Blane De St. Croix, Professor
Blane De St. Croix’s recent body of environmentally mindful work explores the geopolitical landscape. His projects have included topics of border issues, land use, mountain top removal, strip mining, deforestation, climate change, pollution, land erosion and preservation, He conducts extensive research on each project, —through on the ground site visits, aerial flyovers, photographic documentation, interviews, internet mining and satellite imagery. Interested in articulating humankind’s desire to take command over the earth and what presubscribed meanings we attribute to the land, De St Croix’s conceptual framework reveals distinct conflicts with the natural world and controlling political structures. His freestanding sculptures and monumental installations utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner. His artistic practice and research seeks to facilitate discourse and a better mutual understanding of our shared social, political, ecological and cultural climate in order to create positive changes both within our local communities and in the international arena.
De St. Croix has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; The West Collection Prize: The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors; The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; The MassArt Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment; and The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture.
Upcoming in 2012, his work will be exhibited at The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; The Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Site Lab, Grand Rapids, MI; The Kathmandu International, Kathmandu, Nepal; and The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA.
Previously he has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in venues including The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Future Arts Research, (F.A.R.), Phoenix, AZ; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; New York University, New York, NY; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Laumeier Sculpture Park , St. Louis, MO; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA; Europos Parkas, Vilniaus, Lithuania; Fieldgate Gallery, London, England; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; NY; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL; Art In Embassies, the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C; Sculpture Symposium, Ireland; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY.
Blane De St. Croix has also been awarded many notable international and national fellowship and residencies, some of which include The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Foundry Residency, WI; Smack Melon Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; Gasworks, Triangle Arts Trust, London; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Sculpture Space, Inc., Utica, NY; Tyrone Gutherie Center, Ireland; The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Art Omi, Ghent, NY; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; VLA Art and Law Residency, New York, NY; Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY. De St. Croix’s work has been reviewed in publications such as New York Magazine, Art In America, Sculpture Magazine, ABC NEWS, Art Net, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Public Television, New Art Examiner and The Miami Herald.
Blane De St. Croix was born in Boston Massachusetts. Educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (M.F.A. – Sculpture) and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts (B.F.A.-Sculpture with distinction).