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John McQueen

 (born 1943)
John McQueen is active/lives in New York.  John McQueen is known for baskets, installation.

John McQueen

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Born        Oakland, Illinois, USA 1943

1975       MFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1971       BA University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
1964-65  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1961-63  Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Honors, Awards and Appointments
2003        Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Second Place grant recipient
2001        Artist's Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts
2000        Rosanne Raab Lecture at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1998        Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
1997, 1998    Residency, Acadia Summer Arts Program, Acadia, ME
1997        University of California at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
        Guest Artist, Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan
1996        Guest Artist, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
        Guest Artist, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI
1995        Instructor, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1994        American Craft Council College of Fellows
        Instructor, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
        Guest Artist, Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, IL
1993        Guest Artist, Wanganui Polytechnic, Wanganui, New Zealand
        Guest Artist, Hawkes Bay Polytechnic, Christchurch, New Zealand
        Guest Artist,  Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
        Guest Artist, Henderson State University, Archadelphia, AK
        Guest Artist, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Me
        Guest Artist, Oxbow Summer Institute, Douglas, MI
1992        Visual Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
1991        Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
        Guest Artist,  Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN
1990        Guest Artist, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
        Guest Artist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1989        Guest Artist, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
1988        Artist's Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts
        Guest Artist, University of Miami of Ohio, Miami, OH
        Guest Artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art
1987        Guest Artist, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH
1986        Visual Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
        Guest Artist, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1985        Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, Guest Artist
1981        Japan-US Friendship Commission Exchange Fellowship
1980        United States/Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship
1979        Visual Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
1977        Visual Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006    Farrago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005    Handled, Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004    Drawing Out the Collection: John McQueen Responds to RAM, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2003    John McQueen: Off the Ground, Perimeter Gallery NYC, New York, NY
John McQueen: What We Think We Know, The Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL and Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
2002    Limbo, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
John McQueen, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001    Down the Line, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000    Fretwork,  Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
    New Work, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1999    Positions of Fear, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998    Boundaries, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
    DeWaters Art Center, Mott Community College, Flint, MI
1997    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1996    Out of the Blue, Kendall Gallery, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
1995    Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1994    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1993    Okun Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992    Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
    *The Language of Containment, Renwick Gallery, Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., American Craft Museum, NYC
    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1991    Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1990    Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1987    Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1983    Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Installation Projects
1998    Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
1997    Stairway to Heaven, Fernwood Botanical Garden, Buchanan, MI
1995    the way up is down, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
1994    alotofwords, Krasl Art Center, Margo Mensing and John McQueen, St. Joseph, MI
    Mantle, Longhouse Foundation, East Hampton, NY
1993    Longhand, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
1991    Where way meets wanting, Ness Gardens, Chester, England
1986    Tunnel Vision/Frontal Vision, John McQueen & Jessie Shefrin, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
1978    Cattail Cocoon, ArtPark, Lewiston, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions (* with catalog)
2003    Surface, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
    Conscriptions, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2001    Comestibles, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
    Identities: Contemporary Portraiture, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
    The World According to the Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore Sollege, Saratoga Springs, NY
1999    *Weaving the World: Contemporary Art of Linear Construction, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
    Saratoga Arts Council Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
1998    Lockport Gallery, Museum of Illinois, Lockport, IL
1997    Under Nut's Sky, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI
    Celebrating American Craft, Kunstindustrie Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
1996    25 at 25, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
1995    Natural Inclination, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
    Modus Operandi, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
    The Forest, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
    Sangamon State University, Springfield, IL
    Museum Directors' Choice, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
1994    *In Touch: Nytt Kunsthandverk, Lillehamer, Norway
1993    *Artists + Language, The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA
    *Touch, Hand Workshop, Virginia Center for the Craft Arts, Richmond, VA (traveling)
    *Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI
1992    *International Contemporary Fiber Art, Now, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, Korea
1991    *National Objects Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center Decorative arts Museum, Little Rock, AK
    *Fibers: USA-Columbia, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (traveling exhibition)
1990    *Meeting Ground: Basketry Traditions and Sculptural Forms, The Forum, St. Louis, MO
1989    The Vessel: Studies in Form and Media, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Artful Objects: Recent American Crafts, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
    *Frontiers in Fiber: The Americas, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND    
1988    *New Taisjon, Nordenfjedske, Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondeim, Norway
    *American Baskets: The Eighties, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (traveling)
    *Knots and Nets, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY (traveling exhibition)
    *The Tactile Vessel, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA (traveling exhibition)
1987    Interlacing: The Elemental Fabric, American Craft Museum, New York, NY (traveling)
    The Modern Basket: A Re-Definition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
    Baskets from Five Continents, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT
1986    Craft Today, Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
    Fibers National Invitational, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
1985    *Fiber R/Evolution, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
    Craft National, New York State University, Buffalo, NY (purchase award)

Selected Public Collections
    Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, Arizona
    Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts, Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas
    The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii   
    Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institution,  New York, New York
    Detroit Institute  of Art, Detroit, Michigan
    Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania
    Herbert F. Johnson Museum,  Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
    Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Museum of Arts & Design, New York, New York
    New York State University Museum, Buffalo, New York
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
    Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
    Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
    State of Hawaii Art Council Purchase, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut

Selected Bibliography: (books and catalogues)
Butcher, Mary. Contemporary International Basketmaking.  London: Merrell Holberton, 1999.
Constantine, Mildred and Laurel Reuter. Frontiers in Fiber: The Americas, The North Dakota Museum of  Art and the United States Information Agency, 1988.
Corwin, Nancy. Fibers: USA-Columbia, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1991.
Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, 1988.
Diamonstein, Barbaralee. Handmade in America: Conversations with Fourteen Craftsmasters, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1983.
LaVilla-Havelin, Lucia.  The New Basket: A Vessel for the Future.  Potsdam, NY:  SUNY, 1984.
Haynes, Bill, editor. Crafts symposium and Robert L Pfannebecker: Contemporary American Craft Exhibition, Shippensburg, PA;
Shippensburg University, 1979.
Larsen, Jack Lenore, and Mildred Constantine. The Art Fabric Mainstream, Van Nostran Reinhold, New York, NY, 1981.
Larsen, Jack Lenore, and Betty Freudenheim, editors. Interlacing the Elemental Fabric, Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1986.
Larsen, Jack Lenore. The Tactile Vessel, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA 1988.
Manhart, Marcia and Tom, Editors. The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK 1987.
Nordness, Lee. Objects: USA, Viking Press, 1970.
Opstad, J.L., editor. Neo Tradisjon, Nordenfjelkske Kunst Industrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway, 1988.
Park, Betty.  "The Basket Redefined," American Craft, October 1979.
Press, N.N.  Knots and Nets, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1988.
Pullyen, Rob, editor. The Basketmaker's Art. Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 1986.
Shermeta, Margo. American Baskets of the Eighties. Chicago Office of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL 1988.
Shermeta, Margo. International Contemporary Fiber Art, Now. Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, Korea, 1992.
Shermeta, Margo. Meeting Ground: Basketry Traditions and Sculptural Forms, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 1990.
Stroud, Marion Boulton. An Industrious Art: Innovation in Pattern and Print at the Fabric Workshop,  WW. Norton & Co., NY, 1991.
Yau, John. "Storehouse of Virtual Reality," Natural Inclination, Krasl Art Center, 1995.

Bell, David. "McQueen's Work Constitutes a Genre of Its Own." Journal North (Santa Fe), 1 June 1989.
Bornstein, Lisa.  "Krasl exhibits celebrate nature in unexpected ways," South Bend Tribune, May 14, 1995.
Brandt, Beverly K. The Collection of Sara and David Lieberman, American Craft Magazine  Feb/March 2002. pp. 73
Brown, Roger.  "Illumintaing 'Inclination'," Ann Arbor News, May 17, 1995.
Brown, Roger.  "McQueen in spotlight at Kendall," Grand Rapids Press, April 4,  1996.
Freudenheim, Betty. "Can Knots and Netting Be Art?" New York Times, December 3, 1989.
Freudenheim, Betty. "Basketry Becomes a Showcase Craft." New York Times, 8 October 1987.
Garrow, Katya. "Exploring the 'Boundaries'," Craft Arts International. Issue 43 (n.d.) p.80-81.
Geibel, Victoria. "The Evolving Basket." Metropolis, June 1989.
Huntington, Richard.  "Master Craftsmen Show is an Awesome Display of Technical Ability," Buffalo News, 12/2/88.
Hammel, Lisa. "A Passel of Baskets." Town and Country, August 1988.
Jepson, Barbara. "Gallery, Form and Fiber." Wall Street Journal, 1 May 1987.
Kangas, Matthew. "Seattle: John McQueen," Sculpture, September 1998, p. 81.
Koplos, Janet. "When is Fiber Art 'Art'?" Fiberarts, March/April 1986.
Koplos, Janet. John McQueen at the Renwick," Art in America, December 1992.
Lebow, Edward. "John McQueen, Bellas Artes." American Craft, October 1987.
Malarcher, Patricia. "What Is A Basket?" Fiberarts, January/February, 1984.
Margetts, Martina. "Crafts in American," Craft Magazine, March 1982.
McQueen, John. "Poetry in the Round," Surface Design Journal, Spring, 1989.
Miro, Marcia.  "Everyday Items Transformed," Detroit Free Press, May 5, 1995.
Morse, Marcia. "Baskets: Speaking Volumes," American Craft, December 1993.
Orgill, Roxanne. "The Gallery: Bofo Baskets," The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 1992.
Park, Betty. "The Basket Redefines." American Craft, October 1979.
Park, Betty. "John McQueen: An Interview." Fiberarts, January/February 1979.
Shermeta, Margo. "The Basket, The Mark, The Tree, " Fiberarts, January/February 1991.
Smith, Roberta.  "Two Exemplars of American Crafts," The New York Times, March 19, 1993.
Ullrich, Polly. "Sing Willow, Willow, Willow," American Craft, December 1999/January 2000, p. 54-57, cover.

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About  John McQueen

Born:  1943
Known for:  baskets, installation