Vera Vasek


Born: Buffalo, New York

Lives and works on Sugarloaf Key, Florida


Education:

2003 The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

1987 Art Students League, NYC

1984 Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Mercerville, New Jersey

1983 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, BFA, Sculpture

1978 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

1977 Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Movement Drawings, UVA Gourmet Shoppe, Key West

2005 Tidal Reliefs, Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House

1998 Florida Keys Series, East Martello Museum, Key West


Selected Juried Exhibitions / Awards

2004 Artist-in-Residence, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, May 2004, Corning, NY

2000 Under the Sun, Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House

1997 Regional Artist Exhibition, East Martello Museum, Key West

1986 161st Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York City

         5th Annual Juried Non-member Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York City


Group Exhibitions

2018 

The Greatest Show on Earth; Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Blurring Boundaries, The Women of AAA from 1936 to the Present:

         Sept. 27 - Nov. 1, Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky

         Nov. 15 - Dec. 10, Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


2017 

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print PortfolioWrather West Kentucky Museum, Murray KY. Jan. 17 - Feb. 24

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, University of Houston Clear Lake, Texas. Aug. 31 - Oct. 20


2016 

Thru the Rabbit Hole; Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The Onward of Art: American Abstract Artists 80th Anniversary Exhibition, curated by Karen Wilkin,1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York, NY. Jan. 18 – Mar. 25

Visible Histories, curated by Max Weintraub; Abrons Art Center and Morris-Warren Gallery, NY,  Jan. 27 - Feb. 21

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Feb. 1 - Mar. 4

Chromatic Space, curated by Jonathan D. Lippincott, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street, NY, Sept. 22 – Nov. 5

 WernerDrewes Portfolio, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Georgetown, Washington DC


2015 

Circle the Wagons!!!; Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio,Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Jan. 15 - Feb. 27

 Endless, Entire, Five Myles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Rachel Nackman. Nov. 21 - Dec. 20

 American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Marywood University,

Scranton, PA. Sept. 8 - Oct. 18


2014 

To Leo: A Tribute from American Abstract Artists, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

June 14 – July 12

Sensory Impact, American Abstract Artists, Morgan Stanley & Co., Purchase NY

May 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Muhlenberg, PA. Aug. 27 - Sept. 27

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA


2013 

Sculpture Key West, Ft. Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West

Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT. June 29 – Oct. 20, 2013

American Abstract Artists: A Selection, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH. Oct 22 – Nov 23 2013. Curated by Scott Olson and Gianno Commito

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN. Nov. 4 – 26, 2013

American Abstract Artists: AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Dec 5, 2013 – Jan 17, 2014


2011 

American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary, OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY. Curated by OK Harris Works of Art. May 21 – July 15

ABSTRACTION (Abstraction to the Power of Infinity), The Icebox and Grey Area, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Curated by Janet Kurnatowski. Nov. 3 – 27


2008 

American Abstract Artists: Tribute to Esphyr Slobodkina, The Painting Center, New York, NY. Sept. 2 – 28

Sculpture Key West, West Martello, Key West


2007 

Contrappunto, Bau Institute Gallery at Richard Sena Projects, Hudson, NY

Continuum, in celebration of the 70thAnniversary of the American Abstract Artists,     St.Peter’s College Art Gallery, O’Toole Library, Jersey City, NJ. Mar. 21 – Apr. 25

Sculpture Key West, East Martello, Key West


2006 Sculpture Key West, Ft. Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

2004 Sculpture Key West, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West

2003 Sculpture Key West, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West

2002 Art in the Park, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West


2001 

Art in the Park, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West

Johnson Atelier Open,Trenton City Museum, Trenton, New Jersey


1999 Art in the Park, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West

1998 Art in the Park, Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West

1997 Key West in a Day, East Martello Museum, Key West

1996 Harrison Gallery, Key West

1995 Studio Open House, 7009 Shrimp Road, (Stock Island), Key West

1994 PS Lane Gallery, Key West

1993 Tropical Depressions, East Martello Museum, Key West

1986 Studio Open House: My-T-Fine Building, Hoboken, New Jersey

1985 New Works: Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ


Professional Experience (Non-Profit) and Affiliations

2016:                        Installation Workshop: Which Way Is Up? Key West Art & Historical Society

2015 to 2018:           President, Upper Sugarloaf Residents Association

2009 to 2013:           Executive Director, Sculpture Key West

2008 to 7/2011:        Exhibition Chair, Sculpture Key West

2006 to present:       Member of American Abstract Artists


Selected Bibliography

2018 Piri Halasz, "Report from the Front: Once More, The Greatest Show on Earth", Feb. 25

2016 James Panero, "Gallery chronicle, The Onward of Art...", New Criterion, Vol. 34, No.7, pp42

2013 Ashley Knight, “Sculpture Key West. An Interview with Vera Vasek,” Art Districts Magazine

2011 Victoria Donohoe, "75th-Anniversary Exhibit Celebrates American Abstract Artists," The Philadelphia Enquirer, 18 Nov. 2011, E32.

2004 Eleanor Cicerchi, “Catching the Essence of a Tidal Flow: Artist-in-Residence Vera Vasek

Carries Her Work into Glass,” The Gather, Corning Museum of Glass, Fall 2004, pp.9

1998 Steven Pratt, “The art of the tides,” The Key West Citizen, November 15, 1998, pp.1C, 9C


Collections

Cleveland Museum of Art

MOMA Library Special Collection, NY, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY

New York Public Library

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

United States Embassy, Beijing Embassy Annex, Beijing, China: Arts in Embassies,

US Dept. of State

Muhlenberg College of Art Collection, Allentown, PA

University of Tennessee, Knoxville