About the Artist, John Van Alstine:
Born upstate New York in 1952, John Van Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondacks Mountains. After attending St. Lawrence University (1970-72), Kent State University (BFA 1974) and Cornell University (MFA 1976) he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie and later the University of Maryland, College Park to teach drawing and sculpture. In 1986 he left teaching and moved to the NYC area to pursue studio work full time. In 1987 he purchased a 19th century industrial complex on the banks of the Sacandaga River and returned to the Adirondacks in upstate New York where he now lives and works in the restored historic structure.
Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely (including over 50 solo exhibitions) in this country as well as in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has completed many major large scale outdoor, site-specific commissions installing a large outdoor work for the 2008 Olympic Park, Beijing; a 35' tall piece for the new Indianapolis Airport; and a 28” high work FUNAMBULIST on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing in June 2010.
Other notable projects include a major outdoor piece for TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Beijing, China. This large scale sculpture built in Beijing in conjunction with university’s centennial celebration and installed on campus in April 2011. He also completed a 30’h outdoor 911–SCULPTURE/MEMORIAL sculpture using World Trade Tower steel remnants dedicated Sept. 11, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2020 “Catapulta” was selected from over 1200 (including 46 countries and regions) worldwide applicants and will be enlarged to 5 meters and installed in the Wuhu, China sculpture park in 2021.
Van Alstine is a recipient of many individual arts grants and fellowships including from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and a number of state artist’s grants.
A 280 page hardcover book, John Van Alstine Sculpture 1971-2018 surveying 50 years of work published by The Artist Book foundation, was released in 2019. This follows the 2001 release of Bones of the Earth – Spirit of the Land, also hardcover recapping the first 25 years of his work. In 2023, a new 256 page biography by Tim Kane was released American Vistas: The Life and Art of John Van Alstine. His work is held in many private and public and corporate collections in this country and Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
They include: (selected list) Baltimore Museum of Art Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX Carnegie Museum Of Art, Pittsburgh, Pa Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington, Dc Dallas Museum Of Art, Dallas, TX Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH Delaware Museum Of Art, Wilmington Denver Art Museum Hirshhorn Museum And Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Inst. Washington, DC Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, TX National Museum Of American Art, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC. Museum Of Modern Art, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ., The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC., U.S. State Department, Art in US Embassies; Bolivian Embassy, Washington, DC, Jamaican Embassy, Kingston, Jamaica, Nepal Embassy, Katmandu, Chilean Embassy, Santiago.