John Maul, All that Glitters is not necessarily Gold; wood, steel, gold leaf; 84” x 84”;

John Maul

A commemorative exhibit of sculpture by John Maul

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STATEMENT:


John Maul’s work was informed by three primary sources: Architecture, with its ability function as environmental sculpture; religious iconography, with its history of symbolic representation, both positive and negative; and vessel forms, with their natural connotations toward earth and protection. He was always a person who enjoyed process.


Maul incorporated the Greek cross into many works, not so much as a symbol of the orthodox church, but for “religion” in general. He felt that these icons are more symbolic of our own inhumanity and judgments toward humankind, rather than the manifestation of God’s unconditional love for humankind. Maul selected the Greek cross over the Latin cross for both design considerations and its resemblance to the “x,” a symbol of negation.  Many “modern” religious groups will condemn or hold judgments against those who don’t subscribe to their philosophies.  To Maul, this translated to simple bigotry and intolerance.


In 2000 Maul was introduced to the medium of encaustic, and was immediately drawn to its potential for dimensionality, and its ability to hold a mark.  Successive layer upon layer created a series of translucent planes on which he could inscribe symbols, cover them, then later reveal them through a process of scraping down the top surfaces.  After working with the encaustic process for several months, Maul decided that he would like to use it as a surface finish for his cast aluminum pieces.


The application of paint to sculpture was a departure from Maul’s earlier interests in letting materials be materials.  Ultimately, he became more interested in the aluminum for its ability to hold its form, and the spontaneity of the creative process itself. The process allowed him to make a quick, gestural construction out of Styrofoam which could immediately become transformed into aluminum. This spontaneity was important to his work, as he enjoy the occasional accidents and nuances that occur during the casting process.


In determining the role of the encaustic paint as a surface Maul was challenged by several things. The first was the fact that the material itself is somewhat transient. Encaustic is not used as a sculpture coating due to the softness of the wax, and the fact that it is so easily damaged. He liked adding fragility to the surface. Maul believe these sensory aspects of making art always stay with us—from the smearing of finger paint across paper in grade school to the magic of an image emerging in the developing bath. Maul believed that when an artist creates a work of art, it changes for them as they make it. Maul made many personal revisions regarding the meaning of his work over the years, both as a viewer and a “creator.” Ultimately, he thought that what was important to him, was that he kept making it.



BIO:


JOHN MAUL  b. Medford, Oregon, 1954.  He received an BFA in sculpture from Oregon State University in 1977, and an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University in 1980.  From 1980 to 1985 he taught at Syracuse University and worked as an Artist-in-Residence in School Districts in New York State through the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 1985 he became head of the sculpture program at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. In 1991 he accepted a split teaching/administrative appointment at Oregon State University, teaching sculpture, foundation design, and art history, as well as serving as Director of Jumpstart—the OSU Precollege Visual Arts Workshop. In 2004 he was promoted to Professor, in 2006 he became Chair of the Department of Art at OSU. In 2011-2012 Maul was named as Director, School of Arts and Communication, Oregon State University.



Honors:

1996 Recipient of an Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture.

2002College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher

2004College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher



VITA:


EDUCATION:

1978-80    MFA, Sculpture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

1972-77    BFA, Sculpture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


UNIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT:

2011                Director, School of Arts and Communication, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

2006-2010    Professor and Chair, Department of Art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

1995-2006      Professor, Director, Jumpstart , Pre-college Visual and Performing Arts Workshop.

1998-2004       Associate Professor, Director, Jumpstart , Pre-college Visual and Performing Arts

                        Workshop.

2005-2003    Director, Jumpstart Teacher Institute

1991-1994    Adjunct Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

1989-1991    Visiting Instructor, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR.

1985-1989    Assistant Professor of Art, Head of Sculpture area, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

                        Director, Ball State University Pre-college Visual Arts Workshop.

