John Geldersma

John Geldersma began carving totems in 1970. His Spirit Poles have evolved through the years into mostly natural poles carved out of Aspen trees. They are then colorfully painted while retaining the integrity of the original tree. The Spirit Poles are central to the artist’s private mythology and invite meditation and solitary contemplation. Geldersma divides his time between his native Louisiana and Colorado.

 

BORN
New Orleans, LA
RESIDES
in Louisiana and Colorado
EDUCATION
MFA Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
BFA School of Art and Architecture, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
1965-67 New Brunswick, New Jersey
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2005 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2001 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
2003 LewAllen Contemporary , Santa Fe, NM
2000 Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
1998 Maclaren Markowitz Gallery, Boulder, Colorado
Cline Lewallen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
1997 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1996 John Geldersma, Horwitch LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1994 Captured Spirits: John Geldersma Sculpture
1964 – 1994 University Art Museum, The University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
1994 John Geldersma Sculpture
1964 – 1994 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1994 Horwitch – Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993 Gasperi Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1992 Mill Street Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
1991 Spirit Sculpture, Willoughby Sharp Gallery, New York, New York
Artworks Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1990 Lew Allen/Butler Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Exchange Exhibition (Namur – Lafayette) Namur, Belgium
1989 Duplantier Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Lew Allen/Butler Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1988 Primitivist Sculpture, John Geldersma, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
1987 Via Serpents, University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Objets Extraordinaire, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2009 Cool! Cool! Cool! Cool!, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago IL
2008 SOFA CHICAGO 2008, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Smart Home: Green + Wired,” The Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL
2005 Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2004-05 “Painting the Town Red,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Contemporary Visions of Nature, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Artists of SOFA, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 SOFA, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Under the Influence:Artists Respond to the Twentieth Century,
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Five From Louisiana, Center for Fine and Performing Arts,
University of West Florida, Pensalcola, Florida
Petite Physique; A Body of Small Work, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Lewallen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Art Heart, Sophia Georg Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1999-2000 Winter Group Exhibition, J. Cotter Gallery, Beaver Creek, Colorado
1999 Levy Gallery, Monroe, Louisiana
A School House Show, Fort Collins, Colorado
Lewallen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“SOFA New York,” New York, NY
1998 “SOFA ’98,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 “Talisman & Spirit”, Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1994 Horwich – Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993 “The Bayou Biennial”
CB’s 313 Gallery, New York, New York
1992 American House Gallery, Piermont, New York
Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, IdahoCB’s 313 Gallery, New York, New York
1991 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Born on the Bayou”, Celebrating the Arts of Louisiana
CB’s 313 Gallery, New York, New York
Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
Southwest Louisiana Artists, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“Gallery Selection 1991”, Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990 “Art in the Garden VIII”, American Crafts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
“Interstate 49”, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana
Galeria R. Teger, Paris France
1989 “Bogus Beasts II”, Internation Gallery, San Diego, California
“Trial/Trial”, Artists’ Alliance, Lafayette, Louisiana
“Fresh From Down The Road”, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
1988 “Outsider Art”, Marilyn Butler Fine Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Academy Gallery”, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Unrealism”, Fayerweather Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
1987 “Gris-Gris”, Artists’ Alliance, Lafayette, Louisiana
“Animals”, Todd Capp Gallery, New York, New York
Todd Capp Gallery, New York, New York
1986 “Visual Arts: The Southeast 1986 One Securities Center”, Georgia State University, Atlanta
COMMISSIONS
2004 The Spine & Pain Hospital, Lafayette, LA
2003 Odgen Museum, New Orleans, LA