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Meredith Bergmann

85 Manor Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877, U.S.A.
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URL: http://meredithbergmann.com

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Meredith Bergmann has been making sculpture for 40 years that deals with complex themes in an accessible, beautiful, and provocative way. Working within the tradition of narrative sculpture, she draws on her love of the history of art, literature, and mythology to make the past speak to the present. Her private works often involve visual and verbal puns. Her sculptures evoke many-layered responses, blending the sensuality and power of traditional sculpture with her own sense of mischief. 

She works both on public monuments and on a private scale, exploring issues of history, race, human rights, disabilities, and the power of poetry and music. Her sculpture has been shown in more than two dozen exhibitions and is in 10 institutional collections. Her largest public commission is the Boston Women’s Memorial on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay, unveiled in 2003. She is currently creating the FDR Hope Memorial for Roosevelt Island, NYC, and a slavery memorial for NYC. Her articles, essays, reviews and poems have appeared in many journals, and she has done Production Design for five feature films.

www.meredithbergmann.com

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS:

FDR Hope Memorial, Roosevelt Island, NYC 2016September 11th Memorial, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY 2012

Labor in Massachusetts: Edward Cohen Plaque, State House, Boston, MA 2009

Finalist: Rosa Parks, Architect of the U.S. Capitol 2009

Marian Anderson, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC 2006

Boston Women's Memorial, Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 2003

Alma Mater, Alabama Inst. for Deaf & Blind, Talladega, AL 1997

Memorial to Countee Cullen, Bronx Council on the Arts 1995

Sister City Commemorative Bas-reliefs: Montclair, NJ and Barnet, UK 1993

Growing Up, Outdoor Installation for Westside YMCA, NYC 1992

Finalist: Harriet Tubman Memorial for Harlem, NYC 

Finalist: Queens Korean Veterans Memorial, Kissena Park, NYC

Finalist: University of Mississippi Civil Rights Memorial 

Finalist, New York City Percent for Art projects: Walton Ave. Firehouse; Williamsburg Day Care Center; ACS Foster Child Care Center, Staten Island Fire/EMS Station, Far Rockaway Fire/EMS Station.

Finalist: Virginia Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, VA 

Finalist: Florida Art in State Buildings/Dept. of Transportation, Bartow, FL

Finalist: Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Morrell Station

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: (* solo shows)

2016    The Christa Project, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY

2011    Migrations, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY

            September 11th*Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY

2010    Artist and Artifact, Brooklyn Historical Society, NY

The Great Nude Invitational, NYC

2007    Common Ground, Westchester Community College, NY

2006    Marian Anderson*, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

2003    Making Monuments & Murals, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

2002    Reactions, Exit Art, NYC

            Celebration of the Spirit, Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH

2001    Just the Thing, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

1999    Just the Thing, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

1998    Mouse: An American Icon, Alternative Museum, NYC

1996    Biography Memorials, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY

1993    Surprise!, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1992    Growing Up*, West Side YMCA, NYC

1991    Daphne Reconsidered*, Asser Levy Center, NYC

1989    The Little Soldier*, sculpture installation, Brooklyn, NY

            Noah's Art, Central Park, NYC

1983    Terminal New York, Brooklyn Army Terminal, NY

1982    Traffic Frieze*,10 on 8, NYC

1979    New Work*, Center For the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


CORPORATE AND INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS:

Abington Friends School

Benco Dental Supply Inc.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Columbia University

City of Boston, Massachusetts

Converse College

Goldring International Group

McGraw Hill

New York Public Library

Tampa Children’s Medical Services

The United States Capitol

 

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Mrs. Richard Anisfield, NJ; Ardythe Ashley, NYC; Shimon Dotan, NYC; Mr.&Mrs. Steven Gag, MA; Jennifer Gallagher Lansdale, MD; Ellen Hymowitz & Charles Maltz, NYC; Otto Kernberg, NYC; Val Kilmer, NYC; Judith Young Mallin, NYC; Bruna Nardelli, Italy; Lisa Nesselson, France; William Orbe, NYC; Michael Peich, PA; Preston Phillips, NY; Jeffrey Scheuer, NYC; Mark Schwartz, PA; Joseph Simo, NYC; Regina Skyer, NYC; Michael Sivy, NYC; John Bigelow Taylor, NYC; Catherine Tufariello, IN; Sujata Gupta & Richard Winfield, GA; Sara Winkler & Simon Leopold, NYC; Deborah Zabarenko, MD

 

AWARDS:

2008    Brooklyn Historical Society Residency

2003    Grand Circle Foundation for Boston Women’s Memorial

2002    Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund for Boston Women’s Memorial

2001    Barbara Lee Family Foundation for Boston Women’s Memorial

1997    Fellowship for Sculpture, New York Foundation for the Arts

1983    Fellowship for Sculpture, New Jersey State Council On the Arts

1982    Project Grant, New York State Council On the Arts

1977    The Eliot Lash Award for Sculpture, The Cooper Union

 

EDUCATION:

1978-1980       Art Students League: Robert Beverly Hale, Sidney Simon       

1978                Apprentice, Palla Marble Atelier, Pietrasanta, Italy

1975–1977      The Cooper Union, NYC (B.F.A.)

1974–1975      Parsons School of Design, NYC

1972–1974      Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

 

LECTURES, PANELS, INTERVIEWS:

Boston Architectural College, Bostonian Society, Brooklyn Historical Society, Collegiate School, Columbia University, Converse College, Dahesh Museum, D.A.R. NYC Regents Roundtable, Ford Hall Forum, The Franklin Institute, New York Public Library, Questar Library, WalkBoston, West Chester University Poetry Conference, WGBH


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

Kuspit, Donald, “Public Memory & Social Conscience: Meredith Bergmann’s Sculpture, Feminist & Otherwise” American Arts Quarterly Summer 2012

Trippi, Peter, “A Busy Season Ahead for Sculpture” Fine Arts Connoisseur 10/12

Lin, Christine, “Beauty and Irony in Sculpture” Epoch Times 9/19/12

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11/17/10: “Bringing New Eyes to Brooklyn’s Past”

ARTIST & ARTIFACT catalog, November 2010, Brooklyn Historical Society

Wesleyan Magazine, 1/2010: “Bergmann’s Bas-Relief Adorns Massachusetts State House”

Dupré, Judith, Monuments: America’s History in Art & MemoryRandom House 2007

THE OUTDOOR GALLERY: 40 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks, Sept. 2007

Leggio, Gail, “Re-energizing Public Sculpture” American Arts Quarterly Winter 07  

Grossman, Wendy, “Computers Transform the Cutting Edge of Sculpture” The London Guardian, 12/7/06

Fine Arts Connoisseur, Nov/Dec 2006

Philadelphia Tribune, 9/5/06: “Gold Voice Honored in Bronze” 

American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2005: “The Boston Women’s Memorial” 

At Cooper Union, Winter 03/04: “Making A Metaphor Concrete”

The Boston Globe, 10/26/03: “Women Pioneers Take a Bow”

Capasso, Nick “Remember The Ladies: New Women’s Memorials in Boston & Contemporary Commemorative Public Art” Sculpture Magazine, June 2000 

JUST THE THING catalog, June 1998: essay, DeCordova Museum

American Arts Quarterly, Fall 1997: “An Alma Mater for the Helen Keller School”

NYTimes, 9/3/95: “Exhibition Draws Spotlight to Woodlawn‘s Famous”

The Newark Star Ledger, 10/8/93:  "Sculptor links Montclair and sister city"

The Montclair Times, 9/30/93:  "Bergmann Chosen to Create Barnet Sister City Sculptures"

Holmes, Nigel, Pictorial Maps Watson-Guptil 1991:  photos of two sculptures

The New York Times, 9/25/89:  editorial on "Noah's Art" show with photo

NOAH’S ART catalog, September 1989, NYC Parks Department

 

http://www.massaflcio.org/edward-cohen-plaque

http://www.cityofboston.gov/women/memorial.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDamS7ZxeXI

http://tinyurl.com/BergmannLIC

 

Articles by Meredith Bergmann:

“The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux,” American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2016

“David D’Angers & the Making of the Modern Monument,” American Arts Quarterly, Spring 2014

“Greek History Inspires Feminist Art,” Athens News, Aug. 17, 2007

“Facing the Other: Charles Cordier,” Sculpture Review, Winter 2005

Jonathan Shahn: Thoughts On His Work, 2002 catalog essay

“The Arm and the Wing,” essay on Charles Wells, Tri Quarterly Review, Feb. 1995 The New York Review of Art, gallery reviews, 1994-1995