Art Statement                                                                          

I'm a visual artist who works in several interdiscipilinary areas: both 2D and 3D formats using oils, acrylics, encaustics among other materials. In choosing the format for the artworks I'm drawn toward the media that best embodies and supports my idea. Often the works entomb cast-offs such as, peach pits, bullet casings, cigarette butts, insects, bones and dried fish into molten wax [encaustic]. This waxing of found objects or cast-offs carries a certain aesthetic or "look". This infusion of materials whether paint or wax lends itself to a wide range of tactile encounters.

The processes in creating pieces often involve collecting and saving piles of objects and deciding on the best way to reconstruct or deconstruct them in works. Some recent pieces utilize throw-aways like floppy disks or food boxes as subject matter that comment on conditions of wastefulness, over-consumption and excessiveness in contemporary life. Other works incorporate an assemblage of found elements [teeth, bones, a hearing aid] which make statements of a conceptual  and humorous nature. For example, Michelangelo's Molars which contain teeth I found in Tuscany. Who's to say they are not really Michelangelo's molars? The results of my works have a richness and depth to be explored on several levels.



             Represented by: Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago


  • Selected Exhibitions
  • Expo Chgo with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago Il 2016
  • Dubuque Museum of Art, Solo, Dubuque IA  2016
  • Art Miami with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Miami FL 2015
  • Expo Chgo with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL 2015    
  • ExpoChgo with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL 2014
  • Art Miami with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Miami FL 2014
  • Zolla Lieberman Gallery "Re:Animate" Chicago, IL 2014 
  • Morpho Gallery "Unbound [ed" Chicago IL 2014
  • Union Street Gallery "Fused" Chicago Heights, IL 2014     
  • Expo Chgo 2013, with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, booth 600
  • Art Miami with Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Miami FL 2012
  • Zolla Lieberman Gallery "Paper Works" Chicago 2012      
  • Eyeporium Gallery “Wax Works”  group Chicago 2012
  • Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery Spotlight Wall  Chicago 2012
  • The Sketchbook Project World Tour 2012, Art House, Brooklyn, NY  Traveling Sketchbook Exhibition
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Fused Chicago, group, Evanston, IL, 2011
  • 33 Contemporary Gallery, 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago,2011
  • Black Cloud Gallery, FusedChicago, group, Chicago 2011
  • Harper Gallery, Chicago, 2011
  • Fine Arts Building, 1stFusedChicago, group show, Chicago 2009
  • Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, 2009
  • Galerie Hlavniko mesta prahy (City Gallery Prague), Czech Republic 2006
  • Axel Rabin Gallery, New York 2005
  • Eastwick Gallery, Solo, Chicago 2003
  • Pocket Art Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 2002
  • Wood Street Gallery, Chicago 2000
  • Berlin International, Roxis Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2000
  • Aleliers Ouvert, Quartier de Belleville, Paris, France 2000
  • In Flex/In Flux, Sculpture, SAIC, Chicago 1998
  • The Big Show, The Warehouse, Chicago 1996
  • Arresting Images, Gallery 400, Chicago 1995
  • Flora Exhibit, , IL Gallery Ten, Rockford 1994
  • Bearing Witness, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL 1995
  • Noyes Gallery, Evanston, IL 1995
  • The Drawing Center, NY, NY 1994
  • The Other, Chicago Peace Museum, collaborative installation, catalog documentation, Chicago 1990
  • Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren OH 1986
  • Chicago Paper Group, City of Carlsbad, NM 1984
  • Obras de Paper,( Chicago Paper) Las Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Academica 22, Mexico, D.F. 1983
  • Pulp, traveling exhibition throughout New Zealand including; Wellington Art Gallery, Wellington; Robert    McDougall Gallery, Christchurch; Sargent Gallery, Waguni; Waikato Art Museum, Napier, catalog   documentation, 1981
  • American Women Artists, Museu De Arte Contemporanea da Universidade Sao Paulo, Brazil, catalog   documentation, 1980
  • Neill Gallery, NY, NY, Solo, 1980
  • Illinois Arts Council Gallery, Chicago, Solo, 1977


Selected Biography


  • Instructor, School of the Art Institute Chicago, 1997-2001
  • Visiting Artist, University of Chicago, 1995, 1997, 1999
  • Illinois Arts Council, Visual Artists Grant, 1995
  • Established Panache Painting, rendering decorative painting, faux finishes and murals, 1984
  • ABC-TV, Chicago, Generated weather graphics for Good Morning America, 1979-1984
  • B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Awarded Raymond Nelson scholarships, 1964
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Awarded competitive scholarship during High School for  non-credit study in sculpture with Cosmo Campoli.




Selected Bibliography


  • Village Voice, Exploring Encaustics, written by Tony Safir, 2005
  • Chicago Tribune, Finders Keepers, 5 pages color photos, written by Victoria Lautman, 1995
  • Video By Shuli Eshel of Perception of the Other, Exploring Culture Diversity, an installation piece at the Peace Museum, Chicago 1990
  • Chicago Paper, Fiber Arts, Arts Magazine, pgs. 54-55, March-April, 1984
  • American Women Artists, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, introduction Glenna Park, Curator.  Written by Wolfgang Pfeiffer, Director of Museum, Illustrations, 1980
  • Pulp, City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.  Written By Dr. Seddon Bennington,1981
  • A  Arte Segundo As Norte-Americans, reviewed in O Estado De
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1980
  • Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Macomb, Illinois. October 1979
  • Artist-in-Residence, Chicago Council of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1977-81 catalog
  • A Seductive Showing, Reviews and Preview in Chicago, by Alan G. Artner, 1998    





  • Indianapolis Art Museum, Collection. Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Leonard and Ruth Horwich, Collection, Chicago
  • Dr. Riet van der Linden, Collection Amsterdam, Holland
  • Tom and Jeanne Kane, Collection, Chicago
  • Any Buckingham-Flammang, Collection, Elko, Nevada
  • Michael Stewart, Collection, New York, New York
  • Jane Wenger, Collection, Chicago
  • Hattie Weinstein, New York, New York
  • Stephen Albair, Collection, San Francisco, CA
  • Mr. John Jones, Chicago
  • Maxine + Michael Bonn, Highland Park, IL
  • Michael Stewart, New York, New York  
  • David [aka Buzz] Ruttenberg, Chicago + Indiana
  • Ricky Conner, Chicago IL