Jeremy Waak

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Recent Works

Artist's Biography

Jeremy Waak was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. At an early age, he began to pursue creative endeavors, such as drawing and painting, which have remained integral activities for him. Being the child of a mechanic, Jeremy was heavily influenced by cars, engines, and all things mechanical. Jeremy attended the Memphis College of Art as an undergraduate and majored in metalsmithing. In Memphis, he began to explore the design and creation of mechanisms, which spawned the first in a series of hand-held devices called the "One Kernel Popcorn Popper." These disarmingly funny objects have allowed him to explore his love of the mechanical while making social commentary about our relationship to gadgets, planned obsolescence, absurdity, and Americana.

Jeremy continued to hone this body of work as a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His work in graduate school culminated in a thesis show titled,"One Kernel Popcorn Popper". This work earned him an Illinois Arts Council Grantin 2002. In 2010, he began a ten-year project converting an 19th century warehouse and blacksmith’s shop into a home and studio.After sixteen years in higher education, AssociateProfessor at Pennsylvania College of Art &Design, Jeremy is now a full-time studio artist. His current interest is in exploring new work involving industrial imagery/mechanisms hybridized with plant/animal subject matter. His studio practice includes functional objects, wearable artwork and jewelry, gallery installations and public artworks.

Artist's Statement

All humans desire happiness. To help achieve this, every culture has created objects to bring about things they want and defend against those they don’t. Fetishes are the physical manifestations of potent spirits used for magic, prayer, wishes, guidance or curses. A fetish can also be a fixation, a distraction or a delusion.

The forms of these fetishes are an amalgam of nature and machine; organic life and the mechanisms we dream up. This relationship comes out of my interest in and fascination with the physical sciences and the tools, instruments and mechanisms we develop from those studies.

The fetishes in this series are for us now. They relate to our current cultural mindset, our image of who we were and who we are becoming. Some may find comfort and confidence in them and some may find fear and criticism. They are not answers nor solutions, but mirrors and questions.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2022
Post-Industrial Fetish, Curio Gallery, Lancaster, PA

2015
Idols and Totems, Regitz Gallery, The Ware Center, Millersville University, Lancaster, PA

2014
Post-Industrial Fetish, Regitz Gallery, The Ware Center, Millersville University, Lancaster, PA

2010
Guest Artist, February, Hamilton Club, Lancaster,PA

2009
Contained, University Gallery, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

2001
One Kernel Popcorn Poppers, MFA Thesis Show, Vergette Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,IL

Group
2022
Craft Nouveau, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA
Juror: Ariel Zaccheo

Echo Valley Art Group Annual, Elizabethtown College, Hess Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA

2021
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

2020
As Good as Gold, snagspace.org, Online exhibition
Juried Exhibition

2019 - 2021
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Indiana University East, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN
Juried Exhibition

2019
CraftForms 2019, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Juror:Jane Milosch

Cycle, Halstead Design Challenge, SNAG Conference, Chicago,IL
Juried Exhibition

2018
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster PA

2017
Beyond the Surface, a curated survey of contemporary drawing, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA
Invitational, Curator: Evan Kitson

2016
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

2015
Self-Made, Sunshine Art+Design, Lancaster, PA
Invitational

2014
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

2012
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

2011
PCA&D Studio Faculty Showcase - Foundation Department, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

2010
To Build a Better Mouse Trap, Infantree Gallery, Lancaster, PA
Invitational

2009
Horn Island 25, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Artists of the Keppel Building, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

2008
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

Man & Machine, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD
Juried Exhibition

Works in Progress, Candy Factory Gallery, Kepple Building, Lancaster, PA

Searching for Beauty: A Visual Questionnaire, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

Art Of The Martini 7, Zaruba & Zaruba Gallery, Fredrick, MD
Juried Exhibition

2007
A Year Invitational, Parlor Gallery, Lancaster, PA

Show-up and Show, Show, Future Home of Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Open Art Awards, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

2006
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, Gallery, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

Lancaster ArtWalk, Lobby Gallery, Kepple Building, Lancaster, PA

2005
Made In America Invitational, Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

2004
Horn Island Twenty, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Anti-War Medals, Artists Respond to the War, Traveling Internationally 2004

Working Drawings, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Invitational, Curator: Eric Cuper

2003
Anti-War Medals, Artists Respond to the War, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA

2002
Innovative Tools for Personal Use, The Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State College, Denver, CO

Metals Invitational, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Working Drawings, University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Invitational, Curator: Eric Cuper

2001
Odyssey, James Renwick Alliance 2001 Student Competition, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

2000
Fun and Games Invitational, OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD

MFA Preview Show, University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Curated
2021
Work Behind the Work, Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA
Juried by Jeremy Waak, Justin Phillips, Aaron Thompson

Artist's Bibliography

2019
Riveting News, April

2014
Lancaster Online, July

2011
Fig Lancaster, Fall

2009
Intelligencer Journal, January

2008
Intelligencer Journal, April

2007
Susquehanna Style, March/April

Intelligencer Journal, October

2004
The Commercial Appeal, August

2003
Metalsmith, Winter

2002
SNAG News, September

Professional Experience

2009 - 2021
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
Chair Foundation Department

2019 - 2021
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D), Lancaster, PA
Associate Professor Foundation

2008 - 2019
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D), Lancaster, PA
Assistant Professor Foundation

2007 - 2008
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D), Lancaster, PA
Part-time Instructor, Foundation and Fine Art

2007 - 2009
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D), Lancaster, PA
3D Lab Technician

2005 - 2007
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D), Lancaster, PA
Adjunct Instructor, FD106 3D Design, FA212 Intermediate 3D Design

2005 - 2008
Handrail Design Inc., Columbia, PA
Fabricator and Installer

2002 - 2004
Medwedeff Forge and Design
Fabricator Built large-scale public sculptures

2001 - 2004
Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program
Rider Coach, Lead Coach

Awards & Honors

Illinois Arts Council 2002 Artists Fellowship Award

3M Innovative Tools for Personal Use, Tools Not Worn on the Body During Use

Brent Kington Scholarship Fund

National Deans List

Public Projects

2021
Splits & Giggles Bike Corral
Public sculpture, functional art, installation

2019
AGVC3v1, Burks County, PA
Private Installation

2015
Champion Forge Bike Racks, Champion Forge Center, Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Alter Grace UCC, Lancaster, PA

Common Wheel Bike Racks, The Common Wheel, Lancaster, PA

2014
Blossom, Memorial Garden Sculpture, Grace UCC, Lancaster, PA

2013
Bike Fan Light, bike racks for City Hall, City Hall, Lancaster, PA

Garden Gate, Lancaster, PA
Sculpture public/private sculpture, Private Home

2011
Poetry Paths Alcove Handrails, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
Permanent Installation

2008
Cup Tower, Art Garden, Lancaster, PA
Site specific installation for Mayor’s Office of Special Events

Affiliations

Society of North American Goldsmiths
International Sculpture Center
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
American Association of University Professors
make717 (community makerspace)
Mechanical Engineering Technology Advisory Committee, Thaddeus Steven’s College of Technology

Education

2001
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Master of Fine Arts, Metalsmithing

2000
The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University CollegeFarnham, Surrey, UK
Student Exchange

1998
Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emphasis in Metals

1994
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE