Bio and CV for both collaborative artist proposing Reflectricity as part of Dlectricity 2014.
Joe Bigley is an expanded media sculptor currently based in Boone, N.C. My work has employed a wide range of materials, processes and manners of display. Social commentary is a reoccurring angle which I approach the content of my work. I have used such approaches as single outdoor sculptural work to long term relational aesthetic performance works. My work has been shown across the United States and Internationally.
Joseph W. Bigley
224-B Grand Blvd.
Boone, N.C. 28607
2014 Consequentalism. WonderRoot. Atlanta, G.A.
2013 Structured as Such: Architecture of Oppression. Liberty Arts. Durham, N.C.
2012 Grab Bag. Nth Gallery. Boone, NC.
2010 Sundry. The Visual Art Exchange. Raleigh, N.C.
2009 Commentary. Gallery #354 Hungerford Building. Rochester, N.Y.
2006 Conglomeration. Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Boone, N.C.
2005 Ritualisn’t Meliorism. Nth Gallery. Boone, N.C.
Invitational and Group Exhibitions
2014 6x6x2014. Rochester Contemporary Art Center. Rochester, N.Y.
2014 Dream Repeater. Nth Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2014 Appalachian State University Faculty Biennial. Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and Catherine J. Smith Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2013-2014 Downtown Boone Public Sculpture Exhibition. Boone, N.C.
2013 Art in Odd Places. Greensboro. Greensboro, N.C.
2013 Sculpture in the Garden Invitational. NC Botanical Gardens. Chapel Hill, N.C.
2013 Future Cast. Cohen Gallery. Alred, N.Y.
2013 Come out and Play Sculpture Show. JimGin Farm. Pittsboro, N.C.
2013 Sculpture Celebration. Broyhill Park, Lenior, N.C.
2013 Sweet and Sixteen. Nth Gallery Fundraiser. Nth Gallery, Boone, N.C.
2013 Black History Celebration. DC Museum of Contemporary Art. Washington D.C.
2013 Nth Gallery Members Show. Nth Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2012-2014 Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Bristol, V.A./Bristol, T.N.
2012 Artistic Rebuttal Book Project. Looking Glass Gallery, Boone, N.C.
2012 The Last Show on Earth. The Nth Gallery, Boone, N.C.
2012 Cast in Iron, Invitational. Spiers Gallery. Brevard, N.C.
2012 Sculpture in the Garden Invitational. NC Botanical Gardens. Chapel Hill, N.C.
2012 Come Out and Play Sculpture Show. JimGin Farm. Pittsboro, N.C.
2012 The Iron Show at Liberty Arts. Cordoba Center for the Arts. Durham, N.C.
2012 Sustainability. A Process, Not an End. The Looking Glass Gallery, Boone, N.C.
2012 Casting Call Sculpture Exhibition. Jones House Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2012 Appalachian State University Faculty Biennial. Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and Catherine J. Smith Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2011-2012 Sculpture in the Garden Invitational. NC Botanical Gardens. Chapel Hill, N.C.
2011 Cast, Soldered, Welded, Wired, Polished. The Nth Gallery Metals Show. Boone, N.C.
2011 Circumpolar: Go-shapers. Visual Studies Gallery, University of Buffalo. Buffalo, N.Y.
2011 Political Potpouri. Washington DC Museum of Contemporary Art. Washington D.C.
2011 Shine Your Light. American Legion. Lenior, N.C.
2011 Mystery Art. The Arts Center. Shelby, N.C.
2011 Appalachian Alumni in the Arts. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Boone, N.C.
2011 Artifacts and Fiction: The Strange Legend of the Pianistas, as told by Michael Frassinelli. Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Boone, N.C.
2010 The Miniature Show. The Nth Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2010 The Self Portrait Project. Brooklyn Art Library. Brooklyn, N.Y.
2009 COP 15. Kunsthal Charlottenborge. Copenhagen, Denmark.
2009 En Skrue Los?. Skostredet 12. Bergen, Norway.
2009 Going Postal. Target Gallery/Torpedo Factory Art Center. Alexandria, V.A.
2009 Snap to Grid. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Los Angeles, C.A.
2009 NEVER THINK small!. Climate Gallery, Long Island City, N.Y.
2009 UrbanGreen. Elsewhere Artist Collaborative. Greensboro, N.C.
2009 Loop Video Art Festival 2009. Barcelona, Spain.
2008 Alfred International. Central Academy of Fine Arts. Beijing, China.
2008 Some People Alfred. Collaboration with Harrell Fletcher. Fosdick Nelson Gallery. Alfred, N.Y.
2008 Ferrocity: Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture. Salem Art Works. Salem, N.Y.
2008 Made in NY 2008. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Auburn, N.Y. Jurors: John McQueen and Jen Pepper.
2008 10th Annual Outdoor Exhibition Invitational. Unison Sculpture Garden. New Paltz, N.Y.
2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhbition. Fosdick Nelson Gallery. Alfred, N.Y.
2008 IN Black & White: Louisiana’s Retreating Coast and Communities: Works from LUMCON’s Permanent Collection. Turchin Center. Boone, N.C.
2007 Columbus Iron Sculpture Exhibition. Columbus Area Arts Council. Columbus, I.N.
2007 The Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition. The Wichita Center for the Arts. Wichita, K.S. Juror: Bede Clarke.
2007 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Chesterwood Estate and Museum, Stockbridge.M.A. Jurer: Janet Riker.
2007 13v. Wellsville Creative Arts Center. Wellsville, N.C.
2006 2006 Appalachian State University Faculty Biennial Exhibition. Catherine J. Smith Gallery. Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Boone, N.C
2005-2006 Tri-State Sculptors Member Outdoor Sculpture Show. Grounds of the Broyhill Inn. Boone, N.C.
2005 The Down East Sculpture Exhibition. Emerge Gallery. Greenville, N.C. Juror: Tom Grubb
2005 Dimensions 2005: A National Juried Fine Art Competition and Exhibition. Milton Rose Galleries. Winston-Salem, N.C. Juror: Philip Koch.
2004-2005 Emerging Artists. Catch 22 Gallery. St.Augustine, F.L.
2004 The Down East Sculpture Exhibition. Emerge Gallery. Greenville, N.C.
Visual Artist Lectures
2014 Pecha Kucha, artist presentation. ASU Faculty Biennial Presentation. Boone, N.C.
2013 Structured as Such. Liberty Arts. Durham, N.C.
2011 Immersed. Practices by Joseph Bigley. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, T.N.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Boone, N.C.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. The Washington D.C. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA DC).
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. The Weatherspoon Art Museum. Greensboro, N.C.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. Asheville Art Museum. Asheville, N.C.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. The University of North Carolina Asheville.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. Wonder Root. Atlanta, G.A.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. Swope Museum of Art. Terre Haute, I.N.
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (INDY MOCA).
2011 Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. In conjunction with the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, O.H. Lemon Grove Café.
2010 Sundry Exhibition Artist Gallery Talk by Joseph Bigley. Visual Art Exchange. Raleigh, N.C.
2010 Ways of Sculpture, Talk by Joseph Bigley. Bowling Green University. Bowling Green, O.H.
2009 Bronze Casting Seminar and Artist Lecture by Joseph Bigley. A two-day seminar in bronze furnace repair and operation. The process of resin bonded sand mold making, pattern making, and metal casting was demonstrated with student involvement. Jacksonville University. Jacksonville, F.L.
2007 Studying and Practicing Art. East High School. Rochester, N.Y.
Ongoing Research Projects
-Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically. A long term public interactive performance project. The length and shape of the border of Afghanistan was mapped out within the United States. This route was pedaled by bicycle as a means to collect the public's reaction to the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The 3,730 mile long project took 69 days to complete. The project involved giving a lecture series at contemporary art venues that fell close to the traveled route. Video Footage and writings are still in progress.
-Structured as Such: Architecture of Oppression. Solo exhibition at Liberty Arts in Durham, N.C. (February 2013 – April 2013). This large-scale sculpture installation consists of a series of interior spaces that focus on modes of oppression. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of lectures, panel discussions, and performances relating to the content of the exhibition including race relations in the southern United States and food as oppression, specific talks are currently being finalized.
-Environmental Studio Practices. I have built a metal furnace that runs on reclaimed vegetable fryer oil. I am constantly experimenting and researching ways to achieve maximum efficiency for the furnace. Other forms of renewable energy are being explored to arrive at a sustainable and energy conscious studio practice.
2013-2014 Studio assistant to Mel Chin.
2013-2014 Featured Artist. Jones House Community Center. Boone, N.C.
2013 - present Member Artist of Nth Studios and Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2013 Panel Discussion. Casting After College. Meltdown, Metal Casting Convention. Alfred, NY.
2013 Visiting Artist. Liberty Arts Foundry and Studios. Durham, N.C.
2013 Guest Juror and curator of, Visions of Peace. Jones House Community Center. Boone, N.C.
2013 Advisor to The Ekland Arts Center. Todd, N.C.
2013 Co-curator, Keep Calm and Draw On. Nth Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2012 Curator of Casting Call. Jones House Community Center, Boone, N.C.
2011 Featured Artist, 10 Years and Counting 2001-2011. http://www.10yearsandcounting.com/artist_a_bigley.html
2011 Featured Artist, The Present Tense: Performance Art Initiative, Bicycle Series.
2011 Emerging Artist Program Grant 2011-2012 Review Panel. Durham County Arts Council.Durham, N.C.
2010 Mapping/Merging: A network for interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences. UNCG. Greensboro, N.C. Mapping Luncheon Talk.
2009-2010 Living and working in Longva, Norway (June 2009 – February 2010) Exhibiting artist and studio research.
2008 Studio assistant to Glenn Zweygardt. Alfred Station, N.Y.
2006-2008 Elected Student Representative of Dean Advisory Board. Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.
