CURTIS WILLIAM READEL: Available Works
CURTIS WILLIAM READEL ARTIST STATEMENT:
Success has shifted from subjective ideas of comfort and happiness to more quantifiable pretenses of personal image and the material. Standards of wealth are being formulated by our superficial relationship to those around us, causing people to desire more from doing less. Our need to cling to a material representation of wealth has created an unbalanced power system in which financial security is utilized as a means for personal exploitation.
Reflecting and responding to my personal interactions with money and success, realities of economic standing and the hidden truths of maintaining a veil of financial normalcy, I construct visual criticisms on power, consumptive greed, and the absurdity within our current social evaluations of wealth and accomplishment. My desire for money has led me to use it in my work; from referencing images to using actual currency, the process is one of obsession and toil. The money that passes through our hands is the new master in our lives and through printed matter I create semi-satiric, political commentaries. The imagery illustrates the various complications in relation to my own reservations and struggles, along with distorted views dealing with wealth and success.
2006-09 Master of Fine Arts, Printmaking Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Northern Illinois University Graduate Fellowship and Tuition Scholarship
2004-05 Non-degree Graduate Student University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2009 - Current 2009
Adjunct Instructor - Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL Drawing Instructor
Adjunct Instructor - Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL Graphic Design, Drawing and Printmaking Instructor
Artist In Residency - Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium Group residency with artist collaborative group the Bearded What.
Graphic Designer & Market Research Specialist - Level10 Apparel, Hiawatha, IA. Instructor - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Taught Intro Printmaking during the Spring semester
Artist in Residency - Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium Produced an edition of 2-color stone lithographs.
Instructor - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Taught one week Printmaking during Art Camp for high school students.
Instructor - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Taught Drawing 100 & 101 during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Visiting Artist - Hampton Editions, Ltd., Sag Harbor, NY Worked with Dan Welden to create a solar plate image and print edition at his studio, March 2008.
Graduate Assistant, Printmaking - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Responsibilities included: maintaining litho, intaglio and relief, and screen-printing studios and equipment and assisting students.
Instructor - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Taught Drawing 100 during the Fall semester.
Director of Marketing and Advertising - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL In charge of all designs associated with the Graduate Art Association.
2006-2007 Graduate Assistant, Metals - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Responsibilities included maintaining studio and equipment.
Co-Head Framer - Blick Art Supplies Framing, Iowa City, IA. Grants/Fellowships/Awards
2011 2nd Place Bank of Estonia Purchase Prize - 15th International Tallinn Print Triennial, KuMu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2007 NBC Tokyo Screen-print Biennial Honorable Mention
Travel Grants to New York NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Travel Grant NIU Graduate School Travel Grant.
Diploma Winner, demonstrating “great promise and talent in the field of printmaking,” 14th International Tallinn Print Triennial, KuMu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
Travel Grants to Tallinn, Estonia NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Travel Grant. NIU School of Art Travel Grant NIU Graduate School Travel Grant
New American Paintings Midwestern Competition Runner Up, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA Selected by juror Elizabeth Dunbar.
2004 Fine Arts Council Grant - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Solo Exhibitions
2015 Upcoming solo exhibiton - Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL 2009 Damn Nation - Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
Non Sum Qualis Eram, MFA Thesis Exhibition - 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2008 Dead White Guys from American History - White Rabbit Gallery, Iowa City, IA 2007 Quit Perseverance - Blue Door Gallery, DeKalb, IL 2004 United State of Avarice; B.F.A Exhibition - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Status Quo: Printmaking Honors Exhibition - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Two and Three Person Exhibitions
The Prints of Zack Schrey, Curtis Readel and Kyle Turner - Library Pathway Gallery, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Emergence featuring Roger Bisbing, Kyle Mort and Curtis Readel - Limestone Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NY
9/11: Rage & Rebirth, featuring Tourya Othman, Curtis Readel, Hamza Halloubi - Jonas Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Curated by Najad Jonas-Menouar.
