eliška mörsel greenspoon, art photography, omaha, nebraska

Eliška Mörsel Greenspoon

C.V.

Born in Chomutov, Czechoslovakia

COMMISSIONS WELCOMED

  • "Project Interfaith" Omaha, NE, large panel for office 

GRANTS, AWARDS AND PUBLICATION

  • 2014 Winner: Best of Group Show: Omaha Entertainment Awards, All the Rage: Fashion Provocations, 
    RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 2014 Handcrafted Photographs by Zhejian Photographic Publications, China
  • 2009 Creative Capital Retreat at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha,NE
  • 2008 Partnership with Israel’s Arts Task Force : Artist Residency Exchange Program in the Western Galilee
  • 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship Winner, Nebraska Arts Council
  • 1998 Fine arts Center Teacher of the Year
  • WYFF Golden Apple Award
  • Recipient of the Kodak Educators Scholarship Award (to attend the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops)
  • Oriental Photographic Products Inc. Excellence in Photographic Education Award
  • South Carolina Arts Commission Sub Grant  (to attend the Maine Photographic Workshops)

CURRENT EXPERIENCE

  • Studio Artist, Erector Square, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Studio Artist, Omaha, NE
  • Nebraska Arts Council Artist-in Residence in middle and high schools
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photography Instructor
  • Director of Art Mark: It , a team of artists conducting workshops for school groups
  • Designer of promotional packages for the Klutznick Symposium, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Exhibition coordinator for the Klutznick Symposium, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • DIASPORA, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York, 8th ANNUAL SAMESEX ART EXHIBIT,City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, Connecticut, BOOBS, City Lights Gallery Art Trail at City Wide Open Studios, New Haven, Connecticut

2016-2018

  • ARTSPACE, New Haven, Connecticut

2015

  • "SOLO SHOW" Gallery 72, Omaha, NE

2014

  • "INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CLASSIC CRAFTSMANSHIP IMAGES"Nanjing Arts Institute Museum of Art, China, 1 Music Video Space,  Bejing, China
  • "THE TIES THAT BIND: FAC FACULTY" Sheffield Wood Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
  • "ALL THE RAGE: FASHION PROVOCATIONS", RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA
  • "MY HEART IS IN THE EAST AND I AM IN THE FARTHEST  WEST", Osbourne Family Gallery at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
  • "VISUAL TEXTURES", Gallery 72, Omaha, NE

2013

  • ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ART AUCTION, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha,NE
  • "ENCHANTED ARBORETUM", Public Arts Competition, Nebraska City, NE

2012

  • "PAST AND PRESENT FACULTY EXHIBITION FROM THE FINE ARTS CENTER OF GREENVILLE COUNTY COUNTY,SC", Columbia College, SC

2011

  • "VISUAL DIALOGUES" Solo exhibition Fred Simon Gallery, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha,NE
  • ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ART AUCTION, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2010

  • ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ART AUCTION, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2009

  • ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ART AUCTION, Bemis Center for  Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2008

  • "STATE OF THE ART", Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
  • ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ART AUCTION, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2007

  • "INDIVIDUAL  ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARD EXHIBITION", Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln,NE
  • "ARTE DE AMOR, Benefit Sale", Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha,NE
  • PHOTOCELL: LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS IN A CHANGING MEDIUM, Bellevue, University, Bellevue,NE

2006

  • LIGHT WORKS by ELIŠKA MÖRSEL GREENSPOON, Solo Show at  the Lied Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha,NE
  • THE JOSLYN MUSEUM OF ART ,Omaha, NE
  • WOMEN ALUMNI SHOW,Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • THE BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Omaha, NE
  • THE HAYDON GALLERY, Lincoln,NE

2000-2005

  • MEMBERS SHOW, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • DOCUMENTATION, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 13TH STREET GALLERY, Omaha, NE
  • "REMAPPING THE APRON", University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha,NE
  • "LIFECYCLES: NE WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART", The Lied Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, "The Burkholder Project", Lincoln, NE
  • "THE J.DOE PUBLIC ARTS PROJECT", Omaha, NE

1998-1999

  • "INVITATIONAL REFRIGERATOR DOOR EXHIBITION" (traveling exhibit) Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC, Camdon, SC, Furman University, Greenville, SC

1997

  • PICKENS COUNTY MUSEUM INVITATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, Pickens, SC