2004-2006 Technician in Residence. Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.
2005 Panel Discussion Facilitator: “Life After Undergraduate School”. Tri-State Sculptor’s Conference. Boone, N.C.
2005 Co-curator, Tri-State Sculptor’s Conference Student Show. Looking Glass Gallery. Boone, N.C.
2004 Taught Upward Bound Sculpture Class for high risk youth. Boone, N.C.
2002-2004 Sculpture Studio Student Monitor. Appalachian State University. Boone, N.C.
Grants, Awards and Nominations
2013 Southern Constellations Fellowship Nomination . Elsewhere Living Museum Residency. Greensboro, N.C.
2011 Sustainability in the Arts Grant. Appalachian State University Sustainability Council.
2010 Emerging Artist Grant. Durham County Arts Council. Durham, N.C.
2010 Honorable Mention Mixed Media Sculpture Art Buzz 2010 Collection.
2008 Honorable Mention International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement Award.
2007 Chesterwood Advisory Board Award. Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, M.A.
2007 Nominated for the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement Award.
2007 Nominated for the Dedalus Foundation Grant.
2004 Outstanding Senior Merit Award. Appalachian State University. Boone, N.C.
Jones House Community Center. Boone, N.C. (upcoming)
Sustainable Development Farm. Appalachian State University. Fleetwood, N.C.
Appalachian State University. Boone, N.C.
Single Acre Farm. Asheville, N.C.
Kyoto International Woodprint Association. Kyoto, Japan.
Jacksonville University. Jacksonville, F.L.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Chauvin, L.A.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Boone, N.C.
The Doc and Merle Watson Heritage Museum. Sugar Grove, N.C.
2011 Antenna Gallery Residency. New Orleans, L.A.
2006 International Sculpture Center Conference. Cincinnati, O.H.
2006 Louisiana University Marine Consortium, Coastal Landscape Photography. Chauvin, L.A.
2006 East Carolina University Sculpture Consortium. Greenville, N.C.
2005 Tri-State Sculptors Conference. Boone, NC.
2005 Glass Blowing with Junichero Baba. Penland School of Crafts. Penland, N.C.
2012 Artistic Rebuttal Book Project: Appalachian State University Edition
2010 A Vicious Cycle: A Graphic Depiction. The Mantle: A Forum for Progressive Critique
2010 The Self Portrait Project. Art House, LLC. Brooklyn, N.Y.
2010 Art Buzz. Art Buzz Publishing. Dunedin, F.L.
2011-2012 Paper Girl Community Arts Project. Boone, N.C.
2006 Donated 2 site specific installations to The Boone Community Garden. Boone, N.C.
2005 Mural for Hardin Park Elementary School. Boone, N.C.
Adam Wells is an artist/ sculptor who works with metal, glass and light in order to create works of art that intrigue viewers with deep thought. My studio consist of a fully functioning borosilicate glass shop with a glass lathe , boro crucible, gtt torches and capabilities to fill lighted gasses in glass.
Adam Duane Wells
231 Eagle Ridge Drive Vilas, NC 28692
T 828 406-0645
Sculptor/Glass Artist, Whatiswhatis Art Company; Vilas, NC — 2005-present
I sell my glass artwork through a few galleries retail. I also have a distributor who buys my art wholesale and then resells it wholesale nation wide. I also invented glassblowing tools that i sell wholesale to a few glass supply stores throughout the country. I am always working on new design and concepts in the studio.
Studio Manager/Owner, Whatiswhatis Art Studio; Boone, NC — 2009-2011
I opened a 2000 sqft art studio in Boone, NC. We had 10 flame working stations, a hot shop, cold working area and metal fabrication area. I rented booth spaces by the month and rented the hot shop by the day. Myself and a partner owned the equipment so had to maintenance, repair and keep everything running. I offered a 3 day plasma glass workshop with hot glass and neon artist David Wilson which was later published as a 3 page article in Glass Line Magazine (issue#50). The Studio also had a successful Italian goblet workshop there. We used the studio space to make art daily and to fabricate the whatiswhatis art tools.
2004 Exhibited Large Scale Outdoor Sculpture in front of Chapel Hill Museum (6 month exhibit/ stipend show) Chapel Hill, NC [Sculpture titled Full Circle” contained a bright lighted element during the night]
2004-2005 Exhibited Large Scale Outdoor Sculpture in Sculpture Salmagundi Rocky Mount , NC (1 year exhibit/ stipend show Rocky Mount, NC at City Hall [Sculpture titled: Into the Void”]
Appalachian State University Boone, NC BFA Studio Art with a Minor in Appropriate Technology 2004 — Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC 2 week workshop with Sally Prasch summer 2007
Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC 2 week workshop with Wayne Strattman spring 2009
Revere Glass School Berkley, CA 3 day workshop with Scott Deppe summer 2009
Corning Museum of Glass Corning, NY 1 week workshop with John Kobuki summer 2013