Roy Staab, our April 12 presenter is a celebrated, world traveling, immensely diverse, Wisconsin-based artist, who has created environmental art in exhibitions and installations throughout the world: most recently in Iran, Taipei, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria, Russia and India, and Wisconsin. Working with natural materials and forms, Roy has received a long list of grants and awards for his unique creations. At our meeting, Roy will give a slide presentation of his installations and will describe his creative process.
Bio: Roy Frank Staab, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 9th, 194. I live in Wisconsin, went to Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, got my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1969 and then after a few jobs went to Europe to see all that I have studied and to find my inner self to be an artist. I did not take the commercial path but made art out the situation and my feelings. European living was different [in a way] from American where there is a difference in living life and taste. I moved to New York City after living in Europe and Paris for ten years.
Coming to New York City to live was a bumpy move after having two of my artworks collected by the French museums. It was meeting a different system of the art market. I did installations in France my way and when I came to New York my first experience was to do the same but in a gallery situation. The big white desk of the gallery system was daunting. I went to nature to make my art in the spring of 1983 using natural materials from the site and working in and over water making environmental site sculptures which are installation and part of the land/place. This was art not done in this way and I was not sure it was art at all. Then I became a photographer to photograph my ephemeral works. Grants came from the New York Foundation [hence I made a work in New York’s Central Park], New York State Council for the arts [a series of reed sculptures made along the Hudson River] and my first international work in Finland 1990. I made my own works in wild nature and really became a peripatetic artist going to land art events making my art in many places of the world.
Roy Staab received these Wisconsin Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship; Art Futures Award. He is in these Wisconsin public collections: Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Wisconsin Art, Ripon Art Collection.