meeting Past, Akin Library and Museum, Pawling NY, 2014 - 2016
Highland Falls Sculpture Walk, Highland Falls, NY, 2015
"OH SIT", 14 Sculptors at Highbridge Park, NY, 2015
"Beachcomber Art", Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomon, MD, 2014
"ArtPark" at 350 W. Broadway, NYC, 2014
"14 Sculptors at Manhattanville College", Purchase, NY, 2013
"14 Sculptors Goes Fairleigh Flat", Fairleigh Dickerson University, NJ, 2012
"Westmoreland Art Nationals", (Award), Hempfield PA, 2012
"Jazz Exhibit", Alfred Van Loen Gallery, Huntington, NY, 2013
"Dia de los Muertos", The Art of Remembrance, (Award), Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2012
"About Face, Stories in Portraits", Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomon, MD, 2011
"Green Two", Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomon, MD, 2010
"Deluge", Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA, 2010
"GLOW", Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons, MD, 2009-2010
"54th Annual Long Island Artists Exhibit", LIAL, Huntington, NY, 2010
"Art on Paper" (Award), Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, 2010
"My Long Island", Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, 2009
"Masters Show", Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY, 2009
"Illusions", (Award), Photography Exhibition, Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY, 2009
"Wild Things", (Award), Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons, MD, 2009
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 98th Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CN, 2009
National Sculpture Society 73rdAnnual Awards Exhibition: Fairfield CT; Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 2006-07
"Transformed by Fire," Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2004
"Honoring the Source," Marietta College, Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta, OH, 1998
"The Time Machine," Anchorage Museum of Art, Anchorage, AK, 1997-98
"The Long Island Juried Exhibition," Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY, 1997
"A Large Show of Small Works," Arthur A. Houghton Gallery, New York, NY, 1996
Woodstock '94; Saugerties, NY, 1994


Selected Commissions and Private Collections:
Sculpture presented to H.H. Pope John Paul II, Vatican City, Rome, Italy, 2005
Brooklyn College Art Department Faculty Print Portfolio, 1977
Permanent Collections: Brooklyn Museum, SUNY at Purchase, The Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
Sculpture Award, Miami Pop Festival, Hallandale, FL, 1968
Sculpture commissioned by actor Murphy Dunne: featured in Haskell Wexler film: "Medium Cool", 1968
US Army General Depot, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Sculpture Installation in Elwood Park, Huntington, NY, 2008-09
Sculpture at Leonia, Leonia, NJ, 2015 2017
Art on The Trailway, 2016-2018, Greenwood, IN




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