JOEL BERRY


BIOGRAPHY

Education

2005               
Grand Valley State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Emphasis in Printmaking 

Honors and Awards                          

2008               
Juror’s Award, Festival Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI

2006               
Purchase Award, Festival Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI

2004-2005   
Branstrom Scholarship Award

2004              
Honorable Mention, The Print: Regional Printmaking Competition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Selected Exhibitions

2018
“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2017  
“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2016
"sELECTED Worksl", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Slightly Obsessive II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2013
“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2012
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Power of Pattern”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2011
“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Summer Fun”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
Grand Valley State University 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale, MI

2010               
Free Radical Exhibition, 44 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI
"Art Prize", LaFontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2009               
Festival Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI
Alumni Art Auction: Scholarship Fundraiser, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2008               
Avenue for the Arts Exhibition and Showcase, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Festival Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI
"RED", Stray Dog Café, Grand Rapids, MI
"Art Around Town: Art Works Auction and Fundraiser", Kindel Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, MI                       

2007               
"Loss and Found", Fwd>>Space, Grand Rapids, MI                                            

2006               
Free Radical Gallery Event, 341 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI

Festival Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI       

2005               
"Disparate Landscapes: BFA Exhibition", Grand Rapids, MI
Regional Printmaking Exhibition, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
"Student Retrospective", Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
"Excessity: Student Exhibition", Calder Art Center Gallery, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2004              
24th Annual Alma College Printmaking Competition, Clack Art Center, Alma, MI
Summer Student Exhibition, Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
"The Print", Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI       
"Mixed Media: Grand Valley State University", Free Radical Gallery Event, Grand Rapids, MI       

2003              
Regional Juried Drawing Exhibition, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Summer Student Exhibition, Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Grand  Valley State University, Allendale, MI
"El Dia de los Muertos: Group Printmaking Exhibition", Free Radical Gallery Event, Grand Rapids, MI
Calder Student Exhibit, Kirkhoff Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2002              
Calder Student Exhibit, Kirkhoff Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Experience

2010-Present 
Printmaking Studio Technician, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2006-Present 
Framing Department, LaFontsee Gallery/Underground Studio, Grand Rapids, MI

2007-Present 
Resident/Member/Seasonal Event Host and Participant, Avenue for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

2008               
Art Works: Artist Mentorship Program, Urban Institute for the Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, MI

2006               
Volunteer Administrative Assistant, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI

2005               
Discussion Panel Member for visiting lecturer Bruce Mau, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2004              
Commissioned edition printing of intaglio plate by artist Reynold Weidenaar

Publications

2012                     
25 Year Book, LaFontsee Galleries

2010                    
Featured in a Grand Rapids, MI based online periodical Rapid Growth

STATEMENT

Color pattern and design fascinate me. I am entranced visually, almost in the same way one responds to a lovely music melody. Emotion and feelings are expressed through shape and color. I think of my paintings as snippets of life with layers and over lapping shapes of bright and dull, light and dark, struggle and ease, smoothness and textures. I am not premeditated in my work. It evolves as each mark and color and layer respond to each other, I seek a sense of wholeness and harmony from seemingly random marks. The philosophical notion of life having no accidents resonates with my thinking about finding meaning, and is part of my painting practice. Beauty is always available as a place to rest and recover, even in chaos and change.