Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens ~ Carl Jung
In 1982 I experienced a astonishing connection between the mind and body using meditation; breathing and sharing my heart beat to support my mother as she lay dying from heart failure. At her demise she pierced through my heart like a thunderbolt !
That night she appeared in my sleep, holding a rose, glowing with an etherial emerald light in the doorway of my studio. This first truly emotional experience changed my life, inspiring a decade of figurative self-portraiture in glass. Sculpting plate glass with a technique that was simple and direct, awakened by this voluntary effort of sustained physical relation, created a timeless metaphor resonant in transparent clarity.
From 1992-to the present, an invitation to work with Peter Sampson as an art director enabled me to shift, attuning my creativity to advertising/marketing, and utilize computers for innovative graphic design and site specific public art commissions. Through these productive years a conceptual dissatisfaction with the synthetic quality of electronic media also began to churn. I missed working with an organic material that possessed a responsive integrity of its own.
Acrylic paint, like water-color, shares the translucent quality of glass, sensibilities explored through computer design and sculpture now all contribute to the evolution of my painting. Thus taking sight one step further, the element of transparency becomes an actual activity directly experienced within attention. Beyond conjuring, these new perspectives of unpremeditated appearance provide an opportunity to enter into vision without a preconception.
This presentation provides an overview of production accomplished by team and independent opportunities, sharing a passion for innovation in all aspects of creative endeavor.
The result of my practice is an appreciation and creation of works of art from a level of quiet understanding opening to the spiritual substance of life.
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BFA Glass /Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, 1977
MFA Glass /Sculpture, Kent State University, 1984
Partial Time Line
“GO” Sculpture/Mural, Collinwood Rec.Ctr. CPA, Cleveland, Oh.
Carpe Diem-solo exhibit, Dante, Cleveland, Ohio
Arts Collinwood “Artful Endeavor” Public Art lecture, Cleveland, Ohio.
Assemblage : benefit for Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, Ohio
Adjunct Professor-Painting, Ursuline College, Pepperpike, Oh.
Up to Now, 30 year retrospect, Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, Oh.
Baseball Heritage Museum, Colonial Marketplace, Cleveland, Oh
Civic Innovation Lab, Cleveland Foundation
CWRU, Weatherhead School, Civic Innovation Lab Forum
Current Activator/water wall, NEORSD, Cleveland, Ohio
Sampson/Carnegie Advertising, Art Director, Cleveland Ohio
Cornell University, 03-05 Career/Creative seminar, Ithaca N.Y.
21st Century Club Sculpture, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
“Sin Vodka” reverse bottle label concept/proposal, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Museum of Art, Glass Today, Cleveland, Ohio
Rothenfeld/McDermott, New Museum Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Huntington Museum, Belkin Collection, Huntington W. Va.
SPACES, Unreconciled Passion, Wm. Busta curator, Cleveland, Ohio
Century Rock Monument, CPA, University of Akron
Reilly Hawk Galleries, New ArtForms, Navy Pier, Chicago Ill.
Great Northern Corporate Center, Cleveland Ohio
American Craft Museum, “A Decade of Craft” Christie’s east, NYC
Glas Kanazawa,’90 Kanazawa, Japan
Holsten Galleries, Invitational, Stockbridge Ma.
Heller Gallery, Glass America 1984-90 NYC
Nielsen Gallery, Stockholm Sweden
Sotheby’s, The Creative Glass Center of America Auction, NYC
Reilly Hawk Galleries, Cleveland Ohio
Holsten Galleries, two person show, Palm Beach Fla.
Habitat Galleries, 17th International, 1986-89 Detroit Mich.
Christie’s, New York Experimental Glass Workshop Auction
SPACES, Revision Cleveland, grand-prize
Glass Craft ’88 Kanazawa Japan
Glas Museum, Ebeltoft Denmark
Habitat, Scale/Detail, Detroit Mich.
The Glass Art Gallery, Exhibition 9, Toronto Canada
University Galleries, 1988 Biennial National Invitational, Normal Ill.
International Glass Invitational, Habitat Galleries, Bay Harbor Isl. Fla.
University Gallery, Kent State Alumni Exhibition, Kent Ohio
Governors Residence Art Collection, Ohio Arts Council, Col. Ohio
Heller Gallery, Three Person Show, NYC
B.Z.Wagman Gallery, St. Louis Mo.
Dorothy Weiss Gallery, Invitational, SanFrancisco Calif.
May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1987, 1982, 1981
Ohio Arts Council, Individual Arts Fellowship
One Man Show, Heller Gallery, New York, N.Y.
7th Invitational, Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
14th National, Habitat Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
BKSmith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
Fashion Moda, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
280 Exhibition: Huntington Galleries, Huntington W. Va.
Kent Glass, Fiori Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
International Glass Exhibit, Mill Valley, California
New Glass, A World Survey, Corning Museum, Corning N.Y.
SPACES, 78/78 -A World Premier Performance, Cleveland Ohio
GFO, “Seeker of Truth,” concept development, event book.
“Underlying Nature of Being” Rothenfeld, painting 2001-2010
Arts Collinwood, advisory board, 2007 to present
GFO, Armenian Celebration, event theme coordinator
“Unbelievable” Steven H. Goldring, memoir, creative direction.
E.93 St. redevelopment proposal, Cleveland Collective
Lakefront Station/North Coast Bridge proposal, CUDC Cleveland
GFO, Moroccan Celebration, event content development
RTA, Shaker Station proposal, Shaker Heights, Ohio
GFO, Fairy Tales/Myths, event instillation development
Grays Armory/Civil War Museum proposal, Cleveland Foundation
Shaker Blvd. transit corridor concept, Cleveland Foundation
Bratenahl Village, “Future Search” Green Space leader
House of Blues/Cleveland, concept-proposal
E4th St. Cleveland, “Arcade” street lighting concept
Stage Design, Why Not Lounge, Cleveland Ballet
Cleveland Film Festival, Tower City Center, Cleveland
Curator, e4th Sq.2-Sq. annual mural painting event 1984-1994
RTA, Cleveland Hopkins Airport Expansion CPA Proposal
w.42 st. Tornado Park CPA proposal, Cleveland
Cleveland Philharmonic, Red benefit, University Club, Cleve.
Society Center, Mall A project planning, Cleveland Restoration
Cleveland Center of Contemporary Art, Fellini Benefit, Grey’s Armory
Cuyahoga Bldg. facade, Adaptive reuse proposal, SPACES