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Martha Walker

Sculptruth Studios 168 7th Street, Suite 2L
Brooklyn, NY 11215, U.S.A.
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Phone: (718) 208-8779
Email: sculptruth@aol.com
URL: http://www.marthawalker.net

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     Martha was born in 1953 in Kansas City, Missouri, the youngest in the family, and the only girl.  The family moved from Kansas City to St. Louis, Missouri, followed by Carmel California, and Seattle Washington, all by the time Martha was eight years old.  The Walkers moved to Sweden for three years, starting in 1961, spending one full year in a remote forest location.  After this, Martha landed back in the United States, attending both junior high and high school in Miami Beach, Florida before her move to Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Pratt Institute from 1971-1976, majoring in sculpture and drawing.  Martha stayed in Brooklyn, going back for her Masters Degree at Pratt Institute from 1999 – 2001, where she graduated with honors.  She is now a Brooklyn native, married with two children.
     The unusual travel history of her youth was precipitated by her parents’ desire to travel.  Her father, Leonard was a nuclear physicist opposed to the arms race, opting instead for medical research.  (Leonard was credited with the original use of radioactive isotopes as a means of tracking infection and cancer in the lymph system.)  His research laboratory was a place that Martha frequented, viewing microorganisms under the microscope, something that she sites to this day as an influence on her abstract visual perspective.  Additionally, Martha’s middle brother, David, was an avid painter, who “raised the bar” for her artistically.
     Other influences on Martha came from the frequent relocations as a child.  The most obvious was the disparate geography that she observed, from the American Plains, to the Pacific Coast and mountain ranges, along with the rich Swedish forests, followed by the Atlantic Ocean and sandy beaches in Florida.  However, the cultural influences were also important.  In almost every new place, Martha became aware of what it meant to be an outsider, looking in, especially in Europe, where she became acquainted with Jewish children whose parents were survivors of the Holocaust.  This had a profound effect on her, even as a nonreligious Jew, resulting occasionally in work with themes of Jewish identity and the Holocaust.

 

 

 


 

 

           EDUCATION

     Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
     1975 BFA, Fine Arts

     Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
     2001 Masters in Art Education, Honors


     EXHIBITIONS
    
     2010    Solo Exhibition Kouros Gallery 23 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor, New York, New
                   York 10021
     2009   Toren Exhibition, Toren Exhibition, 150 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.  Curated
                   Show, six sculptures
      2009   UBS Art Gallery, in conjuction with the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum:   A
                   Parallel Presence:  National Association of Women Artists, 1889-2009.  1285 Avenue
                   of the Americas, New York, New York
      2009   Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, A Parallel Presence: :  National Association of
                   Women Artists, 1889-2009. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New  
                   Jersey
     2008   Kouros Sculpture Center, Installed Passion Unfurled and Tempest, Ridgefield,
                   Connecticut   
     2008   Broadfoot & Broadfoot, ‘Tween Woods and Water New York, New York
     2008   Denise Bibro Fine Art, Winter Salon, Gallery and Invited Artists, New York, New York
     2007    440 Gallery, Holiday Show , Brooklyn, New York
     2007    440 Gallery, Undercurrents, Solo Exhibition Brooklyn, New York
     2007    Saks Fifth Avenue, Windows on 5th, New York, New York
     2007    Vermont Studio Center, 2 week residency
     2007    440 Gallery, Process, Group Show, Brooklyn, New York
     2007    National Association of Women Artists, Group Show
     2007    Belskie Museum, Closter, New Jersey, Moving Forward
     2006    Lyceum Theater, Habitat
      2006    Gowanus Artists Studio Tour, Brooklyn, New York
     2006    Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea New York
     2006    Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond Gallery, Art of Music
     2006    Monster Gallery and Lyceum Theater, Womanhouse Too!
     2006    Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Pier Show, Transformations Show
     2006     440 Gallery Group Show, Brooklyn, New York
      2006     Connections, Studio Montclair’s 2006 National Juried Exhibition William Patterson
                    University, Wayne, NJ                   
     2006     Liberty Site Group Show, Brooklyn, New York
     2005     440 Gallery, Polymorphism in Steel Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York
     2005     440 Gallery Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York
     2004     Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Pier Show, Water Show, and Solo Works
                    Exhibitions.
     2004     Gowanus Arts Studio Tour, Brooklyn, New York
     2003     Gowanus Arts Studio Tour, Brooklyn, New York
     2003     Columbia County Artswalk, Hudson, N.Y.
     2001         Collaborative Concepts Exhibition, Beacon, New York.  
 

     ACHIEVEMENTS

      2009   Installed End Justifies the Means, Justifies the End Pratt Institute Campus
      2009   Solo Exhibition Expanding Universe at the Phillips Museum,  Franklin and Marshall
                   College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
     2008   Birth and Venus sold and installed at the Boca Beach Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla.
      2007   Works selected by television show, “Gossip Girls” for set props in an art gallery setting
      2007   Solo show reviewed by Olympia Lambert, Oly’s Musings:    
                   http://lamgelinaoly.blogspot.com/ Martha Walker at 440 Gallery, Sunday October 7th,
                   2007
    2007    Featured on Long Island News Channel 12, Chauncey Howell interview
    2007    Aphrodite acquired by the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick , New
                  Jersey.
    2006   Interviewed by Manhattan Arts International, also featured as the Artist of the week.
     2006  Interviewed by MyArtSpace.
     2006   Installed Birth, a seven foot high sculpture on the campus of Pratt Institute.
    2001    Named “New Yorker of the Week” by New York 1 News
   A volunteer collaboration project which I coordinated and intitiated with New York City  
   Elementary schools, entitled, New York City’s Kids Imagine World Peace.  Can You?   
   The projects parameters consisted of a giant banner, made up of individually designed
   sections, and composed of visual symbols and words proclaiming a  vision of world
   peace. Installed at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY.   


     ORGANIZATIONS

                Sculptors Guild, International Sculpture Center, National Association of Women Artists,
                Sculptor.org


    GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

            Kouros Gallery 23 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor, New York, New York 10021  (212) 288-5888
            www.kourosgallery.com

            Elaine Baker Gallery  608 Banyon Trail, Boca Raton, Florida  (561) 241-3o50
            www.elainebakergalery.com

     


      COLLECTIONS

          Zimmerli Art Museum
           Anne Frank Center, USA
           Kouros Sculpture Center
           Boca Beach Club & Resort
           Morgan Stanley Corporation
           Pratt Institute
     

      Individuals provided upon request