Bio

(b. 1944 Jackson, Michigan)
Now lives and works in Los Gatos, CA
David Middlebrook

I speak through objects and in doing so I make thought visible. First and foremost the piece has to work visually in form, color, and composition. Each piece is harmoniously assembled combining objects, with no prior association, thus inviting the viewer to think/ponder, “How does this work?”

Looking at art is an eye opening experience. I try to make work that makes you want to know more. I want my work to leave its audience with inquiry, evoking questions like, “What does this mean and how is this made?” I enjoy creating work that transcends with the viewer’s preference, thus, challenging and altering their preconceived thoughts. Each individual conceptualizes the work uniquely through personal association. The variation of these interpretations is refreshingly imaginative.

My roots can be traced back to ceramics. I struggled with the instability of this material and found many of its characteristics to be limiting. This lead me to Pietrasanta, Italy and the discovery of stone and bronze opening up the possibility of creating larger scale artwork of variable dimensions, 10 lbs, to 50 ton.

EDUCATION

B.A. Albion College, Albion, Michigan
M.A. University of Iowa
M.F.A University of Iowa
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
 
Associate Director of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design,
San Jose State University, San Jose, California.
Visiting Artist/Resident Member, Bottega Versiliese, Pietra Santa, Italy. Permanent sculpture residency for execution of large-scale, marble and stone work. (24 resident visits since 1963)
Visiting Resident Artist (selected): Notre Dame University, Indiana (summer session) Mills College, California (one semester), Ohio State University, Ohio (summer session), Australian Arts Council, Australia (one year), University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (one year)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
2018
2017
2012
2012
2010-2011
2010
2009 
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004 
2003
2001     
1998       
1995        
1992
1990    
1988-89
1987

1986

1985        
1984      
1983
      
       
1982
             
1981 



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1979              
1978

1977    

Solo Exhibition, Bice Bugatti Foundation (Milan, Italy)
Solo Exhibition, Museum of Art and Design, Freedom Tower, Miami Dade College
Under Cover, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California
University Museum, Sacramento State University
Think Things, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California
Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California
TRITON Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California
ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Mac Fine Art, Miami Basel International Art Fair, Miami, Florida
Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, California
New Works, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, New York
“Nature Takes Its Course,” Warner Center, Los Angeles, California
“Tip”: The Iceberg Project, Gordon Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bill Gould Architectural, One-year installment, San Jose, California
Heritage Bank, San Jose, California
Contemporary Art Center, Sacramento, CA
Quantum Corporation, San Jose, California
Earth Abides”, Contemporary Wing, San Jose Museum of Art, California.
Miami of Ohio University Sculpture-Site Art, Hiestand Museum, Oxford
American-Jewish Cultural Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Marilyn Butler Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado
Ree Schonlau Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, California
One Man Exhibition, Capetown, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota
Things Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
“Reconstructions” at San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
“Drawings and Paintings” at Richland College, Dallas, Texas
Ceramic sculpture and painting at the Art Gallery and State College, San Bernardino, California
“Drawings and Paintings”, Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California
Museum of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
David Reid Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Museum of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California
Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California
Mills College, Oakland, California

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
2017
2016-17
2015-16
2014
2013
2013
2011
2009
2007-9
2008
2007






