Jim Sajovic

BIO

Jim Sajovic was born in Chicago and studied painting at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida.  He is a recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting.  He currently teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.

 Jim Sajovic’s works are held in public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  His artworks have been exhibited at galleries and museums, nationally and internationally, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles; Edinburgh (Scotland), Paris (France), as well as Milan, Rome, and Venice (Italy).  Solo exhibitions include: Jim Sajovic: Hix Fragments & (pash’n), Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri: Be Inspired, Kemper Crossroads Museum, Kansas City, Missouri: Jim Sajovic: Evolution, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri; Dreamer-Ecstasy, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Jim Sajovic, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; Millennium Garden, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri.  Sajovic’s works were also featured in: “Dream Bodies”, The Kansas City Jewish Museum; “WORD”, Nerman Gallery of Art at JCCC; and “Witness: Artists’ Perspectives on War”, The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; The Perception of Appearance, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Inferno, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dark Paintings and The Dante Paintings, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri; New American Talent: The Tenth Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas; and Motion Pictures: The Art of Jim Sajovic, The Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas.             

Published commentary on his work has appeared in Notes for a Young Painter (Prentice-Hall, Inc.), New American Paintings, and numerous periodicals including Art in America and Flash Art

 

RESUME

Selected Exhibitions and Performance 2014 – 2000:

 Hix Fragments & (pash’n), Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, November 1 – 23, 2013 (solo)

Be Inspired!, Kemper Museum at the Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri, September 7, 2012 through May 3, 2013

Graphic, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansa City, Missouri, February 3 through 25, 2012 (solo)

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Francis Family Foundation Gift, Kansas City, Missouri, 2011 (Commissioned painting)

Narrow Margins, H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri, October 14, 2011 through December 14th.

Opera gallery, Paris, France, 2010-11.

Witness: Perspectives on War, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, November 6, 2009 – February 8, 2010. (Three large acrylic paintings, including “DEMO-“, 124 x 96 inches) (Reviews: Chris Packham, The Pitch; Blair Schulman, Kansas City Star)

WORD, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, September 11 – November 20, 2009. (Five, moderately scaled “text-and-image” paintings) (Review: Alice Thorson, Kansas City Star)

Dream Bodies: Transformative Figures, Epsten Gallery of the Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park, Kansas, July 5 – August 16, 2009. (Site-specific, installation: “Dream Bodies”, digital print on self-adhesive vinyl, 15 x 20 feet) (Review: Elizabeth Kirsch, Kansas City Star)

Kansas City Flatfile, H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri, February 23 – April 5, 2008, & June 19 – September 25, 2010. (Portfolios of prints from ten editions)

Opera Gallery, Venice, Italy 2007-09.

DEMO-, Artsounds, Vanderslice Auditorium, Kansas City Art Institute, October 9, 2007. (Collaborative Live Performance: forty-three minute digital projection with the Dan Thomas Jazz Quintet)

2007 KCAI Faculty Biennial Exhibition: It’s Only Natural, H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri, January 20 – February 17, 2007. (Site-specific installation: “Clone”, digital print on self-adhesive vinyl, 8.5 x 17.5 feet)

Jim Sajovic: Evolution, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri, October 1, 2005, through January 22, 2006. (Solo) (Exhibition included thirty-two examples of my work from 1989 to 2005, organized thematically and installed in four, separate, gallery spaces within the museum plus a site-specific installation in the entry lobby, digital prints on self adhesive vinyl, 15 x 21 feet and 10 x 6 feet.) (Catalogue with essay by Leesa Fanning, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art, Kansas City, Missouri)

Dreamer-Ecstasy, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri, February 4 – May 7, 2005. (Solo) (Twelve acrylic paintings and three editionned prints) (Review; Alice Thorson, Art in America, November 2005)

New Works by Selected Gallery Artists, Bill Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, California, 2003. (“Study for Millennium Garden” published in ArtScene) (Mentioned in Kansas City Star “Artnotes”) (Reproduction with text in Review)

The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 2002. (Curator: Norman Lundin) (Catalogue)

New American Paintings, (Juried Exhibition in Print) Volume XXXXI, Open Studios Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 2002, (Juror, Bill Arning, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

58th Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 2002.

New American Paintings, (Juried Exhibition in Print) Volume XXIX, Open Studios Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 2000. (Juror, Joan Rothfuss, Associate Curator, Walker Art Center)

Jim Sajovic, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2000. (Solo)

 

Education and Academic Honors:

M.F.A. (Painting), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (Highest Honors, William H. Chandler Award, Phi Kappa Phi, Graduate Teaching Assistantship)

BFA. (Painting), University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois(Highest Honors, Bronze Tablet Award, Phi Kappa Phi, Lynda E. Bates Scholarship)

 

Selected Publications and Reviews:

Doe, Donald Bartlett, Motion Pictures: The Art of Jim Sajovic, (Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas, 1990.)

Emont Scott, Deborah, “Curator’s Statement”, Winners-86: M-AAA/NEA Fellowship Awards, (Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, Missouri, 1987), IX, 30, 31

Hix, H. L., Rational Numbers, (Truman State University Press, www2.truman.edu/tsup) (cover)

Fanning, Leesa, “Jim Sajovic: Evolution”, (Catalogue essay, Daum Museum of Contemporary At, Sedalia, Missouri, 2005-06.)

Lambert, Don, “Jim Sajovic”, New Art Examiner, March, 1985, 53

Lundin, Norman, The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of American Figure Drawing, (Frye Art Museum, in association with the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London) 53, 139

Maugeri, Salvatore, “Mostre d’Arte”, Giornale di Vicenza, 16 October, 1980, 7

Rainey, Nan, “Jim Sajovic,” Flash Art, summer, 1996, 132, 133

Shapiro, Steve, “Jim Sajovic,” Forum, November, 1984, 13, 14

Thorson, Alice, “Dark Paintings’ Look at Man”, Kansas City Star “Preview”, September 15, 1995, 18

Thorson, Alice, “Jim Sajovic at Belger Art Center”, Art In America, November 2005, p188-189

Warren, Leland, “Jim Sajovic,” New Art Examiner, April 1991

Weinberg, Adam, “Introduction” New American Talent, The Tenth Exhibition, (Texas Fine Arts

Association, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, 1994)

Williams, Hiram, Notes for a Young Painter, (Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey) 129, 143

Zevitas, Steven T. (Ed), New American Paintings, (Number IV, 1996, 82-83); (Number XXIX, 2000, 126-129); (Number XXXXI, 2002); (The Open Studios Press, Boston, Massachusetts)

 

Selected Collections:

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

DST Systems, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri

Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

Galleria Tinoghelfi, Vicenza, Italy _Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Kemper Insurance Companies, Chicago, Illinois

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama

Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka Kansas

 

Grants:

Kansas City Art Institute, Faculty Development Grant 

Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting ($5000)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Two Faculty Development Grants)

Kansas City Art Institute Special Project Award ($5000)

Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education

Crosby Kemper Foundation

Kansas City Association of Foundations and Trusts

 

Selected Lectures/Presentations:

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas 2009

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas city, Missouri 2008

Kansas City Art Institute, “Language+Image+Culture”, Kansas City, Missouri 2006

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri 2005

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri 1998

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 1990

Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas 1990

Norman R. Eppink Art Gallery, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas 1985

College Art Association/F.A.T.E. Panel “Igniting the Flame: Models of Effective Visual Arts Programs”, Los Angeles, California

Kansas City Art Institute, “Language+Image+Culture”, Kansas City, Missouri 2006

 

Selected Exhibitions 2014 – 1972:

Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2013 (solo) 

Kemper Museum at the Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012-13 

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 2009-10, 2012 (solo) 

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, 2009

Epsten Gallery of the Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park, Kansas, 2009

Opera Gallery, Venice, Italy, 2007, 2008, 2009; Paris, France 2009-10

H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri, 2005-06 (solo)

Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 2005 (solo)

Bill Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, California, 2003

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 2002

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City Iowa, 2002

Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997 (Solo), 2000 (Solo)

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1998 (Solo)

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1996

Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 1991-92 (Solo), 1993 (Solo), 1995 (Solo)

University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1995

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, 1972, 1973 (Award), 1976, 1994 (Award)

Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 1990 (Solo)

Gallery 9, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1990 (Solo)

Francine Ellman Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1989

Art Source, L.A., Los Angeles, California, 1988 (Solo)

Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kansas City Missouri, 1971, 1977 (Solo), 1979, 1989

Batz/Lawrence Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 1984 (Solo), 1985, 1987 (Solo)

Nelson/Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1984; Awards: 1985, 1986, 1987

Norman R. Eppink Art Gallery, Emporia State University, Emporia, 1985 (Purchase), 1987 (Solo)

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, 1972, 1984

Kornblee Gallery, New York City, New York, 1981

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1981

Galleria Tinoghelfi, Vicenza, Italy, 1980 (Solo)

Davenport Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa, 1980 (Award)

University of Missouri Art Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 1979, 1980 (Honorarium)

Galleria d’Arte del Cavallino, Venice, Italy, 1975, 1977, 1980 (Solo)

Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 1976 (Solo), 1978

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, 1969, 1975 (Award, Purchase)

Incontri Internazionale d’Arte, Rome, Italy, 1975

Galleria Valsecchi, Milan, Italy, 1975

Richard Demarco Gallery, Ltd., Edinburgh, Scotland, 1974, 1975

Gilman Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, 1973, 1974 (Solo), 1981

Peterloo Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1974

Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1974

Burleighfield House, Stamford, United Kingdom, 1974

A.A.C. Gallery, River Quay, Kansas City, Missouri, 1972 (Solo), 1974

 

PRESS

 

The Pitch November 2013

The Pitch November 2013 - First Friday Feature

Kansas City Star November 2013