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Solar Burn in the Time it Takes Sunlight to Reach the Earth
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

A sculptor, painter, drawing specialist and photographer, Charles Ross uses sunlight and starlight for his site-specific prism and solar spectrum light installations.  His work involves light, time, and planetary motion.

Studied:
University of California (B.A.. 1960, M.A. 1962)

Awards and Grants:
2007  Santa Fe Art Foundation, NM
2005  Washington Building Congress Award for “Spectrum 8”, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
2000, 03  The McCune Foundation
2000-02, 87, 86  The William H. and Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation
1999  Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts
1997  National Council of Art Administrators 1997 Award of Distinction for Artistic Achievement
1995-06  Eugene V. & Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust
1993  Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture: Design Award for The Harvard Business School Chapel, Cambridge, MA
Boston Society of Architects.  Award for Art and Architecture Collaborations for The Harvard Business School Chapel, Cambridge, MA
1990, 92   Frost Foundation, Construction of Star Axis
1984  NEA Visiting Artist Program, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
1977  NEA Artist in Residence, MIT, Cambridge, MA
1976  American Institute of Graphic Arts Award for the book Sunlight Convergence/Solar Burn, Charles Ross, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1976  New Mexico Arts Division Grant, NM
1976-77  NEA Individual Artist Grant
1975-77  New York Center for World Game Studies
1973-74  NEA, Artist in Residence, University of Utah

Teaching:
Instructor: University of California, 1962; Cornell University, 1964; University of California, 1965; School of Visual Arts, New York, 1967; Herbert Lehman College, 1968
Artist-in-residence, University of Kentucky, 1965

Selected Commissions:
2005  4 over 5 +72, Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
2004  Conversations with the Sun, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
2004  Spectrum 8, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
2004  Solar Spectrum, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM
2001  Eighteen over Five, Eugene and Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO
1999  Spectrum 12, Saitama University, Saitama, Japan
1998  Solar Spectrum, US Federal Courthouse, Tampa, FL
1996  Dwan Light Sanctuary, United World College, Montezuma, NM; commissioned by Virgina Dwan
1996  Pythagorus’ Rainbow, Cook Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
1993  Year of Solar Burns, Chateau d'Oiron, Oiron, France; commissioned by the Ministry of Culture
1992  Solar Spectrum, Harvard Business School Chapel, Cambridge, MA
1990  Latitude 41°, Central Naugatuck Higher Education Center, Waterbury, CT; Connecticut Commission on the Arts Tumbling 12, Alaska International Airport, Anchorage, AK; commission: Alaska Percent for Art
1987  Light Lines, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA
1986  Light, Rock and Water, Wells Fargo Plaza, San Diego, CA
1985  Light Gates, Linclay Corporation, Kansas City, MO
1985  Lines of Light, Rays of Color, Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX
1983  West Light, Towson State University, Towson, MD; commission: Maryland State Arts Council with NEA support.
1983  Rock Bow, Cumberland Station, O'Hare Rapids, MI
1982  Toward Seven, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
1980  Spectrum Building, Denver CO
1979  Dietrich Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
1979  Prestonwood Town Center, Dallas, TX
1977  Two Prisms form the Origin of Color, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1976  GSA Art and Architecture Program, Federal Courthouse, Lincoln, NE
 Solar Spectrum, Porat Yeshivat Joseph, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel. (Moshe Safdie, Architect; not built)

