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BOB EMSER

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Lives in
Eureka, IL

Works in
Eureka, IL & Chicago, IL

Website

Tags
sculpture, abstract, installation

Statement

Bob Emser is an internationally recognized and lauded sculptor, with exhibits on 4 continents, 7 countries and 27 states in the U.S. His extensive body of work, dating back to 1978, can be seen in cities and municipalities, sculpture parks, museums and institutions of higher learning. During his 30-year career he has served as a visiting artist and has taught at several universities, held a tenured professorship, and founded a not-for-profit art center that is still in existence. He has also served as the executive director of Chicago’s international sculpture exhibition, Pier Walk. Currently he is the president of Chicago Sculpture International, the local affiliate of International Sculpture Center, on whose Board of Directors he has served.

 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

CURRENT PROJECTS

Olympia Fields, IL, Signature Piece – City Hall, 2010

Governors Island, NYC, 2010

Avenue of Sculpture, Art Chicago, 2010

RECENT PROJECTS

Pinellas County Arts Council, FL Belleair Causeway, 2010

Park Ridge, IL Uptown Plaza, 2009

Wayne State College Wayne, NE, 2008

City of Orland Park, IL Marcus Theater Plaza, 2007

Dennos Museum Northwest Michigan College, Traverse City, MI, 2007

Lake Land College Alumni Park Plaza, Mattoon, IL, 2006

Jørpeland, Norway Commune Sculpture Park, 2005

State of Illinois State Collection, 2004

City of Peoria, IL Riverfront Festival Park, 2003

Elmhurst Art Museum South Entrance Plaza Elmhurst, IL, 2003

Mitchell Museum Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, Mount Vernon, IL, 2002

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Swope Museum of Art, Terra Haute, IN

Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI

Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, Mount Vernon, IL

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

University Museum, Rio Grande, OH

Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL

Hinkhouse Collection, Eureka College, Eureka, IL

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2010

Artist Foundation of NY Grant 2009

United States Consulate International Grant 2009

Received Best of Show, Polk Museum Third Annual Florida Sculpture Competition” 2003-2004

Illinois Arts Council Grant International Travel 2002

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS

Prudential Plaza Chicago Illinois Jan.-June 2008

Zone Gallery Kansas City, MO June 3 – July 7, 2006

Atrium Gallery. St. Louis, MO March 24-April 30, 2006

FLATFILEgalleries, Chicago, IL January 6- February 24, 2006

Northern Illinois University Art Museum Shadow Drawings Aug. 22 - Dec. 12, 2005

Purdue University North Central Westville, IN Nov.-March 2004-5

Krasl Art Center, St Joseph, MI July-Aug. 2004

Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL February. 28-April 18, 2004

Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, May 2000

Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL, February 2000

Gallery, 33 Springfield, IL, December 1999

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Peoria, IL November - December 1998

Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, July 1998

Gallery 510, Decatur, IL, August 1997

Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, January 1997

Peoria Art Guild, New Environments, Peoria, IL, March 1994

University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH, April 1993

Round River Gallery, Works for the Future, Peoria, IL, October 1992

Eureka College, It's About Time, Sculpture Installation, March 1990

Bradley University, Ten Years After: A Space in Time, Peoria, IL, November 1988

Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL, September 1981

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, April 1981

Rockford Council for the Arts and Sciences, Rockford, IL, September 1980

 

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

Sydney, Australia, Sculpture by the Sea-Bondi, 2002 & 2008 & 2009 & 2010

Stavanger, Norway Symposia 18-8 Stainless Steel Symposium June 2005

Cordoba, Argentina, Mask, Another Skin, November 2004

Rome, Italy, "Six Chicago Sculptors" EUR Lake, September-October 2000

Paris, France, Salon de Marly le Roi, February 1999

Friedrichshafen, West Germany, Stadt.  Bodensee-Museum, April-May 1985

 

SELECTED TWO-PERSON EXHIBITS

David Weinberg Gallery, Framework, Chicago, IL July – August 2009

Elmhurst Art Museum, Inside Out Chakaia Booker & Bob Emser, Elmhurst IL Oct. 18, 2008- Jan. 11, 2009

TADU Contemporary, Fluid Form, Santa Fe, NM June-July 2003

Illinois Central College, Exteriors Within, Peoria, IL, October 1999

University of Illinois, Mentor / Mentee, Springfield, IL, October 1979

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS

Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Mi, September 22-October 10, 2010

Sculpture Invasion Koehnline Museum of Art July 12-August 30, 2007 & 2010

Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational Chicago Sculpture International September 28-October 29,2006

CSI BIENNALE 2006 Chicago Sculpture International Juried Exhibit, May 5 – June 16, 2006

9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibit, Univ. of Hawaii’s Art Gallery, March 5 - April 13, 2006

Chicago, IL Artist/Model-maker/Sculptor Continental Building October 2005

Greeley, Colorado 8th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit February 2005 - 2006

