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Peter N. Gray

728 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60661, U.S.A.
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Phone: 312-925-4905
Email: peter@metal-i-genics.com
URL: http://www.metal-i-genics.com

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Peter N. Gray

People think that art fits solely in culture, and that science is not culture. I’m interested in science generated as a cultural necessity. Innovations in technology require a thoughtful response from artists who are awake to their own time. I use the hard malleable metals steel and bronze to awaken our inner scientist as I express the inherent softer organic sculptural aesthetics of biological systems. I am inspired by the aesthetics of genetics and microbiology often using them in sculpture to bring artistic aspects of science into the realm of each person. Several of my works pair geometric patterns with organic shapes demonstrating entrapment and escape. My residency in Marseille, France and extensive travels in Asia bring additional influences to the artistic aspects of science. Current works depict aspects of knowledge quest, genographic migration, genetic structure, and/or antibody action. I was an Illinois Road Scholar with solo and group sculpture exhibitions in Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, Hoboken, NJ, Liberal, KS, South Haven, MI and San Francisco, CA. Large-scale public sculptures are in permanent collections of Sculpture Parks and a Chicago public school and I have had temporary (annual) placement on the Chicago campus of DePaul University and the Johnson, Vermont Sculpture Park. 

 

 

 Education/Training

  • PhD, University of Texas at Houston GSBS     ●   MS, Northwestern University
  • BA&S, University of Delaware                         ●   Delaware Art Institute
  • Lineal & Siegel Graphic Design, NY, NY        ●   Evanston Art Center, IL

Member

  • International Sculpture Center
  • Chicago Sculpture International
  • Contemporary Arts Council
  • ASCI – Arts & Science Collaboration, Inc., New York, NY
  • 3-D12 Chicago Sculptors
  • American Jewish Artists Club
  • Diasporal Rhythms
  • Oak Park Art League-Juried Artist Member and Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Northwest Cultural Council-Juried Artist Member
  • Illinois Arts Alliance
  • School of the Art Institute-Chicago, Development Committee (Former)

Public Art

  • Brain Extravaganza!, Bloomington, IN (2012)
  • Harbor Walk, Kenosha, WI (2011)
  • Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit, Fire Station Park, Chicago, IL (2011/2012)
  • Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL (2010/2011)
  • Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton College, DesPlaines, IL (installed 2010)
  • Counseling Center of Lakeview, Chicago, IL (installed 2010)
  • Chicago Transit Authority Subway Station, Chicago, IL (installed 2009)
  • MYMA Sculpture Center, Missouri Valley, IA (permanent)
  • Public Sculpture Park, Lincolnwood, IL (permanent)
  • LPCAI, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago, IL (2007/08)
  • Dixon Elementary School, Chicago, IL (permanent)
  • Johnson, VT (2006/07)
  • Chicago Public Radio discussion on Art & Genetics

Exhibitions (Recent - Selected)

   2012

  • Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Informatika, Michigan City, IN
  • Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Beverly Art Center , Beverly, IL
  • Schaumberg Prairie Art Center, Schaumberg, IL

   2011

  • From Where It Comes, 3-D12 Sculptor Group, Space 900, Chicago, IL
  • Six-Cubed, Framing Mode Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 7th Annual Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33Contemporary Gallery-Curator, Sergio Gomez
  • Art Chicago 2011, Project 63, Merchandise Mart
  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, Award of Excellence
  • Union Street Gallery, Chicago, IL-Curator, Jessica Freudenberg

  

 

2010

  • Aurora Illinois Public Arts Commission, Transformations – Curator, Robert Putnam
  • Bloomfield Birmingham Art Center, Bloomfield, MI, Skins, - Susan Wilcsak, 3-D12
  • Space 900, PopUp/TearDown, Chicago, IL, 3-D12
  • Mundelein Public Library, Mundelein, IL

  2009

  • Baker Arts Center Juried National Exhibit, Liberal, KS –Juror, Scott A. Shields
  • Texas National Juried Exhibit, Nacogdoches, TX – Juror, Mel Chin
  • Aurora Illinois Public Arts Commission, Lost and Found Exhibition – Juror, Rena Church
  • Lincolnwood Illinois Village Hall, Solo Exhibition, July-August – Curator, Shirley Engelstein
  • South Haven Michigan Art Center, ¡NOW! Exhibit, June-July – Juror, Marie McGuire
  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, HUB: Converging Divergence, Curator Helena Engel
  • Northbrook Library, What’s The Big Idea? International Exhibition – Juror, David Nash

   2008

  • University of Chicago, Science in Art, Chicago, IL – Jurors, Kate Lorenz, Theaster Gates
  • Boes Art Gallery, Omaha, NE
  • Griffin Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Marriott Eventcom International, Rosemont, IL
  • Square D Headquarters, Palatine, IL
  • Artropolis 2008, The Artists Project, Chicago, IL
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ – Juror, Cynthia Pannucci
  • The Architrouve, “Ashtrays to Art”, Chicago, IL – Juror, Tonya Pyatt

  

2007 (Selected)

  • New York Hall of Science (Juror, Nat’l Academy of Science) – Pattern Finding ’07 – Juror, JD Talasek
  • Northfield Community Center, Later Impressions - Award
  • Johnsonese Gallery, Chicago, IL – Solo Sculpture Exhibition & Summer Salon
  • 33 Collective Gallery: Photography and Digital Exhibition – Juror, Sergio Gomez
  • Prairie Title Gallery, “Ingenuity”, Oak Park, IL
  • Northwest Cultural Council, Rolling Meadows, IL
  • McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

2006 (Selected)

  • Black Pearl Gallery, Recycled, Chicago, IL – Juror, Carla Carr
  • 33 Collective Gallery: CORPUS Interpretations of the Human Form – Juror, Ruth Crnkovich
  • Chicago Cultural Center Renaissance Court: Later Impressions Exhibition
  • Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Oak Park Art League Spring Show
  • Cook County Treasurer’s Office, Chicago, IL
  • 33 Collective Gallery: “Uno” Exhibition & Annual Portrait National Exhibition
  • SAN Exhibition, South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

 

Fellowships/Grants/Awards

  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art Exhibit, Award of Excellence, 2011
  • Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar, 2007/2008
  • Vermont Studio Center, Residency Fellowship, 2006
  • Chicago Artist Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant, 2006 and 2007
  • Chicago Neighborhood Arts Program Federal Block Grant, 2006 and 2007
  • Finalist, Art & Evolution, Paris France, (2008)

 

Art in Publications

  • Hektoen  International Journal of Medical Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2011
  • LeScienze, January 2011, Roma, Italy
  • Science Magazine-Online, March 2009
  • The Messenger, University of Delaware, Vol. 16, No.1, p40-41
  • Scientific American, illustrates article on Fragile X Syndrome – October 2007
  • Sculpture Magazine – October 2007
  • Inside Lincoln Park – July 2007
  • Chicago Tribune – July 2007

 

Curatorial /Grant Review

  • Morpho Gallery, Sculptural Passion(S) – 2008
  • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs NAP Grant Panel – 2008
  • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs NAP Grant Panel – 2010/2012