Gary Weisman


Gary Weisman was born in Chicago in 1952. He was educated at the School of the Chicago Art Institute, and Columbia College, Chicago. In 1982, Weisman became a drawing instructor at Manatee College in Sarasota, Florida, and from 1986 until the present, he teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Weisman is the recipient of various awards and commissions, and is represented in collections across the United States.Weisman has participated in group exhibitions since 1987, and from 1989 has had various solo exhibitions.

In Weisman’s sculpture, his intense search for contemporary content seems to continually involve a retrieval of the past. Being figurative, his work confronts the preeminent motif of all historical sculpture. His figures reflect the influence of the canons of Greek design, the romance of the Renaissance and, later, Rodin, as well as the universal sculptural language of Brancusi or Egyptian stelae. Most of all, Weisman’s work continues the timeless preoccupation we have with ourselves, our bodies, and the human condition. In it, he extrapolates the drama that our bodies and beings create, and inspires in the viewer a sense of awe for the heroics we can mentally construct, or physically perform.

It is Weisman’s ability to touch upon a spiritual component that holds such promise for the future for this young sculptor. Spirit is an ingredient that often manifests itself later in an artist’s life, and Weisman’s ability to touch upon it, now, distinguishes his work more than any other factor. Weisman insists on doing each stage of creating a sculpture by himself. As his own modeler, caster, foundryman, and patinist, he is able to exploit the characteristics of each process to enhance the end result he envisions. The fortitude, knowledge, and skill to work in this fashion are rare attributes, today.

Excerpts from “Gary Weisman, Sculpture and Drawing” by Frederick S. Osborne, Director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Selected Awards

2003-11 Who’s Who in America
2004 Honored at the White House, Washington, DC
1998 New York State Council on the Arts, New Yorj, NY
1996-97 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Fellowship, PA
1992-94 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Fellowship, PA
1992 National Academy of Design, New York, NY

Notable Public & Private Collections

Art Museum of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Cantonet & Contonet, Dubai, UAE
City of Philadelphia, PA
City of Chicago, Midway Airport, Chicago, IL
Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, NY
John O Hern, Director, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Catania, Italy
Norton Art Museum, Palm Beach, FL
Parc Foundation, Lafayette, LA
Pepsi Co., New York, NY
Ralph Lauren Corp., New York, NY
Standard Chartered Bank, New York, NY
Tom Armstrong, Director, Whitney Art Museum, New York, NY
Tri Star Film Corp., Hollywood, CA
United States Embassy to North Vietnam

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Stanek Gallery, Graham Building, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Sirona Fine Art, Miami FL
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY lecture
2015 Sirona Fine Art, Miami, FL
2013 Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Arcadia Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Steuben Glass, New York, NY
Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Brandon Michaels Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Eric Chen, Imavison Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Wendt Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, NY
2004 Fred Baker Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 Gallerie Yoram, Beverly Hills, CA
2002 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
1998 American Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Group Exhibitions

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair 2019Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 
The Contemporary FigureStanek Gallery, Philadelphia
2013-19 Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2012 Museum of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA
2010-11 Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2007 International Art, Beijing, China
Taipei International Art, Taiwan
New York Armory, New York, NY
2006 Chesterwood, National Historic Site, Chesterwood, MA
2004 Art Australia, Melbourne, Australia
2001 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Corning Museum of Glass, Aids Benefit, Corning, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Art Museum of the University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY