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Orie's Pyre Dry Dock ~ Sheep Eve's Ghost
Trust ~ Habit Pinch Boat No one Sees
Transcendental Blurb 1 ~ Station
Gordon K. Sherman

Artist Statement

Mysteriousness and appointed iconography has always been a foundation of my visual development. My imagery contains a strong sense of place that demands close attention. Manipulation of my “vocabulary” reveals concern for the human relationship to the environment and potential harmful vestiges of culture’s growth and decay. Manifestations of landscape vistas, microscopic voyeurism and figurative imagery have association with social, religious, psychological and environmental concerns, but are sometimes more cerebral and poetic in nature. I have never consciously pursued an obvious dialogue with an audience, but rather engage their curiosity to establish rapport with my work in relationship to their experience and history. With that inquiry the viewer hopefully develops some connection to my artistic concerns, intentions and abilities.


EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts, Wichita State University. Printmaking-Drawing. 1976
Bachelor of Art, Fort Hays State University. Printmaking-Drawing. 1973 

GRANTS AND HONORS
Vermont Studio Center Residency - Fellowship, Johnson, Vermont, 2005
Graduate School Research Grant, Fort Hays State University, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Pilot Award Nomination, Fort Hays State University, 2004
Faculty Research and Development Grant, Fort Hays State University 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Absolut Statehood Artist Campaign, Carillon Imports Ltd., Teaneck, NJ 1992-94
Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Alternate, Wichita State University, 1977

COMMISSIONS
“Absolut  Statehood”. Advertising Campaign. 1992
“Baptismal”. Federated Church. Blue Mound, KS. 1994
USA Today. Carillon Importers Ltd.. Teaneck, NJ. 1992
Private portrait and mural commissions, 1978-present

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
To Build Up A Rich Collection…Selected Works from the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art (essay with reproduction) Bill North. 2003
Time Magazine. Absolut Statehood Campaign.
February 14, 1994
Absolut Statehood. 51 Painters. Visions Of Their Home States.
Glenn O’Brien and Antonio Guccione. 1993
Artist: A Kansas Collection.
Patrick Rowley and Steve Harper. 1989
Over 200 regional and national exhibition reviews, interviews and articles.

DEALER AFFILIATIONS
Dennis Morgan Gallery. Kansas City, MO
Strecker – Nelson Gallery. Manhattan, KS