Jonathan Hertzel creates biomorphic bronze sculptures that reflect the dynamic and illusory qualities of perception and reality. “I want my figures to evoke a sense of perpetual change, expressing the energy that propels and guides us – an essence of underlying hidden order,” Hertzel says.

“Hertzel’s sculptures tell us that if we could see the universe for what it really is, we would see a gathering of dynamic forces rather than a static collection of unrelated ideas. The universe is above all alive, growing – in a constant state of flux. But like Hertzel’s sculptures, that growth is focused, centered – emerging from a single point, the hub around which everything revolves,” writes Brian Peterson, senior curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Jonathan Hertzel was featured in a major solo exhibition in 2005 at the Bill Lowe Gallery, and has participated in several other solo and group exhibitions since 1993. His work has been favorably reviewed in various publications, in addition to being highlighted in an exhibition catalogue produced by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1997.

BORN
Detroit Mich. 1953

Education
1979-1981 Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts — Philadelphia, PA. 
1973-1977 University Of Rochester — Rochester, NY. -BA. History

Selected Solo and Featured Exhibitions
2005 THE GATHERING, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- THE GATHERING, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.

2002 FIGURE & GROUND, Lee Harper Gallery, New Hope, PA. 2002

2001 Chaos and Crossroads ”Works in Bronze and Clay”: Atelier, Frenchtown, NJ.

2000 Two Sculptors: Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, PA.

1999 What Out of Earth: Foxglove Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA.
-- From the Sun to the Earth to the Mantle Shift, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.

1997 The Roots Aloft Our Common Ground, ARTSPACE 534, Stroudsburg, PA.

1993 Planetary Skies and Aliens, Medici Center for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

1992 Aliens From The Home Planet, Hartnet Gallery, University of Rochester, NY.

1991 Aliens From The Home Planet; Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA.

1984 Paintings, Sculptures & Environments, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2004 New Hope Sculpture Show; 22nd Annual Ellarslie Open, Trenton City Museum, NJ.

2003 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.; Phillips Mill Juried Art Exhibition, New Hope, PA;

2002 ”15 Exposures”; US. Artists, PAFA Alumni National Juried Exhibition, Armory, Philadelphia, PA.
-- Millville NJ & Stockton College; Art Of The State, Sesquehanna Museum of Art, Harrisburg, PA.
-- Artist As Teacher, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
-- Ellarsie State Art Museum Invitational, Trenton, NJ.

2001 24th Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, Byers Choice, Chalfont, PA.;The ArtsBridge, Stockton, NJ.

2000 River Run Gallery: Lambertville, NJ. ; Woodmere Museum, Juried Exhibition Chestnut Hill,PA.

1999 Louise Melrose Gallery, Buckingham, PA; Foxglove Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA.

1998 Clay Today, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA.
--100th Anniversary Fellowship Select Exhibition, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.
--98th Juried Exhibition of The Fellowship of the PA. of the Fine Arts, West Chester
University, West Chester, PA
--Rodger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

1997 Art Of The State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA.
-- Award Winners of The 97th Fellowship Exhibition, Museum Of American Art, Pennsylvania
-- Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
-- Outside In, 0pen Space Gallery, Allentown, PA.
-- Regional Art Retrospective, Marywood College, Scranton

1994 Exhibition Of TV, Rodger La Pelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
-- 97th Juried Exhibition of The Fellowship of The Academy of The Fine Art, The American College ,
Bryn Mawr PA
-- Regional Art 94, Marywood College, Scranton, PA
-- Philadelphia International Contemporary Art Competition Rodger LaPelle Gallery & Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

1993 Natural Dialogue, California Crafts Museum San Francisco, CA.;
-- Art of the State, State Museum Of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA.

Selected Private and Public Collections
Pennsylvania Acadamy of The Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
Silverman Family Partnership, Inc., Doylestown PA.
Barth Rubin, Budget Motel Stroudsburg, PA.
Rudy & Rose Ackerman, Baum School Of Art, Allentown, PA.
DDS.Steve & Tamar Olitsky Lansdale, PA.
Aurthur Kaplan esq. Philadelphia, PA.
Peppi Elona & Wendy Surkis Sarasota, FLA.
Dr. Bob Lovett. Allentown, PA.

Selected Prizes
2003 Dowling Prize for Sculpture, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

2001 Sculpture Award, The Arts Bridge, Stockton, NJ.

1999 New Exhibitor Prize, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA.

1997 Ceramic Sculpture Award, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA.

1995 1st Prize Sculpture, Monroe County Arts Exhibition, Stroudsburg, PA.

1994 Adolph Dioda Memorial Award for Sculpture, Fellowship of PA. Academy of The Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA.
-- Best of Show, Regional Art 94, Marywood College, Scranton, PA.
-- Third Prize, Mayfair, Muhlenburg College, Allentown, PA.

1993 Second Place, Art Of The State, State Museum Harrisburg PA.

1992 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Fellowship Purchase Prize, Pennsylvania
Academy of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
--May Audubon Post Prize, Fellowship of Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Bibliography
2002 Jodi Thompson, Order Amid Chaos, PRINCETON PACKET Time Off; 6/17/02

1997 Susan James-Gadzinski and Mary Mullen Cunningham, American Sculpture In
the Museum of American Art. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1993 Rita Rosen, “Sketches” Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia PA. 8/27/93

1992 Judith Reynolds, “The Sleep Of Reason”, ClTYNEWPAPER, Rochester, N.Y. 9/24/92
Geoff Gehman, “ Maylair”, THE MORNING CALL, Allentown, PA. 6/22/92

1991 Janie Welker, “Aliens From The Home Planet” THE EMPRESS, 9/20/91
Geoff Gehman, “Art Craft Line, “THE MORNING CALL 9/7/91
Janie Welker, “The Light age”, THE EXPRESS, 7/5/91

1990 Myra Yellin Goldfarb “Tricksters and mysterious, THE MORNING CALL, 10/26/90
Frank Whelan, “The Perfect Fit THE MORNING CALL, 2/4/90
Charles Cohen, “Fright Factory”, THE BETHLEHEM GLOBE-TIMES, 11 /4/89
Carrie Schwartz, ’Gallery Review., THE MORNING CALL, 9/23/89

1988 Ellen Kaye “The Glove Apartment” THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRE 2/7/88

1984 Victoria Donohoe, “Third Street Gallery”, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/28/84
 

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