Artist Talk: Sculptor John Bisbee


Location: Snite Museum of Art, Annenberg Auditorium

Sculptor John Bisbee will give a presentation on his work that will be displayed in the Snite Museum of Art in the Mestrovic Studio Gallery from January 23,2011, through March 6, 2011.

Artist John Bisbee has created a site-specific sculptural installation for the Mestrovic Studio Gallery. It features two, new, large wall reliefs, Floresco (2011) and Clematis (2011), meant to evoke stained glass windows as well as some smaller wall pieces and a free-standing “spool” composed of nails created during the last few years. Typical of Bisbee’s life-long oeuvre, the sculptures are fabricated solely from nails.

John Bisbee is a Maine sculptor who has spent decades exploring the artistic possibilities of nails. He creates sculptures of various sizes and forms using metal nails that range in size from brads to railroad spikes and in color from silver to rust.

Bisbee is an art department faculty member at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received his B.F.A. from Alfred University in 1990 and in 1992 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Solo museum exhibitions of Bisbee’s work have been installed in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2008, a mid-career retrospective was exhibited in the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

This Snite Museum of Art installation is generously funded by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Nanovic (ND ’54).

Support for this lecture is provided by the Ashbaugh Endowment for Educational Outreach. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design Department and the Snite Museum of Art.