Norman Epp

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Norman Epp is a sculptor based in metro Denver, Colorado whose contemporary sculpture interprets Natural Conceptual Realism through spiritual nuances that sometimes engage mystery. Created from reclaimed materials; friendly to environment: these sculptures cajoled out of Earth’s natural forms, often evoking figurative motif, nurture a spiritual concept that “being human” is to actively be “one with nature”.

 

Muse asks, “What does an emotion look like through multi-dimension perspectives”.

Mindfulness inquires into what visual forms encompass a specific idea.

Formal nuances manipulating metaphor tug at sensualities of mind.

Since childhood my bones have been pulled towards Earth-Being.

Creation embraces my soul.

Nature’s discarded fragments find my studio.

Earth calls out to Humanity.

Bones of Earth quiver for attention from their corners.

Muse beckons from within the void.

Spirit reaches towards fragmentational awareness.

Earth-Bone-Pieces speak slowly.

Ego wants to know.

Passion rises, creative energy stirs.

Shadows of ideas subtly move the air.

Fragments, thoughts, tools, process, self – we have our time of struggle - These bones of creation conjure up expressive forms of Spirit sensibility.

Earth’s feral spirit impregnates soulfulness - merging form to concept.

Birthing of a sculpture emotionally tying human experience as natural.

Sending a mysteriously energized sensual invitation, “earth to humanity”.

Muse stirs on, those misty energies at the studio’s depths.

 
1951
Birth, rural Marion, South Dakota
1998 -
Residence, Metro Denver Colorado
 
Education
1995
MFA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
1979
BA Art, Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
 
Exhibitions
2018
Walker Fine Art, Vantage Points, Denver, CO
2017
Walker Fine Art, Human / Nature, Denver, CO
2016
Walker Fine Art, Altering Natural Perceptions, Denver, CO
2014
Walker Fine Art, Shades in Time, Denver, CO
Foothills Art Center, Splinters, Golden, CO
Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood, CO
Lakewood Cultural Center, Reclamation, Lakewood, CO
2013
Walker Fine Art, Zenga, Denver, CO
2012
Walker Fine Art, 2012 Year in Preview, Denver, CO
2011
Walker Fine Art, Horizons: Shades from a Nether World, Denver, CO
2010
Walker Fine Art, A Visual Language, Denver, CO
2009
Walker Fine Art, Touching The Infinite, Denver, CO
2008
Walker Fine Art, Natural Abstractions, Denver, CO
2007
Walker Fine Art, Karin Schminke and Norman Epp, Denver, CO
Walker Fine Art, Anniversary Celebration, Denver, CO
2006
Walker Fine Art, VerGure, Denver, CO
2005
Pankratz Gallery, Horizons: Heaven & Earth, Monument, CO
Walker Fine Art, JASLA Home Show, Denver, CO
2004
Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Re:Built, Curated - Jina Pearce, Pueblo, CO
Pankratz Gallery, Monument, CO
2003
Walker Fine Art, Alchemy, Denver, CO
Judish Fine Arts, Forms of Spirit, Denver, CO
2002-03
Sangro De Cristo Art Center, Art & Soul, Pueblo, CO
2002
Judish Fine Arts, Denver, CO
UCD, Courtyard at Marriott, Honorarium Faculty Exhibition, Denver, CO
LHPAC, Sculpture In The Park, Loveland, CO
2001
Foothills Art Center, Colorado Art Open Exhibition 2001, Golden, CO
LHPAC, Sculpture In The Park, Loveland, CO
Dyck Arboretum, Outdoor, Hesston, KS
Deleon White Gallery, Denver, CO
Emmanual Gallery, Exposed, UCD Faculty Exhibition, Denver, CO
Deleon White Gallery,New Space Opening, Denver, CO
2000
Foot Hills Art Center, North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden, CO
LHPAC, Sculpture In the Park, Loveland, CO
Pankratz Gallery, Into Thin Air, Monument, CO
Hesston College, Spirit Vessels, Hesston, KS
DeLeon White Gallery, Denver, CO
1999
Pankratz Gallery, A Celebration of Colorado Sculptors, Monument, CO
UCD, Courtyard at Marriott, Honorarium Faculty Exhibition, Denver, CO
Vanguard Sculpture Services, Milwaukee, WI
1998
Vanguard Sculpture Services, Milwaukee, WI
Cherry Hill Gallery, Sister Bay, WI
1997
UW-Parkside, Faculty Exhibition, Kenosha, WI
William Fairfield Foundation, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Green Gables Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Cherry Hill Gallery, Sister Bay, WI
1996
William Fairfield Foundation, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Green Gables Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Cherry Hill Gallery, Sister Bay, WI
1995
UWM, MFA Exhibition, Destinations to Departure, Milwaukee, WI
1994
UW-Parkside, Sculpture Exhibition, Kenosha, WI
Union Gallery, George Goundie Memorial Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI
Union Gallery, Artist’s Choice, Milwaukee, WI
UW-Marinette, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Marinette, WI
UW-Wausau, Sculpture Exhibition, Wausau, WI
Union Gallery, Narratives, Milwaukee, WI
Union Gallery, Reading Art, (Artist Book Exhibition), Milwaukee, WI
1993-94
Albrecht-Kemper Museum, Reinterpreting the Land, Curated- Jan Nelson, St. Joseph, MO
Center for Great Plains Studies, Reinterpreting the Land, Curated-Jan Nelson, UN-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
1993
Union Gallery, Delamination, Milwaukee, WI
1992
Canton Art Institute, Amish & Mennonite Creativity, Canton, OH
Union Gallery, As We See It, Milwaukee, WI
Rockford Art Museum, Vicinity Exhibition, Rockford, IL
Union Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Union Gallery, Culmination, Milwaukee, WI
1991
Mulvane Art Center, Kansas Ten, KS Arts Commission, Topeka, KS
UWM System, State of Sculpture, Milwaukee, WI
1990
Salina Arts Center, 11th Annual Exhibition, Salina, KS
ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hesston State Bank, Hesston, KS
1989-90
Traveling Exhibition, Visions of Shalom, Curated-Lombard Peace Center

