Artist: Jeff Whyman
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Whyman was born in St. Louis in 1953. He delights in remembering himself as an awed child watching the Gateway Arch being built, and he tells stories of his near simultaneous discovery of fossil shells, of clay that he could shape with his hands, and of fired clay in the form of salt-glazed sewer pipe being laid in his neighborhood.
Shells and ceramics continued to be his interest in high school, and in college he struggled to make a choice, first studying marine biology in Miami and then studying ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute.
He also fell under the influence of his teachers and of Voulkos, and he is loyal to those individuals. He and Voulkos had in common their first art expression being painting, their discovery of a feeling for clay, and their move to metal sculpture as a means to larger scale. It was Voulkos who urged Whyman to return to clay after years of concentrating on steel.
M.F.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1981
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1979-1980
Artist in Residence, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Ca. 1977-1979
B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, 1971-1972, University of Miami, 1973-1975
SELECTED ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS
Berkley Art Center, Berkeley California, 1976
American Crafts Council, San Francisco, California, 1977
Mira Morgan Gallery, Kansas City , Missouri, 1979
American Crafts Council, San Francisco, 1979.
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, U. of California, Berkley 1980
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Florida, 1982
Source Gallery, San Francisco, 1982
ISC- Transamerica Pyramid Corp., San Francisco, Ca. 1984
Source Gallery, San Francisco, Cal. 1984,1986
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Florida, 1984, 1986
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Ca. 1985
Boritzer Gray Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1985, 1988, 1990
Elliot Smith Gallery, St Louis, MO 1985,1986,1987
American Crafts Counsel, San Francisco, Ca. 1986
White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon, 1988, 1990
Ann Jaffe Gallery, Miami, Florida, 1988, 1990
Jaffe/Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl. 1989
Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl. 1990, 1992
Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon 1990, 1992
Armstrong Gallery, AMOCA, Pamona, California 2008, 2010
Leedy /Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 2010, 2016
Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl. 2016
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
University of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo.
Meramec University, St. Louis Mo.
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo
University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
Corporate Woods Sculpture Park, Overland Park, Kansas
FIU, Frost Museum, Miami, Florida
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Fl.
Meyerhoff Gallery/Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
University of California, Berkeley, California.
American Crafts Museum, NYC, NY.
Richmond Art Center, Richmond California
Walnut Creek City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA
Kaiser Aluminum, Oakland, CA
Calistoga Winery, Calistoga, CA
Palo Alto Center for the Arts, Palo Alto, California
Transamerica Pyramid Corp. San Francisco, California
San. Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, Ca.
Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Simple Earth Foundation, American Fork, Utah
American Museum of Ceramic Arts, “AMOCA”, Pomona, Ca.
Sanboa International Ceramics Museum, Jingdezhen, China.
Bietz Ayel Art Institute, Jerusalem, Israel