1980-1985    Instructor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

1980-1981    Teaching Assistant, New York State Summer School of the Arts,  SUNY/Fredonia, NY.   


CONSULTING WORK:

2001        Review, The Yin and Yang of Design,  design textbook, Prentice Hall Publishing Co. ,NJ.

1998        Review, A World of Art,  3rd. ed., by Henry Sayre, Prentice Hall Publishing Co., NJ.

1993        Review, Worlds of Art,  by Robert Bersson, for Harper and Row Publishing Co., NY.

1992        Review, A World of Art , by Dr. Henry Sayre, for Prentice Hall Publishing Co., NJ.!

                Comparative review of Artforms  (Preble) vs. Understanding Art  (Fichner-Rathus) for

                Prentice Hall Publishing Co., NJ.


LECTURES:

2010        Seeking Creativity,  lecture presented at Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

2004        An Evolution of my Work,  lecture presented at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

2001        An Evolution of my Work,  lecture presented at the Steeple Gallery, St. John IN.

2000        Roy Lichtenstein: Life and Work,  Seattle Art Museum, lecture presented to OSU !                                                Foundation board members, Seattle, WA.


NON-CREDIT WORKSHOPS:

2002        Instructor, papercasting workshop, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR.

1998        Design Structures, Jumpstart,  team-taught class with colleague David Hardesty.!!

                Developed Art 101 as a High School Outreach  course.

                Collaborated with Portland Art Museum education staff to develop the Young Teachers

                Workshop  for Jumpstart  students. This event provided Jumpstart  students the opportunity         to teach art fundamentals to 4-7 year old children during the Museum’s annual Family Day.

                Developed Design Structures Student Workbook  with colleague David Hardesty for the 1998        Jumpstart  program.

1994        Instructor, (visual arts), Kaleidoscope,  OSU School of Music’s Pre-college program. !

                 Instructor, Bookbinding From Handmade Paper,  two-day workshop, Southern Oregon

                University, Ashland, OR.

1993        Instructor, Bookbinding From Handmade Paper,  workshop, Southern Oregon University,

                  Ashland, OR.

1992        Lecturer, The Figure in Art History , Linn-Benton Community College, Corvallis Art Center,

                Corvallis, OR.

                Lecturer, Leonardo: Artist, Visionary,  Linn-Benton Community College, Benton County

                Public Library, Corvallis, OR.   

1991        Lecturer, From Ancient to Present,  Linn-Benton Community College,Corvallis Art Center,

                    Corvallis, OR.    

1989        Instructor, Bookbinding From Handmade Paper,  workshop, Southern Oregon University,

                  Ashland, OR.

1988        Instructor, Classic Investment Lost Wax Casting,  University of Toledo/Toledo Museum of

                Art, Toledo, OH.

1983         Instructor, Bronze Casting, Adult Education ,  Shoreham/Wading River School District,

                    Shoreham, NY.


AWARDS AND HONORS:

2004        Cash Award, All Oregon Annual,  Oregon State Fair Exhibition Center, Salem, OR

2003        OSU College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher

2000-2001     OSU College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher

1997        Outstanding Contribution to Art Education, Oregon Art Education Association.

1996        Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship, Sculpture.

1995        Second Award, Power Vessel, All Oregon Annual  Oregon State Fair Exhibition Center,

                 Salem, OR 1993 ! !

                Purchase Award Steel Vessel I  (sculpture), 27th Annual National Show, Del Mar

                College, Corpus Christi, TX. Roy Slade, juror

1987        Faculty Creative Arts Grant, Ball State University.

1986        Faculty Creative Arts Grant, Ball State University.

                Purchase Award, First Pavilion  (drawing), Winter Show  Anderson Fine Arts Center,

                Anderson, IN

1984-83-80    New York Foundation for the Arts, grant recipient, “Artists-in-Schools” program.

