Gary Justis earned His Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. He has developed his work professionally in the area of sculpture for the last 37 years. He lived and worked in Chicago from 1977 to 1999. He currently resides in Bloomington Illinois where he continues his work in sculpture, printmaking, experimental photography and writing. He holds an Associate Professorship at Illinois State University. He has exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NY, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has also exhibited work in numerous exhibitions at private galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. His work is included in various collections throughout the country; most notably: The Museum of Modern Art Library, The New York City Library (special collections), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Artist’s Books Collection.

 

Gary Justis

BORN:
1953, Wichita, KS
Lives and works in Bloomington, IL


EDUCATION:
1979 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1977 BFA, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Emergence, New Digital Photographic works by Gary Justis, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles
2015 Light Play: Light Producing Objects by Gary Justis, Hiestand Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Sun Cell/Torrent, Installation, University Galleries, IL State University, Normal, IL

2014 Variables, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI
2013 Portraits Of Light, Manneken Press Gallery, Bloomington, IL
2011 Gary Justis: Selected Works 2001 – 2011, Peoria Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
Plush Variables, (in collaboration with LJ Douglas), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

2010 Dreams and Reason, Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
2009 Head on Horizon Redux, McLean County Art Center,Bloomington, IL
2008 Quiet Movement, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
2007 Gary Justis: Plush, Alfedena Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 Head on Horizon, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
2000 Gary Justis: Recent Work, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL
1999 Functionality, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI
1996 Klein Art Works at Art 1996 Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Gary Justis: Incrementum-Selected Works, 1979-95. Two locations: Klein Art Works and Tough Gallery, Chicago, IL

1993 Gary Justis: New Work, Mike’s Museum, Chicago, IL
1991 Gary Justis: Quiet Works, 1989-1991, CompassRose Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Gary Justis: Time Expanded, Time Collapsed, Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
1988 The Causal Garden, CompassRose Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mechanical Investigations, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

1986 Gary Justis: Recent Sculpture, Patrick King Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
Gary Justis: Recent Sculpture, Tower Fine Arts Center, Brockport, NY
Gary Justis: New Work, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mythos, Beyond Function, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

1985 Hyperfunctional Icons, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
1983 Gary Justis: New Work, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1982 Object-Luminosus-Objectus: Electrokinetic Sculpture, The Museum of Science and Industry,Chicago, IL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2016

Electron Salon International Group Exhibition, October, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

Stories, a juried international photography exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

micro<MACRO, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

Tell Me a Story, a juried international photography exhibition, B Complex Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

RGB, a juried international photography exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Evanston and Vicinity Biennial Exhibition, July, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Electron Salon International Group Exhibition, July, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

Electron Salon International Group Exhibition, June, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

Electron Salon International Group Exhibition, May, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Anniversary Group Exhibition, April, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty Biennial, University Galleries, IL State University, Normal, IL


2015
Return of the Exquisite Corpse, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Snap To Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Indiana Green, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

2014 HEAD/HAND/HAMMER, Metropolitan Capital, Chicago, IL

2012
Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (Manneken Press)
New Prints 2011/Autumn, Visual Art Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2011
TX Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX (Manneken Press)
Artists of Manneken Press, Peoria Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

New Prints 2011/Autumn, International Print Center New York, NY
NEXT/Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (Manneken Press)
In The House: Sculpture for the Home, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL
Faculty Biennial, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2010 Illinois Wesleyan Faculty Show, Collaboration with L J Douglas
2009 Faculty Biennial, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2006
Eight Contemporary Views, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
Projects 2006, Pittsburgh Society of Sculpture Exhibition, PPG Wintergarden, Pittsburgh, PA
Voices from the Warehouse District, Sponsored by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuqe, Iowa

2004
Project MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE, touring exhibition of artist books, zines, and independent publications in a vintage Airstream, trailer. The Artist’s Book “Lincoln’s Lost Ear”, by Gary Justis and LJ Douglas was included in this traveling exhibition. The BOOKMOBILE visited more than 45 venues in Canada and the USA.
2003
Industrial, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
The Me in Team, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
SCULPT, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
Exquisite Snake, Jan Albino Gallery, Chicago
Exhibition: Cat Chow, Gary Justis, Wesley Kimler, Collaboraction, Chicago

