Gary Grissom

Gary Grissom

    Studio

    Philadelphia, PA 19151

    Painting/Drawing

    Photography

    Artist's Biography

    I studied painting and art history at Community College of Philadelphia,Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and the University of Pennsylvania. In the 70s I was a founding member of Bricolage, a performing art collective and Wilma Theater. For twenty years I designed media for numerous theater and dance performances. My media design work lead to a growing interest in photography. During the 80s I started to exhibit photography. For the last 40 years I exhibited painting and photography. In 1990 I was fortunate to receive a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship.

    Artist's Statement

    I started making art in the early 1960s using my mother’s paint-by-number colors. During the 1970s, after studying art and art history, I made large paintings of color fields and grids. Color was the subject of my art. By the end of the decade I gradually felt the desire to depict objects, places and figures.

    I also started to use the camera as a tool to record visual interests. Both with my painting and photography I strive to integrate and exploit the formal qualities of spatial description, color, patterning and compositional structure that I applied to abstract art.

    Currently my painting is a dialog with what I see in my environment. The painting subjects have included landscapes close to where I reside and depictions of family members and activities.

    My photography has birthed three unique projects. A series of reflection photographs recorded through urban glass shot at an angle. The images are a result of the reflection, refraction and light diffraction. The bending of light combines views of interior spaces with a reversed mirrored repositioned external environment. Three years ago I started recording a series of non-urban, non-suburban Pennsylvania photographs. This project is an attempt through image reportage to explore the narrative of cultural splintering. For the last eight years I’ve been documenting Lancaster Avenue and SEPTA’s Number 10 Trolley viewed as a habitat, a place to shop and a transportation artery.

    It’s important for me to spend time looking at historical and contemporary art thinking about how it relates to my art practice.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2018
    Welcome Gallery, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

    1988
    Painting and photography, Tripoli Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1982
    Invitational exhibition, paintings and photographs, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Two-Person
    2019
    Two-person exhibit with Sunjeon Grissom, Da Vinci Art Alliance @ Atria Senior Living, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2019
    PHOTOgraphy 2019, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Visual Democracy, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    Being There: Black & White, Photography, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    156th Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Lens on Latin America, International House Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Works on Paper, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Constructing A Body, InLiquid Gallery @ Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Summer of Love, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    PHOTOgraphy 2018, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Motion Pictured, International House Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Rocky (RE) Run, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    155th Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Looking Forward, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Open Lens IV, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Personally Speaking, International House Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2017
    404, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Spring Gala Exhibition 2017, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

    154th Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2016
    A Second Language, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    PHOTOgraphy 2016, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Spring Gala Exhibition 2016, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

    153rd Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    A Celebration of Color, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2015
    Art Department's 50th Year Exhibition, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Eyes Wide Open, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    6th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

    152nd Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Collaboration Exhibition, Plastics Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Open Lens, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2014
    You Are What You Eat, Plastics Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Some Like It Hot, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    1995
    The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

    1994
    Images of the Family, Laurie W. and Irvin J. Borowsky Gallery at the YMHA, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Convergence Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Photo Works '94, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

    1993
    The State Museume of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

    1992
    Works on Paper, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Annual Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

    1991
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellows Touring Exhibition
    Johnston Art Museum
    Blair Art Museum
    University Art Gallery of Pittsburgh
    Everhart Museum
    Bruce Gallery of Edinboro
    University of Pennsylvania
    Westminster College
    University of the Arts

    1990
    62nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

    1989
    Invitational Photography Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

    1988
    Photoart '88, Deming Center for the Arts, Deming, NM

    Tripoli Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    60th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

    1987
    Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

    1985
    Community College of Philadelphia Photography Department Competition and Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
    1st Place Award

    1976
    Group Show, Old City Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1975
    Group Show, Old City Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Awards & Honors

    2019
    PHOTOGRAPHY 2019, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention Award

    2017
    PHOTOGRAPHY 2017, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    2nd Place Award

    Open Lens III, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention Award

    2016
    Open Lens II, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    1st Place Award

    2015
    PHOTOGRAPHY 2015, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention Award

    Something Cool, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    2nd Place Award

    2014
    Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
    Director's Award

    1994
    Juried Work on Paper Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Wohl Award

    1992
    Juried Art Exhibition, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
    1st Place Award

    1991
    Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
    Honorable Mention Award

    1985
    Community College of Philadelphia Photography Department Competition and Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
    1st Place Award

    Fellowships

    1990
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
    Visual Arts Fellowship

    Professional Experience

    Media and Theater Design

    Founding member of Bricolage Theater, Collaboratory Theater, and Wilma Theater

    Designed and produced media for numerous theater and dance performance groups

    Lectures & Talks

    1989
    "Hand-Colored Photographs: History and Techniques"
    Lecture at Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

    Education

    1974 - 1975
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA

    1973
    Philadelphia College of Art
    Philadelphia, PA

    1970 - 1972
    Community College of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA

    Continuing Education

    University of the Arts
    Philadelphia, PA