2006

2005



2004

2003-2004

2003
2002

2001
2000

1999
1995


1994


1993
1992


1991
1989

1988-89
1988
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1986

1985


1984

1983

1982


1981


1980


1979

Group Exhibition, (Fondazione Roma), Rome, Italy
Art Aspen, Aspen, California
Artists in Residence: San Jose’s 20th Century Vanguard, San Jose Contemporary Museum 
Group Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California
Art Silicon Valley San Francisco, CA
Group Exhibition, MondaPart,  Paris, France
Time, Space, Existence, Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale 2013
The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California
Affordable Art Fair, Selected Juried Invitational, New York, NewYork
Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California
Dublin Art Council Nation Invitational Sculpture Show, Columbus, Ohio
The El Paseo Invitational, Palm Desert, California, 2 year exhibition
Works Gallery, San Jose, California, American-Thai Exchange Show                                          
Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, California
Hampton Road Gallery/Peter Marcelle Gallery, South Hampton, Long Island, New York
“Merit Badge 2”  Rockland Center for the Arts
Sculpture on View: Works from the Art Foundry, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, California
“Artists & World Environment” Thai-American Art Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Bronze and Stone, Armstrong Gallery, Pomona, California
California Invitational, Buckeye Art Garden, Petaluma, California
Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, California
International 75th Anniversary Outdoor Sculptural Garden
“Sit Down!” Artist Bench Invitational, Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, California.
“Merit Badge” Exhibition & National Invitational, Rockland Center for the Arts
Woodlot Gallery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Outdoor tandem one-man show with Richard Hunt
Warner Center, Woodland Hills, California.
Standing Room Only, Scripps 60th Annual,
Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California.
Warner Center group show.
Contemporary American Ceramics (1950-1990),
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
“Out Door / In Door” City of Santa Clara, Invitational City Hall and Civic Plaza, Santa Clara, California
National Ceramic Conference Featured Museum Show at Charlotte, North Carolina
Pacific Rim Sculpture Show Invitational Juror Exhibitor
National Touring Show “Sculpture of the Nineties”
Middlebrook-Middlebrook, Corporate Contemporary Center, Corporate Mall, Sacramento, California
Syntax Corp., Sunnyvale, California
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Group Show – Public Art
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, California
D.P. Fong Show, San Jose Art League, San Jose, California
San Jose Museum of Art, KETH Auction Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, California
KETH Auction Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, California
Group Exhibition, Cadence Corporation, San Jose, California
“Florence-Santa Clara: Two Schools of Sculpture “, Academia delle Arti del Disegnno and Triton Museum of Art
San Francisco International Airport, C.C.A. Small Sculpture Show
Palo Alto Cultural Center, Bay Area Sculptural Invitational
“National 30-year Survey of the History of Raku” tour of five museums, originated St. Louis, Missouri
“Stone, Metal, and Wood” Palo Alto Cultural Center, contemporary sculpture in Northern California
“Passagio” with Noguchi, Pomadoro, Max Bill, Botera, Fannagan, Lucca, Italy
“25th Anniversary Exhibition ” Museum of Versalia, Pietrasanta, Italy
“Chicago International Art Exposition” at the Navy Pier, Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Faculty Drawing Show, San Jose Museum, San Jose, California
“School of San Jose”, San Jose State University, California
“Another Great Love Affair”, Denver Museum, Colorado
Carol & Hiroko Hansen Collection of Ceramic Art”, Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado
“Altered Spaces”, Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, California
 “Just Sculpture”, Young Gallery, San Jose, California 
“American Clay Artist: Philadelphia’ 83”, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Soup, Soup, Beautiful Soup”, Campbell Museum, New Jersey, traveling to eight locations through 1985
“Forgotten Dimension” traveling exhibition, International Sculpture Conference
“Pacific Currents”, San Jose Museum of Art, California
“Art and/or Craft: USA and Japan”, Kyoto, Tokyo and USA
“Outdoor Sculpture”, Wichita Museum of Art, California
 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, New York
“Joshua Wedgewood Memorial Invitational”,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
Omaha Invitational, Joshland Museum, Nebraska
“Northern California Clay Routes: Sculpture Now”, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

AWARDS

2007-9
2004
2003
2001- 2004
2001

1999
1993
1992
1990
1990

1989

Dublin Art Council Nation Invitational Sculpture Show, Columbus, OH. 2 year show, Purchase Award
Village Green Outdoor Multi-Section Sculptural Commission
Episcopal Church by the Sea, Fountain sculpture. Santa Monica, California
Finalist City of Dublin Emerald Glen Park
1st prize City of Santa Clara Out Door Sculpture Exhibition
Berkeley Public Library
Weston Hotel, Palo Alto, California
Finalist, Colorado Springs International Airport Competition
Finalist National Competition, Ohio Arts Council. Ohio State University, Mendenhall Laboratories
City of Davis, Pole Line Road, overpass wall and apron mural design
Stapleton International Airport Lobby Piece
Natomas Station, California Sculpture Garden. Installed 350-foot sculptural granite ruin walls
Davis Central Park Sculptor’s Competition, San Jose International Airport, Entrance mural
Santa Cruz, Pacific Garden Mall

PUBLICATIONS

2010
2009
2009
2003
2003
2002
2001
1988-1993
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989-1990
1989
1988
1970-
1982
1980
1979
1968
1978

