Brian Gordy

Brian Gordy, a resident of Muncie, Indiana, holds an art degree from Ball State University. He taught art in public schools at the university level and privately for 25 years. A signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Red River Watercolor Society, Gordy exhibits throughout the United States, and has earned numerous awards for his watercolors. His works are included in the permanent collections of The Sheldon Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN), The Richmond Art Museum (Richmond, IN), Minnetrista Cultural Center (Muncie, IN), and many corporate and private collections. Gordy’s work has been featured in The Best of Watercolor Vol 3, Arts Indiana, Snowy Egret, and Lake Superior magazines. His watercolors and original, hand-gilded frames have earned him the official designation of Indiana Artisan by the state of Indiana.

Throughout his career, Gordy’s paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest and the north woods of Michigan and Canada. A solo exhibition, “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy” at Minnetrista, Oct. 2007 – Jan. 2008, introduced a series of 35 paintings of freshwater turtles in their natural habitat. Turtles continue to serve as a subject in the painter’s portfolio.

As a subject, the turtle is a model of structure, function, and subtle, organic beauty. As a being, it conjures up ancient legends and several mythological references. My intent is to show the classic beauty of the turtle form, as well as their peculiar tendency to arrange themselves in dynamic composition. I also hope to bring a broader human awareness to the survival challenges turtles face in the world.

A wider selection of Brian Gordy’s turtle watercolors can be viewed at http://www.turtlepaintings.com/.

EDUCATION:
B.S. in Art Education, specialization in printmaking, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. 1976.
Graduate Study: Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN. 1978. (Printmaking)
Ball State University, Muncie, IN. 1981. (Art Education)
Professional Seminars: Watergilding for Framing Professionals, Philadelphia, Pa., August 2001, Las Vegas, NV January 2002-2004.
Restoration of Antique Gilded Frames, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. October 2006

EXHIBITIONS: (Selected)
FFS Gallery, Rochester, IN 1977, “Bad Winter”- Watercolors by Brian Gordy.
Jay County Art Center, Portland, IN. May-June, 1988. “Watercolors: Brian Gordy and Betty Garver Nagy
Creative Arts Center, Muncie, IN. June 1988, “Rock Series and Opossum People- Paintings by Brian Gordy”
ArtLink Contemporary Artspace, Fort Wayne, IN. October-November, 1988. “Fragments, Totems, and Dreams,”
Architectural Center, Indianapolis, IN. March 1989. “Brian Gordy Watercolors”
C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL. May 1989, “Tracks on the Touchstone: Watercolors by Brian Gordy”.
Creative Arts Center, Muncie, IN. October 1989. “New Directions: A Watercolor Exhibit,” Brian Gordy, Marilyn Derswenskus, and Peter Gooch
Ball State University Museum of Art. Muncie, IN. Seven artist invitational. June-July, 1990.
Tulip Tree Gallery, Muncie, IN. August 1990, “Archetypal Images,” Works by Brian Gordy.
Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN June 12-July 30, 1992, “Works on Paper”
Caldwell Henry Gallery. Cannelton, IN. September 1-30, 1993. “Brian Gordy Drawings and Paintings,”
Haelan Center Gallery, Muncie, IN. Feb-May 1994. “Brian Gordy Drawings and Paintings,”
Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN. Featured works from the permanent collection. January-March, 1995.
University Theatre Gallery, Ball State University. Muncie, IN. February 14-28, 1995. “Images of Home”
Ball State University Anthropology Museum, “Brian Gordy – Being In Place”, Paintings, Sketches, and Photographs from a Southwest Field Study.
Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN. “The Art of Brian Gordy”, June 15-July 7, 1996.
Eyeblink Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. “Environmental Perspectives”. September 2001.
ArtsPlace, Portland, IN. “Spontaneous Generation: Watercolors by Brian Gordy) March 2004.
GFA Gallery, Muncie, IN July 2004, “The Canada Paintings: Watercolors by Brian Gordy”.
GFA Gallery, Muncie, IN October 2005 “Natural Forms: Works by Pat Nelson & Brian Gordy.
GFA Gallery, Muncie, IN November 2006 Sally Myers Sculpture & Brian Gordy Watercolors.
Minnetrista Cultural Center, October 12- January 12, 2007-08, “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy”.
Wandering Turtle Gallery, Bloomington, IN may 23 – July 7, 2009 “Basking: Reflections on the Turtle”
GFA Gallery, Muncie, IN, August 2009, “Brian Gordy – New Watercolors”.

