Morgan Dummitt

Morgan Dummitt

    Contact Information

    morgandummitt@gmail.com

    Phone: (917) 359-8675

    http://morgandummitt.com/

    890 North 40th Street Philadelphia PA 19104

    Sculpture

    Artist's Biography

    Sculptor Morgan Dummitt was born and raised in Manhattan, where he began studying the figure in 2005 at the Art Students League of New York. In 2013 he earned a certificate in sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a Bachelor's of the Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at the Florence Academy of the Arts, the Pelletieri Stone Carving Academy, and privately with Fred X. Brownstein. In 2016 he served a six month residency at the Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. He has exhibited throughout the country, and completed numerous public and private commissions.

    Artist's Statement

    Sculpture opens a window onto a frozen, timeless world. In his poem “Ode to a Grecian Urn,” Keats describes the feeling of looking through this window: an eternal story is unfolding in the stone relief, and has always been. It is in the process of consummation and yet will always remain unconsummated. Here is the inherent tension which underlies my work: the vibrant, desperate strivings of the characters is juxtaposed with our inability to reach them and their own inability to complete their stories.

    As a figurative sculptor, my goal is to use tangible forms to represent ideas which are too fleeting and complex to be represented directly. While I am drawn to the figure’s expressively sensual form, I find it infinitely more meaningful when used as a tool for exploring the themes that recur in my work: the struggle for mental wellness, the search for hope and spirituality as an atheist, isolation, and exhaustion. To me, there is an elegiac sadness in the arrested expression of the Grecian Urn, which I seek to capture in stories of my own.

    To tell the story of these emotionally murky experiences, I find that elements of suggestion, personal symbolism, and myth open the sculpture to a far deeper range of experiential possibilities for the audience. I want viewers to feel as though they have stumbled upon characters in the midst of performing an unknowable rite; who the figures are and precisely what lives they have led are as opaque as they are irrelevant. What matters is the visceral tug of the experience, the feeling that these gestures and adornments are invested with palpable spiritual gravity

    Selected Exhibitions

    2019
    Narrative and Illusion, Art League of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

    Sculpture in the Glen, InLiquid at the Burches, Gladwyne, PA

    2018
    A Generous Kingdom III, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

    Contemporary Kennett, Kennett Square, PA

    Naked in New Hope 2018, Sidetracks Gallery, New Hope, PA

    Fault Lines, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    2017
    Romantic Poets, Dohm Alley, Princeton, NJ

    2016
    5 x 5 x 5, River Oaks Square Art Center, Alexandria, LA

    Chasing Ghosts, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

    Beauty Marks, Episcopal Academy Crawford Campus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Naked in New Hope, Sidetracks Gallery, New Hope, PA

    Real People, Old Courthouse Figurative League, Woodstock, IL

    Centennial Visions, St. Gaudens Historic Site, Cornish, NH

    National Sculpture Society 83th Annual Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

    Emerging Artists, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

    Process: Casting IV, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    PAFA Faculty Show at Montgomery Community College, Blue Bell, PA

    Traction Company, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Process: Casting III, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

    Shop Te(a)ch, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    Small Works III, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

    PAFA Sculpture Faculty Exhibition, Noyes Museum, Hammonton, NJ

    Group Show, Philadelphia Plastic Club Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    SubTraction, NAPOLEON Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Winter Juried Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2012
    Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Professional Experience

    2019 - Present
    Pelletieri Stone Carver's Academy, New York, NY
    Board Member, Instructor

    2015 - Present
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Associate Professor

    2013 - Present
    Philadelphia Traction Company, Philadelphia, PA
    Member, Project Manager

    2013 - 2016
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Shop Technician and Foundry Manager

    2016
    August St. Gaudens Historic Site, Cornish, NH
    Sculpture and casting instructor

    Awards, Residencies, Honors

    2018
    Naked in New Hope, Best in Show, Second Place

    2016
    Augustus St. Gaudens Historic Site, Sculptor-in-Residence

    Naked in New Hope, Best in Show, Second Place

    Bucks County Community College, Guest Lecturer

    2013
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Perez Epstein Prize for Figure Modeling

    The Lee Prize, Figurative Drawing

    2012
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Perez Epstein Prize for Figure Modeling

    The Cook Prize, Figure Drawing

    2011
    Alumni Juried Award

    Selected Commissions

    2017
    North Carolina Quarters, Large Cold-Cast Aluminum Relief
    Raleigh, NC

    2015
    Join or Die, Bronze Relief for Logan Hotel Lobby
    Philadelphia, PA

    2013 - 2014
    Ex Paradisio, Marble Relief, Private Collection
    Philadelphia, PA

    Education

    2017 - 2018
    Apprenticeship with Fred X Brownstein, North Bennington, VT

    2016
    Pelletieri Stone Carver's Academy, New York, NY

    2010 - 2013
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude

    2009 - 2013
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Certificate, Sculpture

    Fall 2012
    Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

    2004 - 2009
    Art Students League of New York, New York, NY