ON VIEW THRU MARCH 22, 2024: “Work from the Pandemic & Beyond | Jack Gron” at HCU Contemporary Art Gallery features mixed-media paintings, wall sculpture, indoor metal and wood sculptures, and two large outdoor sculptures.
IMAGE CREDIT: “Dream Stalker” by Jack Gron, welded stainless steel, mixed hardwood, 2021
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jack Gron was born in the steel- producing town of Steubenville Ohio in 1951. He received his BFA degree in sculpture from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 1973. Gron attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his MFA degree in sculpture in 1976. From 1976-1980, he operated a sculpture studio in Chicago where he fabricated and installed several large-scale public works, exhibited in Chicago galleries and served as adjunct instructor at community colleges in the area. In 1980, Gron moved to Ohio and taught sculpture and ceramics at the University of Cincinnati, exhibiting his work in local galleries. He later accepted a position as professor of fine arts at the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he taught sculpture for 20 years and served as Chairman of the Art Department for seven years. In 2002, he accepted a position as Director of the School of Art at Northern Arizona University for three years and exhibited public works in that region. In 2005, Jack was offered the position of Chairman of the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he served that institution until his retirement in 2017. Gron now lives in Houston where he maintains a career as a full-time sculptor. Throughout his academic career, Gron has maintained a high profile as a working artist in developing a national and international reputation.