PMW GALLERY


KETCHMAN, NIKI

Selections from Figure Fetish:

 


Pink Pearls
Synthetic hair, plastic beads, plastic tube
34 x 18 x 23"
1999

 


Cassopeia
Steel, glass beads
6'8" x 4' diameter
2000

Statement:
In my recent work, although it continues to be abstract, I have created decorative and delicately feminine surfaces of woven wire or PVC, also metal leaves and flowers. Often the wire in my past work looked hair-like. My most recent work, included in this exhibition, goes one step further by actually using hair as the primary medium. Using hair as a medium implies using ones own body (or part of it) to make art. It refers also to the artifice of hair styles especially since the hair I've used is synthetic hair. In several of the pieces I've continued to create decorative and delicate surfaces by weaving the hair and combining it with other materials. The resulting pieces refer to objects other than hair. For instance, the humorous piece "Bee Hive" refers to both the hairdo of the same name and a hive or Cajon. The collages are more general. They are created intuitively and are a thinking process that sometimes results in sculptures and sometimes derives from them. The dome shaped outdoor piece titled "Cassopeia" has a surface of black PVC, metal trees around the bottom and metal stars near the top. It is like hair formed into a bun, the dome of a building and also a landscape.
Niki Ketchman

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

2000 Knoxville Museum of Art, World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, TN, "Fabrications"
1999 Connecticut Commission Artists Showcase, Bradley Airport, Windsor Locks, CT
1998-9 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA, "Fabrications"
1997 Gallery New World, Dusseldorf, Germany
1996 Kouros Gallery, 23 East 73rd Street, NYC
1994 Cortland Jessup Gallery, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
1993 Kouros Gallery, 23 East 73rd Street, NYC
1992 Cortland Jessup Gallery, 234 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
1991 Humphrey, 594 Broadway, New York, NY
1991 Cortland Jessup Gallery, 234 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
1990 Cortland Jessup Gallery
1989 Alena Adlung Gallery, 31 Greene Street, NYC
1987 Aetna Gallery Institute, Hartford, CT
1984 Pindar Gallery, 127 Greene Street, NYC
1984 Mona Berman Gallery, 168 York Street, New Haven, CT
1983 Pindar Gallery
1983 Mona Berman Gallery
1981 Pindar Gallery

1981

 

Bell Gallery, Fieldpoint Road, Greenwich, CT

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

 

2000 New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, one person exhibition
2000 Knoxville Museum of Art, World's Fair Park Dr.," Fabrications", one person show of outdoor & indoor sculpture and works on paper
1998-9 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, "Fabrications", one person show of outdoor and indoor sculpture and works on paper
1998-00 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, "Just the Thing! Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture and the Object", Wausau, Wl, curated by Nick Capasso, Associate Curator of the DeDordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
1995-6 Grounds for Sculpture, "Three Sculptors and Their Drawings", Hamilton, NJ
1994-9 DeCordova Museum, Sculptures on Extended Outdoor Exhibit, Lincoln, MA
1994-5 Lyman Allyn Museum, Sculpture on Extended Outdoor Exhibit, New London, CT
1994 Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, "Fabricated Nature" traveled to University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY;
1994 Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA
1994 Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT; Four Winners Exhibition
1993 Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, "The Inner Light: An Invitational Sculpture Exhibition"
1991 The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, "The Second Connecticut Biennial Exhibition"
1990 Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT, one person show
1987 Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, "In the Country"
1984 Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY, "Through the Looking Glass; Reflected Images in Contemporary Art"

1978

 

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, "Contemporary Reflections"

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

1999 Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Foundation Fellowship, Shafer, Minnesota
1999 Weir Farm Trust Visiting Artist, Wilton, CT

1980

 

GTE Corporation Award, New England Exhibition, Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

