Peculiar juxtapositions mark Jeffrey Schiff’s installations. Through over thirty years of making art he has explored the way the human hand transforms the natural world, and how we decode objects and images when they are out of context—navigating the interplay of rationality and custom, or order and disorder. Perception of disjunction triggers our imagination. Employing patterns and depth, he poises pieces between literal rendering and personal invention. Dark rigid brackets seem to capture wispy passing clouds. Prosaic objects are embedded in granite plinths. Rounded stones penetrate photographic space. The Brooklyn artist fuses oriental carpet to concrete and reduces them to rubble, confounding expectations of how these materials might meet in daily use or art. Schiff often focuses on a particular cultural and historical period, but threads that weave through all his work are conflicting views of globalism, contingent relationships between parts and whole, and skepticism about the commercial/scientific enterprise in the information age.
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
B.A Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Awards and Fellowships
2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship
2005 Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center Residency
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Sculpture
2003 Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University
2002 Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Residency
1998 Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship: India
1991 Boston Society of Architects, Award For Design Collaboration shared with Kennedy and Violich, Architects.
1985 Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Individual Artist Fellowship
1984 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship
1984 Boston/Kyoto Sister City Traveling Grant
1980 Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Individual Artist Fellowship
1979 National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Public Places Planning
1976 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship
1976 American Academy in Rome, The Rome Prize: Sculpture
1975 Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Individual Artist Fellowship
2012 National Academy Museum, NYC, Annual Exhibition
2011 Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Double Vision
2010 Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi, India, Spiral Jetty
2010 San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Primary Forms
2008 Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn NY, Mend
2006 Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn NY, Library
2006 Exit Art, NYC, The Water Project with Aki Sasamoto Colossus
2006 William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Proximities of Distance
2005 Exit Art, NYC, The Praying Project with Aki Sasamoto Everything
2004 Paul Mellon Library, Choate Rosemary Hall, The Library Project
2003 William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Masala
2003 Wesleyan University, Olin Memorial Library, The Library Project
2001 The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NY, A Threshold of Spirit
2000 Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Wunderkammer Wonderworks
2000 Bose Pacia Modern, NY, Boundlessly Various and Everything Simultaneously
2000 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA, Blurring the Boundaries
curated by Hugh Davies and Ron Onorato
1999 Scottsdale Museum of Art, Scottsdale AZ, Blurring the Boundaries, curated by Hugh Davies and Ron Onorato
1998 Nature Morte, New Delhi, India, Everywhere Chidambaram
1998 Real Art Ways, Hartford CT, from L’ENCYCLOPEDIE: Miriotier
1997 Deutsche Bank, NYC, World Views organized by Creative Time
1996 Katonah Museum, Katonah NY, Making Sense
1996 Wesleyan University, Zilkha Gallery, Middletown CT, Earth Again
1996 Caldwell College, Caldwell NJ, Testing Transcendence
1995 Richard Anderson Gallery, NYC
1994 Caldwell College, Caldwell NJ, Working Paper
1993 Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, NYC, Transcending Boundaries
1993 Sculpture Center, NYC, Devices
1991 Snug Harbor Sculpture Festival, Staten Island, NY, Kill Van Kull
1991 Wesleyan University, Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT, Field of Play
1991 Sculpture Center, NYC, Lost and Found
1990 Damon Brandt Gallery, NYC
1990 Boston Center for the Arts, Installation and Place, O Sole Mio
1989 Wesleyan University, Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT, …or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken
1989 New Mexico State University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM (under)MINING
1989 The Berkeley School, NYC, Korean War Memorial Finalist Exhibition
1988 Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts Deus Ex Machina
1987 San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Parameter 8, San Diego, CA
1987 Rastovsky Gallery, NYC New, Renaissance Voices
1987 R.C. Erpf Gallery, NYC, Finer Distinctions, curated by Joseph Masheck
1987 Stux Gallery, NYC, Transvision
1986 Stux Gallery, New York, NY, New Sculpture
1986 Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, Site Works
1986 Stux Gallery, New York, NY, Gallery Artists
1986 Stux Gallery, Boston, MA, Gallery Artists: Part II – Sculpture
1986 Stux Gallery, New York, NY, Inaugural
1986 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Sculptural Objects and Installations, High Mesa
1985 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, New Ground
1985 University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Ten: Tenth Anniversary Exhibition
1985 Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, CT, Working on the Railroad: Art Projects for the Northeast Corridor, South Station Project
1985 Stux Gallery, Boston, MA, Gallery Artists: Part One-Sculpture
1984 Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Artists Curate, Holy Wars
1984 Stux Gallery, Boston, MA, Small, Smaller, Tiny
1983 Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Beyond the Monument, South Station Project
1983 Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, Sculpture/Installations
1983 Stux Gallery, Boston, MA, Summer Review
1983 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, Second Sight
1982 Stux Gallery, Boston, MA, A Courtyard, an Axis, an Ambulatory
1982 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Graham Gund Collection
1982 Stux Gallery, Boston, MA
1981 University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Revision: An Installation
1981 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Architectural References
1980 Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Washington, DC, Drawn in Space
1980 University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
1979 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA Six Sculptors
1977 American Academy in Rome, Italy
1976 American Academy in Rome, Italy
2007 Office of Chief Medical Examiner Forensic Biology Lab, New York City,from L’Encyclopedie, 20 digital prints
2004-08 Superior Courthouse, New Britain, CT, Rail of Justice
1990-95 South Station Railroad Terminal, Boston, MA, Destinations. Permanent sculpture commissioned by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
1986-98 Thompson Square – Charlestown, MA. Commissioned by Charlestown Preservation Society and Brown Fund of Boston.
1985 Liberty Square/Market Center Intersection, Baltimore, MD. Commissioned by Market Center Development Corporation of Baltimore.
1985-87 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Bench: Mooring. Commissioned by the Connecticut State Commission on the Arts.
1984 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Separate Ground, permanent outdoor sculpture at Chancellor residence
1983 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA Second Mesa, a performance collaboration: Sculpture/Sets, Jeffrey Schiff; Choreography, Douglas Dunn; Music,John Driscoll/Richard Lerma
Benjamin Genocchi, THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 19. 2003
Cori Bolger, HARTFORD COURANT, September 24, 2003
John Adamian, HARTFORD ADVOCATE, September 11, 2003
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Ana Honigman, TIME OUT NEW YORK, August 16, 2001
Lilly Wei, ART NEWS, October, 2000
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Holland Carter, THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 7, 2000
Holland Carter, THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 14, 2000
Kim Levin, THE VILLAGE VOICE: Voices Choice, June 27, 2000
THE NEW YORKER, July 24, 2000
THE HINDU, December 18, 1998
EXPRESS, December 10, 1998
Owen Drolet, FLASH ART, March/April 1998
Kevin Clapp, HARTFORD COURANT, January 21, 1998
Anne Harnish, SCULPTURE, January, 1996
Christine Temin, BOSTON GLOBE, May 28, 1995
George Melrod, SCULPTURE, March/April 1994
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City of New York, New York
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
City of Boston Massachusetts
City of Baltimore Maryland
Williams College Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Prudential Insurance Company
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Graham Gund and Associates