John D. Sollinger, Ph.D.    _________________________________________________________________

 

Educator | Biologist | Artist

 

Education

      Two Teaching & Research Post-docs, Carleton College, MN 1993-1999

      Oregon State University: Ph.D., Genetics 1995

      Michigan Technological University: B.S., Forestry 1977

      In 2000 the Biology department at Southern Oregon University hired me to teach Developmental and lower division biology and First Year Experience, a seminar that replaces writing and speech required  elsewhere. In search of diversion during personal time, I took a six-hour mosaic workshop in 2007. I entered my 13th mosaic in an international mosaic competition, winning Best of Show. Recognizing a long suppressed passion, I abandoned my scholarship (genetic regulation of plant developmental patterns) to pursue my new way of expressing my passion for the natural. If I were good with words, I would not need to make art! And, so, I shifted my scholarly focus to pursuing the creation and dissemination of my art.

      I have been awarded other top accolades in juried, international mosaic and mixed-media competitions. Internationally, I have presented and exhibited at mosaic conferences, provided workshops and judged mosaic competitions. In 2013 one of my mosaics joined the contemporary mosaic art collection of the world’s largest mosaic museum (Gaziantep, Turkey). Finally, my works have been and continue be used in advertisements by glass companies and mosaic societies and featured in popular press, trade journals and coffee table books covers.

In the following I provide categorical lists of my activities and NAMES of mosaics involved:

Awards & Honors

OLD GROWTH: Special Recognition in Matters of The Heart, ArtQuench  2014; featured in The Artist’s Magazine, June  2012; Featured in Mosaic Art Today, Schiffer LTD  2012; Honorable Mention in The Artist’s Magazine’s All Media Competition  2011; Honorable Mention in Contemporary Mosaic Art, Ciel Gallery  2010

 

RADIANCE: featured in Mosaic Review favorites  2019; 3rd place Still Life/Floral in The Artist's Magazine's 28th Annual Art Competition, 2012; Featured in The Artist’s Magazine, December  2012; Featured in Addicted to Glass, New Art Review  2012; Honorable Mention in Artavita's 2nd Contemporary Masters Contest, Painting & 2-D Mixed Media  2012; 4th Place in Light, Space & Time Online Gallery's 3rd Annual Nature Art Exhibition, Mixed Media and Other  2012; Featured on Society of American Mosaic Artists home page  2010 - 2012; Best in Show, Mosaic Art International  2010; Full-page advertisement for Society of Mosaic Artists, Mosaic Art Now Exhibit in Print  2010; Cover of Profitable Glass Quarterly, Winter  2010; Cover of Groutline, Winter  2010

 

SNOWFELL: featured in Grout, Spring  2019 (BAMM trilogy); Grand Prize Winner in Uroboros’ 2016 Great American Landscapes; Finalist in the Landscape category of The Artist's Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition  2015; Juro r’s Selection in Blue, Orange County Creatives, Laguna Beach, CA  2015; Special Merit in Seasons for Light, Space & Time  2014; Nominee, Artavita 10th Annual Contest  2014 (top 100); featured in Mosaique Magazine issue 7 2014; Finalist, Landscape/Interior, The Artist's Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition  2013; Special Recognition in Landscapes for Linus Galleries  2013; Honorable Mention in Mixed Media and Collage, The Artist’s Magazine‘s All Media competition  2013; Honorable Mention in The Artist’s Magazine’s All-Media competition  2012; Honorable Mention in Artavita’s 4th All Media competition  2012

 

TWO TUFTS OF PHOENIX DOWN:  Special Recognition, Figurative, Light, Space & Time  2017 ; Special Recognition, A New Beginning, ArtQuest  2014

 

Book Inclusions

  1. ASTIR: Illuminations, Poems Inspired by Science, Robert Louis Chianses, Toxic Coyote Express  2016

  2. ASTIR, FIREFIGHT, SNOWFELL and TWO TUFTS OF PHOENIX DOWN: Exhibeo, Selected Art Reviews and Interviews Art Exhibeo (1), Jonathan Raddatz  2016

