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Lived/Active: New York/North Dakota      Known for: installation sculpture-environment

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted April 2004, is from the artist who lives in New York City.

Born 1943, Hazen, North Dakota

Arizona State University, 1963-65, 1968, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Minor Degree in Geology
New York University, 1965-66, Art Studies in School of Education
North Dakota State University, 1961-63, Liberal Arts studies
North Dakota State School of Science, 1960-61, studied metallurgy

1999 Bildhauer-Foyer, Constanze-Pressehaus, Berlin, Germany, "Del Geist/Clavons"
1996 Bildhauer-Foyer, Constanze-Pressehaus, Berlin, Germany, "Standing Clavon"
1985 Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA, "On the Edge"
1984 Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA, "Aurora"
1983 Tamerin and Roten Fine Arts, Gallery Space, New York, NY, "Del Geist, New Sculpture"
1979 Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, "Nine Folded Steel Plates"
1978 East Martello Museum, Key West, FL, "Del Geist, Sculpture"
1978 Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL, "Del Geist, New Sculpture"
1977 Metropolitan Museum & Art Center, Miami, FL, "Del Geist Constructed at Utica Steam Engine & Boiler Works"
1976 Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, "Del Geist, New Sculpture"

2001 "Kingston Biennial Sculpture Exhibition", Kingston, NY
2001 "Solitary Pursuits", Art Projects International & The EFA Center for Contemporay Art /Christie's, NewYork, NY
2000 "Elements", three person exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture in Museum Building, Hamilton, NJ
2000 "They are Square but not too Formal", Pardo Lattuada Gallery, New York, NY
1996 "Partie 4", Internationales Kunstforum Drewen, Brandenburg, Germany
1993 "93 NY 50, 50 Artists "Working in New York Now, Sculptors of the Next Century", Socrates Sculpture Park,
New York, NY
1992 "Sculpture for Sculptors", The New Gallery, University of Miami, FL
1992 "2nd International Ephemeral Sculpture Exhibition", Democrito Rocha Foundation, Fortaleza Ceara, Brazil
1991 "Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 1991", Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge MA; curated by Linda Shearer
1991 "Sculptors at the Brickyard", The Brickyard Center, Kingston, NY
1990 "Project Artists", Artpark, Lewiston, NY; curated by David Katzive
1990 "Art in Two Places, an Exhibit of Visual Conceptions by Artpark's 1990 Project Artists", Carnegie Cultural Center,
North Tonawanda, NY
1987 "3-D/9", North Miami Museum and Art Center, North Miami, FL
1986 "Richard Demarco Gallery at Heriot's", George Heriots School, Edinburgh, Scotland; part of the 40th Edinburgh Festival and 20th anniversary exhibition of the Richard Demarco Gallery
1986 "Group Exhibition", Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
1986 "Public Art Process", North Miami Museum and Art Center, North Miami, FL
1984 "Rooted in North Dakota", North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
1982 "International Sculpture Conference Exhibition", Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Estuary Park Installation
1982 "14 Florida Sculptors", University of Miami, FL; part of the New World Festival of the Arts
1982 "Florida Sculptors", Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL; part of the New World Festival of the Arts
1980 "Sculpture Space... at Utica College", Utica College, Utica, NY
1979 "Fourth Annual Miami Group Exhibition-Sculpture", The Gallery, William D. Pawley Creative Arts Center,
Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus, Miami, FL
1979 "Twenty-First Annual M. Allen Hortt Memorial Exhibition", Museum of the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1978 "Contemporary Reflections", Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1978 "Sculpture Space Outdoor Exhibition", Utica city hall, Utica, NY
1978 "Sculpture Park-Miami '78", Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL
1978 "Planted in the Park", Riverfront Park, Tampa, FL
1978 "Twentieth Annual M. Allen Hortt Memerial Exhibition", Ft. Lauderdale Museum of the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1977 "Sculpture Space Exhibition", Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY / Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
1977 "Selected Florida Sculptures", Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
1976 "PARC 1-Business Supports Public Art", Graduate School/University Center, City University of New York, NY
1976 "New Images '76", Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL
1976 "Sculptors of Florida", Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Miami, FL
1975 "New Sculpture", Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL


2000 Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, NJ. Installation of steel tower structure holding massive regional black slate slabs (20 feet high x 23 feet long x 7.5 feet wide); and sculpture with large black slate slabs installed upon steel base (8 feet high X 38 feet long X 9 feet wide).

1996 Internationales Kunstforum Drewen, Germany, installation of a group of 9 steel with stone/brick sculptures in a field: (each unit 3.3 feet high by 8 feet by 7 feet.); temporary

1994 University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - installation of teak wood tower containing terra cotta forms; constructed with students using traditional indigenous carving and fastening techniques (19 ft. high x 6 ft. x 6 ft.)

