Jeff Laird                                               SCULPTURE | PHOTOGRAPHY | PAINTING

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Biography/CV


1946.  Born in Summit, NJ. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

1968.  B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  

1969 - 72.  Traveled extensively throughout Europe, while serving as a captain stationed at the HQ, US Army, Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. 

1975. B. Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL. 

1976 - 2006.  Chicago, IL.  He was in the commercial real estate business for 30 years while collecting art of emerging artists and regularly attending exhibitions and lectures at various institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum and the Rennaissance Society at the University of Chicago, as well as many national institutions. Held membership at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX and DIA Foundation, NY.

2006.  Completed the Metal Sculpture Curriculum at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. 

2007   Currently lives and works in a contemporary adobe on an 80-acre pinon-juniper savanah site in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains, 32 miles southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC ART COMPETITIONS

• 2017  Retrospective + New Work, FREESTYLE GALLERY, ABQ.

• 2016 Finalist, New Mexico Large Purchase Competition (Organica Sun Pillar or Organica Burst).

• 2016 Word & Image - New Mexico Art League, ABQ, Group Competition Exhibit (two paintings).

• 2016 Sculpture, South Broadway Cultural Center, ABQ, NM.

• 2016 Retrospective, ART Santa Fe., Santa Fe, NM.

• 2016 Embellished (found Objects. Right Brain Gallery, ABQ, NM

• 2015 ART Santa Fe International Contemporary Art Fair, Santa Fe, NM.  Hook Shafts and Triangular Cylinders

• 2015 Organica - Burst and Pinwheel Sculpture Proposal.  ABQ Convention Center Civic Plaza Overlook at 3rd St., Unsolicited

• 2015 THE BOMB Group Show - "On the Map, ABQ Art Extravaganza, South Broadway Cultural Center, ABQ.

• 2015 Perforated Polygons.  Right Brain Gallery. Albuquerque.

• 2014 Organica Sun Pillar - Iconic Sculpture for Civic Plaza, Albuquerque, NM. Entrant.

• 2104 CNM Sculpture Competition, Albuquerque, NM.  Entrant.

• 2014 Perforated Triangles.  ART Santa Fe - International Contemporary Art Fair, Santa Fe, NM

• 2014 Perforated Triangles + indoor sculpture.  Right Brain Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

• 2014 Outdoor oxidized sculpture.  Chumani Gallery, Madrid, NM

2013 The Perforated Triangles.  Right Brain Gallery, Albuquerque.

• 2013 New Sculpture. Chumani Gallery, Madrid, NM.  Arc series, CHARIOTS, Avianic Structural Steel and others.

• 2013 BETWEEN WORLDS, S. Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.  Three person show with Christian Gallegos and Paul Jenks.  Included twelve sculptures, paintings and photographs by Laird.  Curated by Augustine Romero.

• 2012  CHARIOTS Show. Chumani Gallery, Madrid, NM.

• 2012  ABSTRACT New Mexico 2012 Competition.  Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque.  28 works were chosen from 161 entries in all media by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, The Albuquerque Museum of Art.

• 2012  COLLECT 10 Group Show.  Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe.

• 2012 TIME PIECES:  Orphan Rt. 66 Signs Group Show, 516 Arts, Albuquerque.

• 2012 Public Sculpture Competitions. Fire Stations #2 and #7.  City of Albuquerque.  Entrant.

• 2012 Public Sculpture Competiton.  Hahn Arroyo Water Quality Structure, City of Albuquerque.  Entrant.

• 2012  Perforated and Avianic Steel Sculpture.  Chumani Gallery, Madird, NM

• 2011  Public Sculpture Competition.  UNM - West Campus, Rio Rancho, NM.  Finalist.

• 2011  Public Sculpture Competitioin.  UNM, Los Alamos.  Entrant.

• 2011  Group Photography Show, 105 Art Gallery, Albuquerque.  Twelve photographs and corresponding sculptures.

• 2011  Avianic Structural Steel Series.  Chumani Gallery, Madrid, NM.  Featured ten oxidized steel sculptures.

• 2011  COLLECT 10 Group Show.  Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.

• 2010  PHOTO New Mexico 2010.  Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque.  Received the 1st Place Juror's Award from the sole juror, Andrew Conners, Curator of Art, The Albuquerque Museum of Art.  There were 224 entries from 74 photographers.

• 2008  Colemam Gallery Contemporary Art, Albuquerque.  Five sculptures and corresponding photographs included.

• 2007  Cibolo Skate Park Sculpture Competition. City of Albuquerque.  Entrant.

• 2006  Cafe Selmarie, Chicago, IL.  First solo retrospective show of over 40 photographs and 10 small sculptures.