  3. OLD GROWTH: Art Inspired by Science, Imaging the Natural World, a monograph by Robert Chianses in the Proceedings of the Pacific Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science (29) 2, 2012. E- book version  2015

  4. RADIANCE: Cover of Mosaic Art Today, Schiffer LTD  2012

 

Interviews (American, unless otherwise noted)

  • Russian Mosaic Review John Sollinger  2019

  • French regional (SW) newspaper 2019

  • French video for culture in SW France 2019

  • British An Interview with Solly: His Inspiration And His ‘Fluid Double Reverse’ Mosaic Technique in Grout, Spring  2019 (BAMM trilogy); along with FIREFIGHT and OF EDEN originally featured in Ian Laurie’s blog, The Face Behind the Mosaic  2019

  • Quoted in Seeds of Inspiration by Holly Davis in The Artist’s Magazine  2018

  • French Mosaique Magazine issue 7  2014

  • Artist Interview Series, Linus Galleries  2014

  • Masterful Mosaics, Medford Mail Tribune  2014

  • SOU Assistant Professor Named Crater Lake Artist-in-Residence, Medford Mail Tribune  2013

  • Working in The Clouds: Crater L a ke ’ s Resident Artist, JPR, Jefferson Exchange

  • with Geoffrey Riley  2013 (audio)

  • SOU Professor Takes Prize for Mosaic, Medford Mail Tribune  2010

 

Artist Residencies

  • Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel, Ireland  2019

  • Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel, Ireland  2017

  • Uroboros Glass, Portland, OR, USA  2016

  • Crater Lake National Park, OR, USA  2013

 

Invited Presentations

International

  • Plenary, British Association of Modern Mosacists (BAMM), London, UK  2018

  • Plenary, Mosaic Artists of Australia & New Zealand (MAANZ), Hobart, Australia  2017

  • Plenary, International Association of Mosaic Artists (AIMC), Spillimbergo, Italy  2016

  • Plenary, International Gaziantep Mosaic Conference, Gaziantep, Turkey  2015

  • Plenary, International Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA) Summit, Ashland, OR, USA  2014

National

  • Two Seminars, Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), Nashville, TN, USA  2019

Regional

  • Uroboros Glass, Portland, OR  2016

  • RavenWorks Framing, Eugene, OR  2016

  • Oregon Glass Guild, Hillsboro, OR  2011

Local

  • ECOS presentation, Southern Oregon University (SOU)  2017

  • International Students, SOU  2016

 

Juroring/Judging International Mosaic Exhibitions

  • British Association of Modern Mosaicists (BAMM), London, UK  2018

  • Olive Stack Fine Art Exhibition, Listowel, Ireland  2018

  • Contemporary Mosaic Art online competition 2017

  • Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition, SOU, Ashland, OR, USA  2016

  • Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Exhibition, Illahe Gallery, Ashland, OR, USA  2014

 

Teaching Mosaic Workshops & Seminars

International

  • Ireland  2020

France 2x at Atelier Marais-Création  2019

  • United States at SAMA conference  2019

  • United Kingdom at BAMM conference  2018

  • Israel  2015 & 2017

  • Netherlands  2016

  • Germany  2015

National

  • Arizona  2020

  • Colorado  2019 & 2020

  • Michigan  2016, 2019 & 2020

  • Tennessee  2019

  • Texas  2015

Regional

  • California  2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020

  • Oregon  2014, 2016 & 2017

Local

  • SOU at CMA Summit in Ashland, OR, USA  2014

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  • SERVICEBERRY, Olive Stack Fine Art Competition  2018

  • OF EDEN, City of Ravenna, Italy, biennial Ravenna-Mosaico  2017

  • OF EDEN, SNOWFELL, FORGET-ME-NOT FOR LOVE ALONE & BROOKSIDE, Delphi Glass, Glass Festival  2016 - present

  • RADIANCE, Society of American Mosaic Artists home page  2010 – 2012

  • RADIANCE for SAMA in Mosaic Art Now  2010

 

Professional Affiliations

  • British Association of Modern Mosaicists (BAMM)  2018

  • Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA)  2009 – present

  • International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists (AIMC)  2013 – present

  • Member of Board of Auditors 2016 – present

  • Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ)  2018

  • Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA); 2009 – present

 

