ALPENA – Thunder Bay Arts proudly welcomes Brian Schorn as featured artist for November and December 2022.
TBA will host a reception in his honor from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, November 11 at the TBA Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The TBA Gallery is located at 127 W. Chisholm St. in downtown Alpena. Schorn’s work and that of 21 other local artists is located inside the TBA Gallery.
Schorn is a multidisciplinary artist working in his studio Studio Rubedo in Alpena. He grew up on the wild shore of Lake Huron, rose to the rank of Eagle Scout, was a member of the National Honor Society in high school, and after graduation attended college as a college student. in biology/pre-med. His interest in nature, science and photography eventually led him to study fine art in a variety of media.
Her college education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Graphic Design, Creative Writing, and Electronic Music. Since the 1990s, he has taught visual art, photography, comparative art, digital art, sound art, graphic design and creative writing at institutions such as Alpena Community College, the ‘Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, Brown University, Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. He received an art education scholarship to New York through Arts Mid-Hudson, where he worked with students in grades 3-5 to develop a collaborative environmental art installation. He frequently contributes to art exhibitions and publications as a curator, juror and designer. More recently, Schorn curated “Modern Art at The Besser” from the permanent collection of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.
Schorn’s visual art has been exhibited and published widely nationwide since the early 1980s. Recent solo exhibitions include “Comstock Wabi-Sabi” in Nevada, “Lost and Found” in New York, and “Magnum Opus: A 25 Year Retrospective” at the Besser Museum in Alpena. Other recent group exhibitions include “ArtPrize,” “Practice, Rhythm and Ritual: Meditative Minimalism,” and “Tinker, Tailor, Welder, Weaver: The Art of Assemblage” at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Michigan; “The New Digital Art Biennale”, a virtual gallery organized in Brazil; “Snap to Grid” at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and “An Homage to Kurt Seligmann” at the Seligmann Center for Surrealism in New York.
He has participated in artist residencies across the country, including Iowa Lakeside Lab in Milford, Iowa; Resident Artist Program in Silver City, Nevada; I-Park Artists Enclave in Connecticut; and the Ox-Bow Artist Residencies in Michigan. Work from his Nevada residency is currently touring the state to various business and educational venues.
Schorn’s art is or has been represented by Tricera, Art Curator Japan, Michigan Artists Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, and Rogue Nevada. His art is also part of numerous private collections as well as the public collections of the Seligmann Center for Surrealism, the Pacific Film Archive at the Berkeley Art Museum, the University of Michigan Art Museum, the Besser Museum, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.
Thunder Bay Arts Council, Inc. programming is made possible in part by funding from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Besser Foundation, various granting agencies such as the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, corporate sponsors, local governments and contributions from patrons. The Thunder Bay Arts Council offers a variety of arts and cultural programs to the Northeast Michigan community, including arts events, YouthCORE initiatives, TBA Gallery, Art on the Bay, Art Vision Alpena Bi-Path Sculptures, l ‘Alpena ICE Fest, and more. Visit ThunderBayArts.org.