ARTIST'S STATEMENT

“My images tend to deal with confined spaces containing certain characters that reach out to one another but do not quite succeed in meeting; hiding behind reality, masking yourself, or trying to show with the mask how you really feel. Maybe one's normal face is really a mask?”

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
2011 & 2015
- Artist's Residency: Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China (2015 image). During his 2015 residency he also presented a lecture at the Base.

2008, 2014 & 2015 - Artist's Residency: “Ragdale Foundation” (also 1), Lake Forest, IL
2013 - Materials Award: Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial” (also 1)
2011 & 2013
-
First Prize Established Artists' Category: “One Inspired Evening Art Auction”, Chicago, IL
2012
- Third prize: “Imprima 2012, Mostra Internacional de Gravura, Sobral, Brazil
2001- Curator's Choice Artist “Around the Coyote” Fall Arts Festival, Chicago, IL
1996 - Sponsors' Prize, 3rd Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan
1995 - Award of Excellence, 12th North Shore Art League Midwest Print Show, Chicago, IL

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
(For Current and Upcoming see Links)
Solo Exhibtions

2016
- Avocational, Colibri Studio & Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015
-
Bert Menco Re-invented, Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, IL
2013 -Bert Menco, Dutch-Chicago Interactions”, The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL
2010
- Solo show as part of “Rendezvous Show by Seven Artists from Six Countries”, Colapasta Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2007
- “Paradeigmas of Silent Spring”, Oculus Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 - “Sketches and Beyond”, Illinois Institute of Art's Chicago Campus Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 - “Refined/Defined”, Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL
2002 - “Images from Beyond”, Libreria San Pantalon, Venezia, Italy
2001 - “Poetic Narrative Prints”, Red & Gold Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999 - “Extroverted Introspections”, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
1975 - Cultural Center, Leamington Spa, UK
1974 - Library Warwick University, Coventry, UK (support: British Council)

Group Exhibitions, Including Two-Person Shows (marked *)
2014/2016 - “7th & 8th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro”, Douro Museum, Peso de Régua & Library and Auditorium, Alijó, Portugal
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5 -Current World Graphics par Excellence, The Exhibition Hall of Vilema Wünscheho, Haviov-Podlesi, Czech Republic

2013 -Selected Exhibition of Overseas Shortlisted Works; The 4th Guanlan International Print Biennial, Guanlan Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China
2010
- '13
- On and Of Paper: Selections from the Illinois State Museum Collections, Illinois State Museum Galleries, Chicago, Springfield, & Whittington, IL
2012 -
Imprima 2012 - Mostra Internacional de Gravura, Escola de Cultura, Comunicaçao, Oficíos e Artes (ECOA, Sobral, Brazil
2012 -
Pulled, Pressed & Printed, Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Expo 72 Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011
- “25th Sint-Niklaas Printmaking Biennial: Printmaking Unraveled; Topic: “Celebration””, International Ex-Libris Center, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
2010
- Art Edition; Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition Works Art Fair (SIPA 2010) represented by
Gallery Mac, Bexon Convention Center,
Busan, South Korea

1998
- 2010
- American Print Alliance, five traveling group shows, over 50 venues
2009*
- “Muses Etcetera”, Avram Eisen Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008
- “Nuances of Printmaking ”, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL
2007
- “The Exquisite Snake”, Marie and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2005 - “Rotterdam Geraakt”, Rotterdams Historisch Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2004
* - “The Professor and the Priest”, Almquist Gallery, NSCD School, Winnetka, IL
2000 - '04 - “Reimaging the Multiple” (various venues: USA, Scotland, Spain)
2003 - “Fifth Anniversary Exhibition”, Hyundai Arts Centre Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea
2001*
- “Portraits of the Soul”, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL (support: Netherlands Consulate-General in Chicago, Netherland-America Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, and AKZO-Nobel)
2000  - “Printworks 2000: Recent Acquisitions”, Key Tower Building Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996, 2000 - 3rd & 5th International Print Biennales, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
1998 - “International Juried Mezzotint Exhibition”, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
1996 - “Printmakers ‘96”, University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1994 - “National Sketchbook Invited”, Columbia College Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL
1987 - '91 - Galerie “Van den Krommenakker”, Arnhem, The Netherlands.        

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR REPRODUCTIONS
Books, Catalogues, and Projects
2016
- In: Ulrich Goette Himmelblau: “Art Compass, Who's Who in Visual Art, Art Domain Group, Quedlinburg, Germany.
2015 - In:
Bob Hiebert, Sidney Block: “Return of the Exquisite Corpse, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2014
- In: Li Kang: “2008-2014 Growing Wisdom Guanlan Prints”, Guanlan Orginal Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China
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2014 - In: Nuno Canelas: “Global Print 2013, 90 Artists 90 Prints 60 Countries”, Grafica do Norte, Douro Region, Portugal.
2008, '10, '11, '14
- In: “Mini Print, 7th, 9th, 1oth, and 13th Lessedra World Art Print Annual”, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria.
2013
- In: Dennis Michael Jon: “Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial”, Boston Printmakers, Inc. , Boston, MA.
2012
- In: Francisco Lara Mora, Clemente Barena, Imprima 2012, Mostra Internacional de Gravura, Sobral, Ceará, Brazil.

2011
- In: Feest (Celebration)”, 18de Internationale Exlibris en Kleingrafiekwedstrijd, Internationaal Exlibris Centrum, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
2010
- In: Rendezvous Show by Seven Artists from Six Countries, Colapasta Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
2007
- In: Rafal Pospiech,  Bartosz Fraczek: “Art Periscope, 2007 Calendar”, Czestochowa, Poland.
2006 - In: Debra Lader: “Beyond Boundaries: 35 Chicago Artists Connect”, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL, a set of dedicated postcards.
2006 - Bert Menco, Bernd Lindemann (text): “Visions and Voices; 36 Drawings, Prints and Paintings”, foreword: Audrey Niffenegger, invoco-verlag, Homburg, Germany.
2006 - Bernd Lindemann: “Dragon Killer!”, 14 illustrations, invoco-verlag, Homburg, Germany.
2004 - In: Wijnand Steemers: “Schilders in Wageningen”, Leida, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
2003
- In: Adrian M. Darmon: “Autour de l'Art Juive, Peintres, Sculpteurs et Photographs”, Éditeur Carnot, Chatou, France.
2003 - In: Jun-Je Jo, Yu Jae-gil: “Seven Print Artists from Around the World”, Hyundai Arts Center Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea.
2003 - In: Stacey Stern, Shawn Sheehy, Audrey Niffenegger, Anita Leverence: “Pandora's Box”, Epicenter Press, Columbia College Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL (an artists' book, 50 artists, edition: 150).
2000 - In: Ivy Sundell: “Art Scene, Chicago 2000”, Crow Woods Publishing, Evanston, IL
1997 - In: Lynne Allen, Phyllis McGibson, Ruth Weisberg: “The Best of Printmaking”, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA.
1993 -
In: “Alphabet Book Chicago, 7.
1974
- In: “De Gids” (three poems, Dutch, listed in DNBL).

Articles
Print Art (large review in Chinese, Shenzhen, China)
Chicago Reader
(among others) & Reader's Guide (Chicago, IL)
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL)
Chicago Weekly (online), The Independent Voice of the Univrsity of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Contemporary Impressions (Peachtree City, GA)
New Art Examiner
(an insightful review by Diane Thodos) (Chicago, IL)
Evanston Review (Evanston, IL)
artScope.net (on-line, Chicago, IL)
artdaily (Mexico City, Mexico; The First Art Paper on the Net)
Art in Culture (Seoul, South Korea)
Hokkaido Newspaper (Sapporo, Japan)
Il Gazzettino (Venezia, Italy)
Coventry Evening Telegraph (Coventry, UK)
Arnhemse Courant (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
De Nieuwe Krant (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
De Gelderlander (Veluwezoom, The Netherlands)

SELECTED CURATORIAL AND JUDGING ACTIVITIES

Chicago, IL: Columbia College, Morpho Gallery; Evanston, IL: Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Lakeshore Arts Festival, D~Gallery, Gallery Mornea; Highland Park, IL: The Art Center, Port Clinton Arts Festival

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
China Print Art Museum, Guanlan, Shenzhen, China

Douro Museum Printmaking Collection, Peso da Régua, Portugal
Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Etching Guild Collection, Riga, Latvia
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Hyundai Arts Centre Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, USA
Imprima Collection, Sobral, Brazil
International Ex-Libris Center, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Ion-Ionescu Art Nuseum of Prahova County, Ploeisti, Romania
Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL, USA
Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, USA
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, USA
Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL


 

 

       
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