Michael Loop

MichaelLoop.com

Cell: 856.220.9710

Michael.loop@mail.wvu.edu

 

Education

2013                Master of Fine Arts

                         West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV     

1998                Bachelor of Fine Arts

                         West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Professional Experience

2013-Pres.     Chief Preparator,  Art Museum of WVU, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

§  Responsible for the presentation of the Laura and Paul Messaro’s Gallery.  Assist in the preparing, receiving, installing, lighting, wrapping for shipment, local transport, and shipping of artworks on a rotating basis throughout the academic year. 

§  Maintain the visual appearance of the galleries through repairs, painting, building pedestals, adjusting lights, setting up A/V, and fabricating under the guidance of the curator and/or visiting artist.

§  Contribute directly to creative problem solving in the context of installing all artwork including non-traditional artworks. 

§  Manage two graduate student assistants. Create tasks, reach deadlines, and pose gallery responsibilities for exhibition success on a scheduled rotating basis.

§  Photograph and document the Art Museum’s  collection for the TMS digital data-base.  

§  Formatted, and implemented a new hanging system in the lighting studio for quicker and more effective imaging of the museum’s art collection.

§  Work with Art Museum curator installing art in the Ware Family Gallery at Blaney House, West Virginia University.

 

2010- 2013      Gallery Graduate Assistant, Mesaros Galleries, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

§  Worked directly with the curator to ensure the academic year art exhibitions were installed properly on a rotating basis.

§  Maintained the visual appearance of the galleries.

§  Set up lighting, applied vinyl, graphics, and signage where applicable, painted, installed and uninstalled artworks. 

 

2008-2010       General Manager, Vespa Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Hired to improve profit and brand recognition through the sales and service of Vespa, Aprilia, and Piaggio motorscooters.  Worked with customers, sales staff and mechanics to promote a comfortable and fun work environment while becoming a national top 10 dealer.

§  Created all marketing strategies and showroom spatial displays to ensure positive customer experience. 

§  Streamlined budget to make the business more efficient and profitable.

§  Handled all marketing and advertising contracts.

§  Worked with local and retail chain businesses to gain exposure for brand marketability and retention.

§  Hired and trained all staff in management, sales, and mechanics. 

 

2005-2012       Studio Assistant, Christopher Weed, sculptor, Colorado Springs, CO (part-time)

                        www.chrisweed.com

Assisted sculptor Christopher Weed with the fabrication and finishing work on steel hollow body constructed artwork.

§  Assisted in the fabrication of artwork from start to finish using various metal working tools and techniques to achieve the artist’s vision.

§  Researched, consulted, and applied proper finishes to meet the weather, and traffic demands of the public art forum.

§  Assisted in the installation and logistics of erecting artworks on the jobsite.

 

2002-2008       Sales and Marketing Manager, Sportique Scooters, Colorado Springs,CO

                        www.sportiquescooters.com

Assisted in start-up operations of this small business entity by planning floor space and inventory, establishing vendor relations, and creating an enjoyable work and sales environment with high expectations for values in customer care and service.

§  Developed the marketing and advertising strategies to target the five product lines and an average of 35 models.

§   Utilized my fabrication skills to renovate an entire building to include walls, re-finishing floors, creating display pedestals, and installing signage.

 

2000-2002       Senior Steel Fabricator, Ancona Jobshop, Colorado Springs, CO

Created and installed, both traditional and contemporary, handmade wrought iron gates, fences, railings, and custom furniture for residential, museum, and commercial sales. 

§  Worked with customers to ensure product design and satisfaction of work and to offer an artist viewpoint in designing unique workmanship. 

§  Worked within the parameters of government and state building codes.

§  Always worked ahead of deadlines and worked both in the shop and the field.

  

1998-2000       Studio Assistant/Finisher, Albert Paley, sculptor, Rochester, NY

                        www.albertpaley.com

Apprenticed with the sculptor, Albert Paley, in the fabrication of functional and sculptural artwork utilizing applied blacksmithing, carpentry, and metalworking techniques.

§  Responsible for applying finishes to artwork including painting and patina.

§  Assisted with project layouts, drawings, shipping, receiving, and inventory.

§  researched new processes and products to achieve the artist’s vision without compromise to the art’s integrity.

§  Utilized a number of tools to achieve artist’s vision including: grinders, plasma cutters, vertical/horizontal presses, trip & drop hammers, coal forge, oxy/acet., etc.

§  Ran all of the electrical wiring for Paley’s lamp series during my assistantship.

§  Responsible for rotating artwork in the studios gallery to reflect the studios current work.

§  Responsible for the care and conservation of art from touch-up to complete restoration.

 

Selected Exhibitions as a visual artist
 

2014                All Good Things, Street Culture Vol. 2, The Grassy Noel Gallery & Studio, Teaneck, NJ.            Curator:        Noel Gussen, Director.

2014                Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY. Curator: Judy Barie, Gallery Director

2014                Gallery Divided II: A head-to-head matchup between Marshall and WVU faculty, (collaboration with Shoji Satake), Clay Center, Charleston, WV

2013                Please Read Carefully, Art Lofts Gallery juried exhibition, Madison, WI

2013                Arts Walk, Monongalia Art Center & City of Morgantown, Morgantown, WV

2013                Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, Kissimmee Main Street juried exhibition, Kissimmee, FL

2013                Interface, Laura Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University,

                        Morgantown, WV

2013                Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Ratchet & Pawl, Featured Outdoor Sculpture

                        Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

2013                Chopped, Dropped, & Rolled, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Laura Mesaros

                        Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2013                Confluence, AIR Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2012                1st Juried Student Art Exhibition, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

                        Jurors: Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston, Cannonball Press, NY, NY

2012                Home Grown, AIR Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2012                Glam Natural Art Show and Exhibition, We Gallery, Akron, OH

                        Curator: Katie Angsheld

2012                Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, Kissimmee Main Street juried exhibition, Kissimmee, FL.  Juror: Kelly Trace

2011                Joyrides, Studio 659, Whiting, IN

2011                Ego/ Anti-Ego, MFA candidate exhibit, Mesaros Galleries, Morgantown, WV

1998                BFA Graduation Exhibit, Mesaros Galleries, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

1997                Have You Seen Me?, Mountainlair Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Selected Honors and Permanent Collections

2014                Dan Raese, Morgantown, WV

2014                Daniel McCawley, Morgantown, WV.

2014                Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NY, NY.

2014                $500 Honorarium, Art Around Town, Carbondale, CO

2014                Nominated for Award for Adjunct Faculty Excellence, West Virginia University

2013                $500 Honorarium, Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, Kissimmee, FL

2012                $500 Honorarium, Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, Kissimmee, FL

2012                Best in Show, 1st Juried Art Exhibition, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

                        jurors: Martin Mazoura and Mike Houston, Cannonball Press NY, NY

2013                Meritorious Tuition Waiver, West Virginia University. Spring Semester, 2013.

2012                Meritorious Tuition Waiver, West Virginia University. Fall Semester, 2012.

2012                Meritorious Tuition Waiver, West Virginia University. Spring Semester, 2012.

2011                Meritorious Tuition Waiver, West Virginia University. Fall Semester, 2011.

2011                Meritorious Tuition Waiver, West Virginia University. Spring Semester, 2011.

2010                Meritorious Tuition Waiver, West Virginia University. Fall Semester, 2010.

2007                Best Paint and Build Award for Wide Body Vespa, Vespa Club of America National Rally, Denver, CO

2005                Best Paint Award, Mile High Mayhem Scooter Rally, Denver, CO

2001                American Numismatic Association Museum, Colorado Springs, CO

1997                Outdoor Sculpture Award, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Professional Activities          All activities related to position as Preparator and/or graduate                                                            assistant of the Mesaros Galleries

2014                Dennis Ichiyama

                        Experiments in Type & Color

                        September - October, 2014, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Triangle Poster & Print Co. with work by Joe Galbreath

                        Coming Here Soon!

                         September - October, 2014, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Project Exhibition

                        April – May, 2014, Laura & Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Silas Spellman

                        Liminal Spaces – MFA exhibition

                        March, 2014, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                       

                        Kristine Synowka

                        MFA exhibition

                        March, 2014, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Sarah Olsen

                        Curve to Edge - MFA exhibition

                        March, 2014, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Andrea Polli

                        Breathless – Deem Artist

                        January – February, 2014, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                       

                        DEEM 20: Twenty years of the Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture

                        January – February, 2014, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                       

2013                Jenny Odell

                        View Without a Room

                        October – December, 2013, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                     

                        Carol Hummel

                        Telling Yarns

                        October – December, 2013, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                       

                        Joshua Dudley Greer

                        Point Pleasant

                        September – October, 2013, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                       

                        Beau Carey and Cedra Wood

                        Fathom Out

                        September – October, 2013, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                                   

                        Youxian Zhang

                        The Essence of Ink- painting on paper

                        January – February, 2013, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

2012                Richard Rezac

                        Sculpture 2003-2012

                        October – December, 2012, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Cannonball Press: Martin Mazorra

                        Run What You Brung

                        October – December, 2012, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Gregory Witt

                        Everyday Instruments

                        September – October, 2012, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        David Leigh

                        Tune and Noise

                        September – October, 2012, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Bachelor of Fine Art Senior Project Exhibition

