Artists_39 Moira Marti Geoffrion
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Moira Marti Geoffrion

Artist Statement

Several people have asked me if these translucents, as I call them, are a new direction. They are not.
The first pieces in the “translucents series” were shown in the DIALOGUE WITH NATURE show at the BIS Altes Museum in Moenchengladbach, Germany in 2007. This museum was where Joseph Beuys had his first solo museum show and where Carl Andre, Anthony Caro and numerous emergent blue chip artists in the 60’s and 70’s had their first shows in a German museum. The invitation to show there by the museum Director, who visited my studio in Tucson, was very exciting for me.
At that time, I was working on small painted reliefs, which were installed in groupings that covered an entire wall and appeared quilt-like in concept. My pieces frequently incorporated desert plant parts and sculpted human hands or feet.
The original exhibit of these groupings of painted and sculpted forms and found plant parts for Germany, showed first in the ART OF THE WEST SHOW at the EitlelJorg Museum in Indianapolis. Then, when they prepared to send the show on to Germany they found out that German customs would not let “Plant Parts…especially Cacti” into Germany. With only two months before the German show was to open, needless to say, I freaked out. There was no way, however, that I would cancel the show.
After about four sleepless nights, trying to figure out how to do a show that was similar, but that had no cactus parts in it, I dreamed that I was hanging translucent images in increasing sizes out into a large room and that when one looked at them from the front they appeared quilt-like in layers, and viewers could walk between the layers thus becoming part of the art.
I dashed to Centric Photo the next day and asked the owner, Richard, if there was any way to print photos of my painting collages on a translucent material. He said yes, and thus the images were printed by his staff on a translucent film in increasing sizes within the two months and we were able to take the printed films in a large tube on the plane to Germany. I filled four large rooms and sold a lot to major German bankers and collectors. Thus, began the translucent series.
Four years ago MASSACHUSETTS MOCA invited me to be part of a group show that honored Sol Le Witt. With Richard, I took a photo of one of the installations from Germany and we duplicated it in a grid composition print and then adhered that to plexi-glass pieces which I glued together resulting in a piece that gives the illusion of a 3D grid cube, thus the reference to Sol Le Witt.
The pieces in this show at YUN GEE PARK Gallery are again compilations of mirrored and stretched and layered imagery from the German Museum Show, from a gallery show in Lexington Kentucky and one in Chicago. The art becomes ethereal, almost alive (as one views it from different perspectives). Changing light from the gallery environment is an essential element that further transforms and enhances the work. All my images are derived from my paintings from nature, but once distorted they allow for many interpretations.


MFA, Sculpture, Department of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.
BFA, Painting, Boston University School of Fine & Applied Art, Boston, MA


2018- Yun Gee Park Gallery and Mark Sublett Modern Gallery
2008-Present Mark Sublette Modern Gallery
2005-2008 Graficas Gallery, Tucson 2005;
Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson 2008; Liz Hernandez Gallery,Tucson 2004-2006;
SOHO 20, NYC, 2009-20010,
1979-2005 Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago,
other past galleries: Lerner Heller Gallery, New York; Gallery Route One, Point Roberts, CA,
Kit Baskin Gallery, Madison, WI; Carson & Shapiro Gallery, Denver, CO:
Plieades Gallery, NYC ; Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ


2017 and 2018 5 private painting commissions and one Public Art sculpture commission
2014- 2017 45 Portrait paintings, including Glassers, Pickering and Andrew, Seinfeld,
Baumrins, Farbers, Gewurtzmans, Grusin. Other portraits: Gabby Gifford, Virginia Deal,
Barbara Ornelas, Tomassa Rivas, Andy Polk, Dextra Nampeyo, Sethis.
2012-2013 Centennial School,Tucson AZ, public art project
2009 Rancho Vistoso Park and Ride Station, Oro Valley, AZ, Midtown Sidewalks, Tucson, AZ 2008 Sunrise Presidio Entryway Steel reliefs, Tucson, AZ; Lincoln Park Steel Gates, Tucson, AZ;
2007 Commission of 18 paintings for Neuro-Sciences Center of Southern AZ, Tucson;
Commission of 16 paintings for Fogle Dental Office, Tucson, AZ
2004-2007 1st Ave road and bridge project, Oro Valley, AZ
2001-2004 Tangerine Road Widening Project with Mary Bates Neubauer, ORO Valley, AZ
1999-2001 River Road Public Art Enhancement Project with Mary Bates (three miles of new road)
1998 Collaborative project: life-sized, multi-figure sculpture commission, St. Joseph Hospital, Tucson,
1995 – 97 Design Collaboration, with Medlin and Rald for Terra Christa Foundation, Tucson, AZ
1994 – 96 Sculptural Band Shell, Veteran’s Park, public art project, City of Sierra Vista, AZ
1990 Commission for temporary site sculpture, Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, TX, 8′ x I6′ x 16′
Installation for private home of W. Treadwell, Tucson, AZ, 10′ x 8′ x 16′
1985 Bronze Sculpture, River Bend Branch, Commissioned for the City of South Bend, IN. 11’x 5’x3’
1970 –1982 8 commissions in Indiana, Illinois and Washington State

