ARTIST INFORMATION

NAME: Vernon B Bigman  
NATION: Diné  
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ARTIST STATEMENT

My artwork is created to tell a story about life and the environment by explaining it through dreams. The reality is that when we are asleep, what we understand to be real is not the same as when we are awake, but the two states are, in many ways, actually two different forms of "reality."

In this body of paintings, everything is at play, everything is on the move. Each part has its own script or job to do. By doing, the tale of events unfolds and is discovered - but like a dream, even that tale may later change yet again, to tell another story.

In many ways, change is our world. Everything will one day change to something new, simply because that is what it does.

Using this dream view, I hope to tell us a new story all the time, singing to the viewer a new song of changing life and the environment, and maybe, the nature of being.

ARTIST BIO

Vernon B Bigman's, Art work tells a story of dream reality and being. This body of work is called Dream Snakes it used the visual language of paintings, drawings and digital photography. He obtain his MFA of fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York in 1996. He also attended the San Francisco Art Institute and received a BFA. In 1987. and the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work was collected by Austin D Warburton, Santa Clara Cal. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Cal. National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.

The work has been exhibited by the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Cal. Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara Cal. East Islip Art Museum, Islip N Y. Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York NY. Sabbeth Art Gallery, Glen Cove NY.

The work has been reviewed by the Democrat and Chronicle new paper, Rochester, NY. The New York Times, Long Island NY. New York Perspectives, New York NY. Con temporary Native American and African American Artist, Parsons exhibition center NY. Council for the Arts on the North Shore, Wunsch Art Center, Glen Cove. NY. New York City Housing Authority, Resident Art calendar 2002. New York NY. Awarded Honorable Mention by Sirsi-Dynix's Photography calendar competition 2007, Huntsville, AL . He is represented by self and Taught Art for Harborview Visual Arts in New York City, and employed by Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn NY

Education
Pratt Institute, MFA
San Francisco Art Institute, BFA
Institute of American Indian Arts
Exhibitions
2009
Relevant: Reflection-Reformation-Revival, Rethinking Contemporary Native American Art, New York, NY
2009
The Importance of In/Visibility, Recent work by Native American Artists Living in New York City, New York, NY
2008
New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Zito Studio Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Keith Duncanís Fund Raiser, Taller Boricua Galleries, New York, NY
2005
Rush Show, Harborview Visual Arts, New York, NY
2005
Graduate Studios, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2005
The Williamsburg Music Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
2005
New York Public Library Tompkins Square Gallery, New York, NY
2004
The Blue Ox, Bronx, NY
1996
Bronx River Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
1993
Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY
1992
Parsons Exhibition Center, New York, NY
1992
Wunsch Arts Center Sabbeth Art Gallery, Glen Cove, NY

Collections
Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor,Bell & Peskoe LLP, New York NY.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.
The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA.
The Triton Museum of Art. The Austin D Warburton Collection, Santa Clara CA.
The Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM.
Private collections.

Bodies of Work
Dream Snakes, a view of dream reality. A series of Oil paintings and Oil pastels drawings, 1987 to present.

Publications
Sirsi-Dynix Photography calendar competition 2007. Awarded Honorable Mention. Huntsville, AL
New York City Housing Authority, 2005 Resident Art Show Catalog. New York NY
New York City Housing Authority, Resident Art calender 2002. New York NY.
The Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper, Rochester NY.
The New York Times, Long Island NY.
New York Perspectives, New York NY.
Contemprary Native American and African American Artists, Parsons Exhibition Center, New York NY.
Council for the Arts on the North Shore, Wunsch Art Center, Glen Cove NY.
Trident Museun exhibition catalog, Santa Clara CA.
New York City Housing Authority, Resident Art calendar 2002. New York NY.
Sirsi-Dynix Photography calendar competition 2007. Awarded Honorable Mention. Huntsville, AL

Affiliations
Harborview Visual Arts, 2003 thru 2006
Pratt Institute Library, 2006 thur present.