COMPETITIONS: (Selected)
Drawing & Small Sculpture Show, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Juried by Addison Franklin Page. April 1981. (National)
Kentucky Watercolor Society, “Aqueous ’84,” University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Juried by Maxine Masterfield. September 1984. (National)
Midwest Watercolor Society, Nevill Public Museum, Green Bay, WI. Juried by Lee Weiss. June 1986. (National)
Kentucky Watercolor Society, “Aqueous ’87,” Owensboro Museum of Art, Owensboro, KY. Juried by Virginia Cobb. November 1987. (National)
Midwest Watercolor Society, Nevill Public Museum, Green Bay, WI. Juried by Jeanne Dobie. August 1988. (National)
Mid-American Biennial, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, KY. Juried by John Walsh. August 1988. (National)
National Watercolor Oklahoma, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Juried by Edward Reep. September-October 1989. (National)
46th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN. Juried by Susan
Sazama. March-April 1990. (Regional)
Great Lakes States Works on Paper, Buckhum Gallery, Flint, MI. Juired by Alain Joyaux. April 1990. (Regional)
47th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN. March-April 1991. (Regional)
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana University, Richmond, IN. November-December 1992.
49th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN. 1993.
“Artforms ’93,” Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN. May-July, 1993. Juried by Dennis Adrian.
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana University, Richmond, IN. November-December 1993.
National Watercolor Oklahoma 1994, Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex, Oklahoma City, OK. September 10-October 16, 1994. Juried by Carol Barnes.
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana Univeristy, Richmond, IN. November-December 1994.
Midwest Watercolor Society ’95, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI. July- September 1995. Qualified as signature member. (National) Juried by Carol Barnes.
52nd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition 1995,The Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN. February- April, 1995. (Regional)
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Richmond, IN.October- December 1995 (Regional)
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana University, Richmond, IN.November- December 1995.(Regional)
Society of Watercolor Artists (SWA) Fort Worth, Texas, April-May 1996( National)
National Watercolor Oklahoma 1997, Fitzpatrick Center Museum Complex, Oklahoma City, Ok. Juried by Kathren Chang Lui. August- September 1997.(National)
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Richmond, IN. October- December 1997(Regional)
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana University, Richmond IN, November- December 1997
National Watercolor Oklahoma 1998,Fitzpatrick Center Museum Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibition 1998, Fargo Museum of Art, Fargo North Dakota, September- October 1998.
National Watercolor Oklahoma 2004, Fitzpatrick Center Museum Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Transparent Watercolor Society of America National Exhibition 2004, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI.
Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2004, Great Plains Museum, Moorehead, MN.
Natonal Watercolor Oklahoma 2005, Edmond Historical Society Museum, Edmond, Oklahoma
Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2005, Hjemkost Center, Moorehead, MN
Watercolor Society of Indiana 2005, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Western Colorado Watercolor Society National Exhibition, 2006,Grand Junction, CO.
Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2006, Great Plains Museum, Moorehead, MN.
National Watercolor Oklahoma 2006, Edmond Historical Society Museum, Edmond Oklahoma
Hoosier Salon Annual 2007, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN

AWARDS: (Selected)
Mid-American Biennial, Owensboro Museum of fine Art, Owensboro, KY. Juried by John Walsh. August 1988. Award winner. (National)
46th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Tere Haute, IN. Juried by Susan Sazama. March-April 1990. Alliance Requisition Award and Violet Rich Memorial Watercolor Award.
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana University, Richmond, IN. November-December 1992. Drawing Award.
“Artforms ’93,” Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN. May 14-July 31, 1993. Juried by Dennis Adrian. Award of Merit.
Minnetrista Annual, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN. 1993. Juried by Connie Weinhzaffel. Award of Merit and Purchase Award.
Whitewater Valley Regional, Indiana University, Richmond, IN. November-December 1994. Drawing Award.
Minnetrista Annual, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN. November-December 1994. Purchase Award.
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition,Richmond IN. October- December 1995. Drawing Award.
Society of Watercolor Artists, Fort Worth, Texas, April-May 1996, Award of Excellence.
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Richmond, IN, Oct.-Dec. 1997. (3 awards): Best of Show; Museum Aquisition; and Merit Award.
Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibition 1998, Plains Art Museum, Fargo North Dakota, September- October 1998. Silver Medal.
Minnetrista Annual 2004, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN 2004, Merit Award
Watermedia 2005, Mitchell Place Gallery, Muncie, IN 2005, Derwenskus Award.
Hoosier Salon Annual 2007, Indaiana State Museum, Award of Merit
“Open Space: Art About the Land”, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN. 2008, Painting Award.