SOLO and TWO ARTIST EXHIBITIONS (60 solo shows and 3 two person shows include)

2013 Redefined Space: Environmental Layers, Old Borderlands warehouse, 7th St, Tucson, Arizona
2013 Catagenesis: Past to Present, Historic Hotel Tucson, 6th Ave, Tucson, Arizona
2013 Catagenesis: Redefining Spaces, Steinfeld Building,Tucson, Arizona
2011 Group Invitationals, Tucson and Balchik Art Mauseum, Bulgaria
2010 Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
2007 Been Around: Gonna Stay”, two sculptors 10 year retrospective, Gallery Centella, Tucson
2002 GOCAIA Gallery (web catalogue – Tucson,
Northern Trust Gallery, Tucson, Az
1998,1996, 94,89, 86,84,81,79 solo shows,Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 University of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
1996 Cullity Gallery, Perth, Australia; Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ (3 person show)
1989 Stonewall IV, Tucson Museum of Art (catalogue)
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
1987 Snite Museum of Art,(catalogue) Notre Dame, In.
Also exhibited at Pliades Gallery , 14 Sculptors Gallery and Lerner Heller Gallery in New York City and in the Carson and
Sapiro Gallery in Denver

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (270 group exhibitions include: )

2017-2018 Yun Gee Gallery, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Medicine Man Gallery and TMA Biennial Bash Show
2016 The Modern West, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson AZ; In the Spirit,Viridian Gallery, NYC
2015 Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson; Biennial Bash, Tucson Museum of Art; Viridian Gallery, NYC
2015 Pop Up Happening, Old Borderlands Warehouse, Tucson: Steinfeld Warehouse show, Tucson
2015 Small Works (8 paintings), Tohono Chul Galleries, Tucson
2015 and 2014 Small things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2014 Shifting Ecologies, Painting Center, NYC
2014 4 Artists, Davis Dominguez Gallery, (50 paintings, Desert and Cuban communities) Tucson
2013 Pop Up Art Happening, Southern Arizona Community Foundation, TPAC, Tucson, AZ
2013 Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater Lobby Installation, Arizona; SOHO 20 invitational, NYC
2013 Desert Grasslands exhibition, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona
2012 Indiana Woman’s Caucus for Art Invitational exhibition, Goshen, Indiana
2010 Sculpturefest, Woodstock, Vermont, 2 sculptures and 1 site installation
2009 Tucson Museum of Art Biennial, JCC Sculpture Garden -year long exhibition, 3 large bronzes
2007 Dialogue With Nature, (three artist show) BIS Altes Museum, Moenchengladbach, Germany
iX International Biennial, Municipal Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary ( catalogue)
2006 New Art of the West 9, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN (catalogue)
2005 The Politics of Water, Northern Arizona University Museum of Art, Flagstaff, AZ.
Rousse Museum of Art, Rousse, Bulgaria (two installations)
Two exhibitions at Liz Hernandez Gallery, (23 works), Tucson Az.
Sculpture by the Sea, site specific Public Art, large steel sculpture (catalogue) Bondi, Australia
2004 Tohono Chul Invitational: Mount Lemmon Fires, Tucson, AZ.
2004 Group Show, Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2002 University of Nebraska, Lincoln; JCC Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Kohler Art Center group show, WI
2001 International Masters of Graphic Arts, Municipal Museum of Art, GYOR, HUNGARY (catalogue)
Group exhibits at Elizabeth Cherry Gallery, Tucson AZ and at SOHO 20 Gallery, New York City
Ready Set D’Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ
Group Exhibit, GOCAIA Gallery, Tucson AZ (three sculptures)
Pleasures of the Palettes, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ, (Catalogue))
Group Invitational, Elizabeth Cherry, Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ, (three sculptures)
Art Works of Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA
1998 Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ
Abject Lands, Joseph Gross Gallery (catalogue) Tucson AZ
Low Lands Horizons, Cullity Gallery, UWA, Nedlands, Australia (catalogue)
4-Person Show, International Sculpture Conference, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
Tucson Collection ’98, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1997 Ready, Set, D’Art, Tucson Museum of Art
International Triennial of Painting, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, (catalogue)
View Points, Temple of Music & Art, Tucson, AZ
Stocker Center Gallery, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH
Southern Illinois University Art Gallery Invitational, Edwardsville, IL
The Art & Cultural Center Invitational, Fallbrook, CA
Smack Mellon Studios Invitational, Brooklyn, NY
1995 – 1997 Public Sculpture Project, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, (catalogue and CD)
1996 Two-Person Show, Cullity Gallery, University of Western Australia
International Painting Biennial, Contemporary Artists’ Union, Sofia, Bulgaria
Fibula, Traveling Invitational, Sofia, Baltchik, & Plovdiv, Bulgaria,
1995 Southwest Artscapes, Artimiso Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Tubac Center for the Arts, Invitational, Tubac, AZ
Redefining Legacies, Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX,(catalogue)
The Art of the Matter, Boston University Galleries, Invitational, Boston
Women Artists ’95, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
International Invitational, Festival of Modern Art, Baltchik, Bulgaria
Entirely Approachable Art, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Tucson Collection ’95, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Life Through Art, PACT Auction, Loew’s Ventana Resort, Tucson, AZ
Invitational, World Heritage Rock Art, Northern Arizona University Museum
1994- Positive/Negative Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, TX
Invited Exhibitor, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Southwest Artscapes, Artimiso Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Tubac Center for the Arts, Invitational, Tubac, AZ
WCA Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX
Group Invitational, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA
Barn Gallery, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ
Off the Walls, Greater South Bend Museum of Art, IN
The Phoenix Center Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Davis Dominguez Summer Invitational, Tucson, AZ
1992 Northwest Coast Collage Traveling Exhibition, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Corbin Art Center; Governor’s Gallery, Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA; Index Gallery, Vancouver, WA; North Light Gallery, Everett, WA
N.B. Moira Marti Geoffrion’s works are in 30 museum and corporate collections.

