John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision
Jewett Art Gallery
Exhibit dates: March 28-April 22, 2011
Opening reception: Thurs., April 7, 4:00-7:00pm
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm, Weekends 12-5pm
From the essay, “John Udvardy’s Cabinet of Art and Marvels”
Better to stop speech here.
This language is not for people.
Blessed be jubilation.
Vintages and harvests.
Even if not everyone
Is granted serenity.
Czeslaw Milosz, from A Poem for the End of the Century
“John Udvardy’s sculptures, drawings, and collages invite me into one of the most rarified of experiences – an unforgettable vehicle for contemplation. His work is masterfully crafted and imbued with secrets, like our own elusive memories and dreams that we forget at our peril. John’s work is one of the strangest and most satisfying visual experiences one can have: it is as if his work transports all the senses: giving sight, smell, proportion and silence a raw, unpolluted collective power, like wisps of the seemingly lost yet re-discovered essential. I see things as I never have before, where forms go transparent, disappear, then seem wholly re-born.” –Thomas Lyon Mills, May 2010
The Jewett Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculptor John Udvardy’s work. John Udvardy was born in Elyria, Ohio of Hungarian Ancestry. He studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He earned his MFA from Yale University. The Mary C. Page Scholarship allowed him to travel through Europe, Scandinavia, Spain and North Africa. He has worked at a variety of different jobs, including working in the steel mills of Lorain, Ohio with his father, as well as being a brakeman on the New Haven Railroad while he was a graduate student at Yale. During the late fifties while living in Greenwich Village, he worked in a snap factory in the Garment District of New York and in a spindle shop in Brooklyn. To maintain his studio and support himself while living in Boston, he worked as a sign painter there and in Cambridge, Mass. He was a specialist in an artillery battalion while serving in the Army.
John Udvardy has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Yale University, Brown University and he was Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College. He is a full Professor and has taught Three Dimensional Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as being the Chairman of the Foundation Studies Program and Director of the Summer Transfer Program for many years. He has an extensive exhibition record, exhibiting widely throughout the United States in many group and one person shows, some of which include: Dartmouth College, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Currier Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and others. He received the Silver Medal Alumni Award for Faculty Member of the Year from the Rhode Island School of Design and recently he was awarded RISD’s Gold Sophia Medallion in recognition of his 34 years of outstanding teaching and service. He is presently a distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Rhode Island School of Design.