Push Pins and Paper, featuring Michael & Roxanne McGovern and Curtis Readel - Project Lodge, Madison, WI
2011 For Money, Not Love - 14th Tallinn International Print Triennial, KuMu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia (Catalogue)
2009 Influence Someone: American Print 2009 - Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO Juried by Michael Chavez, curator of the Foothills Art Center. 1st place jurors award
22nd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition - University of Wisconsin/Parkside, Kenosha, WI (Catalogue)
2008 3rd Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
47 works by 23 artists were submitted and 25 works by 17 artists were selected by visiting juror Mary Ann Papanek-Miller, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Media and Design, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. (Catalogue)
Power and Currency - Factory Fresh Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Curated by Natalie Kates.
The Sixth Minnesota National Print Biennial - Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Arts, MN Curated by: Stephen Goddard, Betsy Carpenter and Ayanah Moor. (Catalogue)
2007 Political and Poetical - 14th Tallinn International Print Triennial, KuMu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia.
514 applicants entered and 99 artists selected by jurors Richard Anderton – University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Arunas Gelunas –Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Lithuania; Anders Härm – Tallinn Art Academy, Estonia; Eha Komissarov – KuMu Art Museum, Estonia; Cecilia Mandrile – artist, Argentina; Teemu Mäki – artist, Finland; Lilijana Stepančič – The International Centre of Graphic Arts, Slovenia. Interview and work illustrated in catalogue. Diploma Winner
2nd Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition - Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2014 Krampus: The Print Exchange, Tacocat Co-Operative Gallery, Columbus, OH 2013 Currency: An Exchange, Raven House Gallery, New Paltz, NY
Krampuslauf, Krampus Print Portfolio, Side Street Studio Arts Gallery, Elgin, IL The 19th Annual ArtWalk NY, 82 Mercer St, SOHO, New York City, NY
Participant in the silent auction to benefit The Coalition For The Homeless. A Token Gesture, IMPACT8 Print Conference, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland Emerging to Established, Benjamin Krause Gallery, New York, NY Art of the Illuminati, Yetee Gallery, Aurora, IL Elmhurst Faculty Exhibition, Pathway Gallery, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
2012 5th International Experimental Engraving Biennial: Main Exhibition - Centrul Cultural “Palatele Brancovenesti,” Bucharest, Romania. Curated by Richard Noyce (Catalogue)
The 18th Annual ArtWalk NY: Artist as Activist, Skylight Studios, New York City, NY Participant in the silent auction to benefit The Coalition For The Homeless.
50 Places - NDSU Renaissance Gallery, Fargo, ND ECC Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, Safety-Kleen Gallery One, Elgin Community College,
Lost and Found - Mighty Tanaka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hatebreeders Exchange Portfolio
Exhibitions include: Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM Bliss Hall Gallery, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH California State University, Fresno, CA CPIT Design School, Christchurch, New Zealand
2011 The 17th Annual ArtWalk NY: Artist as Activist, Skylight Studios, New York City, NY Participant in the silent auction to benefit The Coalition For The Homeless.
Epicus Doomicus Articus: the Bearded What - Compound Gallery, Portland, OR Sleeper Cell - Evil Prints Studio and Gallery,St. Louis, MO
Currency PartII: Means of Exchange - UAB Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama- Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
2010 Ah Wilderness! - Ebersmoore Gallery, Chicago, IL
The 16th Annual ArtWalk NY: Honoring James Rosenquist - Skylight Studios, New York City, NY Participant in the silent auction to benefit The Coalition For The Homeless.
Future Proof - Project Gallery, Marseille, France Co-curated with Lira Kay.
I Ainʼt No Goddamn Son of A Bitch, Mid-American Print Council Exhibition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Artist Portraits: I Ain't No Goddamn Son of A Bitch
Exhibitions include: Domashnaja Galerja, Kiev, Ukraine Project Gallery, Marseille, France
Copy Jam! - Southern Graphics Conference and Philigrafika 2010, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Philadelphia, PA
Regionalism: New Art By North American Printmakers - Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts gallery in Eugene, OR
The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln - Splendorporium Gallery, Portland, OR 2009 The 15th Annual ArtWalk NY: Honoring Pat Steir - Skylight Studios, New York City, NY
Participant in the silent auction to benefit The Coalition For The Homeless.
