John Sturgeon

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  • ISEA1997

    John Sturgeon is an electronic media, installation, and per­formance artist who received his Masters in Fine Arts from Cornell University in 1970. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships; several NEA and state supported production grants; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; and a Fulbright Scholar Abroad Fellowship. Throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Sturgeon has consistently utilized emerging forms of elec­tronic media to articulate his quest for a spiritual persona. His electronic adaptations of ritualistic practices question the role of electronic media in the process of self creation/discovery and community formation while creat­ing a unique space for the contemplation of these issues. His work has exhibited nationally at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Internationally, Sturgeon has participated in numerous exhibitions and symposiums such as: Symposium Moor’92 in Oldenburg, Germany; the 1976 Biennale of Sydney; Second Link-Video 80’s at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, & the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Third Videonale Bonn, Germany; Videobrasil, Festival Fotoptica Museu da Imagem e do Sam, Sao Paulo, and Video Meetings ’91 in Sarajevo,Yugoslavia. Sturgeon is currently Associate Professor of Electronic Media and Associate Head of the School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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