History of the ODU Art Department/Clay McGlamory

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BIO

Clay McGlamory was born in San Diego, California on May 28th, 1970.  In 1978 he and his family moved to Okinawa, Japan where they traveled extensively throughout Asia before moving to the Tidewater area of Virginia.  His experiences in the South Pacific and Asia changed his outlook at an early impressionable age, enriching his appreciation for other cultures as well as his own.  He went to 6th through 12th grade in Virginia Beach where his interest for visual art began to thrive.  Clay moved to Norfolk where he went to Old Dominion University (ODU) for his BFA and attended the joint program between ODU and Norfolk State University for his MFA graduating with honors.  He has taught printmaking and design courses for ODU as an Adjunct Assistant Professor since 1999 and has taught printmaking and book arts for the Governor’s School for the Arts since 1994.  Clay has had 15 solo exhibitions including The Red Door Gallery in Richmond, Virginia in 2009, The White Canvas Gallery in Richmond, Virginia in 2006 and The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2005.  His work has been included in over 120 national and international juried and invitational exhibitions and has won awards for printmaking, book and mixed media works.  He was one of the 2007 recipients of the SURDNA foundation grant for artists teaching in art specialty high school programs.  Clay is an active, participating member of the Southern Graphics Council and the American Print Alliance.  He has given workshops in a variety of media, worked as a master printer, completed commissioned site specific installations, curated exhibitions and organized print portfolios that have been exhibited in many venues across the country and are in national collections.  The majority of Clay’s current works are large back lighted screenprint installations and monoprints on colored and clear Acrylic sheets, he also works in lithography, collograph, book arts, and creates mixed media assemblages.  His work is in numerous public and private collections, including a recently installed, 18 foot long, back lighted, permanent commission work in the Batten Arts and Letters Building on the campus of ODU.



ARTIST STATEMENT

My recent work involves creating optically charged images on clear and colored sheets of acrylic.  These works are a continuation of my exploration into the formal qualities of color, light, shape, and pattern, which I have been building upon in my work since the early 1990's. Many of the mixed media installation works in this series are multi-layered and lighted from behind, further pushing the optical and hypnotic qualities of these works by highlighting the incredible depth and luminosity inherent in these pieces.  My ideas for creating these works came from my interest in Op art and my experimentation with the properties of kaleidoscopes, tessellations and repetition of patterned imagery.  I start out by examining photographs I have taken until I find the right image or image fragment.  Then I manipulate the images bigin the computer and create positive films and transferable imagery.  Next I screenprint, paint and transfer the images in a variety of vivid colors and orientations on multiple panels.  Finally I collage these individual units together on the walls to make interchangeable kaleidoscopic grids and installations.  My intention is to use repetition of form, vibrant color and aesthetic distance in the large grids and installations so the works become hypnotic and entrancing. My goal in these works is to be visually intriguing and to figuratively assault the viewers’ optic nerves.


SOLO AND SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND COMMISSIONS

-2007

BAL XI (Commission work) - an 18' long 4' wide back lighted, permanent installation built into the wall in front of the Grand Staircase of the Batten Arts and Letters building, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. 2007

-Squares, Diamonds and Rectangles - Over 100 works by Clay McGlamory, The Jaffe Arts Center, final exhibition in this location, Norfolk, VA. 2007

-2006

Eye Candy - Works by Clay McGlamory, The White Canvas Gallery, Richmond, VA. 2005-2006

-2005

Luminous Reflections: New Works by Ali Rogan and Clay McGlamory, two-person exhibition, TCC Galleries, TCC Visual Arts Center Olde Towne, Portsmouth, VA. 2005

-The Green Sea: The Nature Conservancy at Work II, works by seven printmakers and one sculptor, This Century Art Gallery, Williamsburg, VA. 2005

-PRINT/MONOPRINT - five-artist exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA. 2005

-2004

Eye Candy - Works by Clay McGlamory, one-man exhibition, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA. 2004-2005

-2003

The Green Sea: The Nature Conservancy at Work, works by seven printmakers and one sculptor, TCC Galleries, TCC Visual Arts Center Olde Towne, Portsmouth, VA. 2003

-2001

LUMEN - works by Clay McGlamory and Ken Daley, The ODU Gallery, Norfolk, VA. 2001

-2000

Edition 0, six-artist printmaking exhibition, The Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, VA. 2000

EXPLORATIONS-works by Clay McGlamory, MFA thesis exhibition, Courthouse Galleries of The Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, VA. 2000

-1999

All purpose art - works by Clay McGlamory and Bob Lake, 409 Gallery, Norfolk, VA. 1999

-1998

BEYOND the SURFACE - works by Clay McGlamory and Cyndi Herrmann, The Arts Center, The Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, VA. 1998


  SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

-2008

InLight Richmond, organized by the 1708 Gallery, my installation Mickey D’s in the Square included, 1708 Gallery and the 100-400 blocks of West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.

SMALL WORKS: Miniatures by Hampton Roads Artists, 6X6X6 exhibition of small works, Charles H.Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA. First Place in printmaking.

SECRET Print Exchange and Exhibition, Curated by Camilla Taylor, Kayo Gallery, Salk Lake City, UT. Contemporary Review of Fine Art Printmaking, International Print Exhibition and Competition, Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, Abruzzo, Italy.

Prints for Peace - International Print Exhibition On Peace, Leopoldo Carpinteyro Gallery, Instituto Mexicano Norte Americano de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey, NL, México.

