Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, Erasmus-Scholarship for
Greece at the School of Fine Arts, Athens.
Marschalk-von-Ostheim Travel Award for Ireland & Brittany
DAAD-grant for Carrara/Italy
International Wood-Carving Symposium San Giuliano Terme/Italy
Hualien International Stone Sculpture Symposium/Taiwan
BFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, Ecole National Supior des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, Parsons School of Design, Paris France, Artist's Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Painting, Oregon Arts Commission, Monomania Printmaking Fellowship, PNCA, Portland, OR, Capital Press Award, Oregon State University.
Fr. Jerry Bleem is a Franciscan Friar whose friary is in Cicero, Illinois.
Jerry holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His work occupies the territory between sculpture and what is now known
as fiber arts. Father Bleem works with a variety of unusual materials
that involve painstakingly repetitious processes. Jerry became familiar with
the local community in an unusual way - by filling in periodically
for the parish priests at St. Peter's and Assumption Catholic Churches.
Education: Hornsey College of Art, London, BA Fine Art, 1st Class Honors.
Foundation Course, Birmingham Polytechnic,
Head of Art and Design, Guernsey College.
Awards: DAAD International Artist-in-Residence Programme, Berlin; Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; numerous British Council Grants for exhibitions/projects in Canada, Spain, Venezuela, Sweden, Germany, France and Japan.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: Galleries in London; Toronto, Canada; Germany; New York; Switzerland; Sweden; Spain; Belgium; France; Japan. San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; Museum Moderne Kunst Landkreis Cuxhaven, Germany.
"Intrigued with out understanding of reality, I have been concerned not only with the idea of what we can see - but also with the idea of what we cannot see...I see myself as a catalyst. I am trying to capture the essence, the very spirit of the object leaving behind a memory of its former self - a trade. I wish to suggest that the object still exists, that it has just been transformed into another energy, another state - from reality to abstraction."
BFA College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
MFA Yale University; NEA Visual Artists Fellowship
Ragdale Foundation Fellowship
NEA Visual Artist Fellowship
Scholarship, Yale University; Fellowship
Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT.
Currently Assistant Professor Northern Illinois University.