Michael Grothusen

Michael Grothusen

    Contact Information

    michaelgrothusen@yahoo.com

    Phone: (215) 704-4744

    http://michaelgrothusen.com/

    Studio

    909 Fraser Rd. , Erdenheim PA, 19038

    Sculptures & Installations

    Artist's Biography

    Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia International Airport, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. He has also completed two permanent public commissions for the City of Philadelphia. He has received grants and fellowships from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Pollock/Krasner Foundation and three Individual Artist’s Grants from the Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts. He received a BFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas in 1988 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1991. In 2019 his work was included in the 8thBeijing International in Biennial at the National Museum of China.

    Artist's Statement

    My studio work is diverse in terms of scale, scope and content. I make objects, temporary site-specific installations and have completed two permanent public commissions for the City of Philadelphia. Each genre has its own unique intentions, audiences and outcomes.

    Some works are deliberate conversation starters. Others are intended to de-emphasize written and spoken language in an attempt to focus attention on the present tense aspect of viewing the work. One of the reasons I make sculpture is the tactile, formal and kinetic possibilities. I like it when there are nuances that don’t translate well to second hand experiences. For me, it is similar to the difference of being in a room with someone and looking at a picture of that person. Both are important, but they are very different. When starting a new piece, I like to ask this question: What is it like to be in the space with the work and what will the viewer remember later?

    Selected Exhibitions & Installations

    Group
    2018
    Matter, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

    2014
    Secret Sharer, Skopelos Foundation for Art Secret Sharerk, Skopelos, Greece

    2013
    Good Luck to All Artists, Old School at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Life's Joys-Life's Disappointments, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

    2008
    I Heard a Fly Buzz, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

    Scale Model, From Memory, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    Life's Joys-Life's Disappointments, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    2001
    (Un)Explained Phenomena, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    1998
    Bodies, Memories, Weights and Measures, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    Twenty Philadelphia Artists - Celebrating Fleisher Challenge at Twenty, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Be Here Now, Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA

    Group
    2019
    8th Beijing International Art Biennial, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

    2018
    77th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Syd Carpenter

    2017
    Double Self-Portrait as the God Janus, Gallery 114, Portland, OR

    All the Water in My Body, UArts Faculty Exhibition, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

    2016
    View From Above, UArts Faculty Exhibition, Kimmel Center for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    I Am What I Am Doing, Charlotte Street Foundation, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO

    Process Wood, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

    2011
    Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

    2010
    This is the Only Place that Can Save My Heart, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Alex Gartleman

    2009
    1.5 Million, Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Corey Antis

    Forever Young, Celebrating 70 Years of Art, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

    2007
    Foundation Faculty, Works on Paper, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    On Ice, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
    Curator: Kathy Bruce

    65th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Polly Appfelbaum

    1999
    Stations, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Kevin Melchionne

    1998
    Eight Contemporary Artists, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

    Professional Experience

    2009 - Present
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Associate Professor, College Core and Sculpture

    2000 - 2009
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Assistant Professor, Foundation, 3-D and Time Motion

    Grants

    2008
    Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Professional Development Grant

    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Faculty Development Grant

    2006
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Faculty Development Grant

    2001
    Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Grant
    Visual Artists Fellowship

    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Venture Fund

    1998
    Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Visual Arts Fellowship

    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Venture Fund

    1997
    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

    1995
    Pew Charitable Trust, Philadlphia, PA
    LaNapoule Art Foundation Artists' Residency, LaNapoule, France

    Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Grant
    Visual Artists Fellowship

    1993
    Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Grant
    Visual Artists Fellowship

    1990
    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
    Full Scholarship

    Public Commissions

    2015
    City of Philadelphia, Percent for Art
    Finalist, Viaduct Rail Project

    2014
    Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA
    Finalist for commission for new cardiac care wing

    Skopelos Foundation for Art
    Noon Mark Skopelos, Greece

    2011
    Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia
    Chaes Foods, The Assist

    2009
    Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia
    Finalist, Federal Reserve Bank, Origin of All Else

    2008
    City of Philadelphia, Percent for Art
    Finalist, Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, Two Rings/Two Positions

    2007
    Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia
    Finalist, Spring Arts Point, Typology of Vessals

    2001
    Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia
    The Point Where Things Change

    Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA
    Midway of Another Day

    Education

    1991
    Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    MFA, Sculpture

    1990
    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

    1988
    University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
    BFA, Sculpture

    1986 - 1987
    Brighton Polytechnic, Brighton, England