John von Bergen
John von Bergen was born in 1939 in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1963. After a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, he studied at the Art Students League and continued onto Pratt Institute where he received his MFA in 1967. Among von Bergen’s awards is a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for an Art Foundry, an Arts Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Ford Foundation for the Arts Grant, and a Yaddo and Hand Hollow Foundation Fellowship. He has taught at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Hamilton College and Colgate University. He has received numerous commissions in the Northeast and his work is in collections throughout the US. von Bergen is a co-founder of Sculpture Space and he continues to serve an active role on its Board. He has two studios, one in Bayside/Northport, ME, the other in Clinton, NY, and now devotes full-time to making sculpture.
"We normally live within our comfortable sphere of knowledge, but making art, as with science, subjects us to that uncomfortable edge between knowing and unknowing. Contemplating this is the adventure I seek in my art.
Webster’s dictionary from 1956, the version I like to quote, includes within its definition of drawing, "to bring forth or out by design or chance. In this regard my sculptures are drawings in the larger sense of the word. They arise from an appreciation of the elemental, the rhythms and forces of nature, the interconnectedness of humankind and other species, the elucidation of time."