• Oee Great Blue

    15' x 12' x 4' permanent indoor sculpture: recycled plastic signs, steel frame, lights.
    Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Supported by Creative Heights Award, Heinz Endowments,
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA, 2005.

  • One bird / Two Bird

    Two avian, 8' x 5’ sculptures created for invitational exhibitions, Slippery Rock University and Edinboro University. Made using recycled steel rebar, boiler plate and I beams. Slippery Rock, PA, April 2012 and Edinboro, PA, November 2012.

  • Stay Puff Marshmallow Girl

    16' x 25' inflatable sculpture, sewn vinyl from recycled billboard material. Exhibited at Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh PA. June 1997, Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, August 1997, Socrates Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, New York, June 1998, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA. June 2010.

  • Iron Horseman

    9' x 6' x 2' metal sculpture. Made using recycled steel and iron to reflect tin toy objects, also incorporates topiary accents. PCA Artist of the Year Exhibit, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA. September 2009.

    Steel Giraffe

    9' x 5' x 2' metal sculpture. Made using recycled steel and iron to reflect tin toy objects, also incorporates topiary accents.. PCA Artist of the Year Exhibit, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA. September 2009.

  • Ice Creamasaurus

    10' x 19' inflatable sculpture, constructed with recycled billboard vinyl. Ice Creamasaurus uses recycled billboard vinyl as its primary surface, which is sewn together and filled with forced air. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2004.

    Cream Cone

    6' x 17' inflatable sculpture consists of recycled billboard vinyl. Pictured here at Pittsburgh Center for The Arts, Pittsburgh PA, May 2003. These inflatable sculptures are in made in part as prototypes for a future exhibit at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.

  • One Decoy

    16' x 14' outdoor sculpture; consists of camper trailer, steel structural support, plastic, aluminum. Pictured here at Angora Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA. April 1997. Also was on display at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts "Pittsburgh Biennial" October 1994.

  • Cow Girl

    14'x 32' mixed media sculpture Southside Works Cinema Pittsburgh, PA, 2004

  • One Dove

    4’ x 5’ street assemblage, using plastic signage, aluminum wire. Piece was installed at various locations. Brew House, South Side, Childrens’ Hospital construction site, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2007.

  • Amaco Bull

    6' x 6' street assemblage, using super market displays, these figures are reconfigured into new beasts and installed at various neglected environments. Herron Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, may 2003.

  • Meat Bull

    6' x 6' street assemblage, using super market displays, these figures are reconfigured into new beasts and installed at various neglected environments. Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2003.

  • Street Bull

    10' x 12' street painting. Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA, January 2003.

  • Dusty Dirt Road

    8' x 12' figure of mixed media; recycled billboard paper, lexan signage, stainless steel. Shown here as part of "Rape of the Fruit Cocktail Stand" a gallery installation, Lascaux Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. December 1995. Pictured here in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, September 1996.

  • Gas Girls

    4' X 5' mixed media, are both public art installations around the city of Pittsburgh on abandoned gas stations as well as a large-scale gallery exhibition at Garfield Artworks entitled Gas Girl and the Three Graces, 2004.

  • Geese

    16" x 28" stenciled geese on metal. Pittsburgh, PA June 1990.

  • Geese

    7' x 24' painted geese on bridge. Pittsburgh, PA November 1993.

  • The Workers

    An Industrial Arts Co-op project. Two 20’ steel-worker sculptures, a hot metal ladle to commemorate Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage, Reclaimed Structural Steel. Installation supported by PJ Dick Corp, Century Steel Erectors, Local 3 Iron Workers Union. Permanent location: South Side Riverfront Park, Pittsburgh, PA. Completed Labor Day, September 2012.

  • The Workers - Progress

    An Industrial Arts Co-op project. Two 20’ steel-worker sculptures, a hot metal ladle to commemorate Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage, Reclaimed Structural Steel. Supported by City of Pittsburgh, Heinz Endowments, Fine Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh 250 and Highmark. Pictured here LTV Cokeplant, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011.

  • Rankin Deer

    An Industrial Arts Co-op project. a 45' x 35' antlered creature. This trophy was created between October 1997 and October 1998. The group of six to eight artists worked every Sunday throughout the course of a year to complete the project. The piece was made using all recycled materials from the site; steel tubing, steel structural metals, copper wire, and rubber hose. The abandoned Carrie Furnace is all that remains of the former US Steel plant "Homestead Works" in Rankin Pennsylvania. Featured during International Sculpture Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2001.

