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Garland Martin Taylor
Mellon Fellow Garland Martin Taylor is a Chicago based sculptor and researcher with a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute. He is a direct metal formalist who welds and shapes various metals. Taylor also works with materials such as bald cypress twigs, kinky hair, baseball stitching, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cut tacks, wood, and stone into large-scale abstract, functional, and socio-politically charged heirlooms inspired by his research and scholarship on 19th century black political cartoons. Since 2012 Garland has devoted half of his professional practice to studying the life and art of H. J. Lewis. He recently contributed the essay Out of Jest: The Art of Henry Jackson Lewis to "Comics & Media: A Special Issue of Critical Inquiry." And in late 2014 Garland was awarded a Curtis Sykes Memorial Grant for Arkansas History from the Arkansas History Commission. Most recently Taylor was a core collaborator in a Mellon Fellowship at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago where he co- taught the course "The Art and Politics of Black Death" with political scientist Cathy J. Cohen, and documentary filmmaker Orlando Bagwell.
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GARLAND MARTIN TAYLOR
2007 MAVCS, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2005 BAVCS, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2015 Mellon Collaborative Fellowship in Arts Practice & Scholarship at the Richard & Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago
2014 Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant for African American History in Arkansas at the Black History Commission of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
2007 Archibald Motley Jr. Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Garland Martin Taylor, “Out of Jest: The Art of Henry Jackson Lewis” Critical Inquiry (Spring 2014), pp 198-202.
Nissa Rhee, "Garland Martin Taylor makes sculpture to stop the shooting." Chicago Reader, Vol. 45, No. 19, February 18-24, 2016.
Taylor, Garland Martin, “Revolver Sculpture Sparks Gun Violence Conversation” Interview by Tony Sarabia, Morning Shift
WBEZ, July 20, 2015. https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/revolver-sculpture-sparks-gun-violence-conversation
Sam Rappaport, ”Local Sculptor Takes Aim At Gun Violence.” Hyde Park Herald, Chicago, IL July 29, 2015
Barney Blakeney, "Sculpture Of Gun Draws Local Attention.” The Chronicle, Charleston South Carolina
July 29, 2015 http://www.charlestonchronicle.net/97448/2152/sculpture-of-gun-draws-local-attention
Frank Fellone, “Drawing on history: Pioneering black editorial cartoonist also worked in state.” Arkansas Democrat Gazette,
Little Rock Arkansas, January 18, 2014
Dana Schaffer, "Public historians Explore Innovative Approaches," Perspectives on History: The News Magazine of The American Historical Society, October, 2013.
Tony Binns, "Sculptor Garland Martin Taylor Connects the Dots from Artistic Past to his Future," Rollin Out, September 30, 2013.
Dawn Turner Trice, “Drawing inspiration from the past: 19th-century black political cartoonist causes DuSable Museum artist to think deeper about his own work,” Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2013.
Christina M. Seiler, “Proposed: Make Old Fire Station a Museum.” The Rochester Sentinel, November, 18 2009.
Theo Jean Kenyon, “Students at Art Institute of Chicago Display Their Works in Peoria,” Peoria Journal Star, November 2, 2003.
Garland Martin Taylor, Interview by Julian Cruz, Morning News: Around Town, WGN, February 29, 2000.
2016 Black Creativity, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL.
2015 Conversation Peace: Mobile Public Sculpture Project, Southern and Eastern United States, 5,000 miles
2015 Open Studio, Laredo Taft's Midway Studios/the Gray Center For Arts and Inquiry, Chicago, IL
2014 Sculpture in the Parks, Chicago Sculpture International & Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL.
2014 Selfie-ish Series Debut, Artemis Gallery Group Show,Northeast Harbor, ME.
2013 Not Just a Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2013 Gritty Pretty, (solo exhibition), Harper College, Palatine, IL.
2013 Lucy 45, (Pop-up BBQ & Performance), Luce Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2013 Gritty Pretty, (solo exhibition) Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.
2012 Front and Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2012 Figures of Speech, The Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson, IN.
2012 3: Garland Martin Taylor & G.L. Smothers, Robert Carter Presents, Evanston, IL.
2012 Blue, Dispatch Gallery Chicago, IL.
2011 Of Muses & Mentors, (Solo), African American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.
2011 Open Studio: (Solo), Br’er Studio, Chicago, IL.
2011-2014 Stevens Point Sculpture Park, Stevens Point, WI.
2011 The Art Of Work, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL.
2011 Junk Metal Sculpture, Shaviq Gallery, Rapid City, SD.
2011 Emerging Artists, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2010 Reacquaint, (Solo), BluStem Studio, Chicago, IL.
2007 MAVCS Graduate Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2005 BFA Graduate Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2004 Speak Out, Speak Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL.
2003 Manifold II, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, IL.
2002 Nippon Steel USA, Chicago, IL.
2002 Manifold, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, IL.
2002 Of Figurative Empathy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
1999 Raw Art Gallery Chicago, IL.
1998 Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1996, 99 South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
1996, 99 Black Creativity, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL.
"Talking Palette, Hidden Artist," Garland Martin Taylor, In Their Own Images: Visual Culture in African American Periodicals, African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture Conference, Madison, WI, September 18th - 21st, 2014.
“Out of Jest: The Art of Henry Jackson Lewis,” Poster Presentation, College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February 2014.
Diasporal Rhythms Artist Talk & Studio Visit, Br'er Studio, Chicago, IL, March 2013.
"On Oskar Schlemmer," Artists Connect Lecture Series, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, May 4, 2013.
"On Henry Jackson Lewis," Public History Institute, The Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, July 22 – 29, 2012.
"On Henry Jackson Lewis," The DuSable Museum of African American History, June 24, 2012.
"On Henry Jackson Lewis," Visiting Lecturer, African American Art: History of Exhibition Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. March 20, 2012.
Visiting Artist Lecture, Manchester University, North Manchester, IN, April 17, 2012.
Visiting Artist Coffee & Critique, Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, Milwaukee, WI, Feb 2012.
M.A.V.C.S Graduate Student Symposium: Reading The Remains, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, May 2007.
ARTIST CURATED EXHIBITIONS
2011 Of Muses, Mentors & Masquerade. African American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2002 Manifold, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL.
2003 Manifold II, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL.
2011-2013 Museum Specialist, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL.
2003, Exhibit Preparator, Galleria d'Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti (Virginio Ferrari Exhibition), Verona, Italy.
2002-2003 Museum Technician, Packing Department: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2001-2002 Department Assistant, Instructional Shops: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
1992 -1994 Exhibit Preparator, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL.
FREELANCE ART HANDLING/COLLECTIONS CONSULTING
Channing Capital Management LLC., Chicago, IL.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.
Preston Jackson Studios: Chicago, IL., Platteville, NY., New Buffalo, MI., Lafayette, IN., Peoria, IL.
American Art Department: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Virginio Ferrari Studios, Verona, Italy.
Spring 2015 The Art & Politics of Black Death, Visiting Faculty, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Spring 2014 Introduction to Three Dimensional Design, Visiting Faculty, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
Spring 2013 Intern Supervisor, Chicago Semester, Chicago, IL
Spring 2012 Intern Supervisor, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL
Fall 2006 Undergraduate Thesis I, Teaching Assistant, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Fall 2005 Monumental Sculpture, Teaching Assistant, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2003-2007 Black Creativity, Advisory Committee, The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
2012 Connections Committee, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Co-chair, Art installation)
VISITING ARTIST / ARTIST-in-RESIDENCY
2015 University of Chicago
2012 Center Program Residency, The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL
Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME