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artist / environmentalist

     Within the natural world resides an abstract presence that, when intensely experienced, can later emerge in the work of certain artists. As an Abstract Expressionist painter, Calvin Grimm, marks his coordinates on canvases informed by years of exploration into pristine environments of intimate immensity. He was a wilderness sea kayaking expedition leader on the Alaskan and Yucatan coasts, and a backpack and horse-pack leader in Wyoming for years, absorbing and contemplating what art historian and curator, Robert Rosenblum, reflects upon as "experiences of the spiritual, transcendental, mysterious". 

     Water continues its life-long influence, found in modes of transport, places experienced and resulting creations. Earthworks in Water installations and the Deep Ocean/Deep Space series of paintings have been trading impacts for decades. The Rock/Cave Art awareness began as a teen and renewed in the South of France and America's ancient West. 

"Grimm does not render the flower; he renders the force that drives it. The beauty of nature is not so much to be found in the individual stone or tree or stream, but in the dynamic and unceasing exchange of energy between them."
                                                                                                       -Mikhail Horowitz. Woodstock Times

"His extensive wilderness experience provides him with voluptuous subject matter which he treats with a light, energetic touch.”
                                                                                                        -
Helen A. Harrison, New York Times

"His work comes from a biomorphic expressive abstraction which he carries into his own energetic and richly inventive mode."

-Sara Lynn Henry, Distinguished Professor of Art History, Emerita, Drew University

EDUCATION  

1997 Lacoste School of the Arts, Bard College, Lacoste, Provence, France

1971-76 National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander, WY, Certified Outdoor Educator

1963-66 State University of New York, College at Buffalo

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 Pink and Green, Shady, NY

2022 Rock/Cave Art, Shady, NY

2021 Deep Ocean Wall, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum

2019 Fifty Years of Insight On-Site, Shady, NY

2014 Secrets of the Heart, Water and Space, Woodstock Artist Association

2012 Twenty-five Years, The Giuliani Barn, Bearsville, NY

2012 Deep Ocean/Deep Space Series, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

2011 Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dublin, CA

2009 Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, MT

2007 Pasta Nostra, Norwalk, CT

1996 Hudson River Club, World Financial Center, New York, NY

1994 Axis Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1994 Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1992 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

1991 Gallery at Park West, Kingston, NY

1991 Donskoj and Company Gallery, Kingston, NY

1987 Cady-Laven Fine Art, Bolton Landing, NY

1987 Night Gallery, Woodstock, NY

1986 Woodstock Artist Association, Woodstock, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Arbitrary History: From the Permanent Collection, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum

2018 Dancers, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY

2017 Woodstock Artist Association, Woodstock, NY                                                                             2016 Recent Work, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY

2013 Two Person, Oriole 9, Woodstock, NY

2012 Earth, Air, Water, Work from The Permanent Collection, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum 

2011 Baseball Painting, America’s Pastime, Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY

2010 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY

2009 Gallatin Preserve, Big Sky, MT

2009 Montana Trails Gallery, Bozeman, MT

2009 Klienert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY

2008 Black Bull, Bozeman, MT

2008 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MT

2006 Top of the 9th, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005 With Affection, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

2005 Earth and Sky, Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MT

2004 Equine, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

2004 Eros - Love and Desire, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

2004 Personal Identity: The Myth or Metaphor that is Yourself, WAAM, Lucette Ruellan Award

2004 Art and Environmentalism, Coffey Gallery, Kingston, NY

2002 Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

2002 Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, FL

2000 Galerie Dubois, Aspen, CO

2000 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1999 Coffey Gallery, Kingston, NY

1999 Elena Zang Gallery, Shady, NY

1998 Wainscott Gallery, Wainscott, NY

1998 Contemporary Woodstock Painters, Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock, NY

1998 Elena Zang Gallery, Shady, NY

1997 Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

1997 L’Exposition de Lacoste, Lacoste, France

1997 Fisher Art Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

1997 Elena Zang Gallery, Shady, NY

1995 Albertson-Peterson Gallery, Winter Park, FL

1994 Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1994 Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Belize City, Belize

1992 Bologna-Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1988 Albany Institute of History and Art, Curator: Janis Keane Dorgan, Albany, NY

1984 Preserving the Landscape, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1969 C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY

1965 Found Objects/Mid-Century Genre, SUNY at Buffalo, Co-Sponsor Albright-Knox Art Gallery

 

INSTALLATIONS

2017-2019 Earthworks in Water, Surf Installations, Amagansett, NY                                                  2014-2019 Earthworks in Water, mountain, estuary and coastal zones, NY and Cape Cod, MA

2012 Set Design, Sea Ghosts, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, The Egg, Albany, NY

2011 One Acre Stone Earthwork Design Commission, 2003 through 2011, Woodstock, NY

2004 Cave Panel, Meeker Hotel, Meeker, CO

2002 San Francisco Giants AAA Club, AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

1968 Locust Valley Friends Academy Playground, Design and Installation, Locust Valley, NY

1967 Westbury School System Playground, Design and Installation, Westbury, NY

1967 Earthworks in the Tidal Zone, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

 

GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2016 Phoebe and Belmont Towbin Award, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum

2014-15 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2014 Residency, Conversations in Contemporaneity, Casamassella, Otranto, Italy 

2004 Lucette Ruellan Award, Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY

1990 Residency, Ann Cox Chambers Award, Lacoste School of the Arts (Bard College) in France 

1973 Scholarship, National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander, WY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014 Brian Hollander, Calvin Grimm Solo Show at WAAM, Woodstock Times

2013 Samantha Pack, Nature’s Power, Captured on Canvas, The Lamp Project

2012 Lynn Woods, Tentacular Motion, Ulster Publishing’s Almanac

2012 Tresca Weinstein, Dance Review, Albany Times Union

2012 Wendy Liberatore, Premiere Dance, Schenectady Daily Gazette,

2011 Jennifer Farley, Grimm’s Fairy Tale, Chronogram, Kingston, NY

2011 Mikhail Horowitz, Painting the Plate, Woodstock Times

2008 Sigrid Heath, Grimm’s Fairy Tale Home, Woodstock Times

2007 Deborah Medenbach, Home is Where the Art Is, Times Herald-Record, Middletown, NY

2004 G. Alexander Irving, Twenty First Century Caveman, New Art International

2004 Art in the Park, San Francisco Giants Yearbook

2002 Brain Hollander, Art in the Big Leagues, Woodstock Times

1992 Phyllis Braff, Landscapes at Bologna-Landi, New York Times

1990 Tom Wolf, Nature as Muse: The Paintings of Calvin Grimm, Catalog

1984 Helen A. Harrison, Preserving the Landscape, New York Times

 

FILMS

2017 Earthworks in Water: The 50 Year Sensibility, Calvin Grimm-producer

2013 Calvin Grimm; Abstract Expressionist Painter, The Lamp Project, Burbank, CA

2012 Sea Ghosts, modern dance premiere, Ellen Sinopoli-choreographer, 

Calvin Grimm-set designer, Lee Everett-videographer

2011 Painting/Music Collaboration, George Tsontakis-composer, Calvin Grimm-painter

1995 Woodstock: Back to the Garden, KOMA-TV, Columbia, MO, Calvin Grimm-subject

1990 Creating a Dream, Cambiz Khosravi-producer, Calvin Grimm-subject

1980 Clearwater: All Hands to the Mainsail, Calvin Grimm-producer

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan 

Kajima Urban Development International, Long Beach, CA

Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York, NY 

Kodiak International LLC, Toronto, Canada

Woodstock Artist Assoc and Museum, Permanent Collection, Woodstock, NY 

The Litton-Leon Collection, University Museum, Indiana Univ of Pennsylvania

Dutchess College Permanent Collection, Poughkeepsie, NY 

Estate of Milton & Sally Avery, New York, NY 

San Francisco Giants Baseball Club, Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA

Great-West Life Insurance Co, Manitoba, Canada

Frontier Insurance, Rock Hill, NY

Sands Brothers Asset Management LLC, New York, NY

Miller-Howard Investment, Woodstock, NY                                                                          

Sunflower Foods, Rhinebeck, NY

Tacoma Mall, Tacoma, WA

Tower Products Inc., Saugerties, NY

Winchester Group, Bozeman, MT and Palm Desert, CA

Former US Ambassador and Mrs. George Bruno, Belize City, Belize

Mark Stockdale, London, UK

Dr. Stephen Rechtschaffen, Nosara, Costa Rica

Mr. and Mrs. William Macarthur, Paris, France

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ricken, Stockholm, Sweden

Marjiam Vanderven, Rotterdam, Holland

Reagan and Christian Erlandson, London, UK

Heinrich Adami, Berlin, Germany

Mexican Ambassador and Mrs. Enrique Hubbard, Mexico City, Mexico

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Magowan, San Francisco, CA

Mr. and Mrs. William Walters, Southampton, NY

Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Sagaponack, NY

Ann Werner, Santa Fe, NM

Kathryn and Charles Arnold, Boulder, CO

Sharon and Stephen Bassock, New York, NY 

Dr. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes, Bear Creek, PA

Herbert Von Kluge, Orlando, FL 

Thomas Winter, Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Kazumi and Takashi Kawai, Dayton, OH

Vanessa de Fabrega, San Francisco, CA

Cathy and Britton Smith, Meeker, CO

Dr. James Manuso, San Francisco, CA and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Tom Napier, Woodland Hills, CA

Dr. and Mrs. Dev Panigrahi, Greenwich, CT

Dr. and Mrs. Steve Gipe, Bozeman. MT

Andre Mele, Sarasota, FL

Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D., President of Sage Colleges, Troy/Albany, NY

Samuel and Matilda Qader, Brooklyn, NY

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Suomi, Beverly Hills, CA

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

1973-76 Crew and Educator, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Northeast Coast, USA

1971-76 Wilderness Expedition Leader and Educator: Alaska, Wyoming, and Yucatan, Mexico, National Outdoor Leadership School