1982        First Award, Feather #3  (drawing), New York State Art Exhibition,  Liverpool, NY

   

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2005        Icons and Relics,  Pierce College Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

2004        John Maul—Progression: 25 Year Retrospective,  Artcentric, Corvallis, OR.

2003        Relics , Butters Gallery, LTD., Portland, OR.

                Relics , Gallery 76, Wenatchee Vally College, Wenatchee, WA.

2000        Works in Bronze and Mixed Media , Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

1999        New Work , Butters Gallery, LTD., Portland, OR.

                Industrial Vessels , Renshaw Gallery at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR.

                Metalics,  Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH.

1998        Ritual Vessels and Monuments , Chico Arts Center, Chico, CA.

1996        Icons;  Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

1994        New Work;  Western Oregon State College Art Gallery, Monmouth, OR.

1992        Ritual and Industrial Vessels;  Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA.

1991        Symbols and Monuments;  Shapiro Jameson Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1990        Permutations;  College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Houston, TX.

1989        Sculpture and Drawings;  Muncie Creative Arts Center, Muncie, IN.


COMMISSIONS AND INSTALLATIONS:

1997!  • ! Bronze commission, Cynthia Ford Estate, Sunriver, OR.

1992!  • ! Leonardo’s Dream;  Sculpture Installation, Corvallis City Park, Corvallis, OR.

1989!  • ! Firehouse Pavilion ; Toledo OH., “1% for Arts” sculpture commission, initiated

! !  through the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH.

!  • !Elevated Tectonic Forms;  two year outdoor exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH.

1984!  • ! Community;  Permanent Sculpture Installation,Ticonderoga, NY.

1983!  • ! Suntrack;  Permanent Indoor Installation, Shoreham, NY.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2008!  •! Clint Brown and John Maul,  Western Oregon State University, Monmouth, OR.

2007!  •! Give and Take,  Group Exhibition, Gallery at R and F, Kingston, NY.

2006!  •! North American Sculpture Exhibition,  Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO.

2005!  •! New Work: John Maul and Kurt Norlin;  Pegasus Gallery, Corvallis, OR.

!  •!Drawing , Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center, Eugene, OR.

!  •!Fall Festival Fine Arts Showcase,  Corvallis Public Library, Corvallis, OR.

2004!  •! Artist Trading Cards,  Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR.

!  •!Bold Expressions: 49th Annual Exhibition;  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA.

!  •!The Profession of Art: A Mid Career Show,  Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO.

!  •!36th Annual Exhibition,  Octogon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA.

!  •!Dogwood Juried Art Exhibition,  Lewis Clark State College, Center Arts/History, Lewiston, ID.

!  •!All Oregon Annual,  Oregon State Fair Exhibition Center, Salem, OR.! ! !

! ! •!In the Present Tense,  Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

!  •!Shaping Space,  Sculpture Invitational, Benton County Historical Museum, Philomath, OR.

!  •!Objects:PDX,  Portland International Airport, Portland, OR.

2003!  • ! Sculpture Invitational , Campbell Hall, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.

!  • !Art Slate 2003 Invitational , Co-Arts Memorial Hall, Condon, OR.

2002!  •! In the Present Tense,  Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

!  •!Willamette Valley Juried Open,  Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR.

!  •!Sculpture Spectacular,  Steinway Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC.!

2001!  •! Artists’ Edit;  Butters Gallery, LTD., Portland, OR.

!  •!References;  two-person exhibition, Ventura College, Ventura, CA.

!  •!Works in Mixed Media;  two-person exhibition, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR.

2000!  •! Works in Mixed Media and Sculpture;  Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR.

1999!  •! Davis Street Inaugural,  Butters Gallery, LTD., Portland, OR.

1998!  •! 18th Annual Northwest Art Competition;  Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA.

!  • !Autumn Odyssey;  Steeple Gallery, St. John, IN.

