"Headstrong" by Michael J. Saari

MICHAEL J. SAARI - RESUME

MICHAEL J. SAARI
256 Childs Hill Road, Woodstock, CT 06281 USA
tel/fax: 860 928 0257
web: www.michaelsaari.com

EDUCATION

1996 Master of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL

1991 Baroque & Renaissance iron work study in Belgium, France, German, Switzerland,
Luxembourg: study at the School of Art & Design (Brussels)

1986 International Teaching Center for Metal Design, Aachen, Germany.
Studied under direction of Manfred Bredohl. Specialized in contemporary metal design.

1983 Philadelphia School of Art, Samuel Yellin Studio.
Study with Donald Streeter in Early American iron work.

1979 Bachelor of Arts, Nichols College, Dudley, MA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001 - present
Professor of Art, Nichols College, Dudley, MA
Adjunct faculty.

1981-present
Owner, Michael J. Saari Metal Studio & Workshop, Woodstock, CT
Specializing in architectural hardware and sculptural metal work

1995-1996
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL - Art Department
Graduate Assistant, instructor and studio manager for wood and metal sculpture

1975-1979
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Interpreter; Early American Crafts (blacksmithing, tinsmithing, coppersmithing,
post and beam building, brick kiln construction)

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

1997 - Danbury Hospice Art Exhibition & Auction (Bronze)
1995
- Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Southern Illinois University
1993
- Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA) Scholarship
1991
- 2nd World Congress of Artist-Blacksmiths, Gold and Silversmiths, Aachen (Silver)
1979
- Zeta Alpha Pi award for Outstanding Achievement, Nichols College

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Southwest Finland Institute for Craft and Design, Mynamaki, Finland
"Bridge of Friendship, Handwerkskammer, Aachen, Germany
National Christian Church, Washington, DC
Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2001 - Ironwood Gallery, "Saari + Saari" exhibition of sculpture by Michael J. Saari & Cynthia Liebler Saari

2001 - Conant Library, "Man of Metal" exhibition, Nichols College

1996 - University Museum, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2001 - "Contemporary Ironwork: The Artist Blacksmith", Brookfield Craft Center, Curator & Exhibitor

2001 - "25 Year Faculty Retrospective", Brookfield Craft Center

2001 - California Blacksmiths Exhibition, Sacramento, CA

2000"In and Out the Garden" art furnishings, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT
1998ABANA 25th Anniversary Conference Exhibition, Ashevillle, NC
1997"Metal and Light", International competition exhibition of sculptural lighting,
Handwerkskammer Koblenz, Galerie Handwerk, Germany

1993"Fire and Steel", Hamburg, Germany
1992ABANA Conference Exhibition, California State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
1986First World Congress of Artist-Blacksmiths, Aachen, Germany
1985"Traditional Crafts Today", Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT
1980"Metalsmithing 1980", University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Nichols College, Dudley, MA
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Touchstone Center For Crafts, Farmington, PA

VISITING ARTIST AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2001California Blacksmiths Conference, Sacramento, CA. Featured demonstrator.
2001Restoration New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. Featured speaker.
1998ABANA 25th Anniversary Conference, Asheville, NC. Featured demonstrator and presenter.
1997Southwest Finland Institute for Art, Craft and Design, Mynamaki, Finland. Visiting Artist.
1997Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Guest Instructor (Metals)
1991Second World Congress of Smiths, Aachen, Germany. Featured demonstrator.

WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2001Advanced Woodworking Course, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
1997The First Studio Furniture Conference, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
1991Baroque and Renaissance Iron Workshop, Belgium School of Art, Brussels
1986Forging Stainless Steel at the Kauko O. Mason Studio workshop, Helsinki, Finland

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

2001 - Winter ANVIL'S RING, Curator's Review of "Contemporary Ironwork" show
1988
- Spring ANVIL'S RING, "Forging in Finland"

PUBLICATIONS

IRONWORK TODAY: INSIDE & OUT
- (2005, D. Meilach, Schiffer Design Books, represented artist)

FINE HOMEBUILDING
- (January 2002, "Finishing Touches" )

ANVIL'S RING
- (Fall 2001, Interview with Michael Saari at the California Blacksmith's meet)

AMERICAN CRAFT
- (August/September 2001, Gallery Section)

BY HAND
- (2001, Lark Books, represented artist & contributor)

DECORATING PORCHES & DECKS
- (2001, Lark Books, represented artist & contributor)

THE METALCRAFT BOOK
- (2000, Lark Books, represented artist & contributor)

THE CRAFTS REPORT
- (11/99 Marketing Metals Issue, Featured Artist Internet Interview--see www.craftsreport.com)

THIS OLD HOUSE MAGAZINE
- (9/99 "Peak Chic" weathervane feature)

NEW YORK CITY LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY
- (1999 Directory of restoration professionals qualified listing)

BRITISH BLACKSMITHS (6/90)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Artist Blacksmiths of North America (ABANA)
Brookfield Craft Center Advisory Board

 

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