1996-1999

  • FINE ARTS CENTER FACULTY TRAVELING EXHIBITION, Southeast

1995

  • CLEMSON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI EXHIBITION, Clemson, SC

1994

  • SOUTHERN VISIONS TRAVELING EXHIBIT ( award winner), Southeast
  • SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM CENTENNIAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, Columbia, SC

1993

  • YARNTON MANOR, Oxford, UK

1992

  • REEDY RIVER PLACE FESTIVAL (award winner), Greenville, SC

1990

  • GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, Greenville, SC

1989

  • SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION ANNUAL SHOW, Columbia, SC

1988-1989

  • GUILD OF SOUTH CAROLINA ARTISTS TRAVELING EXHIBIT, SC

1988

  • SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL SHOW, Furman University, Greenville, SC

1987

  • 37TH ANNUAL GUILD OF SOUTH CAROLINA ARTISTS EXHIBITION, Greenville, SC
  • THE UPSTAIRS BIENNIAL AREA ARTISTS SHOW,  Tryon, N C
  • THE FINE ARTS CENTER FACULTY SHOW, Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA

1986

  • GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, (two-person show), Greenville, SC

1985

  • "VISUAL DELIGHTS: ONE WOMAN SHOW", Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
  • FINE ARTS CENTER FACULTY SHOW, Columbia, SC

1983

  • SOUTHEASTERN PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, Greenville, SC

1981

  • M.F.A. EXHIBITION, Lee Hall Gallery, Clemson University, SC
  • SOUTHESTERN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, Greenville County Museum , Greenville, SC

1979

  • SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART, Santa Barbara, CA
  • ANDERSON ARTS COUNCIL, Anderson, SC

1978

  • "LIGHT IMAGES EXHIBITION", The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

1977

  • APPALACHIAN NATIONAL DRAWING COMPETITION EXHIBITION

ACADEMIC TRAINING

  • Clemson University, M.F.A., 1980
  • Massachusetts College of Art, 1972
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.F.A., 1970

 

 

 

 

 

COME AND VISIT MY STUDIO 

CALL 402-689-1446 FOR AN APPOINTMENT

ERECTOR SQUARE 

BUILDING 7, STUDIO 9

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT 

Biography

I was born in Chomutov, Czechoslovakia now the Czech Republic.  I live in Milford, Connecticut and have lived in Israel,Virginia, Boston, California, South Carolina and Omaha, Nebraska. I have a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, graduate work at the Massachusetts College of Art and M.F.A. from Clemson University.

Collections

My work is many private and public collections across the U.S.A.

Artist Statement

The majority of my work is photo-based, but not obviously so. I began my exploration with a vision of integrating the photographic image with drawing . I experimented with various alternative photographic processes that allowed me to blend these mediums. I began to tear up old and new prints with abandon; no longer was I bound by a single layer of paper as I began making new visual analogies. With this new found liberating energy, I realized the torn element was a vital component in combination with a variety of mixed media as I began to create images without any pre-determined concept of a final piece.

I layer and manipulate a multitude of images that I assemble into a “visual dialogue”. The recognizable silhouettes (photograms) of an assortment of generic crowds of people are reduced to texture as they move throughout. They are also actors in my commentary about various concerns such as: earth, water, fire, war, seasonal change, the human condition, the environment and modern love.  I mimic these issues by layering, tearing, painting, burning and adding wax to a collection of my old and new prints that become recycled. Some of  these images can be described as having endured a level of “creative violence” resulting in a rich surface patina and others extremely colorful and playful. The two extremes satisfy my inquiry into world problems and the fantastical work by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch in his "Garden of Earthly Delights"(my series, "Modern Love: Revisiting the Garden"). Perhaps, in my mind's eye, they are related.

While conceptualizing the “Modern Love” series, I combined two square panels so that the bottom panel juts out like a step off the wall revealing decorative sides. In a similar display, the series "Fashion and Popular Culture," appropriates my father's photos of his window displays from the 1940's and 1960's. My fashion interest led the way to a series " All the Rage: Fashion Provocations" utilizing the ready-made Costco plastic torsos, a Surrealist's dream. 

The “Slice of Life” series on triangular panels evolved into visual metaphors of specimen boxes of the earth and the sea.  Currently, I am in process of rediscovering the photogram process on outdated photo paper, without a darkroom. These are also visualized as specimens of “Urban Artifacts” on triangular panels. 

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