!  • !Philip Bonarth, John Maul, Jack Wolsky;  Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

!  • ! In The Present Tense;  Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

!  •!Icons Within the Mind,  Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

1997!  •! All Oregon Butters;  Butters Gallery, LTD., Portland, OR.

!  • !Texas Art International;  Fox Fine Arts Center, University of Texas, El Paso, TX.!

1996!  •! Objet d’Art;  Butters Gallery, Portland, OR.

!  •!Gallery Artists’ Group Exhibition;  Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

1995!  • ! Fifth Annual Sculpture Biennial;  Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR.

!  •!All Oregon Annual;  Oregon State Fair Exhibition Center, Salem, OR. Award! !

1994!  •! Genius Loci ; Two-person Exhibition, Sticks and Stones Gallery, Seattle, WA.

!  •!Gallery Artists’ Group Exhibition;  Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

1993 !  • ! 27th Annual National Show;  Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX. Purchase Award

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: (cont)

1993!  • !Mediums-mixed: Anne Christenson, Rob Geisler and John Maul;  Salem Art Association Art

! !!  Gallery, Salem, OR.

!  • ! Recent Work in Mixed-media Fiber and Sculpture;  two-person exhibition.

! ! Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center, Eugene, OR.

1992!  • !Environmental Perspectives;  Reg. invitational exhibition; New Zone Gallery, Eugene, OR.

1992!  • ! Farrington Keith National;  National juried exhibition; Dexter, Ml.

!  • !Galex XXVI;  National juried exhibition; Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.

!  • ! 4th Invitational Sculpture Biennial;  Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR.

!  • ! Form and Object;  National juried exhibition; University of Wyoming Art Museum,

! !  Laramie, WY. 2-year national touring exhibition.

!  • ! Sculptors Only;  Columbia Art Center, Vancouver, WA.

1991!  • ! San Diego Art Inst. 37th National Annual Exhibition,  San Diego, CA.

!  • !Table, Lamp + Chair 1991;  American Institute of Architects and Oregon School of

! !  Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR.

!  • ! Collaboration;  Two-person exhibition, Hanson Howard Gallery, Ashland, OR.

1990!  • !Alumni Sculpture Exhibit;  Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

!  • !Berkeley Art Project;  Kroeber Arts Bldg., University of California, Berkeley, CA.

!  • !The Garden Party;  Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR.

1987!  • !The Indiana Arts Competition 1987;  American States Insurance Co., Indianapolis, IN.

!  • !The Winter Show;  Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson, IN.

1986!  • !American Contemporary Works in Wood;  S.E. Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH.

1986! ! • !The Winter Show;  Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson, IN. Purchase Award.

!  • ! Sculpture Today;  Alliance Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

1984!  • ! Faculty Exhibition;  Syracuse University School of Art, Lowe Gallery, Syracuse, NY.

1983!  • ! Long Island Invitational;  Arts Complex East, Riverhead, NY.

1982!  •! New York State Art Exhibition;  Liverpool, NY. Award.

1979!  •! Artists of Central New York;  Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY. (Ivan Karp,

! !!  juror)!

ARTS AGENCY EMPLOYMENT:

1985!  “Teaching Artist,” Institute for Arts in Education; Syracuse, NY.

1980-84! “Artist-in-Residence,” New York Foundation for the Arts.

ARTS AGENCY BOARDS:

1996-1998! Oregon Alliance for Art Education,  Advisory Board Member

PUBLICATIONS: (by the artist)

2002!  A World of Art Test Item File, 4th ed., Prentice Hall Publishing. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

2000!  Faculty Guide, 3rd. ed. Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

2000!  A World of Art Test Item File, 3rd. ed., Prentice Hall Publishing. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

1996!  Faculty Guide, 2nd. ed. Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

1997!  A World of Art Website, Prentice Hall Publishing.

1996!  Faculty Guide, 2nd. ed. Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

1993!  Teacher’s Resource Manual, (ancillary publication to A World of Art) Prentice Hall

!  Publishing Co., Upper Saddle River, NJ.