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 John Sokol  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: word portraits of authors, mythology

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Birth date, birth place: August 30, 1947 Canton, OH USA

Primary residence of studio: Akron, OH

Subject matter for which known: Word Portraits (portraits of authors using the words from their own works to form their faces. For example: Walt Whitman's face would be created using the words from his book, "Leaves of Grass") -- also known for tar-and-varnish paintings based on themes from mythology and Dante's Inferno.

Style of work: figurative

Method/Mediums: oils, acrylics, oil pastels, tar and varnish on canvas, and ink and charcoal drawings

John Sokol is a writer and painter living in Akron, OH. His drawings and paintings have been reproduced on more that forty book covers. In March of 2002, a gallery in Cleveland will exhibit Sokol's newest paintings, based on devastation of rainforests and extinction of species.

His poems have appeared in America, Antigonish Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Georgetown Review, New Millennium Writings, The New York Quarterly, and Quarterly West, among others. His short stories have appeared in Akros, Descant, Mindscapes, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Redbook, and other journals. One of his stories has been translated into Danish, and, another, into Russian. His chapbook, "Kissing the Bees," is the winner of the 1999 Redgreene Press Chapbook Competition.

Kent State University, M.A. 1973
Kent State University, B.F.A. 1969

Selected Exhibitions
2000 The Museum Collects John Sokol, Akron Art Museum
1997 Lascaux Gallery: Solo Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA
1996 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Drawing Show
1995 Lascaux Gallery: Solo Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA
1994 Slippery Rock University: Solo Exhibition
1993 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 83rd Annual
1993 Carson Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA., Solo Exhibition
1992 Pittsburgh Center For the Arts: Solo Exhibition
1991 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 81st Annual
1989 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.
1987 Vox Gallery, Akron, OH./ Solo Exhibition
1986 "Ohio Perspectives," Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH.
1985 John Davis Gallery, Akron, OH., Solo Exhibitions, '83-'85
1981 Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH./ Solo Exhibition
1980 Gotham Book Mart, NYC/ Solo Exhibition
1979 "After DuChamp," Grolier Book Club, NYC
1977 "Words at Liberty," MOCA, Chicago, IL.
1975 "Word Works," The New Gallery (CCCA), Cleveland, OH.
1974 "Words and Images," The New Gallery (CCCA)

Selected Covers and Published Reproductions
Akros, Antaeus, Berkeley Poetry Review, Cream City Review, The Faulkner Journal, The Gamut, Gargoyle, The Georgia Review, Journal of Modern Literature, Le Monde, Mickle Street Review, Negative Capability, Noveya Gazetta, Ohio Journal, Oxford University Press, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Princeton University Press, Thoreau Quarterly, University of Akron Press, University of Tennessee Press, University of Wisconsin Press


Akron Art Museum
B.P. America, Inc., Cleveland, OH
Canton Art Museum
Kent State University
Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Cleveland, OH
National City Bank of Cleveland
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
State Office Building, Columbus, OH
Second National Bank of Warren, OH

Teaching Experience

1998 Indiana University of PA: Painting Instructor
1996-9 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Taught Life Drawing,
Introduction to Drawing, and Oil Pastels
1994 Slippery Rock University: Held Printmaking Workshop
with International Studies Students
1976 John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
Drawing classes
1974 Mansfield Reformatory, Mansfield, OH Taught Painting,
Drawing and Video classes to inmates.
1973 Akron Art Institute: Adult and children's classes
in Studio Arts and Art History
1970 Canton Public Schools: Art Instructor

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