1999 Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, Minnesota, "Directors' Choice"
1999 Kim Foster Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, "small abstraction"
1999 PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT, "Figure, Fetish", (Four person show)
1997 Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, NY, Outdoor Sculpture Show
1997 Kouros Gallery Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT, Summer Group Show
1996 FAO Gallery, Broome Street, NYC, "If the Shoe Fits...",, group show
1996 John Slade Ely House, Four Person Show, New Haven, CT
1996 Hollycroft Foundation, Ivoryton, CT, Outdoor summer group show
1996 Kouros Gallery Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT, Summer Group Show
1995 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT (Two person show)
1995 Sights on the Sound, Special Olympics Sculpture Exhibition, New Haven, CT
1995 Hollycroft Foundation, Ivoryton, CT, Outdoor, summer group show.
1995 Kouros Gallery Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT, Summer Group Show.
1994 Kouros Gallery Sculpture Center, Summer Group Show.
1993 Kyoto Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, Sculptors Guild Exhibition
1992 Philippe Staib Gallery, 8 Greene Street, NYC, "Then & Now" Curated by Buzz McCall
1992 InterArt Center, "Dematerialism"
1992 International Sculptors Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Sculptors Guild Exhibition
1992 Humphrey, 594 Broadway, NYC, Summer Group Show
1992 Kouros Gallery, 23 East 73rd Street, NYC & Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT, Summer Group Shows
1991 Kouros Gallery Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT, Summer Group Show
1991 Sculptors Guild, 104-110 Greene Street, NYC
1990 Kouros Gallery Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT, "Out of Doors: Diversity in Environmental Sculpture"
1990 The Connecticut Gallery Marlborough, CT, Group Show
1989 John Szoke Gallery, NYC, "Man-Woman-Child"
1988 John Szoke Gallery, NYC, "New York Inspired"
1987 Silvermine Guild of Artists, curated by Andrew Stasik, "A Sense of Place"
1983 The General Electric Gallery, A Silvermine Christmas
1982 Mona Berman Gallery, New Haven, CT, "Realism"
1981 Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, "Images in Airbrush-Six Spray Painters"
1980 Bell Gallery, Greenwich, CT, "Four Points of View"
1979 Hansen Gallery, South William Street, NYC
1978 Hansen Gallery, Wooster Street, NYC
1976 Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ

1971

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ

 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

 

1994 Explorations, Inner/Outer Spaces, Chesebrough Gallery, Westport, CT Juror - Charlotta Kotik, Curator, Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum
1990 Primal Forces, Women's Caucus for Art National Exhibition, Cooper Union College, NYC Juror - Dr. Sharon F. Patton, Chief Curator, The Studio Museum of Harlem
1989 Art of Northeast USA, Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts Juror - Helaine Posner, Curator, Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
1988 Art of Northeast USA, Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts Juror - Lowery Sims, Associated Curator 20th Century Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
1987 Contemporary Portraits from the Northeast, Creative Arts Workshop, CT Juror - Philip Pearlstein
1983 New England Exhibition, Silvermine Guild of Artists Juror - Suzanne Delehanty, Director, Neuberger Museum
1982 Views by Women Artists, "Women Artists, Self-images," Judy Caden Gallery, 180 Duane Street, NYC Juror - Ellen Lubell, Free-lance critic
1980 New England Exhibition, Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT GENERAL TELEPHONE AND ELECTRONICS CORPORATION AWARD Juror - Henry Geldzahler, Commission of Cultural Affairs of NYC
1979 Greenwich Arts Council Juried Show, Greenwich, CT Juror - Lester Johnson, painter Chairman, Yale Graduate Art Department
1979 Westport-Weston Arts Council Juried Show, Westport, CT, THIRD PRIZE Juror - Jacqueline Moss, Curator of Education, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art; Bruce Glaser, Dean of Fine Arts, University of Bridgeport; Warren Owens, Painter and Sculptor
1978 National Artists' First Annual Open Juried Exhibition, New Haven, CT Juror - Lowery Sims, Curator, 20th Century Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

1978

 

New England Exhibition, Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT Juror - Thomas Hess, Curator, 20th Century Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
City University of New York, Staten Island, NY
Westport Public School System, Westport, CT
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Song of Norway
Southern New England Telephone, CT
Pepsico, Purchase, NY
Cigna, Brookfield, CT
Champion Paper, Stamford, CT
General Electric Corporate Headquarters, Fairfield, CT & Washington, DC
Rax Restaurants, Columbus, OH
Westport Historical Society, Westport, CT
New York Twist Drill, Huntington, NY

Many private collections

 

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

 

The New York Times
William Zimmer, "Crop of New Names, Fields of Sculpture", August 1, 1997
William Zimmer, "A Profile of Sculpture's Concerns," June 23,1996
William Zimmer, "How Funny Is the Human Body? Some Answers From Sculptors," January 28, 1996
Vivian Raynor, "When (and Where) Sculpture Can be Seen in Sharper Relief," November 12, 1995
Vivian Raynor, "In Ridge field. Works Familiar and New," September 4, 1994
Vivian Raynor, "The Tidy World of a New England Printmaker in Old Lyme," December 12, 1993
Vivian Raynor, "Seven Sculptors Construct A Show At Norwalk Community College," December 29, 1991
William Zimmer, "Sculpture Themes Intertwine at Outdoor Display in Ridgefield," October 15, 1991
William Zimmer, "Connecticut Biennial Displays Diversity," April 14,1991
William Zimmer, "Sculpture Garden Yields Bumper Crop," September 16, 1990
Vivian Raynor, "Art: In Museo Del Barrio, Influences on a Culture," July 6, 1984
Ruth Robinson, "Looking to Westport for Inspiration," April 10, 1983
Vivian Raynor, "Following in Their Footsteps, "August 6, 1978 Art in America
Jonathan Goodman, "Niki Ketchman at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park", June, 1999 Art News
Alice R. Gray, "Then & Now, Philippe Staib," October, 1992
Sculpture Magazine: Marty Carlock, "Niki Ketchman, Fabrications", November, 1998
The Boston Globe: Christine Temin, "Sculpture Parks: Lithuania to Lincoln", July 15, 1998 Marty Carlock, "Images Woven from Miles of Wire, DeCordova Show has Feminine Feel", June 21, 1998
Art New England: Kate Jennings, "Regional Reviews, Connecticut Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, Black and White," May 1989 Paula Reens, "Regional Reviews, Connecticut, Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, Food, Glorious Food," June 1987
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: James Auer, Show offers outdoor sculpture with some sass, July 1, 1998
The Hour: Betty Tyler, "The Eloquent Sculptures of Niki Ketchman," September 2, 1994
Arts Magazine: Jacqueline Moss, "Nancy Ketchman," April, 1984 Robert Yoskowitz, "Nancy Ketchman," March, 1981 Jacqueline Moss, "Nancy Ketchman," January, 1981 Robert Yoskowitz, "Group Show," February, 1980

Artspeak: Joseph Merkel, New York's National Spring Annuals, May, 1991 Roger Erickson, "Season Highlight Shows Part 1, SOHO,"July 3, 1980

 

CATALOGS

 

"Niki Ketchman: Fabrications", June 13, 1998-May 31, 1999, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Arthur Danto, "Pre-historical and Post-Modern Forms in the Work of Niki Ketchman"
Nick Capasso, "Niki Ketchman: Fabrications"
"Just the Thing! Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture and the Object", June, 1998-May, 2000, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wasua, Wl
Nick Capasso, essay "Niki Ketchman, Primal Fugue", March 16-April 13, 1996, Kouros Gallery, New York, NY
Cynthia Nadelman, essay "Fall/Winter Exhibition, 95/96, Three Sculptors and Their Drawings", October 21, 1995- February 29, 1996, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Buzz McCall, "The Speculative Aspects of Memory, Lawrence Fane, Niki Ketchman, John Monti, Conversations with the Artists and Reflections about their Work"
"Fabricated Nature", April 9-November 20, 1994, Boise Museum of Art, Boise, Idaho, University of Wyoming Museum of Art, Laramie, Wyoming, Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sandy Harthorn, essay "The Connecticut Biennial II", February 24-May 25, 1991, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Nancy Hall-Duncan, essay "Then & Now, A Selection of Artists Who Early in Their Museum Careers Exhibited at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art of Ridgefield, Connecticut", April 23-May 30, 1992, Philippe Staib Gallery, New York, NY
Marc J. Straus, M.D., essay
Buzz McCall, essay John Russell, essay reprinted from

John Russell, essay reprinted from "Art in America", January, 1969

 

EDUCATION

 

1976 MA (Fine Arts), Montclair State College, NJ

1971 BA (Fine Arts), Cum Laude, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ

 

TEACHING

 

1992-93 New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, Docent
1978-81 Sacred Heart University, Bridgeport, CT, Painting, Drawing, Art History
1977-79 Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT; Painting, Drawing















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