Zachary J. Oxman

Zachary Oxman launched his sculpting career while obtaining his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Heavily influenced by the Baroque masters during his studies in Italy, he developed a style that fused a classical aesthetic with a contemporary vision. His raw talent and fresh approach led him relatively quickly to a variety of major commission work, both public and private, including several pieces for two US Presidents.

However, over the years, the seeds of his artistic unrest were beginning to sprout as he increasingly found himself re-creating rather than creating. Then in 2009, Oxman's studio caught fire along with much of the work that had defined him. A highly personal and creative revolution naturally ensued as he embraced this event as a defining moment. He chose not to rebuild what was, but to build what must be. Oxman embarked on a deeply intense personal journey of discovery.

Metaphorically speaking, he locked his studio door and for more than two years became a student of himself. The result; a creative revolution that produced a paradigm shift in Oxman's creative process and a provocative body of work that explores how the concepts of duality and perspective so powerfully influence the human condition. Continuing to manifest these concepts, Oxman utilizes new technologies infused with a chaotic sense of improvisation; allowing his sculptures to be participants in their own creation.

As a result, a fresh voice has emerged for Oxman. A voice that is best actualized when one shares the physical space with the work itself. Relating back and revealing, his sculptures reflect like a mirror onto the viewer, illuminating the complexities within all of us.

Education:
Penland School of Crafts, NC, 1993
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, BFA in Sculpture, 1990
Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy, 1988
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1985

Teaching Experience: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, Bronze Casting, 1991-1992

Museum Exhibitions:
The White House Collection of American Crafts-Permanent Collection, 1992-Present
The National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, 1995
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1995
The American Craft Museum, New York City, NY, 1995
The Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Light Interpretations,1995
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, 1996
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1996
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA, 1996
B’nai Brith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC, 1996
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterfield, ME, 1997
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa FL, 1997
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, 1997-1998

Selected Gallery Exhibitions:
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2004
University of Michigan Museum of Arts, Ann Arbor, MI, 2000
The Washington Ballet, Opening Exhibition of the Fannie Mae Foundation Gallery, 1998
Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Artists of the White House Collection, 1996
Signature Gallery, Boston, MA, Memories ‘96, 1996, 1997
Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC 1996, 1998
Gallery Alexander, La Jolla, CA, Menorah Show, 1995-98
American Pie, Philadelphia, PA, Annual Menorah Show, 1995-98
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC,Annual Humor Show, 1990-97
Jewish Community Center, Rockville, MD, annual Heaven on Earth Show, 1993-96
The Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA, annual Champagne Art Auction, 1990-96
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, Two Person Show with Laney Oxman, 1992
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC, Goblet Show II,1991
Mark Milliken Gallery, New York City, NY, Dalmatians, 1990
Signature Gallery, Boston, MA, The Glorified Goblet,1990

Selected Juried Exhibitions:
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, 1995
American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD, 1992,94,95
Philadelphia Craft Market, Philadelphia, PA, 1991
Richmond Craft Design Show, Richmond, VA, 1991, 1993
WBAI Craft Show, New York, NY, 1991, 1993
American Craft Council, West Springfield, MA, 1991

NOTABLE COLLECTIONS
The National Archives, Washington, DC
President William Jefferson Clinton & Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel
President Shimon Peres of the State of Israel
His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India
President Felipe Calderon of Mexico
President Hu Jintao of China
President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea
The Honorable Daniel Ayalon, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States
The Honorable John Price and Marcia Price, former Ambassador to Mauritius
The Honorable Alfred H. Moses, former United States Ambassador to Romania
Governor’s Residence, State House of Maryland, Annapolis, MD

Selected Commissions/Installations:
Beth El Congregation, Baltimore, MD, 60’ sculpture, carved mahogany &cast bronze, 1998
Temple Emmanuel, Kensignton, MD, Exterior bronze sculpture
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Peace Dove(bronze) & matching cufflinks for President Clinton, 1995
Robert Flangan, Portrait of Lou Gehrig (bronze), 1995
Creative Goldsmiths, Bethesda, MD, six showcase panels in ceramic relief, 1993
Howard Mazloff, Miami, FL, 18 ft. Ceramic wall relief
Amnesty International, Washington, DC, Lobby wall relief, 1990
The Railway Express Building, Washington, DC, Entry Arch, Ceramic relief, 1988

Selected Publications:
The Washington Post, "Decking the White House Artfully," by Sarah Booth Conroy, Dec. 9, 1996
The Washington Post, "The Symbol of Hanukah Glows Through the Ages" by Bill Broadway, Dec. 7, 1996
Washington Jewish Week, "Expressing His Soul Through His Art," by Julie Weinstein, Nov. 28, 1996
The Baltimore Sun, "An Art-Dominated Home with 22-Foot Ceilings," by De Witt Bliss, March 3, 1996
The San Diego Union.Tribune, "Let There Be Lights", by Suzanne Choney, October 27, 1995
Mid-Atlantic, "The Collector: the Well-Crafted Show," Susan Roberts, Vol. XVA, No. 4, 1995
The Baltimore Sun,Distinction, "Branching Out," by Holly Selby, Winter, 1996
The White House Collection of American Crafts, by Michael Monroe, p.23 & 62, 1995
Art & Antiques, "White House Adopts Crafts," by Judith Bell, April, 1994
Washington Jewish Week, "Menorah Shown in White House," by Na’ama Batya Lewin, December 30, 1993
The New York Times, "The Crafts of America Find Recognition at the Top," by Rita Riff, December 23,1993
The New York Times, "Christmas with the Clintons: Old, New and Fuzzy," by Marian Burros, December 7, 1993
The Connection, "Laney, Zack Oxman go to the White House — and Stay," by Nikolas Lanyi, December 22, 1993

* See the Collection on the Internet: http://www.nmaa.si.edu/WHC/AmericanCrafts