Curriculum Vitae

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David Jay Spyker

Birthplace: Rochester, New York (Now residing in Kalamazoo, Michigan)

Education: Self-taught.

Awards and Honors:
2016 – Juror Award, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan

2015 – Donna Balavitch Memorial Award, Winter Art Festival Competition, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

2014 – Best of Show, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan

2013 – Honorable Mention, Michiana Annual Artist Competition (11th MAAC), Box Factory for the Arts; St. Joseph, MI
Southwest Michigan Watercolor Society Award, Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek; Battle Creek, MI

2012 – First Place, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts,Three Rivers, MI
Second Place, Michiana Annual Artist Competition (10th MAAC), Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI

2006 – The Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realist Painting, Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

2003 – Artist’s Honorarium, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

2002 – Artist’s Honorarium, 2002 Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

2001 – Best of Show, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI

2000 – Pharmacia Corporation Purchase Award, Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, MI
Award of Merit, The Holland Friends of Art 37th Annual Exhibition, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI
Artist’s Honorarium, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

1999 – Second Place, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts Three Rivers, MI
Fourth Place, 20th Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI
(Juror: Tara Robinson, Curator/Coordinator of Exhibitions, Detroit Institute of Arts)

1998 Second Place, 19th Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI
(Juror: Tim Lowly, Artist and Educator)
Best of Show, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI (Juror: Mark A. Francisco, Director, Midland Art Center, Midland, MI)
Artist’s Honorarium, North Park University; Chicago, IL

1997 – Best of Show, Holland Area Arts Council, 10th Annual Michigan Art Competition; Holland, MI (Juror: Jerry Peart, Artist)
Award of Merit, 18th Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI (Juror: Julia Muney Moore, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services Indianapolis Art Center)

1996 – Second Place, Paw Paw Art Association Juried Area Show, Paw Paw, Michigan (Juror: Martha Mayer- Erlebacher, Artist and Art Educator)

Solo Exhibitions:
2015 – Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas/Saugatuck, MI
2014 – “Eighteen Years”, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI
– “At the Water’s Edge”, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI

2012 – “Memory, Essence, Mystery “, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI

2003/04 – South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

2002 – Mixed Media Gallery, Saugatuck/Douglas, MI
– “Mythos”, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI

2001 – Wood Street Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

1999 – The Nines Gallery, Holland, MI

1996 – Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
– Dumont Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

Collections:
– Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
– South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
– Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
– Carnegie Center for the Arts (two pieces in collection), Three Rivers, Michigan
– Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Michigan
– Pfizer Corporation, Kalamazoo, Michigan
– Private collections nationwide.

Group Exhibitions (excluding art competitions):
2015 – “Birds of a Feather”, Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas/Saugatuck, MI
– “The Color of Water”, Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas/Saugatuck, MI
– “The Great Lakes”, Portage District Library, Portage
, MI

2014 – “Deep Thaw”, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
– “Double Take: Artists Respond to the Collection”, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

2013 – “Copley to Kentridge: What’s New in the Collection?”, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
– Small Works Group Show, Ninth Wave Studio, Kalamazoo
, MI
– October Group Show, Ninth Wave Studio, Kalamazoo
, MI
– “Birds”, Portage District Library, Portage
, MI

2012 – “Winter Landscapes”, Portage District Library, Portage, MI

2011 – “Made in America: Contemporary and Historical Art From the Permanent Collection”,
South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend
, IN

2010 – “Railroad Days”, Portage District Library, Portage, MI

2007 – Constance Petter Gallery, Saugatuck/Douglas, MI

2006, 2005 – Joyce Petter Gallery, Saugatuck/Douglas, MI

2004, 2003, 2002 – Mixed Media Gallery, Saugatuck/Douglas, MI

2002 – 2002 Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

2001 – “Past/Present: Twenty-Year Retrospective Exhibition”, Fontana Festival of Music and Art, Shelbyville, MI

2001, 2000 – “Small Packages” Wood Street Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

2000 – “Past as Prologue: Emerging Landscape Painters” (three-person show), Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

2000, 1999 – “Petite Art by Colossal Artists”, Small Format Invitational, The Nines Gallery, Holland, MI

1999 – “Prairie Narratives”, Fontana Festival of Music and Art, Shelbyville, MI
– “Realms of the Subconscious: Post-Modern Surrealists” (five-person show), The Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI

1998 – “Seen from the Other Side (visions)” (four person show), Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, IL
– The Nines Gallery, Holland, MI

1997, 1996, 1995 – Dumont Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

1995 – Inner Images Gallery (two person show), Portage, MI
– Ongoing Since 1995 – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ “Artreach” traveling exhibit program, Southwest Michigan

