Bio


JAMES J. RETTINGER, JR.

101 Heldon Drive ARTIST Moon Township, PA 15108 ART EDUCATOR 412-299-3015 • jjrett@comcast.net



EDUCATION

1954 Graduate Crafton High School

B.S. in Art Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania Masters in Art Education Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Art Teacher, 38 years (retired) Seneca Valley School District



MEMBERSHIPS

•Associated Artists of Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh Society of Artists

•West Hills Art League • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

•Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors • Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts

•Associated Artists of Butler County • Thursday Group, Panza Gallery, Figure Drawing




EXHIBITS

•Edinboro University • Appalachian Corridors Exhibit, Avampato Discovery

•Seton Hill College Museum, Charleston, WV (2 works)

•Thiel College • Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg,

•Butler County Arts Center PA, (2008 Juried Biennial )

•PPG Wintergarten (Art Educator shows) • Hoyt Institute, New Castle (Atlantic Regional)

•Pennsylvania Governor’s School • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Mercyhurst College) • Cranberry Civic Center

•Indiana University of Pennsylvania • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh (Kipp Gallery) (National Open Exhibition)

•University of Pittsburgh Gallery, • Harmony House Tours, Harmony, PA Frick Fine Arts Bldg • Butler Institute of American Art, Salem, Ohio branch

•Third Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA • Carnegie Mellon University (Associated Artist Pittsburgh Show)




ONE-PERSON SHOWS

•North Hills Art Center • Gallery Z, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA

•Butler County Community College • Le Poire Gallery, Crafton, PA

•Frank L. Melega Art Museum, Brownsville, PA • Hoyt Institute, New Castle, PA

•Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA • Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA

•Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA




TWO-PERSON SHOWS

•Panza Gallery, Millvale, PA with Painter Joab Naylor

•Framery Gallery, Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville), PA with Ceramic Sculptor John Dorinsky

•Butler County Arts Center, with artist and former student, Gary Ripper


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FUTURE SHOW – ONE-PERSON

• Panza Gallery, Millvale, PA, April 2010


COLLABORATIONS

2008 - 2009 “A Fission of Form”, with sculptor participant, a collaboration with the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, Pittsburgh Poets, and Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. Poet Anthony Petrosky selected my sculpture, “Fractured Earth”, for poetic inspiration with a 3-month time frame. The resulting poem was to be then illustrated by a member of the Illustrating Society. The project is to be concluded with a poetry reading and art exhibition at the Panza Gallery, Millvale, PA, on October 31, 2009, where my sculpture will be shown in concert with other events.

2007 “Arts and Industry Program” honoring 2007 Pittsburgh Year of Glass Celebration. Participant in a collaboration with Dielectric Solutions (glass-fiber manufacturers, Kittanning, PA), Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and the Art Department at Seton Hill University. I collaborated with Seton Hill art student, Lauren Eting. Our contribution was a multi-media installational sculpture, “A Fashion Statement on Wheels”, constructed from found objects and with fiberglass fabric. Ken Beers, the industry co-owners, provided the fabric and a tour of the factory for all participants. Pati Beachley, Art Department Chair at Seton Hill, coordinated the project which was concluded with an exhibit at Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA. There were six artist-student collaborations shown.

2006 “Hidden Behind Walls”, an installation with Seneca Valley High School students in conjunction with a personal show of drawings, painting and sculpture at the “Big Gallery”, Seneca Valley Intermediate School. A doorway opening, formerly used as a janitors’ closet, was seized to hide arbitrary found objects, tree branches, tin cans and lumber scraps behind the school walls made viewable with the aid of projective, reflection mirrors with spotlights. The project was completed with arts lecture and talks at the opening.

2003 - 2004 “A Beginning, A Middle and An Ending”, a personal collaboration with ceramic artist, Joe Sendek, at the ceramic studies at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Joe was the advanced pottery instructor. The plan concentrated on Joe’s skills with wheel-thrown pottery and my attempts with hand building with clay. The creative process was orderly. I took the first step, then Joe added the middle, and I followed by joining the completing forms. In the end, three works were made as we exchanged the starting, middle and finishing sequence. One work reached for found objects for added closure as sculpture. The idea sprang from architect Louis Sullivan’s statement that a building is like a story – “It has a beginning, a middle and an ending.” Sullivan’s concept that form follows function continues to enliven our culture.