Sculptor Guy J. Bellaver has been chosen to participate in three sculpture exhibitions this summer. His schedule includes:
• Oak Park Sculpture Walk -- Lake St. and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL from June 1 through Sept. 21 -- "Prairie Song. Q"
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• "Art Gathering: Sculptors Connect" Exhibition at Governor's State University from June 16 through Aug. 18 -- "Double Edge"
• Shirley & George Wiemer Sculpture Exhibition at University of Mt. Union, Alliance, Ohio through June, 2015 -- "Oriental"
In discussing Oak Park's Sculpture Walk, Bellaver explains, "One of my pieces was selected for Oak Park's inaugural Sculpture Walk (2012) -- but it fell off a bobcat while I was loading it, and I was unable to salvage it. I submitted an entry again this year, and am delighted to have "Prairie Song. Q" accepted and sited in such a great spot (at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, at the entrance to Scoville Park). I am also very pleased to have Double Edge accepted for the "Art Gathering" exhibition series in the Visual Art Gallery at Governor's State University. I'm looking forward to seeing the show, and also to touring the fantastic Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park."
Robert Buganski, chairman and associate professor of art at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio explains the Wiemer Exhibition, "There are 10 sculptors selected … to submit one or two completed and ready to install sculptures for our Wiemer Exhibition. These sculptures are then voted on by the entire campus community and the two sculptures with the most votes are exhibited. We need excellent quality outdoor sculpture and I have seen and admired (Bellaver's) sculpture on "The International Sculpture Center" website and believe that any of his work would contribute greatly to this program." Bellaver says, "I was honored that Mr. Buganski and the University of Mount Union community selected Oriental for the Shirley & George Wiemer Exhibition. It's sited in a great spot on a beautiful campus."
About Guy J. Bellaver and Sculpture:
Bellaver is a sculptor whose works span many media, including stone, wood, metal and mixed media. His monumental works include major public art and liturgical projects in Geneva, Elgin, and St. Charles, Latrobe, PA, and Boston, MA. Mr. Bellaver's sculptures appear in the Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Museum, Crandon, WI, Armstrong County, Kittanning, PA, Elgin Community College, St. Charles Heritage Center, Forbes Health System, Pittsburgh, PA, Graphite Sales, Inc., Chagrin Falls, OH, H.J. Heinz International Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA, Hiram College, Hiram, OH, Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA, Property Investment Company, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, among others. His work is in private collections around the country. Mr. Bellaver's entire portfolio may be seen on his website -- BellaverStudios.com.
After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Bellaver earned a B.A. in Economics from St. Vincent College. He has worked as a sculptor full time since 1975. Mr. Bellaver has taken masters credit classes in art at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and NIU, as well as The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He is a member of CSI and ISC and sits on the Boards of the St. Charles Visitors and Cultural Commission and the St. Charles Arts Council.
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About Oak Park's Sculpture Walk: The Sculpture Walk has returned for its third year. The walk will feature 12 sculptures and art installations prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants from June 1 to Sept. 21. Published guides will provide information for self-guided walking tours throughout the summer.
About the "Art Gathering: Sculptors Connect" Exhibition:
In Spring of 2013, "Art Gathering: The Collector" focused on the collection of Patric McCoy and featured 12 of the over 350 artists represented in his collection. The relationships between Mr. McCoy and the artists, and the artists among themselves, served as the curatorial driver to demonstrate communities of artists and the interconnectedness possible in a field often regarded as offering only solitude and isolation.
In Spring of 2014, "Art Gathering: Ability" brought the artwork of Project Onward and Little City Arts to the Art on Campus program at GSU. These organizations are specific communities of artists and provide support, studio space, and exhibition opportunities for their artists.
This exhibition theme of community, interconnectedness, and collaboration continues with "Art Gathering: Sculptors Connect" by inviting artists to submit work that demonstrates these themes through use of material, symbolic references, or by the artist's practice. The ways that people gather around art is of particular interest, through membership to organizations such as Chicago Sculpture International and others like it.
About the Shirley & George Wiemer Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition:
This exhibition is an ongoing campus outdoor sculpture program now in its tenth year. The program has been and continues to be sponsored by an alum and board member of the university named George Wiemer. The program places two sculptures on campus every other year so that there are always four sculptures being exhibited.