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 Milton Komisar  (1935 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Tennessee      Known for: abstract, computer generated art, neon constructions

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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Milton Komisar began creating light sculptures in 1973.  His works employ sophisticated computer controlled lamps in combination with solid acrylic rods.  The acrylic rods extend from "nodes", which give the light and color.  Each node contains a red, a green, and a blue lamp, and these colors can be combined in varying amounts to make all the hues of the spectrum. The physical constructs provide a canvas on which the artist has choreographed an everchanging rhythmic and harmonious display of color.

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Born Nashville, TN 1935

Education : B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville; MA from University of California at Berkeley.

Grants and Awards
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in Painting 1964-1965; Fulbright Fellowship to Germany 1965-1966; Award from Museum of Modern Art, Society for the Encouragement of Contempoary Art 1978; Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T 1981-1982.; Award from the Council for the Arts, M.I.T. 1982; National Endowment for the Arts, Artists Grant 1983; Interarts of Marin Grant 1985; Visiting Artist Art Institute of Chicago 1986; Visiting Artist Purdue University 1986; Artist in Residence at Institute for Stuides in th eArts at Arizona State University 1993.

Exhibits : (solo)
Berkeley Art Center 1967; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 1971,1979; California Expo 1980; Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery 1981; Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. 1982; Syntex Corporation 1982; Washington Project for the Arts 1983; San Jose Museum of Art 1983; University of California at Santa Cruz 1984; Scottsdale Center for the Arts 1984; New Langton Arts 1985; Kala Institute 1985; Purdue University 1986; the Altenrative Musuem in New York 1986; The Otis Art Institute 1987; The Exploratorium in San Francisco 1989; San Jose State University 1989; Victor Fischer Gallery 1991; College of Notre Dame 1991; Arizona State University 1993; Cente rfor the Arts at Yerbe Buena Gardens in San Francisco 1994; Blasthaus Gallery 1996; Holy Names College at Kennedy Art Center in Oakland 1998; Butler Institute of American Art 2002.

Exhibits : (Group)
Berlin Art Annual 1965; Richmond Art Center 1980; Sky Arts Conference at M.I.T. 1981; Harvard Computer Graphics Conference 1981; San Francisco Art Institute 1985; Isetan Musuem in Tokyo 1985; Los Angeles County Expo 1986; Everson Museum of Art 1987; I.B.M. Gallery 1988; Miami Institute of Contemporary Art 1988; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 1988; Art ed Nouvelles Technologies in Montreal 1988; Visions in Zurich 1989; Pulse 2 in Santa Barbara 1990; Bronx Museum of Art 1991; Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, CO 1991; Les Images en Folie in Switzerland 1991; Butler Institute of American Art 1992; Opts Arts Gallery in San Francisco 1993; Brea Civic Arts Gallery 1995; Museum of Neon Art 1997; Kala Institute 2000; Oakland Museum 2002.

Holdings :
Museum Fur Holographie und Neue Visuelle Medien in Pulheim Germany; Oakland Museum; Butler Institute of American Art; Saint Mary's College.

Public Commissions
Lincoln Center in Foster City, CA; Cermak Plaza in Chicago; Allendale Shopping Center in Pittsfield, MA; Santa Barbara Main Public Library

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