Signs of the Times: Wayfinding - Impact VI Print Conference, Bristol, UK Collection displayed as public signs along the main path between the conference area and exhibitions.
Tower of Babel Print Portfolio - IMPACT VI Print Conference, School of Creative Arts, University of West England, Bristol, England
Comics Covered - Caffeinated Comics Company, San Francisco, CA Departures: Northern Illinois University Group MFA Exhibition - Chicago Arts District
Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
20/20 Vision, Second Edition: The Art of Contemporary University Printmaking in 2009 - The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA (Catalogue)
Satisfaction Town featuring AngelF**k Print Exchange - Southern Graphics Council Exhibition, Conaway Center, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Emerging Artists: A Collection of Favorites - Marseille Project Gallery, Marseillie, France Curated by Lira Kay.
200 Lincolns - Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL Image used for press release.
Pin Up: A Collection of Graduate Works In Progress - 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Curated by Kim Strom.
2008 The 14th Annual ArtWalk NY: Honoring Robert Rauschenberg - Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City, NY
Participant in the silent auction to benefit The Coalition For The Homeless.
Another NZ, Another US Portfolio - folio of 11 US and 11 New Zealand artists. Curated by Melanie Yazzie, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO
Exhibitions include: Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch, New Zealand Impact VI Print Conference, Bristol, England in 2009 (Invitational) Colorado University at Boulder, CO
Naestved International Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Square Prints - Roennebaeksholm Arts & Culture Centre, Naestved, Denmark
Misery Factory - mobile portfolio exhibition, Southern Graphics Council Conference, Richmond, VA Curated by Lenore Thomas, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA and Justin Strom, Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Digital Imaging, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. (Invitational)
Objetivos Moviles/MOVING TARGETS - international print exhibition. Exhibition on public train during ride between Proyectoʼace, International Center for Visual Arts in Argentina to the Centro de Producción y Edición Gráfica de Buenos Aires (Litho Workshop) in Saénz Peña, February 29, 2008. (Invitational)
Additional exhibitions include: Centro de Producción y Edición Gráfica, Buenos Aires, Argentina Proyecto'ace Studios, International Center for Visual Arts, Argentina Southern Graphics Council Conference at Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
Lines to Abstraction, 100% Acid Free: Contemporary Fine Print - MScheme Manchester Showroom, Manchester, England
Predictions and Premonitions: Stage II - Nehring Center Gallery, DeKalb, IL
I Want Your Skull Print Exchange - 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Print Zero Exchange #5, traveling print exchange. Exhibitions include:
Roennebaeksholm Arts & Culture Centre, Naestved, Denmark Pacific Northwest College of Arts Portland, OR Pratt Fine Arts Gallery (at Tashiro Kaplan) Seattle, WA SUNY Buffalo CFA Main Stage Cases, Buffalo, NY
2007 Manchester Contemporary Art Exhibition, MScheme Manchester Showroom, Manchester, England
Collection of seven international artistʼs work purchased by Abbas Akbari, winner of the 2007 Saatchi Gallery/Independent sponsored “Your Gallery Competition.”
Predictions and Premonitions - Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Group Show)
Centro de Producción y Edición Gráfica, Buenos Aires, Argentina Proyecto'ace Studios, International Center for Visual Arts, Argentina Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium Jonas Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK Roennebaeksholm Arts & Culture Centre, Naestved, Denmark Bank of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia KuMu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia Sado Woodcut Print Village Museum, Sado Island, Japan NBC Inc., Tokyo, Japan Hampton Editions, Ltd., Sag Harbor, New York Drive-By Press Print Collection Vicious Dog Press, Denver, Colorado Print Zero Studios, Portland, Oregon Northern Illinois University Print Archives, DeKalb, Illinois Elgin Community College Archives, Elgin, Illinois University of Iowa Print Archives, Iowa City, Iowa East Carolina University Print Archives, Greenville, North Carolina Vanderbilt University Print Archives, Nashville, Tennessee University of Wisconsin-Madison Graphics Area Collection, Madison, Wisconsin