Tom Walsh

Hand built bronze sculpture by Tom Walsh

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BIO
Thomas Walsh was born in Chicago in 1937. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Michigan in 1962. Walsh taught at Southern Illinois University for 37 years during which time he was Head of the Graduate Sculpture Program. His sculpture and drawings have been featured in 56 solo exhibitions and his work is represented in over 60 public collections. Currently he resides in San Jose where he works, along with his wife Linda, at the San Jose State University Art Foundry.

Tom Walsh hand built bronze sculpture

ARTIST STATMENT

For the past 40 years I have attempted to condense and distill sculptural metaphors related to basic themes in my work that have been gestating since 1963: sacred-profane / life-death / transformation, etc. The parameters and focus of my work have been clearly established for at least 35 years. The perception, distillation and evolution of my metaphors are ongoing concerns and will remain so. My sources are wide-ranging and encompass artists as seemingly disparate as Giselbertus, St. John of the Cross, Pascal, Baudelaire, Manzu and Eliade. I am, also, continuously fascinated by the symbology of such structures as the Arch of Titus, the portals of gothic cathedrals, the St. Louis Arch…and the axis-mundi of Indian tepees.

My choice of cast metal, especially bronze, as a medium, is crucial. The enormous flexibility, the permanence, the carrying-power, and the transformation implications are essential to the type of statement…both universal and personal…I wish to make. Bronze is, also, and affirmation of the past, and a conscious attempt to synthesize with it. Conversely, my love of cast aluminum lies in the fact that it is a contemporary metal and carries no art historical baggage.

TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL

1962 – 1967 Assistant Professor, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky

1967 – 1999 Professor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

1971 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

1972 – 1974 Rome Prize for Sculpture

1976 Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant

1977 – 1978 Artist in Residence, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

1979 Kresge Challenge Grant for SIU Art Foundry

1980 NEA Project Grant

Residency at Millay Colony (Summer)

1981 Residency at the Handhollow Foundation (Summer)

Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Fall)

1982 Caldwell Resident in the Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Residency at the Ragdale Foundation (Summer)

1983 Residency at the Ragdale Foundation (Summer)

1985 Residency at the Ragdale Foundation (Summer)

1987 Residency at the Ragdale Foundation (Summer)

1988 Residency at Kohler Arts-Industry Program, Kohler, Wisconsin (Fall Semester)

1993 Illinois Arts Council Grant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1962 RACKHAM GALLERY, Ann Arbor, Michigan

KALAMAZOO ART CENTER, Kalamazoo, Michigan

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH, Sewanee, Tennessee

1963 LOUISVILLE ART CENTER, Louisville, Kentucky

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY, Murray, Kentucky

1964 UNIVERSITY OF CHATTANOOGA, Chattanooga, Tennessee

NORTH GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE, Gainesville, Georgia

1965 AUSTIN PEAY UNIVERSITY, Clarksville, Tennessee

1967 MIAMI UNIVERSITY, Oxford, Ohio

LACLEDE GALLERY, St. Louis, Missouri

1969 LOUISVILLE ART CENTER, Louisville, Kentucky

PEORIA ART CENTER, Peoria, Illinois

1970 NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, Notre Dame, Indiana

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE, Evansville, Indiana

1974 AMERICAN ACADEMY, Rome, Italy

1975 DAVID STRAWN GALLERY, Jacksonville, Illinois

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Bozeman, Montana

1976 EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, Richmond, Kentucky

SPRINGFIELD ART ASSOCIATION, Springfield, Illinois

MITCHELL GALLERY, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

1977 ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM, Springfield, Illinois

OLNEY CENTRAL COLLEGE, Olney, Illinois

1978 HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY, Arcata, California

1979 ILLINOIS ART COUNCIL GALLERIES, Chicago, Illinois

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Macomb, Illinois

1980 BEREA COLLEGE, Berea, Kentucky

1981 BETHANY COLLEGE, Lindsborg, Kansas

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Emporia, Kansas

1983 SANGAMON STATE UNIVERSITY, Springfield, Illinois

1985 MITCHELL MUSEUM, Mount Vernon, Illinois

ANDEN GALLERY, St. Louis, Missouri

ANDERSON COLLEGE, Anderson, Indiana

GOVERNOR’S STATE UNIVERSITY, Park Forest, Illinois

1986 CONTEMPORARY ART WORKSHOP, Chicago, Illinois

1987 ARC GALLERY, Chicago, Illinois

THE TOLEDO MUSEUM SCHOOL OF ART, Toledo, Ohio

1988 THE TRITON MUSEUM OF ART, Santa Clara, California

MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY, Decatur, Illinois

1989 FAIRWEATHER HARDIN GALLERY, Chicago, Illinois

1990 WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, St. Louis, Missouri

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Carbondale, Illinois

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Richmond,Virginia

1992 JOHN LOGAN COLLEGE, Carterville, Illinois

1995 TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY, Fort Worth, Texas

1999 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Carbondale, Illinois

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

KALAMAZOO ART CENTER, Kalamazoo, Michigan

LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL, Louisville, Kentucky

MINT MUSEUM, Charlotte, North Carolina

SPEED MUSEUM, Louisville, Kentucky

BEREA COLLEGE, Berea, Kentucky

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY, Murray, Kentucky

ST. PAUL ART CENTER, St. Paul, Minnesota

TYLER MUSEUM, Tyler, Texas

PEMBROKE UNIVERSITY, Pembroke, North Carolina

LAFAYETTE ART CENTER, Lafayette, Louisiana

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE, Evansville, Indiana

DEL MAR COLLEGE, Corpus, Christi, Texas

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Bozeman, Montana

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Carbondale, Illinois

ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM, Springfield, Illinois

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, Muncie, Indiana

CHATTANOOGA UNIVERSITY, Chattanooga, Tennessee

JOSLYN MUSEUM, Omaha, Nebraska

DELGADO MUSEUM, New Orleans, Louisiana

AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME, Rome, Italy

BETHANY COLLEGE, Lindsborg, Kansas

APPALACHIAN UNIVERSITY, Boone, North Carolina

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Emporia, Kansas

SANGAMON STATE UNIVERSITY, Springfield, Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Edwardsville, Illinois

MANKATO STATE UNIVERSITY, Mankato, Minnesota

COLLEGE OF DU PAGE, Wheaton, Illinois

MITCHELL MUSEUM, Mt. Vernon Illinois

ANDERSON COLLEGE, Anderson, Indiana

STATE OF ILLINOIS BUILDING, Chicago, Illinois

MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY, Decatur, Illinois

THE TRITON MUSEUM OF ART, Santa Clara, California

SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, Rohnert Park, California

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Richmond, Virginia

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT, Palm Desert, California

CITY OF PALM DESERT, Palm Desert, California

THE KOHLER CORPORATION, Kohler, Wisconsin

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY, Fort Worth, Texas

J. M. KOHLER ART CENTER, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART, Portland, Oregon