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1977

1975

  San Jose Mercury News, Cover Story, November 3, 2010
“Richard Calderhead’s Reviews of the Week” N-art-Y, www.N-art-Y.com
“Defying Gravity” ARTSHIFT, www.artshift.com
Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the Arts – Contributing writer and Images of “Step in Stone Time” featured
Working with Clay Edition II” Susan Peterson
Contemporary American Ceramics” 1950 – 1990. A survey of American objects and vessels.
Review of “Step in Stone” in Sculpture magazine, San Jose Mercury News.
Sculpture magazine, three issues
Feature article for the National Arts Magazine about myself as an American working in Italy
Creative Sculptured Bath, featured in Home & Garden magazine, September, 1992, issue
Contemporary Ceramics, Susan Peterson
Art Week
Who’s Who in American Art, R.R. Bowker
Contemporary Stone Artists, Franco Stravini (published in Italian only)
American Art of the 80s, MacMillan
Ceramics Month, numerous issues, May, 1979, feature article
Art News
Australian Art, fall 1980 issue, feature article
Low Fire Ceramics, Brody
Crafts Horizons Magazine, work reviewed and Illustrated, ten issues
American Ceramics and California Ceramics, Danhouser
A Century of Ceramics in the United States, Clark & Hughto
Hand Building, Woody
Points of View 15 Artists, Pipenburg
Contemporary American Ceramics, Pipenburg
Tradition and Change, Hall
Artist & Life Styles, Moore
Raku, Pipenburg

WORKSHOPS/LECTURES

2005
2004
2003
1995
1994
1993
1990
1986


1985



1982
1980

Sierra Nevada College, Visiting Artist Workshops
College of Sierra Nevada Summer Sculpture Workshops
Featured panelist “National Society of American Archeologists” June ’03 “Art as Artifact”, Washington, DC
Stone/Marble Symposium, Carrera, Italy. San Francisco Art Academy
Lecture, San Jose Museum of Art. Ohio State University
Lecture, “Public Art: Past, Present, Future”, Pueblo, Colorado
Northern Kentucky State, University of Cincinnati, Miami Ohio University
Lecture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Lecture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Panelist, NCECA, San Antonio, Texas
Lecture, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Pueblo, Colorado
Panelist, NCECA Conference, San Antonio, Texas
San Francisco Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Scripps College
Six-month lecturer and workshop tour of Australia
Art Institute of Chicago, five-month residency in South Africa

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Oakland Museum of Art, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art       
American Craft Museum
Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Museum of the NT, Darwin, Australia   
Koehler Museum, Brisbane, Australia  
Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
National Contemporary Gallery, Canberra Australia     
San Jose Museum of Art                                                   
NYC Museum of Art and Design
Kentucky Arts Commission Touring Collection 
Davenport Municipal Gallery, Iowa
Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio
Cedar Rapids Art Center, IA
DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA   
San Jose International Airport, CA
Fujitsu Corporation                                                              
Westin Hotel, Palo Alto, CA                             
Siding Australia, Sunnyvale, CA
Heritage Bank, San Jose, CA                                                
Continental Bank, IL       
McDonald’s, Inc.
Cadence Corporation, San Jose, CA
Amdahl, San Jose, CA                                                           
 City of Sacramento, CA                                                                                    
City of Santa Cruz, CA                                                          
City of Davis, CA                                        
City of Folsom, CA                                                                 
City of Kent (Seattle), WA 
State of Colorado    
University of Iowa  
University of Washington  Arizona State University  
University of Kansas
Winona State College, MN                                                   
Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, Colorado                  
County of Milwaukee, WI
 

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Bob & Jan Frank, Los Altos, CA                                                 
Rosemary & Ted Buttner, Sunol, CA                                             
Ken & Shari Sweeney, Gilroy, CA
Carol and Kurt Peterson                                                     
Judith & Frank Marshall, Palm Springs, CA
Ann & Don Gralnek, Los Gatos, CA  
Dr. Donald Head Estate, Saratoga, CA                     
Bob & Jan Fenwick, Los Altos, CA  
Dr. Andreas and Khanitha Neuer, Dortmund, Germany
Stephan A. Jansen Friedrichshafen, Germany
Anne Mandenoff and Guy de Vleeschouwer Brussels, Belgium
Senator Jane Harmen, Aspen, Colorado
Florence and Daniel Cathiard, Bordeaux, France
Linky and Stanley Motta, Panama, Florida
Herb and Michelle Rosenfeld, Fisher Island, FL
Safia El Rashid, Monaco
Alan Jacobson, Houston, TX
Elyse Schotstak, Aspen, CO
Derick Wyckoff, Los Angeles, CA