Artist Statement -

Much of my practice involves collecting and preparing wood from local trees. When I began my Core Series, the material came from friends who had cut trees and offered me the wood. Now I have over 100 trees, many of which I planted or started from seed. Most require careful and regular pruning. Recently I was forced to take down a sugar maple that was dropping massive branches and rotting from the inside out. This provided much of the material used to make “Red Fence.” The scroll form in the piece was made with wood saved after pruning pear trees some years ago. I’d like to think that my work functions like poetry, except it uses forms instead of words to evoke thoughts and feelings that lie deep and barely realized.

My Attractors Series takes the fishing fly as a paradigm object and portray strange, insect-like creatures. They play homage to the incredible diversity of insect life, which we typically regard as an inconvenience at best. While their kind is said to represent 90 percent of the diversity of life on our planet, our kind typically ignores them. They embody my appreciation of the small things in life and in art.

Artist Exhibitions

2021 Evanston Art Center Biennial, Evanston, IL
2020 Wood, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2019 Two-Person show with Lindsay Obermeyer, St. Louis Lambert International
Airport, Lambert Art and Culture Program
2018 Two-Person show with Chris Kahler, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
2017 Cedarhurst Biennial, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL Selected 7
times since 1993
“Public Sculpture The Art of the Proposal”, Catapult Gallery, Southeastern
Missouri University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
2016 “Exposure 10 Years”, artists shown in the annual “Exposure” show over the past
10 years, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
National Sculpture Invitational, Clemens Fine Arts Center, Paducah, Kentucky
2016 “Natural Shift”, 4-person invitational, Ft. Collins Museum of Art, Ft. Collins, CO
2015 Cedarhurst Biennial, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
2014 Jerry Monteith Yamini Nayar, two-person show, Duet, St. Louis, Missouri
2013 “Attractors”, Solo show at OK Harris, New York, NY
“Exposure 16, Primal Forms”, Three-person invitational exhibition, Gallery 210,
University of Missouri, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2011- Array, site work Mass Transit Div., Public Art League, Champaign, Illinois
2015 Sculpture Biennial, St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley Campus
“More is More”, Lexington Art League at Loudon House, Lexington, KY
“In the Presence of Trees”, Ucross Foundation Gallery, Clearmont, WY
“Art Lab Work in Progress”, group show, Metropolitan Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2010 “Jumping Off Cliff,” artists influenced by H.C. Westerman, McCutchan Art
Center, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana
“Ucross 27”, Ucross Foundation Fellows, Nicolaysen Art Museum,Casper, WY
2009 “Primary Scars,” one-person show, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College,
Fresno, California
“Wood Two Perspectives”, with Stewart Wessel University Museum, Southern
Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
2008 “Splendid Flaws,” solo show, NuArt SeriesMetro Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
2007 Dallas Array, site-specific installation, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
“Hilarious Wounds,” solo show i2i Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
Sculpture Salmagundi XI”, annual national juried, Rocky Mount Arts Center,
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Solo show, Moss-Thorns Gallery, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
2006 Lightspill, an earthwork, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
2002 “Artists Respond to 911,” Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2000 KC Beatrice, window installation Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO
20th Anniversary Sculpture Exhibition, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD
1999 Daylights, Night Eyes, light installation, WD Brown Bldg., St. Louis, MO
Group Show, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1988 Community Building, custom, site-specific bus shelter Martin Luther King Avenue
and Belt Street, St. Louis, Missouri
1997 Solo show, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, Illinois
“Family Interpretations by 4 Contemporary Artists,” Indiana University, Kokomo, IN
1996 “Flora 96,” Chicago Botanical Garden, Chicago, Illinois
1995 “Carpenters Other Good Men,” solo Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
Bellwether, interactive site work Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour,
Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Return to Beauty,” Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware
1994 New Sculpture solo show Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Garber, Monteith, Nardi Ottmers,” Klein Artworks, Chicago, Illinois
1993 Hand Pieces, solo show Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Abstract Chicago,” Klein Artworks, Chicago, Illinois
1992 One Person show, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1991 “New Sculpture,” solo show Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1990 Totally Useless Objects, solo show Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Four Installations,” Ellipse Gallery, Arlington, Virginia
1989 Sculpture Garden Solo Show, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1988 Solo show, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1987 Solo Show, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1985 “The Washington Show,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.2019 ...

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