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Bronze : 36 x 67 inches ( 91 x 170 cm)

Dimensions: 36 x 67 x 28in/ 91 x 170 x 71cm

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Gary Weisman (Sculptor)
American ,

Gary Weisman was born in Chicago in 1952. He was educated at the School of the Chicago Art Institute, and Columbia College, Chicago.In 1982, Weisman became a drawing instructor at Manatee College in Sarasota, Florida, and from 1986 until the present, he teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.Weisman is the recipient of various awards and commissions, and is represented in collections across the United States.Weisman has participated in group exhibitions since 1987, and from 1989 has had various solo exhibitions.

In Weisman's sculpture, his intense search for contemporary content seems to continually involve a retrieval of the past.Being figurative, his work confronts the preeminent motif of all historical sculpture.His figures reflect the influence of the canons of Greek design, the romance of the Renaissance and, later, Rodin, as well as the universal sculptural language of Brancusi or Egyptian stelae.Most of all, Weisman's work continues the timeless preoccupation we have with ourselves, our bodies, and the human condition.In it, he extrapolates the drama that our bodies and beings create, and inspires in the viewer a sense of awe for the heroics we can mentally construct, or physically perform.

It is Weisman's ability to touch upon a spiritual component that holds such promise for the future for this young sculptor.Spirit is an ingredient that often manifests itself later in an artist's life, and Weisman's ability to touch upon it, now, distinguishes his work more than any other factor.Weisman insists on doing each stage of creating a sculpture by himself.As his own modeler, caster, foundryman, and patinist, he is able to exploit the characteristics of each process to enhance the end result he envisions.The fortitude, knowledge, and skill to work in this fashion are rare attributes, today.

Excerpts from "Gary Weisman, Sculpture and Drawing" by Frederick S. Osborne, Director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


Selected Awards

03 – 2011  Who’s Who in America

2004   Honored at White House, Washington, DC

1998   New York State Council on the Arts

1996 – 1997   Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

             Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Fellowship

1992 – 1994  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Fellowship

1992    National Academy of Design, New York, NY


Selected Collections and Commissions

Art Museum on the University of Kentucky

Carr Corp., Washington, D.C.

Cantonet & Cantonet, Dubai, UAE 

City of Philadelphia, PA, outdoor public sculpture

City of Chicago, Midway Airport, Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

Chicago Civic and Arts Association, Chicago, IL

Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, NY

John O Hern, Director, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

Norton Art Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Parc Foundation, Lafayette, LA

Pepsi Co., New York, NY

Ralph Lauren Corp.,New York, NY

Standard Chartered Bank, New York, NY

Tom Armstrong, Director, Whitney Art Museum, New York, NY

Tri Star Film Corp., Hollywood, CA

United States Embassy to North Vietnam


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011    Arcadia Fine Art Gallery, NY, NY

2009    Steuben Glass, NY, NY

             Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

             Brandon Michaels Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2007    Eric Chen, Imavison Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

              Wendt Fine Art, LA, CA

2005     Berry-Hill Galleries, NY, NY

2004     Fred Baker Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003     Gallerie Yoram, Beverly Hills, CA

2002     Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

              Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON

2001     Lecture Series, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1998     American Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan


Selected Group Exhibitions

2012     Museum of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA

              Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010-2013    Art Toronto with Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON

              Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

              Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2008     Sculpture on the Green, Cashiers, NC

2007     International Art, Beijing, China

              Taipei International Art, Taiwan

              New York Armory, NY, NY

2006     Chesterwood, National Historic Site, Chesterwood, MA

2004     Art Australia, Melbourne, Australia

              Arts Australia, Sydney, Australia

              US State Department, Art in Embassies Program

2001     Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

              Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000     Corning Museum of Glass, Aids Benefit, Corning, NY

               Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1999      Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

1998      Art Museum of the University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY

1996     Sentec International Center, Singapore

               Chin Hwa University, Taipei, Taiwan

               Sesam Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

               Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania, PA

1995      Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE