Robert Moorhead - Invited Artist

Artist Statement

My experience and intense interest in Zen Buddhism, early Christian mysticism, French Romanesque frescoes, 17th century French garden design, and particle physics finds its way into my work as does my grounding in the values of "formalism." The visible rendering of deep structure, mystical states, and formal relationships is one of my primary focuses.

I hope to stimulate an encounter between the work and the viewer. The vehicle for this encounter is the pictorial surface approached through a number of strategies. These strategies include the use of calligraphic forms and rich and complex symbols such as a "cross" or an "x", or the use of structuring devices such as a grid or a lattice. These are put in a context allowing for--indeed forcing in some cases--simultaneous references. These references often function on an unconscious level. In some works, words and calligraphy function both as a design device and as a means for adding yet more reference points. In all cases the intent is to mix layers of references and feeling with color, texture, and light. Complex issues of memory, gesture, and the representation of psychological states are explored using a variety of methods and techniques.

My work has moved from post-modern collage to working with deconstructed digital images

Artist Biography

Robert Moorhead was born in 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He spent his youth in the industrial Allegheny Valley community of Tarentum. He received his formal art education at Carnegie-Mellon University, earning a BFA in 1967 and an MFA in Design in 1969. Moorhead left western Pennsylvania in 1970 for a position as a designer for the Rensselaer Research Corporation in Troy, New York. In 1972 he moved to Schenectady to accept a teaching post at Union College. After serving four years as an assistant professor in the arts program, he relocated to the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Since 1976 he has been a member of the faculty at Deerfield Academy where he served as the chair of the fine arts department for twelve years.

Moorhead has been exhibiting his paintings and graphics for over 30 years. Represented by the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery in New York, 2008-2010, his work has appeared in numerous galleries including Hillyer Gallery of Smith College, The Russell Gallery of Deerfield Academy, Baracca Gallery (N. Hatfield, MA), The Schenectady Museum, School of Architecture at RPI, Emma Willard School (Troy, NY), and the Community Center, Weirton, West Virginia. He has participated in a number of regional shows including the Springfield Art Leagues 77th & 61st National Exhibitions and the Mohawk-Hudson Regional. His graphics have been published in a wide range of literary periodicals in the United States and Europe.

Currently retired from Deerfield Academy, Moorhead is married to the poet Andrea Moorhead. They live in the Green River-Meadows area of Greenfield, Massachusetts having lived in the village of Old Deerfield 1976-2014. Along with pursuing their artistic and poetic careers they are instructors emeritus of Deerfield Academy. Together they publish the multi-lingual poetry journal Osiris and continue to administer the Deerfield Academy Press.

Robert Moorhead Artist CV

BFA & MFA Carnegie Institute of Technology / Carnegie Mellon University (1969)

Teaching Experience
Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1976- Visual Arts Instructor, Chair Fine Arts, 1984-90; 2004-2010; Acting Chair, 2012-13
Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1972-1976 Assistant Professor of the Arts,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1970-1974 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Design
Graphic Design Experience
Osiris, a multi-lingual poetry journal, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1972 -- Co-Founder & Designer
Deerfield Academy Press, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1997- . Graphic Designer
Rensselaer Research Corporation, Troy, New York, 1970-72

Gallery Affliation:
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, New York, 2008-2010

Exhibitions of Paintings & Graphics

One Man Shows
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, New York 2008-9
Charles P. Russell Gallery of Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts 2001
Hillyer Gallery of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1985
Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1983
Hilson Gallery, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1982 & 1978
Baracca Gallery, North Hatfield, Massachusetts, 1979
Two Rivers Gallery of The Roberson Center for the Arts & Science, Binghamton, New York, 1975
The Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, New York, 1973
Emma Willard School, Troy, New York, 1971
School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1971
Rensselaer Country Arts Center, Troy, New York, 1970
Community Center, Weirton, West Virginia, 1969
Porter-Garnett Gallery of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1968

Group Shows
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, New York, 2008--2010
SCOPE-Miami / LTMH Gallery, Miami, Florida, 2008
Two-Person with Timothy Trelease, Charles P. Russell Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 2007
Visual Arts Faculty, Charles P. Russell Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 2006 & 2010
Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2003
Two-Person with Timothy Engelland, Charles P. Russell Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 1994
Visual Arts Faculty, Russell Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 1993 & 1992
Two-Person with David Dickinson, Hilson Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 1987
Works on Paper, South Gallery, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA l984
Pratt Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts
Artspace, Franklin County Arts Council, Greenfield, Massachusetts
Graphic Artists of Schenectady, New York

Published Graphics
Direzioni Dispari, by Noura Wedell, « cover » & « frontispiece »,,Cierre Grafica, Verona, Italia, 2009.
La Revue des Archers, #8, p. 22 & 36 « untitled », Marseille, France, 2005.
Barlumi Immemori, by Franco Riccio, « frontispiece », Anterem Edizioni, Verona, Italia, 2004.
Oasis No. 105, cover illustration, p. 28, « Rue de la Croix des Petit Champs I », p. 29, « Rue de la Croix des Petits Camps II », London, United Kingdom, 2002.
Rampike Vol.12/No.1, "Figura Octogesimquarta," p. 2, Toronto, Canada, 2001.
Reperti Fonici, by Angelo Ferrante, "frontispiece", Anterem Edizioni, Verona, Italia, 2000.
The Woodland Steward, cover illustration, Winter 2000, Massachusetts Forestry Association, Belchertown, MA.
Telegrams from the Metropole, by Robert Dassanowsky, cover illustration, University of Salzburg Press, Salzburg, Austria, 1999.
Ante Rem: Scritture di Fine Novento- Antologia, "untitled", p. 204, Anterem Edizioni, Verona, Italy, 1998.
Grande Corpo, by Aldo Ferraris,"frontispiece", Anterem Edizioni, Verona, Italy, 1998.
From a Grove of Aspen, by Andrea Moorhead, cover illustration, University of Salzburg Press, Austria, 1997.
Abraxas 42/43, "Saint-Benoit #1", p. 83, Madison, Wisconsin, 1997.
Minime Topografie, by Marco Furia,"frontispiece", Anterem Edizioni, 1997.
La blancheur absolue, by Andrea Moorhead, cover illustration & two interior pieces, Ecrits des Forges, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, 1995.
Le Guépard 6/7, 4 pieces, pps. 59,100,123,131; Tours, France, 1993.
Le silence nous entoure by Andrea Moorhead, cover illustration & two interior pieces, Ecrits des Forges, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, 1992.
Editor's Choice III, Fiction, Poetry & Art from the U.S. Small Press, reprint from Osiris #26, p. 136, The Spirit That Moves Us Press, Jackson Heights, New York, 1992.
Le Argonautiche dell'anima, by Dorian Veruda, frontispiece, Edizioni Anterem, Verona, Italy, 1989.
O Cari, by Ida Travi, frontispiece, Edizioni Anterem, Vernoa, Italy, 1989.
Anterem #43, 4 pieces (pp. 6,21,48,63), Edizioni Anterem, Verona, Italy, December 1991.
Anterem #25, p.2, Edizioni Anterem, Verona, Italy, 1984.
The Andover Review, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, Spring 1977.
Osiris, issues #1-69, 1972-2009 (graphics appear in every issue), Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Private Collections (selected)
Ellen & Robert Kaufmann, Greenwich, Connecticut
Elizabeth & Lawrence Sulak, Brookline, Massachusetts
Emily & Raoul DeBrigard, New York, New York
Charlotte & Robert Melançon, North Hatley, Québec, Canada
Jean-Chapdelaine Gagnon, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Maryse & Gaston Bellemare, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Dr. & Mrs. Marcel Nadeau, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada
Robert Marteau, Paris, France
Téric Boucebci, Marseille, France
Dodie & Paolo Ceratto, Torino, Italy

Regional Shows
77th National Exhibition, Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA 1996
61st National Exhibition, Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA 1980
Berkshire Art Association, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Mohawk-Hudson Regional, Albany & Schenectady, New York, 1972 & 1971