Jeffrey Schrier

category: Visual,

Contact & Info

Website: http://www.wingsofwitness.org

Phone: 914 271-6392

  • jeanjeffs@aol.com

Artist Statement

I am a visual artist  producing assemblage, sculpture, painting and drawing for my studio, foundry and edition works. I want my art to trigger observers and participants to think about environmental, social, historical and aesthetic issues while viewing art that reflects enchantment. To that end, I often use materials not associated with art, in a process of transformation. Example:  In  the spring of 2010 as artist in residence in Mineola NY, I led 200 students in creating four giant Jellyfish assemblage works made from a collection of 5,000 water bottles they had accumulated  for our work together.  For my most current series of large scale riverworks paintings,  I mix river clay into my pigments and allow the paintings to be impacted by weather. Additionally I am intent on creating art that involves community participation,  interaction, and community building. In 2009-10 I was artist in residence  for schools in Houston, San Diego, and Orange County CA,  Philadelphia, Baltimore,  Atlanta,   New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester, NY with my hands on programs.  My most well known ongoing work, WINGS of WITNESS  has involved more than 50,000 students from 23 states in recycling 6 tons of soda can tabs into a massive butterfly assemblage, that is a Holocaust memorial that has been installed at eight sites across the USA.  I find that working with communities consistently renews my visionary process even in my solo work. Many of my workshops focus on the environment, recycling, and teaching tolerance.

Educational Background

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Oho, classic academy training in painting drawing, printmaking and design; Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles and CALARTS, BFA, experimental illustration and painting. Continuing education: Art Students League, NYC; New School, NYC, Psychology; SUNY Purchase, NY,  Judaic Studies.

Teaching Artist Experience

As an internationally recognized  artist, Jeffrey Schrier's exhibition credits include: NY: Katonah Museum of Art;  Yeshiva Univ