†††† I have been a fine artist for over 30 years. In 2000, and 2002, I was awarded the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for my photo/painting diorama series, and I have exhibited in the United States and most recently, Paris, France. †††† What I have discovered in the art form of diorama is it's power to evoke a memory. The miniaturization of an image allows the viewer to see what was once overlooked, as if seeing it for the first time. It becomes a catalyst, forming a memory of what one "thought " they had seen, expanding in the mind to a place where time stops, life is safe. Understanding the power of memory to over ride truth is at the core of this work. Photographing and recreating my† "emotional memory"† of nature through the format of a diorama has given me invaluable insight into why an image in miniature often evokes a memory response in people. What is it about the "past" in the mind that makes one love it more?† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Why does memory become stronger than truth?
1970 Kalamazoo Vicinity Exhibit Kalamazoo, Michigan 1980 WEB Scholarship Oxbow, Michigan 1983 Illinois Painters III Illinois Arts Council 1986 Art Institute Vicinity Show Art Institute of Chicago 1988 The Architecture Show Oak Park Illinois 1989 "Working From The Other Side" Ludwig Drum Factory, Chicago Illinois 1989 Erie Street Gallery Group Show Chicago, Illinois 1994 "Sooner Salon" Chicago, Illinois 1996 Loyola Cancer Research Center Maywood, Illinois
1992 "Death by Fire", Enid Okla Homa Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1993 "Wolves in Sheeps Clothing" Enid Okla Homa Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1994 "Recycle Ballet", Museum of Centemporary Art Season Opening Show Chicago, Illinois 1995 "Psychological Holy Cards" Enid Okla Homa Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1996 "Squawk", Enid Okla Homa Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1997 "HDTV", Enid Okla Homa Gallery Chicago, Illinois 2000 "de la peinture...a la photo" Callu Merite Gallery Paris, France
Grants and Fellowships 1980 Illinois Painters III Traveling Exhibition and grant 1981 WEB Scholarship, Oxbow, Michigan 2000 Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council 2002 Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council 2002 Montana Arts Council Opportunity Grant 2002 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
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