7th Lessedra World Art Print Annual 2008, juried mini print exhibition, LESSEDRA Gallery and Contemporary Art Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bound/UnBound-The Book as Art, curated by Amy Gerhauser and Duane Johnson, Stonematal Press, San Antonio, TX.

Annual National Juried Photography and Printmaking Exhibition, Juried by Brooks Johnson,  ArtSpace at Plant Zero, Richmond, VA.

International Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Square Prints, Naestved Roennebaeksholm Artsand Culture Centre, Naestved, Denmark.

Beyond Reading: Books As Art, Invitational Book Art Show, The Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA. 

Letter Carriers, Juried Exhibition of works using Words, Shooting Star Gallery, Suffolk,VA.


-2007 

Old Dominion University Art Faculty Show, The Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.  My piece was the 10' tall installation Watching God.

3rd Annual Cascade Print Exchange, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Print Zero Studios - Print Exchange 5 - International Exchange and Traveling Exhibition - Venues  include Sev Shoon/Ballard Works, Seattle, WA. - Print Walls Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. - Rainbow Building Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Remembering 9/11 Through the Eyes of a Printmaker - Designers' Art Market, Bonita Springs, FL.

Interpretations of Conflict : Postcards from Iraq, invitational postcard exhibition held in conjunction with the 36th annual Southern Graphics Council Conference, Kansas City, MO.  My image was reproduced in the Spring issue of Contemporary Impressions. Fifteenth National Florida Printmakers Exhibition, The Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL.


  -2006

The Soap Box Print Portfolio and Traveling Exhibition, organized by The American Print Alliance to address environmental issues facing the world, Peachtree City, GA. 2006-ongoing

New Waves, Juried Exhibition, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA.

ONE/OFF, Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Virginia Printmakers, The Suffolk Museum,Suffolk, VA.


-2005

19th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, traveling exhibition, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI. 2005-2006

First Annual Florida Printmakers Invitational Print Exchange and Traveling Exhibition, shown at the Rainbow Art Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.  2004-2005 Friends of J.A.C. Show, Invitational Exhibition, Jaffe Art Center, Norfolk, VA.


-2004

ART-O-MATIC, co-operative group exhibition, the old Children’s Museum Building, Washington, DC.

Wall to Wall : National Juried Works on Paper Show, Jaffe Art Center, Norfolk, VA. Painting and Printmaking Juried Exhibition, Cristallo Art and Glass studio, Williamsburg, VA.

Friends of J.A.C. Show, Invitational Exhibition, Jaffe Art Center, Norfolk, VA. Contemporary Painting and Printmaking Juried Exhibition, Cristallo Art and Glass Studio, Williamsburg, VA.


-2003

Dreams and Symbolism: The Conscious and Subconscious Interpretation, Invitational Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA. 

Friends of J.A.C. Show, Invitational Exhibition, Jaffe Art Center, Norfolk, VA.

3rd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Cristallo Art and Glass studio, Williamsburg, VA.

Mid-Atlantic Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, D’Art Center, Norfolk, VA.

Built By Hand: The Book As Art, An International Juried Exhibition held in conjunction with Pyramid 

Atlantic’s 7th Annual Book Arts Fair, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Washington, D.C.


-2002

Pressed and Pulled X, national juried printmaking exhibition, Blackbridge Hall Gallery,   Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA.

  Sixth Juried International All Media Exhibit, Eklektikos Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Covered/(dis)covered/(re)covered, A Contemporary Book Arts Exhibition, The Meadows Gallery,

The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX.

Old Dominion University Printmakers 1981-2001, A twenty year Printmaking survey of faculty andstudent work from ODU, Cornish College, Seattle, WA.

Memorial Portfolio and Exhibition, traveling portfolio exhibition, organized by The American

Print Alliance in response to 9/11, Peachtree City, GA. 2002-2007

Hand Pulled Prints X - Stonemetal Press International Juried Exhibition, Parchmann-Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX.


-2001

Painting and Printmaking Juried Exhibition, Cristallo Art and Glass Studio, Williamsburg, VA.

Thirteenth National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition, Gormley Gallery, The Collegeof Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

The Third Minnesota National Print Biennial, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

16th National Juried Works on Paper, The Meadows Gallery, Univ. of Texas-Tyler, Tyler, TX.

Pressed and Pulled IX, national juried printmaking exhibition, Blackbridge Hall Gallery,   Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA.

Sculpture Invitational II, Cristallo Art and Glass Studio, Williamsburg, VA.

33rd Annual Counterpoint Juried Exhibition, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX.


  AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS

-SURDNA Grant Recipient, one of 25 recipients of a grant designated for artists teaching in specialized arts high school programs. 2007

-Remembering 9/11 Through The Eyes of a Printmaker, my essay and print were included in this book meant to memorialize the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, edited by Robert Viana. 2008 



  SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Cristallo Art and Glass Studio, Newport News, Virginia  

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Virginia

Florida Printmakers, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

American Print Alliance, Peachtree City, Georgia

Southern Graphics Council Archives, University of Mississippi

Kohler Art Library Archives, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Arkansas

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Grafisk Vaerkstad, Naevsted, Denmark

Americas Biennial Exhibition Research Archives, Iowa City, Iowa

Virginia Commonwealth University Print Archives, VCU, Richmond, Virginia

Casa Hogar El Refugio -Youth Shelter, Monterrey, NL, México

Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, Abruzzo, Italy 

ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Southern Graphics Council   1996-present

American Print Alliance     1998-present

Florida Printmakers     1996-present