1993 Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY - installation of steel tower with suspended bluestone (40 ft. high x 10.5 ft. x 3.2 ft.); temporary

1992 Democrito Rocha Foundation, Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil installation of gridded wooden structure, suspending burlap coffee sacks partially filled with sand (4 1/2 ft high x 13 x 13 feet): temporary

1991 The Brickyard Center, Kingston, NY - environmental installation for performance work consisting of brick, jute, wood and fire (3.75 ft. x 35 ft. x 35 ft.); temporary

1990 Artpark, Lewiston, NY - environmental installation consisting of 72 wooden structures holding slabs of red slate (40 tons)in a field (works were 4 ft. high and covered an area 90 ft. x 450 ft.); temporary

1989 Mercer County, ND -environmental installation on snow covered North Dakota prairies consisting of coal on wood tripods (6.5 ft. x 3.5 ft. x 24 ft.); temporary

1988 Granville, NY - environmental installation near slate quarry using local red slate, layered, redirecting geological strata (8 ft. x 8 ft. x 5 ft.); temporary

1987 North Miami Museum, FL - enameled steel (58inches x 96 inches x 93 inches); long term

1986 George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, Scotland - environmental installation of steel and rope (3.5 ft. x 15 ft. x 18 ft.); 1985 Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA - environmental room construction / suspended folded steel (7.2 x 13.3 x 13.3 feet)

1982 Oakland Museum Sculpture Park, CA - corten steel (10 ft. x 9.5 ft. x 10 ft.); long term

1979 Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL - environmental room construction installed with folded steel plates under light-diffusing dacron "skylight" (8 ft. x 16 ft. x 24 ft.); temporary

1978 Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT - corten steel (4 ft. x 8 ft. x 5 ft.); temporary, 4 years

1975 Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Miami, FL -earthwork and steel outdoor installation (10 ft. x 48 ft. x 29 ft.)


2000-3 GSA U.S. Government commission, Rooseville Border Station, Montana - 18 earthwork forms across a 1,000 foot-long field with five 25 ton boulders perched on thin steel supports. Collaboration with Patricia Leighton

2000 Ilindentci Art Center Foundation, Bulgaria. Tringular steel structure with three large, natural quarried marble boulders perched on corners (5 tons each). (8 feet high X 30 feet X 30 feet); commission

2000 Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL - corten steel installation ( 7 x 9 x 24 feet); purchase
1999 Constanza Pressehaus, Berlin, Germany, stainless steel tower, carrying regional sandstone with fossilization (18.2 feet x 7 feet x 7 feet) commission

1996 Drewen, Brandenburg, Germany - two steel towers, one with fieldstone, and one with red brick sited on the village square (each are 20 feet high x 8 feet x 11 feet); commission

1994 Butterfield Business Park, Tucson, AZ - steel tower with suspended stone (39 ft. high x 10.5 ft. x 3.2 ft.); purchase

1988 Garvin's Paradise Jazz Club, New York, NY - sculpture incorporating water, constructed from stone - red slate and volcanic scoria (7 ft. x 8.5 ft. x 11 ft.); commission

1986 Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park, Cumbria, England - Silurian slate stone construction (41 x 56 x 56inches) within environmental siting in stone quarry, encompassing area of 60 ft. x 200 ft.; commission

1984 Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA - earthwork with steel (20 tons - 9 ft. x 40 ft. x 35 ft.) installed on a mountainside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and encompassing area 15 ft. high x 70 ft. x 80 ft.; commission

1984 The Front Restaurant, New York, NY - patinaed steel wall installation (7 ft. x 5 ft. x 22 inch relief); commission

1983 University of Miami Medical Center Library, Jackson Hospital, Miami, FL - bronze memorial sculpture (4 ft. x 7 ft. x 3.5 ft.); commission

1983 AT&T Longline, Headquarters Building, Ridgewood, NJ, patinaed steel sculpture for lobby; purchase

1982 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYC - J.F.K. International Airport, International Arrivals Building installation, corten steel sculpture (8 ft. x 4 ft. x 5 ft.); purchase

1981 Savin Corporation, Miami, FL - corten steel installation (5 tons - 6 ft.10" x 9 ft.3" x 23 ft.2"); commission

1979 West Dade Regional Library, Miami, FL - corten steel installation (7 tons - 10ft. x 32 ft. x 10 ft.); Dade County, Percent for Arts commission

