Loyola press release - November 18, 2004
Mark Grote’s “Heartland” exhibition will be on display at Delgado Fine Arts Gallery through January 26, 2005. The gallery is located in Building One, Third Floor, 615 City Park Avenue. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9–4 p.m., when classes are in session.
Grote often places himself in different locations and allows those environments to influence his work. “The newness and freshness of an environment can be quite stimulating and exciting. This has released me and my art from being tethered to one studio, one geography, one sameness,” Grote explained. He finds inspiration in local discarded and found objects and transforms their ordinary qualities into extraordinary pieces of art.
The work for the “Heartland” exhibition was created at Bernis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, during a residency in the summer of 2003. The residency was supported in part by a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and The Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Since 1999, Grote has been a professor of sculpture in Loyola’s visual arts department, and for 22 years he was chair of the visual arts department. Grote was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the College of Art and Design at the University of Plymouth in Exeter (England) in 1992. His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions over the years, and he has lectured extensively in the United States and in England.
For additional information, contact Mark Grote at 861-5458 or http://www.dcc.edu/grote.htm.