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2004-05  Solar Burn, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
1996  Relaciones, Museo de Arte y  Diseño Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica
1995  Projects with Light, Time, and Planetary Motion, Richard Humphrey Gallery, New York, NY
1992  Star Axis, Johnson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1991  Particle Light, Sena Galleries, Sante Fe, NM
1985  Plaza of the Americas Gallery, Dallas, TX
1982  Prisms and the Exploded Spectrum, Heydt/Bair Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
1981  Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR
1979  The Colors of Light, The Colors in Shadow, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1977  The Substance of Light, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1976  The Substance of Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
The Substance of Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Substance of Light, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1975  Point Source/Star Space, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
1974  The Clocktower, New York, NY
1972  Sunlight Convergence/Solar Burn, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1971  Sunlight Dispersion, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY
1968, 69  Dwan Gallery, New York, NY
1968  Daytons Gallery 12, Minneapolis, MN
1966  Spirals, Columns, Lenses and Prisms, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1965  An Environment, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007  Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2004  Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2000  Sharing Exoticism, Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
2000  Land Art, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
1997  Art + Science: Sensitive Chaos, NTT Inter Communication Center, Tokyo, Japan
1996  Contemporary New Mexico Artists, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Trilogi: Modet med Skabelsen, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
1995  Forces, Richard Humphrey Gallery, New York, NY
1994  A World of Maps, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
1993  Differentes Natures, La Defense, Paris, France
1991  Virginia Dwan, Art Minimal, Art Conceptuel, Earthworks, New York, Les Années 1960-70, Gallerie Montaigne, Paris
1988  Interaction: Science and Art, Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ
1987  Stalking the Light, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Looking into 3 Dimensions, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK
1986  Lo Spazio, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
About Place, P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, NY
Contemporary Primitivism, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Perceiving Light, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT
1985  Eddies, School of Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY
 New Prints from SoHo, Fuji-i Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 Zeit und Sonne,  Bietigheim and Engen, West Germany
The Comet Show, Light Gallery, New York, NY
1985  Maximal Implication of the Minimal Line, Blum Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1984  Land Marks, Blum Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
The Dilexi Years 1958-1970, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Projects: World’s Fairs, Waterfronts, Parks, and Plazas, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983  Sky Art, BMW Museum, Munich, West Germany
Energy in Sculpture, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Illumination, Museum of Modern Art Lending Service, New York, NY
Moments and Landscapes: The New Public Art, McIntosh / Drysdale Gallery, Houston, TX
Art and Energy, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Group Show, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1980-81  Selections from the John Weber Gallery NYC, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL;
International University, Miami, FL
1980  Cartes et Figures de la Terra, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Beyond Object, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO
Recent Work / Gallery Artists, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Across the Nation: Fine Art for Federal Buildings, 1972-1979, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
Supershow!, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN; The Center for Fine Arts, Mesa, AZ; The New Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Summer Exhibition, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1978  Numerals, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Dartmouth College Gallery, Hanover, NH
Recent Works, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1977  Time, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Probing the Earth, Contemporary Land Projects, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.;
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Culture and Customs, Old Customs House, New York, NY
Maps: Their Science and Their Art, Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Drawing for Outdoor Sculpture: 1946-1977, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY; Amherst College, Amherst, MA; UC Santa Barbara, CA; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX; MIT, Cambridge, MA
1975  Images of Power/Sources of Energy, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Drawings 111, Stadtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
Art in Landscape, Organized by the Independent Curators, Inc. of Washington, D.C.
1974  Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Fire, Air, Earth, Water, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
1973  New Acquisitions, University Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Group Exhibition, John Weber Gallery, New York
1971  Elements of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Projected Art: Artists at Work, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY
Final Exhibition, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY
Prospect 71…Projection, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1970  3 Salon International, of Galeries-Pilotes, Lausanne, Switzerland
Group Show of Gallery Artists, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY
1969  The Whitney Sculpture Annual, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
1969  Recent Acquisitions, The Howard Lipman Foundation, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Language 111, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY
New Alchemy, Elements, Systems and Forces, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Plastics and New Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia PA; McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
Prospects 69, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1968  Magic Theatre, Nelson Adkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
Directions 1: Options, Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Cool Art, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Sculpture Now, The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, Long Island, NY
Prospect  68, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1967  Light: Works by Landsman, Mefferd, and Ross, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Schemata 7, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY
1966  Cool Art, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Lenses & Prisms, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY
Environment 11 - Lenses, Prisms, Water, Light, Architectural League, New York, NY; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Schemata 7, Finch College, New York, NY
Light as a Creative Medium, American Federation of Arts, New York, NY
Nelson Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Hendrix College, Conway, AR
On the Edge, David Stewart Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
New Modes in California Painting and Sculpture, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA

Museum and Public Collections:
Albuquerque Museum
Arizona Salt River Project
Berkley Art Museum
Butler Institute of American Art
Centre Pompidou
City of Chicago
City of San Diego
City of San Francisco
Des Moines Art Center
Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris
Foundation Center, N.Y.C.
Frederick A. Weisman Museum, Minneapolis
French Ministry of Culture
G.S.A. Art and Architecture Program
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Harvard Business School
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Johnson Gallery, University of New Mexico
Kramarsky Collection
Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
Lannan Foundation
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica
Museum of New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts
Nelson Atkins Museum
State of Alaska
State of Connecticut
Towson State University
United World College, New Mexico
University of Pennsylvania
Walker Art Center
Whitney Museum of American Art

Sources include:
Who's Who in American Art
Tracy Atkinson, Directions I: Options 1968 (Milwaukee Art Center, 1968)
staraxis.org
other internet sources


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