2003 Stewart, Michele,"What's With That?", Arizona Daily Star; June 20
2002 Karasov, Deborah, "Grizedale Forest Sculpture Project, Ambleside, Cumbria, England", Sculpture Magazine, July/August
2002 Henry, Clare, "Sofia and Illindentci, Bulgaria: Sculpture 2001& International Sculpture", Sculpture Magazine, July/August
2001 Henry, Clare, "Del Geist, Brower Hatcher, Tim Prentice: Grounds for Sculpture", Sculpture Magazine, May
2000 Todorova, Vania, "America's ace artists work at Iliendenci", Trud, Sophia, Bulgaria
1999 Henry, Clare, "Del Geist" Contemporary Visual Arts Magazine, London, England, Issue 24
1999 Bair, Uta, "Steine wie Pretiosen", Berliner Zeitung, Berlin, Germany April, 9
1996 Czeninga, D., "Dorfstrasse und Kirche ins Atelier einbezogen", Markische Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany; June 11
1996 Busse, Matthias, "4. Brandenburgische Kunsttage", Kyritzer Tageblatt, Germany; June 7
1994 Lowe, Charlotte, "Geist's art finds home here", Tucson Citizen, May 5
1991 Esmeraldo, Servulo, "Um Tour Pelas Efemeras", O Povo, Fortaleza-ce, Brazil, November 3
1990 Huntington, Richard, "At Artpark", The Buffalo News, July 29
1990 Huntington, Richard, "A Project", The Buffalo News, July 1
1990 Hayman, Edward, "Artpark makes a real dump into a cultural oasis", The Detroit News, July 1
1988 Ahlander, Leslie Judd, "Two Shows Present Fresh, Spontaneous Sculpture", The Miami News, FL, January 1
1987 Kohen, Helen L., "Sculpture exhibit breaks '70's mold", The Miami Herald, FL, December 18
1984 Avanvig, John, "Prairie still influences North Dakota born sculptor," Grand Forks Herald, ND, February 18
1982 Dunlop, Beth, "Buried Treasurers: Art in Public Places," Tropic Magazine, The Miami Herald, FL, May 2
1979 DiBiaso, Jay Richard, "Del Geist," Art Voices South Magazine, November/December
1979 Klein, Roberta, "Art Working with Design," Florida Design Quarterly, Fall
1979 Edwards, Ellen, "Shifting Tensions in Del Geist Sculpture," The Miami Herald, FL, July 15
1978 Edwards, Ellen, "When Art Goes Outdoors, Spectacular Things Happen," The Miami Herald, FL, October 1
1978 Rodriguez, Joanne Milani, "Park-Art, Sculpture Exhibit is Part of Tampa's Birthday," Tampa Tribune, FL, August 16
1978 Torriero, E.A., "Art at new Metro Library already raising some eyebrows," The Miami Herald, FL, Sept. 14
1978 Rimkus, Joe, "Putting Steel in its Place," The Miami News, FL, August 29
1978 Litt, Lawrence, "The One and a Half Percent Solution," The Fugue, Miami, FL, May
1978 Edwards, Ellen, "Steel Sculptures Unfold Like Works in Progress," The Miami Herald, FL, May 27
1977 Edwards, Ellen, "Fine Sumrner Ahead for Art Lovers," The Miami Herald, FL, May 29


2002 Grant: New York Foundation for the Arts: New York Recovery Fund, NYC
1993 Grant: The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC
1990 Grant: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NYC
1985 Project Grants: for installation sponsored by Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, CA
1983 Artist-in Residence Fellowship: Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA
1978 Individual Artists Fellowship Grant: Fine Arts Council of Florida
1978 Project Grant: L'Hermitage Inc. for installation at Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
1976 Artist-in Residence Fellowship: Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, sponsored by Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts


Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY
GSA Art in Architecture, US Border Station, Roosville, MT
Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park, Cumbria, England
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
Village of Drewen bei Kyritz, Brandenberg, Germany
Metro-Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL
Zdravko Stoitzev, Art Center Ilindentci Foundation, Ilindentci, Bulgaria
University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
AT&T Longline, Ridgewood, NJ
Savin Corporation, Miami, FL
Butterfield Business Park, Tucson, AZ
Micheal Jahr, Hamburg, Germany & Majorca, Spain
I Michael & Beth Kasser, Tucson, AZ; New York, NY
Carl Djerassi, Woodside, CA
Michael Latterner, Mami, FL
Ralf Frank Hartmann, Berlin, Germany
Phillip Bruno, New York,
Dale Lanzone, Reston, VA
Modesto Lanzone, San Francisco, CA
Mark Beck, Baltimore, MD
Leanne Lachman, New York, NY
Stephen Vincent, San Francisco, CA
Sue and Lloyd Joshel, Denver, CO

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