About the Artist

EDUCATION
1974 B.A. DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
1980 Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
License, Midwest School of Horseshoeing, Macomb, IL
1985-6 Independent study with Brent Kington and Daryl Meier
1986 Master class with Tom Joyce
1996 Study with Peter Ross

EXHIBITIONS
2014 Decatur Art Center, Decatur, IL, Invitational
2013 Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition
2012 Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL “Welcome to my World” solo exhibit
2011 Ky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY “Moving Forward Circling Back”
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL , Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition
2010 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX “Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched”
2009 Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX “Materials Hard and Soft”
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition
2007 Appalachian Center for the Crafts, Smithville, TN “Scratching the Surface” solo exhibition
2005 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY “Forging Ahead: Contemporary American
Blacksmiths”
2000 Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH Best of 2000
1998- Traveling Invitational, Exhibits USA “Earth, Fire and Water”
2000
1994 National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN “ABANA Comes of Age”
1990 Illinois Governor’s Mansion, Springfield, IL Three person invitational

AWARDS
2016 Edwards Place Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Category
2015 Edwards Place Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Category
2014 Talbot Street Art Fair, Indianapolis, IN, Best of Metal
2013 Spring Bloom, Bloomington, IL Best of Show
Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI Best of Metal
Bluff Park Art Fair, Birmingham, AL President’s Award
2012 Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Sculpture
Midwest Salute to the Arts, Fairview Heights, IL Best of Fine Craft
Deerpath Art Fair on the Square, Lake Forest, IL Best of Metal
2011 Geneva Art Fair, Geneva, IL Award of Excellence
Art and Air, St. Louis, MO Best of Sculpture
Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Sculpture
2009 Materials Hard and Soft, Denton, TX Juror’s Award
Cedarhurst, Mt. Vernon, IL Best of Illinois
Art in the Park, Highland, IL Best of Sculpture
2008 Art in the Park, Highland, IL Best of Sculpture
2007 Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Sculpture
Art and Air, St. Louis, MO Best of Sculpture
Art in the Park, Highland, IL Best of Sculpture
2006 Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Sculpture
Art and Air, St. Louis, MO Best of Sculpture
Fine Furnishing Show, Milwaukee, WI Best of Show, accessories
St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY Kosair award
Art in the Park, Highland, IL Best of Sculpture
James R. Thompson merit award
2005 Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, Il Best of Sculpture
Lakeview East Art Show, Chicago, IL Best of 3-D Functional
2004 Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best Portfolio
2003 Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL Best of Show
Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, St. Joseph, MI Best of Metal
Midwest Salute to the Masters, Fairview Heights, IL Best of Fine Craft
1999 Illinois Artisans Program Third Annual James R. Thompson Award for Excellence in Crafts
1988 Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibition, Springfield, IL 1st and 2nd Place

COLLECTIONS
Illinois Governor’s Collection
John A. Logan College
R. Bruce McMillan
Hon. James R. Thompson
West Virginia Governor’s Mansion
Springfield, IL Civic Art Collect
The Supremes
The Indigo Girls

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
2014 Ironwork Today 4: Inside and Out, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
2013 Striking Women, Mild as Steel, Latifa Sayadi
2011 Tiffany Studios’ Techniques, Edith Crouch
2002 The Rest of the Story, Paul Harvey
2001 Made in Illinois
2000 The Contemporary Blacksmith, Dona Z. Meilach
1990,2005 Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL
1989 St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO
1988 Heartland Blacksmiths, Richard Reichelt