Mennonite World Conference, Winnipeg, Canada
Peoples Place Gallery, Intercourse, PA
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart, IN
Lombard Peace Center, Lombard, IL
1989
San Bernardino County Museum, 24th Annual Exhibition, San Bernardino, CA
1988
Contemporary Southwestern Art, Curated /SUNY- Potsdam, NY
Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY - Oswego, Oswego, NY
Roland Gibson Gallery, SUNY- Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
Michael C. Rockefeller Art Center, Fredonia College, NY
Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
Carriage Factory Gallery, Newton, KS
1985
Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
1985
Gallery 20, 4th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Farmington, NM
1984
Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM
Gallery 20, 3nd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Farmington, NM
Concepts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Durango Art Association, Durango, CO
1983
Concepts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Gallery 20, 2nd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Farmington, NM
Durango Art Association, Durango, CO
1981
Durango Art Association, Durango, CO
1980
Goshen College, Mennonite Artists Contemporary, Goshen, IN
1979
Southwestern College, Winfield, KS
Fort Hays Arts Council, Hays, KS
Smoky Hill Annual, Hays, KS
Undergraduate Art Exhibit, Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
1978
Spiva '78, Joplin, MO
 
Collections
Hotel Indigo, Denver, CO
Steptoe & Johnson, Law Firm, Denver, CO
TriZetto, Englewood, CO
Mark West Financial, Denver, CO
Marhavn Sculpture Park, Door County, WI
Prairie Arboretum, Freeman, SD
Dyck Arboretum, Hesston, KS
Ron Gallegos & CO, Loveland, CO
William Fairfield Foundation, Sturgeon Bay, WI
H. J. Born Stone Co., Arkansas City, KS
Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
 
Over 90 additional sculptures in more than 70 private collections throughout North America
 
Professional Experience
2018
Kenya: Museums, Visit artists
2007
Uzbekistan: Tash Kent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva; studied ancient Muslim Architecture and Museums Ukraine: studied Byzantine Architecture and Art
2003
Conducted Stone Carving Seminar, UCD, Denver, CO
1993-03
Adjunct Instructor, Universities in Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico
1991-95
Sculpture Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1991
Sculpture Consultant, Kansas Arts Commission
1988
Yucatan, Mexico: Studied eight Mayan archeological sites and museums
1985-86
Australia, New Zealand: Studied Aboriginal rock art, Maori woodcarving, Oceanic art, and museums of Modern art
1983
Co-founded “Concepts: A Contemporary Gallery”, Santa Fe, NM
1980-85
American Southwest: Studied Native American historical sites and museums
1977-79
Gallery Assistant, Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
1977
Art History Tour, Italy: Bethel College guided Art History tour including museums and historical sites
1974
Europe, Kenya, East Africa: Three-month tour of art museums and historical sites
1971-73
Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa: National museum - Kinshasa, bush villages; In-depth cultural experience while volunteering as at Pimu Hospital in Congolese jungle
1971
Belgium, Spain: Museums and architectural sites
1970-71
Studio Assistant, Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
 
Awards
1994
1st Annual George Goundie Memorial Sculpture Scholarship, UW-Milwaukee
1990
1st Annual Professional Development Grant, KS Arts Commission
1990
Juror's Choice, Judith Stein, Salina Arts Center, Salina, KS
1981
Patron’s Choice, Durango Art Association, Durango, CO
 