1995, 1993 – “Hands-On!”, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

1994 – John Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Corporate Benefactor Program, MI

1993 – Allied Capital Corporation, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Corporate Benefactor Program, MI

Competitions (annuals):
2016-2009, 2006, 2005, 2003-1996 –
Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI

2015, 2014 – Richeson 75: Small Works, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

2015, 2000 – 72nd Annual Regional Fine Art Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

2015, 2013, 2012 – Michiana Annual Artist Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI

2015 – Winter Art Festival Competition, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

2014 – 5th Annual Great Lakes Juried Show, 5-State Competition, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI

2014-2013, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2001-1997 – Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, MI

2013 – ArtPrize, St. Cecilia Music Center, Terryberry Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2010 – West Michigan Regional Competition, Lowell Area Arts Council, Lowell, MI

2006, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1994 – Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

2000 – The Holland Friends of Art 37th Annual Exhibition, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland,MI

1998, 1996 – Paw Paw Art Association, Juried Area Show, Paw Paw, MI

1998 – National Juried All Media Exhibition, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

1997, 1996, 1995 – Annual Michigan Art Competition, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI

Bibliography:
The Richeson75 International, Small Works 2015. Kimberly, Wisconsin: Richeson School of Art & Gallery, 2015.

The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Winchester, VA: The Sow’s Ear Press. Winter 2015. p. 8 (image)

Hines, Elena. “Variety and diversity, Juried show features 90 artists, 189 pieces.” Commercial-News, Three Rivers, MI. (1/28/14): p. 1 (color photo), 2.

The Richeson75 International, Small Works 2014. Kimberly, Wisconsin: Richeson School of Art & Gallery, 2014.

Lindsey, Jim T. The Flaw in the Fabric. Novel cover image. SeaStorm Press. 2011, 2013.

The Richeson75 International, Landscape, Seascape and Architectural 2011. Kimberly, Wisconsin: Richeson School of Art & Gallery, 2011.

Green, Roger. “Juried show reveals artistic talent of West Michigan.” Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI. (7/5/06): C3 (color photo).

SBRMA, South Bend Regional Museum of Art periodical. South Bend, IN. (Fall 2003/Winter 2004): Cover, p. 5.

York Coppens, Julie. “What Dreams May Come, Surreal visions of David Jay Spyker open to many meanings.” South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN. (12/21/03): E1, E4 (feature article).

2002 Biennial. Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Illustrated catalog. Fort Wayne, IN. (2002): p. 38., plus video tape.

Mixed Media Gallery”. Mid-Coast Imagery. Michigan. Issue #10, (Winter, 2002): pp. 4-5 (color image included).

21st Annual Michigan Artists’s Competition 2000.” ArtWorks. Art Center of Battle Creek periodical. Battle Creek, MI. (May 2000): p. 1 (image)

Past as Prologue: Emerging Landscape Painters.” Now at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum periodical. Grand Rapids, MI. (Spring 2000): p. 8.

Krissoff, Sylvia. “Artistic Journeys, works in area exhibits take viewers far from home.” The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI. (10/3/99): B4 (image included).

Painter makes gallery debut at The Nines.” The Holland Sentinel, Holland, MI. (9/30/99): B4 (image included).

David Jay Spyker at The Nines Gallery”. Mid-Coast Imagery. Michigan. Issue #2, (August, 1999): p. 17 (color image included).

Image/Announcement. on-the-town, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine of West Michigan (spring 1999): p. 37.

Surreal Stylings, Postmodern works featured in new show at B.C. Art Center.” Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, MI. (5/14/99): 1C, 2C.

Lapham, Thea Rozetta “Ironic twists and subconscious inspiration in Spyker’s images.” Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI. (5/9/99): A&E B1, B5 (feature article).

Sult, Amy. “Realism takes personal turn in Carnegie show.” Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI. (4/4/99).

Barry, Roxanne. “Artists’ Competition shouldn’t be missed.” Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, MI. (7/19/98): 2C.

Green, Roger. “Michigan Artists Competition show is limited in scope but inspiring.” The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI. (17/8/98): C5.

Award winners named in Michigan Artists Competition.” Battle Creek Shopper News, Battle Creek, MI (7/2/98): p. 34 (color image included).

Sult, Amy “Regional flavor prevails in Carnegie Center Competition.” Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI. (4/12/98): F5 (image featured).

Krissoff, Sylvia. “Holland Arts Council showcases new site with competition exhibit.” The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI. (11/6/97): E2.

Art Winners” (group photo of Paw Paw Art Association competition winners). Courier Leader, Paw Paw, MI (6/28/96): p. 1.

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