Art at the Mayo
- Bruce Stillman, noted kinetic sculptor, was born in St Louis Park, MN, in 1958. Although Stillman began constructing kinetic sculptures at the age of 16 years and had an independent livelihood through his art sales by the age of 18 years, he spent a year of formal study at Northern Illinois University in 1980 and used the services available through the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Extension, and the University of Minnesota Extension. Initially, Stillman used brass and copper as his medium of choice; he is now known best for his works in stainless steel.
- Donald Jackson, born in 1938 in Lancashire, England, is known as the Queen's calligrapher.1 At the age of 13 years, Jackson began art studies at the Bolton School of Art, continued at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and completed postgraduate study at Goldsmiths' College, after which he became an art instructor at the Camberwell College of Art, all in London, England.2 Since 1964, Jackson has been a scribe in the Crown Office at the House of Lords, and he served as chairman of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators from 1972 to 1974.
- Robert Stackhouse was born in Bronxville, NY, on July 31, 1942. He received his BA degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1965 and his MA degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1967. He specializes in sculpture and painting and has numerous exhibits and one-man shows throughout the United States. The University of Florida maintains an archive that contains copies of all his compositions.
- Zophia Butrymowicz (1904-1987), born in Poland and noted as one of Europe's leading fiber artists, graduated from the Municipal School of Decorative Arts, Warsaw, Poland, in 1927 and later (1960) obtained a diploma from the institution that is considered the leading center for Polish arts, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Butrymowicz' formative years occurred during a period of great social upheaval in Poland and at the height of postwar communist influence, when the government tried to impose what was and was not “appropriate” for art.
- Dan Dailey was born in Philadelphia, Pa, in 1947. He received his BFA degree in 1969 from the Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pa, and his MFA degree in 1972 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He is on advisory boards of the Glass Art Center, Bradford College, Bradford, Pa, at the Renwick Alliance of the University of the Arts, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, and on the National Advisory Board of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa. His resume includes numerous art shows on the national and international level.
- Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1935 and received a BFA degree from Ohio University (Cincinnati) in 1957. He relocated to New York City in 1959, where he associated with a group of artists that included Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein, leaders in the pop art movement. This style of art portrays everyday objects and often physically incorporates them in the work. Inspired by this movement, Dine experimented with a wide variety of artistic disciplines, including painting, sculpting, assemblage, performance art, figure drawing, graphics, and photography.
- American artist Romare Bearden (1914–1988) was born in Charlotte, NC, but spent most of his formative years in New York's Harlem. His father was actively involved in the arts scene, and Bearden was reared in a household visited frequently by artists and musicians. Bearden's love of jazz and blues influenced his art.
- American artist Andy Warhol (1928?-1987), a leading figure in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, began his career as a commercial illustrator in 1950 in New York. The Pop Art movement was an attempt to return to a more universally accessible form of art after the mid 20th-century dominance of abstract expressionism. The images of Pop Art, taken from television, movie magazines, and all forms of advertising, were, for the most part, presented as 2-dimensional, machine-made, mass-produced pictures that required little intellectual effort to interpret.
- Welcome was created by Yaacov Agam specifically for Mayo Clinic after his son was treated successfully for a heart condition in 1975. Agam's purpose was “to make a cheerful work that would touch everybody who comes to Mayo, that would uplift their spirits, whatever their age or race or culture.” This triangular monolith uses the language of color to encourage people to “rise out of the gray of individual worry and respond to life's ever-changing rainbow of possibility.”