Juror 2002: Archie Brennan

Archie BrennanJuror’s statement: “Jurying Art Maui. So, who is going to love me and whose dreams are going to crumble? That is a reality of being a juror-and more important, the reality of being juried. So often the line between in or out is a very fine line, more an outcome of “maybe” or “maybe not” rather than a direct rejection. However I do have a few strong points of view. It is because I respect the standard and diversity of art on Maui that I shall not select work simply to make a harmonious, balanced, nice exhibition. As I see it, my function is to select the best of what is submitted, whatever its nature.

“I have equal respect for artwork where concept is paramount or where the focus is essentially on formal values; when craftsmanship is of the highest order, or when the work is of a mature ability and skill. I so, too, have a special admiration for work that is refreshingly adventurous with special promise rather than total success.

“If I have a bias it is towards artwork that sustains after a first look, rather than for work that may initially be dramatic and striking, but essentially shallow.

“In wishing good luck to those of you who enter, be aware too, that luck can be a factor.”

Juror’s bio:
1958-62 Graduate and Post Graduate studies Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland Art, Scotland
1954-56 Travel, Studies, France
1948-54 Full Time Apprenticeship, Taprestry, Weaving, Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh Tapestry Co.) Golden Targe Studio.

2000 Australia – Hancock Fellowship
1999 – PACE (postcard art competition/exhibition) Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Lake County Museum, IL
1981 Britain – O.B.E. Appointed Officer of British Empire by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, for contribution to the arts.
1978 Poland – Art Fabric Medal, 3rd International Textile Triennale, Lodz
1976 Switzerland – Societe Des Artes Et Lettres Award, International Exhibition of Tapestry. “La Vie, Le Vin et Le Sacre.”
1975 Australia – Creative Arts Fellowship Award, Australian National University, First non Australian participant
1973 Scotland – (First) Award to Artists, Scottish Arts Council.

Great Britain
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland.
Royal Scottish Museum, Scotland,
Aberdeen City Art Gallery
Contemporary Arts Society Great Britain
Crafts Council, London
and other museums and public and private collections.
Australia – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Switzerland – National Folk Museum, Zurich
U.S.A. – State Foundation, Culture and the Arts, Hawaii
Hungary – Textile Museum, Szombathely

1988-93     Drawing workshops Hui Noe’au Visual Arts Center, Maui, HI
1977-80     Established and developed foundation and drawing courses, National Arts School, Papua New Guinea.
1962-77     Established and developed Graduate and Post Graduate Department of Tapestry and Fibre Arts, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
1962-2001     Lectured and conducted workshops in tapestry at universities, state and national arts and crafts institutes in U.K., Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., and Papua New Guinea.

2000    Public Lecture Arizona State University “A Pair of Tapestry Boots”
1999    Lecture, State University of New York, Cortland, NY
Lecture Connecticut Weavers Guilds, South Glastonbury- “Archie Brennan- Tapestries”
Lecture, MAFA, Bucknell Univ. PA, “Dear Penelope”
Keynote Lecture, Fiber Forum, Coupeville, WA- “Dear Penelope”
Appointment, Board Member, Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies.
1998    Lecture “A Pair of Tapestry Boots”-Tapestry Symposium, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Inaugural Lecture, Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies, Yale Club, New York
1997    Anatomy of Tapestry Symposium, Marin County College, CA-2 lectures

Since 1960 more than 90 exhibitions, including many international juried and invitational shows, including some 15 solo exhibitions, in Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand and U.S.A

Some 60 projects in all, for public, corporate and private buildings. Also collaborative tapestries with British artists, including ; Paolozzi, Hockney, Phillips, and American artists, with Gloria F. Ross; Nevelson, Frankenthaler, Motherwell, and Gottlieb.

Subject of articles and profiles in the following publications:
FiberArts, USA
Crafts Magazine, U.K,
Design Magazine, U.K.
Craft Chronicles, U.K.
Scottish Crafts Magazine
The Times Newspaper, U.K.
The Daily Telegraph, U.K.
The Observer, U.K.
The Scotsman, U.K.
Frankfurter Allamanger, Germany
and many exhibition reviews.

Books containing profiles or information include
1988    Australian Tapestries, 76-88, Viscorian Tapestry Workshop
1980    Master Weavers, The Scottish Arts Council
1978    Fine Art Weaving, Irene Waller, Batford
1977    Hockney by Hockney
1973    A History of Tapestry, W.G. Thomson 3rd Edition
1973    Off the Loom, Shirley Marein
1968    World Tapestry (La Tapisserie) Madelin Jarry

Contributor to many arts/crafts magazines and catalogues

Since 1998 Archie Brennan has been represented by Gail Martin Gailery, 310 Riverside Dr. NYC, NY 10025

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