About

“Usually we feel comfortable with our own tribe, it makes us nervous to go off in the woods all alone… It is commonplace among artists and children at play that they are not aware of time or solitude while they are chasing the vision. The hours will fly. The sculptor and the tree climbing tyke looks up blinking before Mama calls.”
—from The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

Although there are exceptions, I have never fancied myself as one who works by direct and external observation. Hence, I use the term archaeology of excavation. Long before I lost my common sense, I was an Archaeology/Geology major at Tulane.

Art history documents over hundreds—if not thousands—of years the great scope of masterpieces by those whom I pursued a more direct, narrative or realist manner. The excavation painters share a very brief moment in modern time dating back to the early 20th century with the pure abstraction of Wassily Kandinsky and Arthur Dove. A brief list of some of the greats would include Miro, Gorky, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, and Susan Rothenberg.

It has been argued (though I will spare you here) that there are more similarities than differences between these schools. Every mark and image ever laid down on canvas has a source and origin. The same can be said for memories, dreams, thoughts, and associations. From whence it came is a good question. Please note that I stipulate to oversimplification. I left my old and much loved abode of twenty three years on the Bogue Falaya river in 2012. I am now a little farther away and deeper into the woods.

–Bernard Mattox

 

Solo Exhibitions
2014, 2011, 2008, 2006 – Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2010, 2007, 2005 – Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX

2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1994 – Brunner Gallery, Covington, LA

1999 – Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1998 – St. Tammany Museum of Art, Covington, LA

1995 – Blue Heron Gallery, Covington, LA

1993-1998 – Wyndy Morehead Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

1993 – The Blue Door Gallery- San Antonio, TX

1990 – Gallery Simone Stern, New Orleans, LA

1989 – “Altars and Alleys”, University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA

1989 – “Altars and Alleys”, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2008 – The Blue Spiral 1, Ashville, NC

2007 – Nu Gallery, Sandestin, FL

2007 – New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA

2007 – Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX

2000 – New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1999 – “3 Man Exhibit,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1998 – “Earthly Treasures,” Camp Street Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1997 – “The Ritual in Southern Sculpture,” Atlanta Center, Atlanta, GA

1997 – “Louisiana Major Works Invitational,” New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA

1996 – “100 Years of Newcomb Faculty Ceramics,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1994 – LA Sculpture Biennial

1994 – “Sculpture South,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC

1992-1994 – “Louisiana Artist Annual”, Covington, LA

1991 – “Art In Bloom, An Invitational,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1988 – “Day of the Dead,” Rhino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1987 – “Newcomb Centennial: 1896-1996,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1985 – “Sculpture Invitational,” Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD

1985 – “Major Mini Works,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1985 – “Glass Sculptural Invitational,” Glass Arts Society Convention, Newcomb Women’s Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

1984 – “Pots About Pots,” Midwest Clay Invitational, St Louis, MO

Public Collections
Ogden Southern Collection, Ogden Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art

The Southern Hotel, Covington, LA

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Department of Architecture and Design, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Treme Museum, New Orleans, LA

Center for Development and Learning, Covington, LA

F.A. Richards Insurance Corp., Mandeville, LA

Thomas Engine Co., Boulder, CO

St. Tammany Parish Judicial Center, Covington, LA

Lazarus House AIDS Hospice, New Orleans, LA

Honors and Awards
2004, 2003 – Best of Show Award, Five State Mixed Media Juried Exhibition

2002 – Fellowship, Louisiana Division of the Arts

1999 – Commission, Contemporary Arts Center Silver Circle (60 sculptures)

1992 – Louisiana Artist Annual Jurors Award

1991, 1990 – AVA grant nominee

1988 – Art and Auction-Jurors Award, WYES-TV (New Orleans public television) and subject for WYES-TV program

1982 – Scholarship, Tulane University Graduate School

Professional Experience
1991-2006 – Instructor, Children’s Sculpture Workshops, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA

1990-1992 – Assistant Professor of Art, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

1986-1989 – Assistant Professor of Art, Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

1982-1984 – Graduate Teaching Assistantship,Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Selected Experience
2007 – Visiting Artist – Master Series, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA

2005 – Lecturer: SLU Workshop, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

2003-2005 – Juror: LA Division of the Arts, Grant Awards Panel, Baton Rouge, LA

2000 – Lecturer: Art Speak Series, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1999 – Recipient of Silver Circle Commission, 60 sculptures, New Orleans, LA

1999 – Collaborating Sculptor, Multimedia Performance of Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1993-1999 – Chairman: Visual Arts Committee, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA

1992 – Juror: New Orleans Art League Exhibit, New Orleans

1991-2006 – Instructor: Children’s Sculpture Workshops, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA

1990 – Juror: Louisiana Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1986 – Visiting Artist/Consultant, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA

Education

1984 – MFA, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

1982 – BFA, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

1976 – Apprenticeship, Big Creek Pottery School, Davenport, CA

1972-1974 – Anthropology undergraduate, Tulane University, New Orleans