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Sam Spiczka

4999 85th St. NE
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Phone: (320) 529-8708
Email: samspiczka@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.sculptorsam.com

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Inspired by natural bone forms, rural technology, and geometric structure, Sam Spiczka has produced an unsettling body of work that is both modern and intensely primal, public yet deeply personal. Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Spiczka became captivated by metal early on through the experience of working at his family's welding shop. Though he briefly studied art and philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, his true education has come from Nature, the example of past sculptors, and the craftsmanship of his father. His award winning sculptures have been exhibited nationally - including at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Rochester Art Center and Franconia Sculpture Park - and can be found in many public and private collections.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010   
Countercurrents, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL  April 29 – May 3, 2010
Chicago Sculpture International, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmurst, IL  November 19, 2010 - March 19, 2011
Brock Commons Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Longwood University, Farmville, VA  April 2010 - May 2012

2009   
ARTmn: The Precious Object, Hennepin County Library in partnership with The Walker Art Center and mnartists.org, Minneapolis, MN  September 18, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Sculpturewalk, Sioux Falls, SD  May 2009 - April 2010

2008   
Art on the Plains 10, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND  November 26, 2008 - March 1, 2009
Sculpture by Sam Spiczka, Solo Exhibition, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN October 22 - November 20, 2008
Chicago Sculpture International - 2008 Juried Exhibition, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI October 2 - November 8, 2008
Franconia Sculpture Park, Open Studio Artist, Shafer, MN  July 2008 - July 2010
CSI Biennale 2008, FLATFILEgalleries, Chicago, IL  June 20 - August 22, 2008
Midwest Gothic, Solo Exhibition, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN  February 25 - April 7, 2008

2007   
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN  April 2007 - April 2008
Sculpture Invasion, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL  July 5 - August 30, 2007
Biologicality, Solo Exhibition, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD  January 29 - March 16, 2007

2006   
Reliquiae, Solo Exhibition, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN  July 2006 - May 2007
The Second Bi-Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN  October 2006 - April 2008
Biennial Sculpture Invitational, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI  September 28 - October 29
Art on the Plains 9, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND  September 28, 2006 - January 7, 2007
The Benini Foundation and Sculpture Ranch, Johnson City, TX  July 2006 - Present

2005   
Bio-Logics, Solo Exhibition, ZONE Gallery, Kansas City, MO  May 2005
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN  September 2005 - March 2006
Fifth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL March 2005 – February 2006

2004   
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA  October 2004 - October 2006
Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN  September 2004 - September 2005
First International Pyramid Hill Biennial Exhibition, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, Hamilton, OH  March 2004 - November 2004
Sculpture at the Airport, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN  June 2004 - June 2006
Outward/Westward, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY  April 2004 - March 2006

2003   
First Annual Pensacola Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, Pensacola, FL October 2003 - June 2004
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI  December 2002 - March 2004

2002   
Washburn University 7th Annual Sculpture Competition, Topeka, KS  August 2002 - August 2003
Purdue University Sculpture on Campus, West Lafayette, IN  August 2002 - August 2004

2001   
Convergence 2001 International Arts Festival, Providence, RI  August 2001- August 2002
Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL  June 2001- June 2005
9th Annual Western Carolina University Sculpture Competition, Cullowhee, NC June 2001- June 2002

2000   
Convergence 2000 International Arts Festival, Providence, RI  August 2000 - August 2001

1999   
Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour, Kalamazoo, MI  June 1999 - June 2001


PRESS

2008   
Art in America, Review of Midwest Gothic by Victor M. Cassidy, November 2008
St. Cloud Times, “Impressions of Life, in Metal” by Adam Hammer, October 23, 2008

2007   
Minnesota Public Radio, Interview at Rochester Art Center with Mark Wheat, May 24, 2007
The Rake: 10,000 Arts, “Artist in Place: Sam Spiczka” by Glenn Gordon, Winter 2007


SELECTED COLLECTIONS
 
Benson Sculpture Park, Loveland, CO   
The City of Grand Forks, ND
Century College, White Bear Lake, MN   
Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL
Anderson Center for the Arts, Red Wing, MN   
The City of Lenoir, NC
Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN   
N. Shaver, Denver, CO
Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN   
M. Mezzatesta, Chapel Hill, NC