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Biography


Selected Installations and Projects

2004
Sky Sweeps, Aberdeen, Washington, Permanent installation of three 85' high kinetic oars. Collaboration with Sue Richards.
2002
Wind Riders, Washington State University, TriCities Campus, Richland, Washington. Permanent installation of bicycle wind vanes. Collaboration with Sue Richards
1999
Arbor Vitae, Coolbaugh Hall, Colorado School of Mines exterior/interior work employing branching patterns as a metaphor for learning. Collaboration with Ted Prescott
1998
Wind Ride, Kunst in Der Landschaft IV, Güt Gastëil, Prigglitz, Austria, created a trio of bicycle wind vanes. Collaboration with Sue Richards.
1997
Crapper Obscura, Deep Creek School, Telluride, Colorado, on campus grounds, converted existing outdoor toilet into a camera obscura .
1996
Developed an art plan and upgraded masterplan for Spokane Joint Higher Education Park, Spokane, WA. Commissioned by Washington State Arts Commission. Collaboration with Michael Oppenheimer
1995
Clapotis (Lake Music), Le Bouveret, Switzerland, installed a floating acoustic sculpture on Lake Geneva in conjunction with Le Project Léman Animations Chimériques, June - Sept. Collaboration with Sue Richards
1994
A Companion Place, San Francisco General Hospital. A permanent addition to an existing comfort garden for hospital staff and aids patients. Commissioned by San Francisco Arts Commission.
1994
Le Pont Romain, Vaison La Romaine, France. With students from Ecole D'Art Aix-En-Provence, created a temporary installation on a two thousand year old Roman bridge.
1991
Byxbee Park , Palo Alto, California. Developed master plan for 140 acre landfill park and completed a 45 acre portion. Collaboration with Michael Oppenheimer and George Hargreaves & Assoc.
1989
Percival Creek Bridge, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia Washington. A covered bridge done in collaboration with George Gonzales.
1989
The Spring, Art Park, Lewiston, New York. Spring restoration and refuge for park visitors.
1988
Ice House, temporary installation, Aughinbaugh Gallery, Messiah College, Grantham, Penn. March 4-27.
1987
Reflections on Light, temporary installation for Crandon Park Sculpture Garden, sponsored by Art-in-Public Places, Miami, Florida, March 16 - May 30, Collaboration with George Gonzales).
1985/86
Wave Organ, the permanent installation of a wave activated acoustical sculpture in San Francisco Bay, sponsored by the Exploratorium Collaboration with George Gonzales.
1984
Cascade Flume, Mill Valley, CA, a flume reconnecting a 150 year old sawmill to its original source of power. A temporary installation sponsoredby InterArts of Marin.
1981
Land Lights, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts. A series of four luminescent sculptures sponsored by the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn, New York.
1981
Sky Art, Baltimore Inner Harbor, floating luminescent sculpture, sponsored by the City of Baltimore, MD, Sky Art, Battery Park, floating luminescent sculpture, sponsored by Creative Times, New York.
Wave Organ, San Francisco Bay, an acoustic sculpture sponsored by the New Music America '81 at the Marina Breakwater, San Francisco, CA,
1978
Sky Art_III, floating luminescent sculpture, Fort Point, Sponsored by 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, CA Collaboration with Vince Grippi.
1978
Catenary, floating luminescent sculpture, Tippecanoe River, Indiana
1977
Light Sculpture, Fort Mason, CA. The Annual San Francisco Art Institute Collaborated with Vince Grippi.

Works in Progress

Team Member, AMD&ART - Acid Mine Discharge & Art project, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Collaborations with Sue Richards on public art projects in Aberdeen, Washington, South Lake Union in Seattle and a Metro Transit project in Phoenix, Arizona.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2003 Water In A New Way, an exhibition exploring water use and environmental impact. SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 RE-TIRE, an exhibition addressing issues of tire re-cycling. The Gallery At Carillon, Charlotte, NC
2000 Trouble Shooting gun violence, a community exhibition of works examining gun violence during NRA's annual meeting. Charlotte, NC
1999 Drip, Blow, Burn: Forces of Nature in Contemporary Art, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
1996 Wind Works, an exhibition of wind related artwork, Davis Art Center, Davis, California. Created temporary installation with M. Oppenheimer
1995 Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
1994 Old Glory, New Story: Flagging of the 21st Century, Capp Street Project, San Francisco
1994 Le Project Leman Animations Chimeriques, Association L.A.C., Montreux, Switzerland
1994 Color in the Shadows: Bay Area Cyberart, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
1987 Twenty Summers Past, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,
1985 Valentines_Group_Show, San Francisco Art Institute, February
1984 All_Ears, Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1983 Audio_Eyes, Artspace, Sunny Hills, Australia

Experience

2002 ­ Present Exploratorium, Senior Artist
1998 ­ 2001 McColl Center for Visual Art, Creative Director
2001 ­ Present Board of Trustees, Alliance of Artists Communities, past Chair
1971 ­ 1998 Exploratorium, Director of Art Programs
1981 - 82/83 Lecturer, Center for Experimental and Inter-disciplinary Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1994 - 1995 Lecturer, Visiting Artist, Ecole d'Art, Aix En Provence
1996 - 1998 Lecturer, San Francisco Art Institute
1996 - 2001 Research Fellow, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
1997 - 1998 Visiting Artist, Deep Creek School, Telluride, Colorado, in conjunction with Arizona State University, Tempe

Selected Awards

1993 Annual Award, American Society for Landscape Architecture, Byxbee Landfill Park
1988 Artist Fellowship, California Arts Council Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco
1980 NEA, Art in Public Places Planning Grant
1970 Purchase Award, Tenth Annual St. Jude Competition, Santa Clara University, CA
1969 Rinehart Prize, Maryland Institute College of Art

Education

1969 Rinehart School of Sculpture, Baltimore, MD, MFA, 1969
1966 Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, BA, 1966, Art

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