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS:
Wandering Turtle Gallery, Bloomington, IN
GFA Gallery, Muncie, IN
Edenside Gallery, Louisville, KY

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Red River Watercolor Society (Moorehead, MN),
– Signature Member Status since 2004
Transparent Watercolor Society of America
-Member of exhibition committee for TWSA (then M.W.S.) Annual exhibitions, 1994 & 1995
-Signature Membership Status since 1995
Watercolor Society of Indiana
Oklahoma Watercolor Association
Hoosier Salon
Society of Gilders

LECTURE/EDUCATIONAL:
Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, IN Art Teacher, Rochester Middle School, 1976-78
E.B. Ball Center for Continuing Education, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Watercolor Instructor. 1986.
Delta High School, Muncie, IN. Lecture and Demonstration. 1984.
Burris Laboratory School, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Lecture and Demonstration. 1987.
Creative Arts Center, Muncie, IN. Lecture, “Brian Gordy Watercolors,” 1988.
Creative Arts Center, Muncie, IN. Watercolor Instructor. 1987-89.
Muncie Artists’ Guild, Muncie, IN. Lecture, “Reason for Painting/Purpose for Art.” 1989.
Creative Arts Center, Muncie, IN. Group discussion, Watercolor Class from Ball State University, “New Directions, A Watercolor Exhibit.” October 1989.
Artist’s Studio, Muncie, IN. Watercolor Instructor. 1990- 2007
Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN. Guest speaker, June 1990.
Ball State University College of Fine Arts, Muncie, IN. Guest speaker for watercolor class. November 1990.
Muncie Artists’ Guild, Muncie, IN. Lecture and demonstration. January 1991.
Logansport High School, Logansport, IN. Visiting Artist , October 1992.
Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Guest critique, watercolor class. November 1992.
Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Demonstration for Illustration class, December 1992.
Scholastic Art Awards, selected as juror of drawing and painting division for the Northern Region, South Bend, IN. January 1994.
Instructor of Art, Ball State University, 1994-95.
-Illustration
-Senior portfolio(3D Design)
-Watercolor (Undergraduate and graduate levels)
Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Guest critique for experimental watercolor class, Marilyn Derwenskus, professor. February 1995.
Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Anthropology Field Study to the Southwesr United States. May 1995
Mitchell Place Gallery, Muncie, IN. Spontaneous Generation Meets the Canada Paintings: Mapping vs. Mining for Understanding. Lecture and slide presentation of watercolors. July 2004.
Ball State Museum of Art: Gallery Talk Lecture- Compare and Contrast two watercolors by Winslow Homer, 2006
Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN. Lecture. “A Guide to Pricing Your Artwork”, September 2007
Randolph Co. Art Association: Lecture. “Bringing out the best in your artwork with framing”. September, 2007.
Minnetrista Cultural Center: Opening remarks for “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy” October 12, 2007.
Anderson Fine Arts Center: Keynote speaker, Art About the Land Banquet, “White River Turtles: Art & Conservation”, December 6, 2007.