 

Works below are listed by TITLES: Exhibition, sponsor and location (unless online)

 

2018

  1. Multiple works in Linus Gallery’s International Open Art Call Accepted Artists (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NShNJmWulG4&feature=player_embedded)

  2. Multiple works in Color of Humanity Art Gallery’s online, international, multi-media show, Botanicals for August 2018; https://www.colorsofhumanityartgallery.com/

  3. FORGET-ME-NOT FOR LOVE ALONE in Delphi Glass Festival, Delphi Glass

 

2017

  1. BROOKSIDE, Mosaics from the World exhibition during the Ravenna-Mosaico 1st  International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic, Ravenna, Italy

  2. TWO TUFTS OF PHOENIX DOWN: Figurative, Light, Space & Time (http://www.lightspacetime.art/figurative-2017-online-art-exhibition-painting-category)

 

2016

  1. TWO TUFTS OF PHOENIX DOWN: 10th Annual Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition, Royal Nebeker Gallery, Astoria, OR

  2. SNOWFELL: Uroboros’ Great American Landscapes competition

  3. OLD GROWTH: Uroboros’ Great American Landscapes competition

 

2015

  1. FIREFIGHT: Nude Attitude, The Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

  2. FORESHADOW: Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit Invitational, Thorndike Gallery, Ashland, OR

  3. MONET’S MAGPIE: International Gaziantep Mosaic Competition and Exhibition, Zuegma, The Museum of Contemporary Mosaic Art Works, Gaziantep, Turkey

  4. OF EDEN: Mosaics from the World exhibition in Ravenna that is part of Mosaico 1st International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic, Ravenna, Italy

  5. SNOWFELL: Blue, Orange County Creatives, Laguna Beach, CA; Water, Water Everywhere, Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA

 

2014

  1. Belle Fiore Winery, Ashland, OR (Solo)

  2. Hannon Library, Ashland, OR (Solo)

  3. FIREFIGHT: The Human Figure, Art Exhibeo

  4. MONET’S MAGPIE: Seasons; Light, Space and Time; Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI

  5. OLD GROWTH: Matters of The Heart, ArtQuench

  6. RADIANCE: Flora, Linus Galleries

  7. SNOWFELL: Seasons; Light, Space & Time

  8. TWO TUFTS OF PHOENIX DOWN: Nude Attitude, The Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL; A New Beginning, ArtQuest; Vulnerability vs Strength, Linus Gallery

 

2013

  1. MONET’S MAGPIE: Transitions, Contemporary Mosaic Artists, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  2. OF EDEN: Nature Speaks, Linus Galleries (online); Northwest Mosaic Today, Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery,Tacoma, WA; Botanicals, Light, Space & Time

  3. OH, CALIFORNIA!: Northwest Mosaic Today, Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA

  4. OLD GROWTH: Silent Communication, Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA; Nature Speaks, Linus Galleries

  5. SNOWFELL: Artprize at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; Mosaics of the World section of the Third Ravenna Mosaico - 1st International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic, Ravenna, Italy; Nature Speaks, Linus Galleries Northwest Mosaic Today, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2012

  1. ASTIR: Back to the Garden, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  2. FORGET-ME-NOT FOR LOVE ALONE: Mosaic Art International. Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, Lexington, KY; Articulate, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  3. OF EDEN: Artprize, Women’s City Club, Grand Rapids, MI

 

2011

  1. ASTIR: Border Crossings, Liberty Arts Gallery, Yreka, CA (regional)

  2. OLD GROWTH: Mosaic Art International, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX; Elements, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR (regional); Contemporary Mosaic Art, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC; Border Crossings, Liberty Arts Gallery, Yreka, CA (regional)

  3. RADIANCE: Consilience of Art and Science, Pence Gallery, UC Davis, CA; Border Crossings, Liberty Arts Gallery, Yreka, CA (regional)

 

2010

  1. OLD GROWTH: Art x Science Consilience, American Association for the Advancement of Science NW conference, Thorndike Gallery, Ashland, OR (regional)

  2. RADIANCE: Mosaic Art International, Navy Pier’s Museum of Glass, Chicago, IL; Artprize, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

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