Moira Marti Geoffrion Biography

Moira Marti Geoffrion was born in Olney, MD, but soon after moved to southeastern Ohio. Growing up on a large farm in the area, she first developed a profound interest in the natural environment which has served as a reoccurring inspiration throughout her artistic career. Working in an interdisciplinary spectrum of the art-making process, she has been able to incorporate elements of sculpture, painting, fibers, and performance into her pieces. All of her artworks, whether they are sculptural or 2-dimensional, are deeply conscious of the natural environment and incorporate the artist’s own personal insights relating to the correlation between human physicality and its surrounding environment.  Geoffrion interweaves ideas relating to her own family history into her work, but always leaves the subject matter of the pieces open enough to allow for a myriad of interpretations. Many of the works use surrealistic subject matter to allude to a sense of natural movement and the way in which a relationship between the human body and the cycles of mother earth is formed.

Throughout her expansive career, Moira Geoffrion has been exhibited in more than 200 museums and galleries found in the United States, various European countries, Australia, and Russia. She has had solo exhibitions in the Snite Museum of Art (catalogue 1987), the Tucson Museum of Art (catalogue 1989), the Cullity Gallery inPerth,Australia(1996), the Sonia Zaks Gallery in Chicago,IL(1998), the Gallery Centella i nTucson, AZ, and the U. KY Gallery (Visiting Artist 2010). She has also been involved over 190 group exhibitions including; the Warner Gallery in South Bend, IN (1987), Zaks Gallery in Chicago, IL (1987), Rousse Museum of Art in Rousse, Bulgaria (2005), the Northern Arizona University Museum of Art in Flagstaff, AZ (2005), Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN (catalogue 2006), the Municipal Museum of Art in Gyor, Hungary (catalogue 2007), and the BIS Altes Museum in Moenchengladbach, Germany (2007). Her art can be found in 30 museum, private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Australia. Geoffrion has received many grants including Fulbright, Mellon, IAC, ACA, and TPAC grants. She has also had artist residencies in Switzerland, Bulgaria and Australia.

 Over the past two decades, Geoffrion has been commissioned to make over a dozen public artworks including a temporary site sculpture for the Connemara Conservancy in Dallas, TX(1990), the 1st Ave. Road and Bridge project in Oro Valley, AZ (2007), an 18-painting commission for the Neuro-Sciences Center of Southern AZ, Tucson (2008), and the Rancho Vista Park and Ride Station in Oro Valley, AZ (2009). Her public and private commissions can be seen throughout the Midwest, Oregon, Oro Valley and Tucson, AZ, and in Australia.

Moira Geoffrion became a MACAA Board member in 1994. She lectured at the International Sculpture Conference in London, England and served as Panel Chair at the South Eastern College Art Conference in Richmond, VA in 2010. She has been featured in over twenty publications throughout her career which include; Arts Magazine (1985), Sculpture Magazine (1995, 1999), and Architectural Review (2009).

Her parents founded the Marti College Prep School from which she graduated. She received her BFA degree from the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts after which she and her husband served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They returned to the United States to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. It was there that Moira founded the Mandalla Pre-School where she taught Art, Theater, Music, English, Math and French. Moira and her husband returned to Africa with their daughter for 10 months for field research in East Africa in Malawi. They then settled in Edwardsville, IL and Moira completed her MFA in Sculpture at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In 1974 they moved to South Bend, IN where Moira had their son and began teaching wood and metal fabrication, drawing, figure modeling and African Art History at Notre Dame University and built a foundry for the Art Department. Moira’s art was represented by the Zaks Gallery in Chicago until 2005 and she exhibited in New York and throughout the United States. In 1986 the family moved toTucson, AZ where Moira was hired to be head of the Art Department at the University of Arizona, and she also taught sculpture. Geoffrion retired from teaching in 2011, and is presently living in Tucson, Arizona. The Mark Sublette Modern Gallery in Tucson, Arizona represents her work.

 

EDUCATION

MFA, Sculpture, Department of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

BFA, Painting, Boston University School of Fine & Applied Art, Boston, MA

COMMISSIONS

2014- 2016       45  Portrait paintings, including Glassers, Pickering and Andrew, Seinfeld, 

                          Baumrins, Farbers, Gewurtzmans, Grusin. Other portraits: Gabby Gifford, Virginia Deal,

                          Barbara Ornelas, Tomassa Rivas, Andy Polk, Dextra

2009                  Rancho Vistoso Park and Ride Station, Oro Valley, AZ, Midtown Sidewalks, Tucson, AZ                    

2008                  Sunrise Presidio Entryway Steel reliefs, Tucson, AZ; Lincoln Park Steel Gates, Tucson, AZ;

2007                  Commission of 18 paintings for Neuro-Sciences Center of Southern AZ, Tucson;

                          Commission of 16 paintings for Fogle  Dental Office, Tucson, AZ

2004-2007         1st Ave road and bridge project, Oro Valley, AZ    

2001-2004         Tangerine Road Widening Project with Mary Bates Neubauer, Oro Valley, AZ