                        April – May, 2012, Paul & Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Prints from the Collection:

                        Co-curated by Printmaking professor Joseph Lupo and Curator Robert Bridges

                        January – March, 2012, Laura & Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                       

2011                Shared Journeys II:

                        Ceramic art exhibition in conjunction with NCECA

                        October – November, 2011, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Thaddeus Mosley

                        Sculpture

                        September – October, 2011, Paul Mesaros Gallery                 

 

                        Nyame Brown

                        The John Henry Works

                        September – October, 2011, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Bachelor of Fine Art Senior Project Exhibition

                        April – May, 2011, Laura & Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Across Cultures: Together in Jingdezhen

                        January – March, 2011, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

 

                        Xiaoze Xie

                        January – March, 2011, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                       

2010                Bill Gilbert

                        Physiocartographies

                        October – November, 2010, Paul Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, W                       

 

                        Nate Larson

                        Mapping the Data Stream

                        September – October, 2010, Laura Mesaros Gallery

                        Morgantown, WV

                                               

Teaching & Academic Experience
 

2013-Pres.      Adjunct Lecturer, School of Fine Arts, Fairmont State University,

                        Fairmont, WV

§  Faculty scholarship committee

§  Upper level student defense committee

                       Fall 2014 -        Drawing 1. 2D Design 

                       Spring 2014 -   Drawing 1

                                                3D Design/Foundations

                        Fall 2013 –      Drawing 1

                                                 2D Design/Foundations

                      

 

2013-2014       Adjunct Lecturer, School of Art & Design, West Virginia University,

                        Morgantown, WV                      

                        Fall 2014 –      Drawing 1

                                                Intro. to Sculpture

                                                Multi-Media

                        Spring 2014 -   3D Design/Foundations (2 Courses)

                        Fall 2013 –      Drawing 1

                                                Intro. to Sculpture

                                                Multi-Media

                         Summer Session 1 – Drawing 1 & 2; Multi-Media

                         Summer Session 2 – 2D Foundations

 

2010-2013       Graduate Teaching Assistant in Foundation & Sculpture, School                                                       of Art & Design, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

                                    -as Instructor of Record I taught Foundation Art classes including                                           Observational Drawing, 2D & 3D Visual Design and 200 level Sculpture.

 

 

Technical Expertise

 

  • Software: Photoshop, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Vectorworks (CAD), Google Sketchup
  • Woodworking: Knowledge of woodworking and carpentry techniques: to include hand and power-tools, table saw, joining, lathe work, drill-press, sanders, staining and finishing.
  • Metalworking: MIG, TIG, ARC, Hollow body and solid fabrication in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, traditional forging & blacksmithing, power-tools, plasma cutting, rollers, metal breaks, Hossfeld metalworker, horizontal bandsaw, anvil work, working knowledge of machining.
  • Foundry: Blast furnace operations for bronze and aluminum, plaster (ludo) investment, wax working, rubber mold making, pattern making, patina and finish work.
  • Finishing: Mastery in high paint finishes, enamel, lacquer, single and two stage urethane paints, gravity, siphon, and hvlp sprayer, airbrush, polishing and buffing.
  • Synthetics: Mold and pattern making utilizing plastic, plaster, rubber, silicone, epoxy, acrylic, and resin.
  • Ceramics: working knowledge of electric and gas kiln operations, clay and glaze mixing, slip casting, glazing, high and low fire applications.

 

Certifications and Professional Development

2014                Packing & Crating Dynamics Workshop 2014, Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh,

                        Pa.

1999                Forklift Certification, Paley Studios Ltd., Rochester, NY.

1999                Crane Certification (boom crane, bridge crane), Paley Studios Ltd., Rochester,

                        NY.

1998                International Sculpture Conference, Chicago, IL.

 

Publications and Publicity

2013                Community Tree Project with international artist Carol Hummel,                                                        http://www.carolhummel.com/?action=portfolio&nav=recent&pid=204

2013                Cover of Catalog and Postcard, Interface, Mesaros Gallery,                                                                 Morgantown, WV

2013                Dominion Post Article: March 17, 2013 Press release, MFA Art Thesis

                        Exhbibition, Morgantown WV

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2013                Poster and advertising, Confluence,  AIR Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa

2012                Glam Natural Art Show and Exhibition, Akron, OH

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2012                Cover of Kissimmee Scultpure Experience brochure:

                        http://kissimmeemainstreet.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/kissmainsculpturebrochure121.pdf

2012                News coverage for Kissimme Sculpture Experience:

                        http://www.clickorlando.com/Sculpture-experience-hits-                                                                     Kissimmeee/-/1637238/17762920/-/11g26gwz/-/index.html