2002 Performative Objects, Kent State University, Kent, OH
2000
Interiors, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Collections III 2000, International Sculpture Conference, Houston, TX
Libidinal, TBA Gallery, Chicago, IL
Artist Showcase Exposition, Sponsored by Kay Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Self- Portraits, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Drawings by Sculptors, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Exquisite Corpse, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Corn on the Curb, community project, Bloomington, IL

1999 Illinois State University Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Normal, IL
1998
Sculpture on the Move, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL
Sound and Vision, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Contemporary Abstraction, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL

1997
Illuminating: Light as Context, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Abstract Confluence, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL
Art in Chicago 1945-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1996
Gary Justis/Wesley Kimler, TBA, Chicago, IL
The Science of Art, The Art of Science, The Charles Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI
New Chicago Furniture IV, Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, Chicago, IL
Toy Bomb!, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

1994
Artists’ Furniture, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
Alterniture, Lorenzo Rodrigas Gallery, Chicago, IL

1993
Abstract: Chicago, Klein Art Works, Chicago
The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
Landscape Exhibition, Thomas Blackman Gallery, Chicago

1992
P.U.L.S.E., National Exhibition of Kinetic Sculpture, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Light and Sound, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
Two Sculptors, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

1991 Light Works, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1990 BIOkinetic: Six Sculptors, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1989
Chicago Artists in the European Tradition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Milano Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Exposition d’Arte, Milan, Italy

1988 Light Show, Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987
Eccentric Machines, Kohler Fine Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Individuals, CompassRose Gallery, Chicago, IL
Then and Now, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL

1986 Physics, Piezo Electric Gallery, New York, NY
1985
Modern Machines, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NY
Convergence: Mind, Myth and Material, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Alternative Spaces, A History in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1984
Sculpture Chicago ’84, Burnham Park, Chicago, IL
Chicago International Mile of Sculpture 3, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
36th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Eightieth Exhibition by Artists of Chicago & Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Site Sculpture 2: Jenny Holzer, Gary Justis, Sandy Rosen, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Janet Cooling, Gary Justis, Michael O’Brien, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

1983
Castles: 13 Sculptors, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
Devices: An Exhibition of Technological Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Chicago International Mile of Sculpture 2, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Atlas and Odalisque, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

1982
Desiring Machines: Eight Kinetic Sculptors, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Opening News Doors, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Summer Show, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mayor Byrne’s Mile of Sculpture, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

1981
Hyde Park Hat Show, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Machines by Gary Justis, Drawings by Paul Kranaik, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Loop Show, Fischer Building, Chicago, IL
Fantasy Appliance Show, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1980
Earth Week Exhibition, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Dimensions Variable, The New Museum of Art, New York, NY

1979 The Fellowship Exhibition, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1978 Limon, Threshold of Perception, Art Research Center, Kansas City, MO

 

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2016 First Place winner of Los Angeles Center for Digital Art International Juried Competition
2005 Nomination: Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
2001 Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist’s Grant, Sculpture
1990 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist’s Fellowship: Sculpture
1984 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist’s Fellowship: Sculpture
1984 Illinois Art Council, Individual Artist’s Grant: Sculpture
1984 Sculpture Chicago ’84, Chicago, IL
1979 Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1978 Tuition Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

COLLECTIONS:
Museum of Modern Art, special Artist’s Book Collections, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, Special Collections, New York, NY
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, Chicago, IL
JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, IL
Midland Center for the Arts, Dow-Corning Museum, Midland, MI
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
Carson’s International Corporation, Chicago, IL
Durindal, Chicago, IL
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL (promised gift)
Sierra Systems, Chicago, IL
Stone Container Corporation, Chicago, IL
U.S. Equities Corporation, Chicago, IL

COMMISSIONS:
2001-2005 World Engine, sculpture commissioned by Illinois Capital Development Board for College of Business, Illinois State University, Normal Campus, Normal IL
1992 Leafgate Garden. Co-designer with LJ Douglas for a park construction project commissioned by the City of Evanston, IL and The Evanston Arts Council
1989 Compendium. American Airlines Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago. Commissioned by Carson International, Inc.
1986 Hyperfunctional City. United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago. Commissioned by Carson International, Inc.

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