PUBLICATIONS:
W.B.S.T. Program Guide, (Ball State University Radio), “Art and Artists” (article) August 1991.
Arts Indiana, “State of the Arts, Arts of the State,” feature article, “Changing Directions,” by Diane Baer. March 1993.
Arts Indiana, “The Creative Quest: Artist Brian Gordy Looks Within and Draws Discoveries,” by Margaret
Merrion. November 1995.
Lake Superior Magazine, Fall 1998, Warp Bay Watercolors, Ilustration for Editorial by Phillip Repp.
The Best of Watercolor Volume 3, Copyright 1999, Rockport Publishers, Inc. Featured color plate “Subliminally Upstream”
Snowy Egret Magazine, Autumn 2000 Linoleum cut “Sandhill Cranes”
M Magazine, Feature article, Spring 2009

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie IN
Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN
Indiana University, Richmond, IN
Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:
A.E. Boyce Forms & Systems, Muncie, IN.
American National Bank, Muncie, IN.
Ball Brothers Foundation, Muncie, IN.
City of Muncie, City Hall, Muncie, IN.
Defur, Voran, Hanley, Radcliffe, and Reed, Attorneys, Muncie, IN.
Dr. Sukki Kim, Owensboro, KY.
Lift-a-Loft Corporation, Cowan, IN.
Maxon Corporation, Muncie, IN.
Merchants National Bank, Muncie, IN.
Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Muncie, IN.
Muncie Federal Savings & Loan, Muncie, IN.
Muncie Power Products, Muncie, IN.
Ontario Corporation, Muncie, IN
Prompt Care Inc. Bloomington, IN
Raymond James & Associates, Muncie, IN
Selby Martin Insurance, Muncie, IN.
Sherry Laboratories, Muncie, IN.
Village Pantry, Division of Marsh Supermarkets, Pendleton, IN.

COMMISSIONS:
Lift-a-Loft Corporation, Cowan, IN. 1985.
Maxon Corporation, Muncie, IN. 1985.
American National Bank, Muncie, IN. 1986 & 1987.
Mr. & Mrs. David Sursa, Muncie, IN. 1986.
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cox, Muncie, IN. 1987.
Dr. Stephen Staton, Muncie, IN. 1987.
Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Muncie, IN. 1988.
Ford Electronics, Connersville, IN. 1989.
Ark Enterprises, Muncie, IN. 1994. (Book Illustrations)
William Hitchcock, Yorktown, IN. 1995.
Visteon, Inc., Connersville, In. 1998
The State of Indiana, Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis, IN 2007
Rundell Ernstberger & Associates, Muncie, IN 2009

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Amos
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Bassett, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Belcher, Rochester, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Tony Brinkman, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Burkle, Muncie, IN.
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Burrell, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. William Champion, Buffalo, NY
Mr. & Mrs. David Dale, Muncie, IN.
Mrs. Ruth Dawson, Muncie, IN.
Mr. Andrew Dale, Muncie, IN.
Mr. Aaron Davis, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. John Dewey, Louisville, KY
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Durr, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Judd Fisher, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Galliher, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Gessler, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. James H. Gooden, Muncie, IN.
Mr. Jack Heinrick, Anderson, IN
Mr. & Mrs. William Hitchcock, Muncie, IN.
Mrs. Karen Hoag, Wilmington, NC
Mrs. Betty Kendall, Muncie, IN
Mr. Thomas Kinghorn, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Don Kinsel, Rochester, IN.
Mrs. Barbara Koch, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Mr. & Mrs. Morrie Mannies, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Martin, Seattle, WA.
Dr. James Meadows & Pamela DeMarris, Muncie, IN.
Mr. Steve Murphy, Muncie, IN
Mr. John Nolan, Indianapolis, IN
Mr. & Mrs. John Oesterle, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. William Peterson, Muncie, IN.
Mr. Frank Petty, Traverse City, MI
Mr & Mrs. Kurt Reichle, Muncie, IN
Karyn Reichle, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Repp, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs.Tom Rutter, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Sargent, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. George Sissell, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. William Skinner, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Stagge, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sursa, Muncie, IN
Mr. Martin Schwartz, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Miller, Muncie, IN
Mrs. Jerrie Miller, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Tarnow, Silver Springs, MD
Mr. W.C. Tarnow, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Taylor, Muncie, IN
Dr. Lynn Valena, Muncie, IN
Mrs. Marsha Wade, Muncie, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Watson, Newcastle, IN
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond White, Muncie, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Welch, Hartford City, IN.
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Wilson, Muncie, IN
Mr. Richard Williams, Muncie IN.
Mr & Mrs. James Wolf, Muncie, IN

 

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