Somerby's Landing Sculpture 2004 / 05 Newburyport, MA

Purdue University North Central Sculpture Symposium Westville, IN Oct 2003

Convergence Outdoor Sculpture Providence, RI July 2003 - 2004

Soho20 Gallery Art in America Curated “Spring Invitational” New York, NY. March 25-April 19, 2003

Polk Museum Third Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition” Received Best of Show. Lakeland, FL March 2003 - February 2004

Sarasota Season of Sculpture, Sarasota, FL November-May 2003

Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition 2002 Bellevue, WA June 21- October 7, 2002 Invited Artist

Chicago’s Navy Pier, Pier Walk 1996-2001, International Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL May – Nov

Lakeview Museum, Works on the Move (kinetic sculpture) Peoria, IL December -January 1998-99

Vedanta Gallery, Maquette Exhibition, Chicago, IL January - February 1999

Klein Art Works, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL 1997-98

West Bend Friends of Sculpture, River Park, West Bend, WI 1997-2000

River Gallery, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Chattanooga, TN 1997-98

Peoria’s Festival Park, Riverfront Sculpture Walk ‘97, Peoria, IL July – October 1997

University of Rio Grande, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Rio Grande, OH, 1996-98

Festival Park, Riverfront Sculpture Walk ‘96, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Peoria, IL July - October 1996

Lexington Art League, The Nude 94, Lexington, KY, January 1994

John A. Logan College Museum, Crafts Regional 1993, Carterville, IL November 1993

Mitchell Museum, 15th Southern Illinois Artists' Competition and Exhibition, September 1993

Illinois State Fair, Professional Art Exhibit, Springfield, IL August 1993

East Bluff Art Gallery, Sculptors Seven, Peoria, IL, November 1992

Art Works Gallery, Figures 7, Peoria Hts, IL, July 1991

Illinois Central College, Four Professors, Peoria, IL, February 1989

Lakeview Museum, Five Sculptors, Peoria, IL, June 1988

Peoria Civic Center, Peoria Area Sculptors' lnvitational, summer 1983

Lakeview Museum, Selections V, Peoria, IL, November 1982

Illinois State Museum, 32nd Illinois Invitational, Springfield, IL Summer 1980

Ball State University, 26th Annual Small Sculpture Show, Muncie, IN, May 1980

Illinois Arts Council, The Illinois Traveling Sculpture Exhibition Statewide, 1978-1979

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

2008 Bob Emser American Sculptor by Jeff Huebner, Foreword by Glenn Harper

2007 Kennedy Publishing Best Of America Sculpture Vol. 1

ARTICLES & REVIEWS

December 2008 The Chicago Reader by Deanna Issacs

May 2006 Art in America by Victor M. Cassidy

June 24 2005 Strandbuen, Jorpeland Norway Fra skrap til Kent by Bente L. Henriksen

June 21 2004 Artnet Prairie Smoke by Victor M. Cassidy

April 2004 Sculpture Magazine vol. 23 no. 3

CATALOGS

August 2009 Framework David Weinberg Gallery, Essay by Aaron Ott

October 2008 Inside Out Elmhurst Art Museum, Essay by D. Neil Bremer

July 2007 Sculpture Invasion Koehnline Museum of Art

 

EDUCATION

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY - Master of Fine Art, 1978

EUREKA COLLEGE - Bachelor of Arts - Art, 1976

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

FULL-TIME SCULPTOR/Lecturer

1996 – Present

NATHAN MANILOW SCUPTURE PARK, University City, IL

Member of the Board of Directors 2005 - Present

INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE CENTER

Member of the Board of Directors 2005- 2008

CHICAGO SCULPTURE INTERNATIONAL

President/Co-Founder 2004- Present

3-D CHICAGO - Chicago, IL

Executive Director, Pier Walk 1999-2001

CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER OF PEORIA  - Peoria, IL

Founder/ Executive Director 1995-1999

EUREKA COLLEGE - Eureka, IL

Associate Professor of Art, 1989-1996

Chairperson-Fine and Performing Arts Division, 1987-1990

Duties include: Overseeing Visual Arts, Theater, and Music Departments; Scheduling classes; Managing budget; Hiring Personnel.

Assistant Professor of Art, 1983-1989 Gallery Director, 1983-1995

Duties include: Selecting Artists; Curating Exhibits; Arranging transport of Art; Loan Agreements; Installation of Exhibits.

LAKEVIEW MUSEUM - Peoria, IL

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, 1980-1983

Duties include: Design and installations of exhibits; Transport of Art works; Liaison to galleries, and museums; Framing and preparing artwork for display.

PEORIA PARK DISTRICT- Peoria, IL

Landscape Designer, 1979 1980

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Marlborough Gallery, New York, Chelsea

Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO

David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

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Recent Exhibits

BOB EMSER participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2011 The Collective
David Weinberg Gallery
 
Jun, 2010 Encounters
Governors Island
 
May, 2010 Sculpture Invasion 2010
Koehnline Museum of Art
 
Oct, 2009 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
Bondi Beach to Tamarama Coastal Walk
 
Jul, 2009 Framework
David Weinberg Gallery
 
Jun, 2008 CSI Biennale 2008
FLATFILEgalleries
 
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