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"Wall Relief Sculpture"  

George Handy

3 Webb Cove Road  ¡  Asheville, North Carolina  28804

828. 777. 5558  ¡  www.georgehandy.com



Public Art / High Relief Wall Sculptures  Mixed Media and Etched Glass


 Public & Private Collections


            Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Permanent Collection, Washington, DC

            Private Collections of Alan Alda, Neil Simon,

            R. J. Reynolds Corporation, Winston-Salem, NC

            University of North Carolina Justice Center, Permanent Collection, Asheville, NC

            Bascome-Louise Art Center, Permanent Collection, Highlands NC


Grants & Awards


            Spartanburg Museum of Art Award,   $1,000 

            Bascome-Louise Art Center First Prize, $1,000 & Permanent Collection

            Asheville Arts Council Regional Award.  Funds Used to develop larger scale public art and fund Studio mentorship/ apprenticeship program

            Best In Show, Carolina Designer Craftsmen  

            Best In Ceramic, Piedmont Art Show,  Atlanta 

      Best In 3-D, Charlotte Art Festival, Charlotte 

      North Carolina Museum of Art Award of Merit


Public Art


2007            San Diego Medical Center                                                                        $3,000

2007             Mission Reuter’s Children’s Outpatient Clinic, Asheville, NC                  $7.000

2007            Transylvania Public Library, Holographic Relief Sculpture            $30,000

2006            Duke Power  Corporate Headquarters, 3 Commissions            $12,000

2005            City of Charlotte  Arts & Science Council, Fire Department            $12,000

2005            City of Asheville, Petsmart and Kohl’s Corporations            $11,000

2005            Liberty Trust Corporation, Greenville, SC,  Art4 business             $8,400

2004            Charlotte Area  Transit System, Cats:             $20,000

       Two wall pieces, total size approximately 5’ height by 30’ length

       40  holographic color shifts

2002             North Carolina Zoological Park Commission, Asheboro, NC            $16,500

Lion’s Pride – Mixed media exterior relief sculpture (6’x15’), outdoor

1999            Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Art Commission             $12,000

Disappearing Animals – (4’x 8’)Endangered animals disappear

as the viewer walks along the installation Mecklenburg County  

1998            Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Art Commission               $8,000

                         (4’x8’) Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, Charlotte

                        North Carolina Percentage for the Arts Program

1997            North Carolina Arts Council Art In Public Buildings            $20,000

                        Passing the Baton - Holographic Mural (8’x15’)

                        University of North Carolina Asheville Justice Health/Fitness Center


Education & Teaching


BA, Cum Laude, 1976

University of New Hampshire , Plymouth University

University of North Carolina  continuing education


Workshop Instructor, University of Tennessee, 2005


Adjunct Professor of Art, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC


Community Workshops conducted with Public Art Projects:

¡      Asheville Arts Council and Asheville Art Museum, Asheville NC – Art in Public Schools

¡      Artist Lecture/Demonstration Series – Yancey  and McDowell  Counties, NC

¡      University of North Carolina  Art Department, Asheville, NC – “Art for Public Places”,  yearly lectures and/or studio visits

¡            Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC – “Life’s Work as an Artist” (lecture series)

¡            Asheville High School  yearly workshop 1986-present 

            Accredited apprenticeship program with area schools

      Teacher Assistant Plymouth Middle School Plymouth, New Hampshire

            Substitute Teacher  Middle School  Oceanport ,Monmouth County, New Jersey


Panels /Jurist


¡            North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, NC  –  Jurist, Artist in Schools Grant

¡            Southern Highlands Guild – Jurist of  Applicants 1999, 2000, 2003

¡            Asheville Arts Alliance  –  Jurist, Emerging Artist Program 1992,1993


Professional Affiliations


            Southern Highlands Craft Guild            American Crafts Council

            Neiman-Marcus, White Plains, NY            Asheville Chamber of Commerce

            Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA            Craft & Folk Museum, Los Angeles, CA

            Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC             Carolina Designer Craftsmen, Raleigh, NC


Selected Exhibits


¡            North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC – NC Crafts Exhibit

Asheville Art Museum, show,  Asheville, NC – catalogue  2000

Spartanburg Museum of Art 

¡            Northern Telecom, Research Triangle Park, NC – Sculpture Exhibition

¡            Asheville Art Museum – Western North Carolina Millennium  2001

¡            Piedia Invitational Craft Show, Atlanta, GA  1994

¡            Blue Spiral 1  Asheville, NC  2005

¡            Blue Spiral I, Asheville, NC – “Crafts Today”  1993

¡            Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC – Invitational Exhibit  1989, 1988

¡            Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC – “The Eighties Show”  1987

¡            G.H. Daisheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD  1985

¡            Perception Gallery,  Houston, TX 

¡            Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC – “Crafts for a Post-Modern  World”  1985

¡            New Morning Gallery, Asheville, NC – Solo Exhibition  1985

¡            William King Regional Art Center, Abingdon Virginia  2006

¡            Spartanburg Museum of Art  – 2nd prize curator  2005

¡            Blue Spiral 1 Gallery  2005

¡            Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

¡            Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC – “Endings & Beginnings”  2001

            Curator:  Mathew Drutt of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

¡            Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC – Faulty Show  2001

¡            Southworks, Watkinsville, GA – 2001 Juried Exhibition  2001

¡            North Carolina Craft Center, Asheboro, NC – “Ceramics"  2001, 2003

¡            Blue Spiral I Gallery, Asheville, NC  1997, 1996, 1994

¡            Arts Alliance Gallery, Asheville, NC  1996, `1995


Selected Bibliography


Mountain Traditions  Times News, New York Times   Feature Article June  2007

The Secret the Movie, images and clips from my studio process used in filming, 2006.

Batman Forever, movie, artwork used in set design, Warner Bros.

500 Pitchers, Lark Books, images, Sterling Publishing  2006.

500 Cups, Lark Books, images and cover note, Sterling Publishing, 2006.

Video, George Handy:  Work of the Artist, Abbey Road Productions for UNC-TV, 2001.

Asheville:  A View from the Top, Roland Beers & James Turner Publishers, 1997.

Hand Built Ceramics, Sterling Publishing, Altamont Press, 1996.

Handmade Tiles, Sterling Publishing, Altamont Press, 1994.

Crafts in WNC – Hand-Made with Heart, Blue Ridge Journal, September 1993.

Making and Decorating Fantastic Frames, Thom Boswell, Sterling Publishing, 1993.

Local Art Goes to Broadway, Asheville Citizen-Times, June 1992.

The Arts of Craft, Endless Vacation Magazine (USAir in-flight magazine), 1992.

Tampering with Teapots, Asheville Citizen-Times, May 1992.

NC Artists for the 90’s, Greensboro News & Record, January 1991.

The Arts Journal, Verne Stafford, Director of Penland School, June 1985.


George Handy - 3 Webb Cove, Asheville, NC 28804 - (828) 777-5558 - george@georgehandy.com