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JOHN VAN ALSTINE
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John Van Alstine Biography & Resume : Contemporary Metal Sculpture
  • ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
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  • Born in upstate New York in 1952, John Van Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondack Mountains. After attending St. Lawrence University, Kent State University (BFA 1974) and Cornell University (MFA 1976) he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and later the University of Maryland, College Park, to teach drawing and sculpture. In 1986 he left teaching and moved to the NYC area to pursue studio work full-time. In 1987 he purchased a 19th century industrial complex on the banks of the Sacandaga River and returned to the Adirondacks where he now lives and works in the restored historic structure.
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  • Van Alstine's work has been exhibited widely in the United States (including more than 45 solo exhibitions), as well as in Europe and Asia. He has completed many large scale outdoor, site-specific commissions and is currently working on a 35' tall piece for the new Indianapolis Airport. "Bones of the Earth, Spirit of the Land", a hard cover book released in 2001, recaps his first 25 years of work.
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  • Van Alstine's work is held in many private and public and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.
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  • COLLECTIONS (selected)
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  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  • Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
  • Delaware Museum of Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Hirshhorn museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Museum of ModernArt, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  • U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies - Bolivian Embassy, Washington, DC; United States Embassy, Kingston, Jamaica; United States Embassy, Katmandu, Nepal
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