Bibliography
2017
Denver Post, Business, Denver, CO
Bethel College Thresher Review, 6.17, Newton, KS
2015
Painted Sky: 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West, E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
2014
Colorado Homes And Lifestyles Magazine “Must Have’s”, Denver, CO
2013
A BC ABC BOOK: Bethel College of Kansas in Art and Rhyme, Bethel College Women’s Association, Newton, KS
Context, Bethel College Alumni Magazine, “Encore”, 7.7, Newton KS
2012
Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned, Ediger
Bethel College of Kansas: 1887-2012, Keith Sprunger
2011
Westword, 9.21.2011, Denver, CO
Context, Bethel College Alumni Magazine, “Encore”, 7.11, Newton KS
2010
Context, Bethel College Alumni Magazine, “Encore”, 7.10, Newton, KS
2009
Courier 4.22.09, Freeman SD
The Newton Kansan, 6.25.09, Newton, KS
The Hillsboro Free Press, 6.1.09, Hillsboro, KS
The Mennonite Weekly Review, 7.6.09
2007
Westword, 9.6.07, Denver, CO
2006
Colorado Homes, “Art Smart”, 5.06
2005
Freeman Courier, 11.23.05, Freeman, SD
2004
The Pueblo Chieftain, 6.10.04, Pueblo, CO
2003
Rocky Mountain News 10.17.03, Denver, CO
Westword, 9.11.03-9.17.03, Denver, CO
Westword, 5.29.03-6.4.03, Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain News, 5.23.03, Denver, CO
2002
The Pueblo Chieftain, 11.21.02, Pueblo, CO
2001
GO GO Magazine: “Earth Magic”, 6.21.01–7.4.01, Denver, CO
The Newton Kansan, 5.25.01, Newton, KS
Rocky Mountain News, Art Beat, 5.5.01, Denver, CO
2002
The Pueblo Chieftain, 11.21.02, Pueblo, CO
2001
GO GO Magazine: “Earth Magic”, 6.21.01–7.4.01, Denver, CO
The Newton Kansan 5.25.01, Newton, KS
Rocky Mountain News, Art Beat, 5.5.01, Denver, CO
2000
Tri Lakes Tribune, 5.25.00, Monument, CO
Independent, 5.18.00-5.24.00, Colorado Springs, CO
The Gazette, 5.19.00, Colorado Springs, CO

The Hutchinson News, 1.14.00, Hutchinson, KS
The Newton Kansan, 1.7.00, Newton, KS
1999
Tri-Lakes Tribune, 5.27.99, Monument, CO
The Gazette, 5.21.99, Palmer Lake, CO
1996
Door County Advocate, 9.6.96, Sturgeon Bay, WI

1993
The Milwaukee Journal, 8.22.93, Milwaukee, WI
1991
The Newton Kansan, 2.18.91, Newton, KS
1990
American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries, Leo Krantz, 2nd Edition
The Newton Kansan, 12.12.90, 4.21.90, 3.28.90, 3.2.90, Newton, KS
The Hesston Record, 12.13.90, Hesston, KS
The Wichita Eagle, 3.15.90, Wichita, KS
The Hutchinson News, 3.4.90, Hutchinson, KS

1989
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, Robert Kreider, editor
1988
The Best of Kansas Arts and Craft, KS Chamber of Commerce
The Wichita Eagle, 11.17.88, Wichita, KS
The Newton Kansan, 11.17.88, 8.12.88, 6.27.88, Newton, KS
1987
The Newton Kansan, Feature Story, 5.23.87, Newton, KS
he Bethel College Collegian, 3.17.87, N. Newton, KS

The Mennonite Weekly Review, 3.5.87
The Newton Kansan, 2.28.87, Newton, KS
1983
The Santa Fe Reporter, 6.15.83, Santa Fe, NM
The Farmington Daily News, 6.19.83, Farmington, NM
1979
The Newton Kansan, 4.8.79, Newton, KS
 
Catalogues
Art And Soul, 2002, Pueblo Street Gallery, Pueblo, CO
Sculpture In The Park 2002, 2002, High Plains Arts Council, Loveland, CO
Sculpture In The Park 2001, 2001, High Plains Arts Council, Loveland, CO
Sculpture In The Park 2000, 2000, High Plains Arts Council, Loveland, CO
North American Sculpture Exhibition, 2000, Foot Hills Art Center, Golden, CO
(Catalogues continued)
Wood and Stone, 1995, Riverwest Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Reinterpreting the Land, 1993, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of NE, Lincoln, NE
Amish & Mennonite Expression in Visual Art: Traditions and Transitions, 1992, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
“Kansas 10”, 1991, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
11th Annual Exhibition, 1990, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
Smoky Hill, 1989,The Hays Arts Council, Hays, KS
Contemporary Southwest Art, 1988, Roland Gibson Gallery, SUNY, Potsdam, NY
Bethel College Centennial Art Exhibit, 1987, Bethel College, N. Newton, KS
Mennonite Artists Contemporary, 1980, Goshen College, Goshen, IN
Smoky Hill, 1980, The Hays Arts Council, Hays, KS
 
   

Norman Epp is a Denver, CO sculptor whose conceptual sculpture expresses the Art of Natural Conceptual Realism.