HONORS and AWARDS – 28 grants, awards and honors, including

2012-2013 New Work Artist Grant, Catagenesis: Reclaiming/Redefining Place
2006 James B Anthony Outstanding Teaching Award, (one awarded each year), University of Arizona 2005 Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, (awarded for extra curricular programs and assistance of
students at all levels, especially freshman students) University of Arizona, Tucson
1993 Earth Walls, Human and Geological Time Layerings, UA Small Grant
1990 ACA Grant awarded for Borders & Bridges Conference
Connemara Invited Exhibitor Grant for site sculpture, Dallas, TX
1988-89 Exhibition Grant, Stonewall Foundation, Tucson Museum of Art
1986 Exxon Distinguished Scholars Grant, University of Notre Dame, IN
Jesse Jones Travel and Research Grant, University of Notre Dame
1984, 1983, 1981 Indiana Arts Commission Grants
1983 Mellon Foundation, Faculty Summer Research Program
1982 ICIP Fulbright Grant to India Research and Travel

Grant funded Artist Residencies

in India, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Australia, Malawi, University of Oregon, UC Boulder, Brooklyn College, University of Kentucky, Chicago Art Institute, and 18 others.

Invited Lecturer

Yale Club, Tucson, AZ, UC Boulder, CO, OSU , Corvalis, Oregon, Snite Museum, South Bend, IN South Bend Art Center, Evanston Art Center, IL, UK, Lexington KY, Altes Museum, Moenchengladbach, Germany, ISC conference in Dublin, Ireland, ISC conference in London, UK Zurich, Switzerland, Baltchik, Bulgaria, Oryahovo, Bulgaria and Rousse Museum in Bulgaria, UWA in Perth Australia, Warnambul, Australia, Sydney, Australia, St Petersburg, Russia,
St Louis, Mo and Richmond, VA

REVIEWS and ARTICLES in 5 Arts magazines, 20 newspapers, 10 other regional magazines and 5 exhibition catalogues include:

2017 Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
2008 UK Reader article on my solo show in Kentucky
2007 essay for BIS Altes Museum exhibition, Elaine King, curator and writer for Sculpture Magazine
1999 Sculpture Magazine, Essay- 4 Arizona/ 4 New Mexico Artists by Kay Whitney, July/ August issue 1998 Review of Solo show at Sonia Zaks Gallery in the Chicago Reader,(Nov.)
1998 Review of solo show by Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune
Sculpture Magazine, review of solo exhibition, Zaks Gallery, Chicago,
1985 Arts Magazine, Robert Mahoney