1999-2001         River Road Public Art Enhancement Project with Mary Bates (three miles of new road)

1998                  Collaborative project: life-sized, multi-figure sculpture commission, St. Joseph Hospital, Tucson, AZ

1995 – 97          Design Collaboration, with Medlin, for Terra Christa Foundation, Tucson, AZ

1994 – 96          Sculptural Band Shell, Veteran's Park, public art project, City of Sierra Vista, AZ

1990                  Commission for temporary site sculpture, Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, TX, 8' x I6' x 16'

1989                  Installation for private home of W. Treadwell, Tucson, AZ, 10' x 8' x 16'

1985                  Bronze Sculpture, River Bend Branch, Commissioned for the City of South Bend, IN, 11’x 5’x3’

1970 –1982       8 commissions in Indiana, Illinois and Washington State     

SOLO and TWO-ARTIST EXHIBITIONS 37 solo and 3 2-artist shows include:

2014                  4 Artists, (50 paintings, Desert and Cuban communities) Tucson, AZ

2013                  Redefined Space: Environmental Layers, Tucson, AZ

2013                  Catagenesis: Past to Present, Tucson, AZ

2013                  Catagenesis: Redefining Spaces, Tucson, AZ

2011                  Group Invitationals, Tucson and  Balchik Art Mauseum, Bulgaria      

2010                  Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2007                  Been Around: Gonna Stay”, two sculptors 10 year retrospective, Gallery Centella, Tucson, AZ

2002                  GOCAIA Gallery (web catalogue - gocaia.org) Tucson, AZ

                          Northern Trust Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1998                  Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997                  University of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

1996                  Cullity Gallery, Perth, Australia; Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1995                  Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ (3 person show)

1989                  Stonewall IV, Tucson Museum of Art (catalogue)   

                          Northern AZ University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ

1987                  Snite Museum of Art,(catalogue) Notre Dame, IN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 200 exhibitions, include:

2017                   "25th Anniversary Celebration" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2016                  The Modern West, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson AZ;

2016                   In the Spirit,Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

2015                   Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2015                   Biennial Bash, Tucson Museum of Art

2015                   Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

2015                   Pop Up Happening, Old Borderlands Warehouse, Tucson, AZ Steinfeld Warehouse show, Tucson, AZ

2015                   Small Works  (8 paintings), Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ

2015 and 2014   Small things Considered, Tucson, AZ, AZ

2014                   Shifting Ecologies, Painting Center, New York, NY

2013                   Pop Up Art Happening, Southern AZ Community Foundation, TPAC, Tucson, AZ

2013                   Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater Lobby Installation, AZ

2013                   Desert Graslands Exhibition, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ

2012                   Indiana Woman’s Caucus for Art Exhibition, Goshen, IN

2010                   Sculpturefest, Woodstock, VT -  2 sculptures and 1 site installation 

2009                   Tucson Museum of Art Biennial, JCC Sculpture Garden, Tucson, AZ year long exhibition, 3 large  bronzes                         

2007                   Dialogue With Nature, (three artist show) BIS Altes Museum, Moenchengladbach, Germany

                           iX International Biennial, Municipal Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary ( catalogue)

2006                   New Art of the West 9, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN (catalogue)

2005                   The Politics of Water, Northern AZ University Museum of Art, Flagstaff, AZ

                           Rousse Museum of Art, Rousse, Bulgaria (two installations)

                           Two exhibitions at Liz Hernandez Gallery, (23 works), Tucson AZ

                           Sculpture by the Sea, site specific Public Art, large steel sculpture (catalogue) Bondi, Australia

2004                   Tohono Chul Invitational:  Mount Lemmon Fires, Tucson, AZ

2004                   Group Show, Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2002                   University of Nebraska, Lincoln; JCC Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Kohler Art Center group show, WI

2001                   International Masters of Graphic Arts, Municipal Museum of Art, GYOR, HUNGARY (catalogue)     

2000                   Group exhibits at Elizabeth Cherry Gallery, Tucson AZ and at SOHO 20 Gallery, New York, NY

1999                   Ready Set D’Art,  Tucson Museum of Art, AZ

                           Group Exhibit, GOCAIA Gallery, Tucson AZ (three sculptures)

1999                   Pleasures of the Palettes, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ, (catalogue))

                           Group Invitational, Elizabeth Cherry, Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ - three sculptures

                           Art Works of Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA

1998                   Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ

                           Abject Lands, Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ (catalogue)

                           Low Lands Horizons, Cullity Gallery, UWA,  Nedlands, Australia (catalogue)                           

                           4-Person Show, International Sculpture Conference, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

