Season VI Artist Bios
Terry Karpowicz studied art when the theories and practices of Minimalism and Conceptualism dominated. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes grant to England. There he served as a millwright’s apprentice, discovering the beauty and craftsmanship of watermill and windmill construction. Karpowicz is particularly drawn to tension at the point of contact between disparate materials. By joining irregular, organic materials to machine-tooled geometric shapes of metal, he creates actual or implied kinetic relationships among the elements of the sculpture. The ways these disparate materials interact with each other mark the artist’s relationship to his world. Oak and granite nesting in congruent harmony, stainless steel orbs spinning with walnut ellipses, granite shards twisting against armatures of steel—all elements held together with Karpowicz’s signature dedication to refined and skillful craftsmanship.
Born in Lexington, Kentucky. He studied at the University of Washington, University of Kentucky, Illinois Institute of Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, and was distinguished by an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Kentucky. His signature pieces are dispersed throughout the world in public, private and museum collections. He has a long track record, extending more than 30 years, of successful projects with local, state and federal governments. He is particularly sensitive to issues of appropriateness when working in the public arena. His experience in creating sculpture which interacts with architecture and the environment is well documented. Numerous site visits and interaction with community citizenry is an integral element in his conceptual development of the design process. The use of automotive finishes as well as traditional gold and palladium gilding has also contributed to an expanded vocabulary within Henry’s formal approach to sculpture.
Albert Paley has been active as an artist for over 30 years. At his studio in Rochester, New York, he employs ten people full time. He is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect. Commissioned by both public and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Recently completed works include a 40 ton sculpture for Adobe Systems in San Jose, CA, major entrance rotunda gates for the new San Francisco Civic Center Courthouse, main entry gates for the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, FL, and a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada. Paley will begin work soon on a monumental sculpture for the Rochester Institute of Technology, which will be his largest work to date. His work can be found nationally and internationally in the permanent collections of over 30 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, both in London.
Oppenheim was born in 1938 in Electric City, Washington (USA); in 1965, Oppenheim earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland (USA). He moved to New York in 1966 where he first taught nursery school, then high school, art while working toward his first one-person exhibition in New York, held in 1968 when he was 30 years old. Dennis Oppenheim’s conceptual artworks include performance, sculpture, and photographs. His early work tended to focus on performance actions that focus on representations of human and animal bodies. In the early 1970s, he was in the vanguard of artists using film and video in relation to performance; he lives and works in New York City.
Chakaia was born 1953, in Newark, New Jersey. She studied sociology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, MFA and at the City College of New York. The artist lives in New York and works in Manhattan and Allentown, PA. She is well known for sculpture-found objects and recycled materials such as rubber tires, steel, wood frames etc.
Working from a studio in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village, Chakaia Booker creates large-scale sculptures from found objects, especially tires from cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. One of her pieces, It’s So Hard to be Green, is a high-relief wall of shredded tires that appear to look like a junk yard. The piece earned her much critical acclaim in the 2001 Whitney Biennial. In 2005, Chakaia Booker received a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of the expressive power and conceptual breadth of her sculptural works constructed from old rubber tires. It has been said of her work that it is an esthetic response to the urban landscape of northern New Jersey and a reference to African identity. For her, tires are metaphors for the range of skin tones of the African American. Booker’s sculpture is exploratory; it addresses universal themes, its context extends from the monumental 20th century sculptural tradition and many broad cultural issues of our times.
Peter Lundberg is widely acclaimed for his monumental concrete and steel sculptures. Lundberg is also respected for his leadership in bringing sculpture to the public. His initiative and energy have resulted in the establishment of several new sculpture parks. These are widely visited and supported by the community and local officials. “My art is about history, civilization, man, nature, evolution, time, archaeology, physics, process, freedom, individuality, dreams and personal experiences. I want to understand and promote public awareness of these things which I feel are important for cultural, moral and humane understanding.”
Born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Clement graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. After studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York, in 1992-93, Clement began his mentorship under Mark Di Suvero, a major constructivist sculptor. Clement was subsequently apprenticed to the luminary sculptor, John Henry. In 2005, Clement was included in the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, an exhibit featuring several internationally renowned artists. He has had many Solo exhibitions and won many awards.
He says: “I like to work with the illusion of movement. By placing certain forms at different angles, I challenge weight and gravity.” Isaac Duncan III was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is of Afro-Cuban descent. He has Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Kentucky.
Mr. Duncan has taught art in St. Joseph, Mi., sculpture at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and digital image making at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Governor State University, University Park, Illinois, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Mi. South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, In., and the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington, Ky. His work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
Verina Baxter’s career as a professional artist begins in the early 1990s. After working exclusively in stone for several years, Verina began incorporating painted aluminum and, more recently, stainless steel into her artwork. While stone remains her choice material, several of her new works are all metal.
In addition to her career as a sculptor, Verina is deeply committed to the arts community. She is currently president of Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. She is second year fund raising co-chair and secretary for Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga and a board member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. She is also co-chair of the selection committee for Spectrum for Hunter Museum of American Art etc. Verina’s international education includes the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts in Loveland, Colorado; and the Abruzzi Mountain Art School in Anversa degli Abruzzi, Italy. Her works are exhibited internationally and included in numerous private and corporate collections.
Bret Price just completed a major exhibition at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio, and has recently installed major commissions for the Crown Manufacturing Corporation in New Bremen, Ohio. A recent documentary about his work, “Art in the Middle”, has been featured at numerous film festivals throughout the United States.
F. Douglass Schatz
F. Douglass Schatz was born in Nashville TN in 1969. He holds a B.A. in sculpture and geology from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Geology from Vanderbilt University. He completed his M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of Kentucky in 1999. Schatz currently is a tenured professor at the State University of New York.
Schatz is known for his fabricated steel forms, cast bronze figures, and pyrotechnical sculpture performances. He has exhibited his sculptures in numerous shows both nationally and internationally. Schatz is also a championship snow carver and has represented NY State 5 times in the National Snow Carving Championships. Douglass Schatz is active in the arts community as an organizer of numerous arts festivals in addition to his position on the Board of Trustees of the International Sculpture Center.