Brent Crothers


Contact Information

http://www.brentcrothers.com

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Artist's Biography

Sculptor Brent Crothers has been working professionally for over 30 years from Stoney Forest in Harford County, Maryland where he built his own home and studio. He earned his MFA and BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Brent Crothers’ sculpture is featured in many permanent collections including: The Corcoran Museum of Art, The Hechinger Collection, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and The Delaware Art Museum. He was selected as a semi-finalist for The Sondheim Prize in 2010 and 2012. Crothers has also received six Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, most recently in 2017. He was awarded a Baker Artist Award b-grant in 2012 and the Mary Sawyer Baker Prize in 2014. In 2016, Crothers received a Franz and Virginia Bader grant to help finish a piece he has been working on for several years.

Recent solo exhibitions include venues such as: Urban Outfitters Corp. Head Quarters in Philadelphia, PA; Anthropologie’s Gallery at Rockefeller Center, NY, NY; Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC; Haven Arts in the Bronx, NY; and Duke University in Durham, NC.

Recent group exhibitions include: Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD; The Portsmouth Museum in Portsmouth, VA; The Historical Society of Washington in DC; Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro in NJ; and The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC.

Artist's Statement

Don’t we all want to express something about this world we find ourselves living in? I’m not a writer, so what I do to voice my concerns, my dreams, and my questions is to wrestle, rip, stack, bend, wrap, tie, bind, burn, hang, pile, cut, chisel, nail, solder, weave, bolt, drill, beat, and grind materials in such ways to create sculptural forms that have their own stories to tell. These pieces are part of a searching dialogue between me and the world. At the root of this work is a respect for nature and all the materials that surround us. More and more I’m incorporating unappreciated and discarded materials, transforming them into small communities to create forms and giving the materials new life.

In my art I’ve come to believe that there can be no separation between humanitarian, social, political, and environmental issues. We need creative thinking in every aspect of our lives today more than ever.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
Brent Crothers: New Work, URBN Outfitters Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Brent Crothers: Water Wars, Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA
Facilitated by InLiquid; Curator: Chessia Kelley

2011
Brent Crothers, Anthropologie’s Gallery at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

Brent Crothers, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC

2010
Sculpture 1275: Brent Crothers, 1275 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC

2006
Brent Crothers: 20 Years of Sculpture, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Com. College, Bel Air, MD

2005
Brent Crothers: Why Not Care?, Haven Arts, Bronx, NY

Brent Crothers: Where Are We Going With This?, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

Brent Crothers: Take Nothing For Granted, Galerie Francoise e.s.f., Baltimore, MD

2001
Brent Crothers: Why Care?, Galerie Francoise e.s.f., Baltimore, MD

1998
Brent Crothers: New Works, Galerie Francoise e.s.f., Baltimore, MD

1995
Brent Crothers: Recent Sculptures, Galerie Francoise e.s.f., Baltimore, MD

1994
Brent Crothers, Mosely Gallery, University of Maryland eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

Group
2016
Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA

Vanishing Beauty, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, VA

2015
Baker Artist Award Show for 2014 & 2015, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Syngery, Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2013
Spatial Translations InLiquid at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Centennial Juried Exhibition, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2012 Baker Artist Awards Grantees, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Structure as Language, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD

2011
InLiquid at URBN, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA

Currents: Art and the Environment, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, VA

2010
Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD

The Ordinary Expands, Silber Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

GAPS, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA

The Language of Objects, Catholic University, Washington, DC

Porous Borders, The Historical Society Museum of Washington, DC

Crossroads: Determining the Authentic Visual Voice, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2009
Bilateral Engagement, Art Museum of The Americas, Washington, DC

American Artists, Thaumaturgist Gallery, Beijing, China

Hunter Gatherer, CCBC Art Gallery, Catonsville, MD

2008
Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists Exhibition, Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Men on Maps, Haven Arts, Bronx NY

2007
Intervene/Activate, The Union Gallery, College MD

2006
Gallery in the Garden, Hawk Mountain, Orwigsburg, PA

Art of the Word, Haven Arts, Bronx, NY

The Art of Barter, Sowebo Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2005
Sticks and Stones: The Making of a Sculpture Garden, Devault, PA

2004
War or Peace, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

A Walk in the Woods, Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, MD

2003
Sculpture at Wildwood, Wildwood Park, Wildwood, PA

2002
Eight From Baltimore, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Washington, DC

2001
Out of Tradition, Delaware Center For Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

2000
Sculpture at Evergreen, Baltimore, MD
Juror: Michael Brenson

Sculpture, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

1999
It’s Sculpture, outdoor exhibition, Arena Stage, Washington, DC

1998
Sculpture on Site, 2-year outdoor exhibition, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

1997
Tools As Art: Exploring Metaphor, National Building Museum, Washington, DC

Landscape: An Exhibition of Sculpture, The Art Museum of The Americas, Washington, DC

1996
The Delaware Art Museum Biennial, Wilmington, DE

ArtSites ‘96 Tudor Place, Washington, DC
Sponsored by the International Sculpture Center

16th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD

1995
The Book As, Gallery 10, Washington, DC

Sculpture Now, Washington Square, Washington, DC
Curator: Virginia Mecklenberg, National Museum of American Art

1994
Across Borders/Sin Fronteras, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC

1993
Sculpture Tour 92-93, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Inside The Mid-Atlantic, Outside Tradition, Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

Sculpture at Liberty Rotunda, International Sculpture Center Conference, Philadelphia, PA

1991
Art In The Atrium, Columbia Square, Washington, DC
Curator: Joshua P. Smith

Mandala, 1 year outdoor installation, Maury Park, Arlington Arts Center, VA

1990
Society, installation, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
Juror: Martin Puryear

Professional Experience

2014 & 2004
Visiting Artist, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

2009
Adjunct Sculpture Instructor, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD

2001-2000
Adjunct Sculpture Instructor, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2000
Guest lecturer, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2000, 1998, 1992
Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1997
Artist workshop, “Organic Form in Space”, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.

1994
Artist-in-residence University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

Visiting Artist, Towson State University, MD

1993
Visiting Artist, Neumann College, Aston, PA

Awards and Honors

2016
Franz and Virginia Bader Grant, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Mary Sawyer Baker Prize, Baltimore, MD

2012
b Grant, Baker Artist Awards, Baltimore, MD

2010 & 2008
Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist

2017, 2013, 2011, 2009, 1997 & 1995
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award

2003
Amalie Rothschild Rinehart Award

1993
Artists’ Fellowship Inc. Grant

1988
Skowhegan Scholarship

Collections

The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Anthropologie, Philadelphia, PA
The Hechinger Collection, Largo, MD
Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia, PA
Michael & Nathalie Beatty, Baltimore, MD

Education

2003
Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
MFA

1989
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA

1988
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME