There is understandably a lot of pessimism out there today. By “out there” I mean most anywhere, but specifically outside my studio doors. Because inside, I remain surprisingly, almost unnervingly, optimistic. For someone (mistaken, I would argue) perceived to be a bit of a curmudgeon, this is an unusual state to be in. What hope […]
I tip my hat to you, Mr. Alzamora. You have won this round, but I’ll be back…
If you haven’t already discovered it, check out Artist A Day. They profile some really fine work and the site is beautifully designed. A nice community has sprung up to discover and discuss a wide variety of great art. I’m honored to be today’s artist, #732. Check it out. If you’re so inclined, you can […]
Though a lot of my time these days is consumed by taking care of Little Zoe, I did manage to finish the sculpture I began several weeks before she was born. Here it is in its freshly sandblasted state. Thankfully, it has warmed up a bit here so I can begin the rusting process properly. […]
Please join me in welcoming to the world our daughter, Zoe Elizabeth. Born on December 26th at 6:22pm and weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz., she is by far the greatest creation I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to.
If you read one essay on the challenges of creating, selling and buying art in these difficult economic times, I suggest Art in the New Economy by Alan Bamberger.
Before the opening at SCSU this afternoon, I took some installation shots as well as images of a few pieces that were so new that I hadn’t even documented them yet. The large white piece you see in the foreground is a good example. I finished it only a couple weeks before I had to […]
Check out November’s Art in America for a review of my solo exhibition Midwest Gothic at St. John’s University this past spring.
To coincide with the exhibition at SCSU, you can read a profile of me in our local paper here, the St. Cloud Times. I always find it difficult to read articles about myself (truth be told, I still haven’t read this one all the way through), but the images are quite good and (most of) […]
Today was the day to deliver and install the works for my solo exhibition at SCSU’s Atwood Memorial Center Gallery. After several trips to the gallery, I got them all there and we even had the layout and most of the lighting done by the time I left. The show is a nice mix of […]
If you’re in the Grand Rapids, MI area, check out the group exhibition, Chicago Sculpture International – 2008 Juried Exhibition, that I have a piece in at Calvin College. There should be plenty of other sculpture-related activities in the area to coincide with the International Sculpture Center Conference going on there.
I put the finishing touches on Nighthawk today (title may change, we’ll have to see), and I have to say it turned out beautifully. I won’t have enough time to weather it properly for my SCSU show coming up on the 22nd though. It seems a shame to hide it in my studio through the […]
Koehnline Museum of Art, July 12 – August 30, 2007 by Victor Cassidy When Sam Spiczka was growing up on his parents’ farm in Minnesota, he liked to walk the fields, especially in winter. One day, as he tells it, he found the skeleton of a boar “weathered and whitened by the sun,” dug it […]
In 2004, I was awarded a Travel & Study Grant by the General Mills and Jerome Foundations to visit outdoor sculpture parks, museums, and studios from here to the East Coast. During the month of June, I spent 20 days on the road, along with my wife, to accomplish that task. From Minnesota to New […]