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Jason Quigno

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Jason Quigno | Native American Sculptor


Jason Quigno • Profile

Jason Quigno can take a heavy block of hard, rigid stone and turn it into a seemingly weightless series of flowing forms, curling and interlocking with a distinct sense of movement.  While he polishes the surface of certain pieces to a smooth, shiny finish, at times he chooses to expose the stone’s raw texture, or to meticulously etch one side, highlighting the apparent flow of something as unyielding as stone.

With the goal of evoking a sense of peace, Quigno deliberately chooses simple designs and captivates the viewer with a sense of graceful movement. He lets the stone dictate its direction; certain pieces have a natural flow, while others require more manipulation to avoid lines and flaws.

Jason Quigno was inspired at a young age by the work of his uncle, and went on to take a sculpture class taught by Dennie Christy.  He the apprenticed under Daniel Mena, and has since been exhibiting his work across the United States.


Jason Quigno • Statement

I work in all types of stone: soapstone, alabaster, limestone, marble, basalt, and granite. I love the process of taking a raw, dense block of stone and transforming it into a balanced and harmonious object.

When I create I am always pushing myself, my designs and the limits of the stone to bring out a fluid and balanced form, and to create artwork that is graceful, delicate and has a sense of movement. You don’t think of stone as having these qualities but these are some of the things I strive for in my work.


Jason Quigno • Biography

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Modern Twist”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2012  
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
           
“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
           
“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
           
“Act II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2011   
“Heard Museum Guild”, Phoenix, AZ

“Flowing Forms, Destination 1111”, Grand Rapids, MI

“90th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

“Art Prize”, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

“Michigan Perspectives”, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

2010  
“89th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

“Destination 1111”, Grand Rapids, MI

“Art Prize”, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2009
 
“88th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

“Destination 1111”, Grand Rapids, Ml

“Art Prize”, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2008  
“Surface Matters”, Poloma Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2007
 
“Destination 1111”, Open Studio Event, Grand Rapids, MI

“86th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

“Works in Stone”, Solo Exhibition, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant MI

2006
 
“Art Meeting the Sacred”, Eyekons Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

“Destination 1111”, Open Studio Event, Grand Rapids, MI

“14th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market”, Indianapolis, IN

“48th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market”, Phoenix, AZ

2005
 
“Destination 1111”, Open Studio Event, Grand Rapids, MI

“13th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market”, Indianapolis, IN

“Festival of the Arts”, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

2004
 
“Art Is...”, Art Exhibit, Grand Rapids, MI

“4th Annual Indigenous Peoples Art Market”, Mt. Pleasant, MI

“76th Regional Competition”, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

2003
 
“Free Radical”, Art Exhibit, Grand Rapids, MI

“46th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market”, Phoenix, AZ

2002
 
“Gwee-Maa-Ji-Kaan (We are Beginning)”, Canora Hall Nagano Okaya Prefecture, Japan

“Harmony and Variation, Form and Meaning in Native American Art”, Oakland, MI

2001
 
“2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Art Market”, Mt. Pleasant, MI

AWARDS/HONORS

2011   
1st Place Sculpture & 2nd Place Sculpture, “Heard Museum Guild and Festival”, Phoenix, AZ

2010
 
Best of Classification - Sculpture, “Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

Best of Division - Sculpture, “Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

1st Place Contemporary Sculpture, “Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

2009
 
1st Place Contemporary Sculpture, “Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place Representational Sculpture, “Santa Fe Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

2005
 
2nd Place Sculpture, “13th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market” - Indianapolis, IN

Festival Award, “Festival of the Arts” - Grand Rapids, MI

Industry Award, “Sculptural Pursuit Magazine”, Grand Rapids, MI

2001
 
3rd Place, “2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Art Market”, Mt, Pleasant, MI

Best of Show, “2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Art Market”, Mt. Pleasant, MI

EDUCATION

1990-1992    

Apprenticed under Daniel Mena

1989               
Sculpture Class taught by Dennis Christy

COLLECTIONS

Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Ml

Central Michigan Community Hospital, Birthing Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Eaaywiyang Collection, Ziibiwing Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Okaya City Hall, Nagano Okaya Prefecture, Japan

Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

COMMISSIONS

2010  
Brooks Family, Holland, MI

2009
 
Fire Keepers Casino, Battle Creek, MI

2008
 
Odawa Casino and Resort, Petoskey, MI

2007
 
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Elders Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2006
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2005
 
Central Michigan Community Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, MI

PUBLICATIONS

2012   
25 Year Book, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2011   
Santa Fe Magazine, Santa Fe, NM

National Museum of the American Indian Magazine, Washington DC

2007
 
On the Town Magazine, Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids, MI

2006
 
Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI

2005
 
On the Town Magazine, Grand Rapids, MI

Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2004
 
Sculptural Pursuit Magazine, Grand Rapids, MI

2001
 
Eaaywiyang (Who We Are), Mt. Pleasant, MI