  • Men

    An Industrial Arts Co-op project. Two 20' steel-worker sculptures, a hot metal ladle to commemorate Pittsburgh's industrial heritage, Reclaimed Structural Steel. Supported by City of Pittsburgh, Heinz Endowments, Fine Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh 250 and Highmark. Permanent location: South Side Riverfront Park, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011.

  • The Owl

    The Industrial Arts Co-op constructed a 22' x 60' winged sculpture, built on-site at the Carrie Furnace in Rankin, Pennsylvania, April-December 1994. Utilizing materials that were found on the industrial location, the piece was created over a five-week period. The project involved ten to twelve artists making Sunday field trips to the abandoned mill. The sculpture remained until it met an unpredictable fate. Having developed a local mystique, including reports of satanic rituals, action was taken by the authorities to eliminate The Owl.

  • Walking Stick Rocket

    The Industrial Arts Co-op created this large scale public sculpture 24' x 20' x 14', using recycled wooden shapes that were once used in the steel casting industry. These components were specifically used as patterns for making "rolls" for the rolling mill industry both locally and nationally. The artists recovered the shapes during the demolition of a Lawrenceville foundry complex and began the project on site. "The Walking Stick Rocket" was completed at the I.A.C. Garage at the Brew House, Pittsburgh, PA. September 2002.

I have always been fascinated with sculpture, architecture, and the natural relationship these two mediums have to one another in an industrial, urban landscape. My art reflects this fascination, and as both mediums have evolved over the past decade, so too has my work in large-scale public works grown and developed. The physical stimulus of a city provides me with a sense of responsibility and motivation to become an active participant in its environment, while at the same time enabling me to take a studied approach towards researching building materials and settings for public art.

Using a combination of recycled materials and objects, I connect materials within a selected environment, uniting them in a new and balanced manner, where they ultimately create a platform for public interaction and response. Synthesizing these experiences to create sculpture has been an ongoing method for much of my career and has provided me with the opportunity to reflect on important historical ideas in a succinct, deliberative and challenging way, which resonates in my work.

By building with recycled materials within selected environments, the resulting work reflects a historical and social significance, as well as challenges the boundaries of more traditional sculpture and architecture. Much of my work ranges from large mixed media installations constructed on-site, in industrial settings, to formal public sculpture commissions in conventional settings. Experiencing, acknowledging and responding to my surroundings are an integral part of my work. Likewise, the satisfaction I receive from of the constant play and interaction with people, within the frame of my artwork, makes my commitment of being a public artist all the more substantial.

Exhibitions


September 2009
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh, PA


April 2007
Space Gallery
Pittsburgh PA


May 2006
Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Pittsburgh, PA


October 2004
Garfield Artworks
Pittsburgh PA


September 2003
Allegheny College
Meadville, PA


March 2003
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh, PA


March 2002
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Pittsburgh, PA


February 2002
Spaces Gallery
Cleveland, OH


September 2000
Myers School of Art, University of Akron
Akron, OH


January 2000
Vox-Populi
Philadelphia, PA


January 1999
First Night Festival
Pittsburgh, PA


May 1998
Socrates Sculpture Park
Long Island City, NY


September 1997
Burning Man
Black Rock City, NV


June 1997
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Pittsburgh, PA


December 1995
Lascaux Gallery
Pittsburgh, PA


February 1994
View from Zenith
Pittsburgh, PA


September 1993
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA


July 1993
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Pittsburgh, PA


May 1992
Artist Space
New York, NY

Public Awards and Commissions


Current
Northshore Leadership Conference
Pittsburgh PA


September 2009
Artist of the Year Award
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pgh, PA


June 2006
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Pittsburgh PA


February 2005
PA Council on the Arts 2005 Fellowship: Visual Art
Pittsburgh, PA


January 2005
Mattress Factory/Marzloff Elementary School
Pittsburgh, PA


March 2002
Heinz Endowments, Creative Heights Award
Pittsburgh, PA.


September 1998
Southside Works Project
Pittsburgh, PA


June 1996
Steel Industry Heritage Sculpture Project
Pittsburgh, PA


September 1994
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Emerging Artist Award
Pittsburgh, PA


March 1994
Pittsburgh Filmmakers Emerging Artist Award
Pittsburgh, PA

Guest Residencies and Lectures


January 2010
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh,PA


April 2003
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City,TN


March 2002
Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Pittsburgh,PA


May 2000
Rogers Elementary School,Shaler Area School District
Pittsburgh, PA


October 1999
Carnegie Mellon University Dept. of Fine Arts
Pittsburgh, PA


February 1999
Middle Eastern Technical Institute
Dept. of Media Arts
Ankara,Turkey


July 1998
Vox Populi
Philadelphia, PA

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