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CHUCK VON SCHMIDT
Artist's Statement, Curriculum Vitae



In addition to the usual artistic muses: mortality, the human condition, man's place in the universe and on this fragile planet, I have explored some specific themes in my most recent solo exhibitions.

For "Bamiyan, Silk to Lava", (2009) I made symbolic replacement faces for the lost colossal statues of Buddha in Afghanistan. Reflecting on the diversity of cultures that spread along the Silk Road, I used a variety of different materials to interpret the face of Buddha, from hand-dyed silk cocoons and fabric to cast iron, aluminum glass and paper. The most intriguing material was molten lava from a volcano - the inner substance of the earth taken straight from Vulcan's Forge."Antediluvian Memories", (2006) is a series of Hourglasses which house in their "separate" chambers, samples of earth (below) and water (above) which I have collected from various sites around the world which have historically suffered catastrophic floods: i.e. New Orleans; Indonesia; Venice, Prague. Each piece is displayed with photos of the collection site, designated with "ART SCENE" tape which I had previously made for just such site-specific art events.



Selected Solo Exhibitions:
"Bamiyan", Noho Gallery, New York, NY 2009
Sculpture Installation in Elwood Park, Huntington, NY 2008-09
"Time & Space", Noho Gallery, New York, NY 2006


Site Specific Temporary Public Art
Woodstock '94; Saugerties, NY 1994


Selected Group Exhibitions:
"My Long Island", Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY 2009
"Made In America", Artrium Gallery, Melville, NY 2009
"Masters Show", Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY 2009
Honorable Mention, Illusions Photography Exhibition, Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY 2009
"Wild Things", Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons, MD 2009
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 98th Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CN 2009
"Visage," Juried Portrait Show, Main St. Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY 2008
Huntington Arts Council, Atrium Gallery, Melville, NY 2008
National Sculpture Society 73rd Annual Awards Exhibition: Fairfield CT Brookgreen Gardens, SC 2006-07
"A Show of Heads," Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY 2006
Open Gallery, Northport, NY 2005
"New Orleans in Chelsea," Noho Gallery, New York, NY 2005
"Transformed by Fire," Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA 2004
Noho Gallery, New York, NY 2004-09
"The Great American Nude," Limner Gallery, Phoenicia, NY 2004
"Honoring the Source," Marietta College, Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta, OH 1998
"The Time Machine," Anchorage Museum of Art, Anchorage, AK 1997-98
"The Long Island Juried Exhibition," Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY 1997
"A Large Show of Small Works," Arthur A. Houghton Gallery, New York, NY 1996
Brooklyn College Art Department Faculty Past & Present, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY 1977
Honorable Mention, National Arts Club, Annual Juried Prints Show, New York, NY 1977


Selected Commissions and Private Collections:
Sculpture presented to H.H. Pope John Paul II, Vatican City, Rome, Italy 2005
IRA KASH memorial plaque, The Cohalan Court Complex, Islip, NY 2000
Permanent installation of print series at Suffolk County Bar Association, Hauppauge, NY 1995
Brooklyn College Art Department Faculty Print Portfolio 1977
Permanent Collections: Brooklyn Museum, SUNY at Purchase
Bicentennial Trestle Design, Stony Brook, New York 1976
Sculpture Award, Miami Pop Festival, Hallandale, FL 1968
Sculpture commissioned by actor Murphy Dunne: featured in Haskell Wexler film: "Medium Cool" 1968
US Army General Depot, Kaiserslautern, Germany (Permanent sculpture installation)


Education:
1964-65 University of Florida, Gainesville (Architecture Major)
1973 BFA, The Cooper Union, New York, NY (Sculpture)
1973-75 Staff Member, Sculpture Department, The Cooper Union
1975-78 Faculty Member, Art Department, Brooklyn College
1977 MFA, City University of New York, Brooklyn College (Printmaking)
1977 Visiting Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1984 Private Pilot Certificate




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