                           Tucson Collection '98, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1997                   Ready, Set, D’Art, Tucson Museum of Art

                           International Triennial of Painting, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, (catalogue)

                           View Points, Temple of Music & Art, Tucson, AZ

                           Stocker Center Gallery, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH

                           Southern Illinois University Art Gallery Invitational, Edwardsville, IL

                           The Art & Cultural Center Invitational, Fallbrook, CA

                           Smack Mellon Studios Invitational, Brooklyn, NY

1995 - 1997        Public Sculpture Project, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, (catalogue and CD)

1996                   Two-Person Show, Cullity Gallery, University of Western Australia

                           International Painting Biennial, Contemporary Artists’ Union, Sofia, Bulgaria

                           Fibula, Traveling Invitational, Sofia, Baltchik, & Plovdiv, Bulgaria

1995                   Southwest Artscapes, Artimiso Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

                           Tubac Center for the Arts Invitational, Tubac, AZ

                           Redefining Legacies, Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX (catalogue)

                           The Art of the Matter, Boston University Galleries, Invitational, Boston                    

                           Women Artists '95, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA

                           International Invitational, Festival of Modern Art, Baltchik, Bulgaria

                           Entirely Approachable Art, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

                          Tucson Collection '95, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                           Life Through Art, PACT Auction, Loew's Ventana Resort, Tucson, AZ

                           Invitational, World Heritage Rock Art, Northern AZ University Museum

1994                   Positive/Negative, Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, TX

                           Invited Exhibitor, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

                           Southwest Artscapes, Artimiso Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

                           Tubac Center for the Arts Invitational, Tubac, AZ

                           WCA Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX

                           Group Invitational, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA

                           Barn Gallery, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ

                           Off the Walls, Greater South Bend Museum of Art, IN

                          The Phoenix Center Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

                           Davis Dominguez Summer Invitational, Tucson, AZ

1992                   Northwest Coast Collage Traveling Exhibition, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Corbin Art Center;               Governor's Gallery, Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA; Index Gallery, Vancouver, WA; North Light Gallery, Everett, WA

N.B.                    Moira Marti Geoffrion’s works are in 23 museum and corporate collections.

HONORS and AWARDS  28 grants, awards and honors, including:

2012-2013          New Work Artist Grant, Catagenesis: Reclaiming/Redefining Place

2006                   James B Anthony Outstanding Teaching Award, (one awarded each year), University of AZ 2005                   

                           Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, (awarded for extra curricular programs and assistance of     

                           students at  all levels,  especially  freshman students) University of AZ, Tucson

1993                   Earth Walls, Human and Geological Time Layerings, UA Small Grant

1990                   ACA Grant awarded for Borders & Bridges Conference

                           Connemara Invited Exhibitor Grant for site sculpture, Dallas, TX

1988-89              Exhibition Grant, Stonewall Foundation, Tucson Museum of Art

1986                   Exxon Distinguished Scholars Grant, University of Notre Dame, IN

                           Jesse Jones Travel and Research Grant, University of Notre Dame

1984                   Indiana Arts Commission Grant

1983                   Indiana Arts Commission Grant

1983                   Mellon Foundation, Faculty Summer Research Program

1982                   ICIP Fulbright Grant to India Research and Travel

1981                   Indian Arts Commission Grant

Grant funded Artist Residencies in India, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Australia, Malawi, University of Oregon, UC Boulder, Brooklyn College, University of Kentucky, Chicago Art Institute, and 18 others.

Invited Lecturer Yale Club, Tucson, AZ; UC Boulder, CO, OSU; Corvallis, Oregon; Snite Museum, South Bend, IN; South Bend Art Center, Evanston Art Center, IL; UK, Lexington KY; Altes Museum, Moenchengladbach, Germany; ISC conference in Dublin, Ireland; ISC Conference in London, UK; Zurich, Switzerland; Baltchik, Bulgaria; Oryahovo, Bulgaria and Rousse Museum in Bulgaria; UWA, Perth, Australia; Warnambul, Australia; Sydney, Australia; St Petersburg, Russia; St Louis, MO and Richmond, VA.

REVIEWS and ARTICLES 5 Aats magazines, 20 newspapers and 10 other regional magazines include:

2010                   UK Reader article on my solo show in Kentucky

2007                   Essay for BIS Altes Museum exhibition, Elaine King, curator and writer for Sculpture Magazine

1999                   Sculpture Magazine, Essay- 4 AZ/ 4 New Mexico Artists by Kay Whitney, July/ August issue 1998             

                           Review of Solo show at Sonia Zaks Gallery in the Chicago Reader,(Nov.)

1998                   Review of solo show by Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune

1995                   Sculpture Magazine, review of  solo exhibition, Zaks Gallery, Chicago,

1985                   Arts Magazine, Robert Mahoney