Frank Morbillo was born in Queens and raised on Long Island, but as a young adult moved west—first to Montana and eventually to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Natural forces of entropy and change have been strong themes in Frank’s work for more than two decades.
The increasing social, political and environmental commentary about our place within the world has “found its way into my work with greater frequency and I often find myself walking the line between artist and activist.
These thoughts are "part of my working mind and living being and manifest themselves in my titles, which are descriptive but also pose questions to the viewer.”
Frank’s hope is “that the viewers make a connection between the natural as well as political origins of the work, increasing personal awareness and responsibility, and the need to acknowledge and adapt to inevitable change.”
Within the content of his work is “an applied aesthetic that considers form, line, volume, color, proportions and, materials.”
Frank acknowledges “the more familiar I become with processes and materials, the greater potential for creativity and expression in the work.”
“At times I'll start making a sculpture knowing what I want” he observes and other times “I loosen controls to see where it goes. Strong design allows work to endure; balance of proportions, contrasts of materials and textures function to create tension”, which is a hallmark of his sculptures.
Frank says “the recent introduction of cast glass has broadened the range of color and translucency, increasing the contrast of materials, resulting in a greater dynamic of expression in the work.”
The fragile nature of the glass has also helped to emphasize our tenuous relationship with the environment, other nations and one another.
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND
1984 MFA Sculpture – University of Montana
1981-2 Stony Brook University, NY, 1981-2 Special study projects (Steel and Concrete),
1980 BFA Sculpture – Alfred University, NY
EXHIBITIONS AND COMMISSIONS
“Focus on Landscapes”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Group show
“Spectrum”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Group Show
“State of the Art- A Survey of New Mexico Artists”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Group show
“Frank Morbillo - New Work 2010”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Solo Show
The Albuquerque Museum, “Miniatures Show” and “Miniatures and More Show”
Craighead Green Gallery , Dallas TX, Three Person Show
Alfred University, Alfred NY, Breaking The Mold Show
NM Sculptors Guild at the Sculpture Ranch, Santa Fe NM
Introductions North, Denton Arts Council, Denton TX
Lennar Communities Commission, Palm Springs CA.
Remmi Fine Art, Denver CO. – Sculptor and Painter show
Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe NM – Solo Show
Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe NM – Toy Show
Sculpturesite Gallery – San Francisco, Opening Exhibit
Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe NM - Featured Artist
Museum of New Mexico Lecture Series – The Making Of Monuments In Bronze.
Waldorf, Fountain Commission – Santa Rosa California
Solomon, Fountain and Bench Commission – Knoxville Tennessee.
A New Leaf Gallery ‘Water Works 2004”
Lumina Gallery North – Featured Artist Spring
Sculpture Ranch – “Manifesto 04”, Scenario - A site-specific installation
Inside Out” New Mexico Sculptors’ Guild Show
Sculpture Commission, 18’ stainless “Dance Partners Fountain,” Lumina
Gallery North, Taos, New Mexico.
Opening Exhibit Invitational, Lumina North
Furniture Show, Shidoni Arts Gallery, New Mexico
“Sculpture, NOW,” inaugural invitational, The Sculpture-Ranch, Santa Fe, NM
“In the Round: Sculpture at the Roundhouse,” Governor’s Gallery, New Mexico State Capitol. Co- sponsored by the NM Sculptors’ Guild and the Capitol Art Foundation.
Sculpture Commission, 10’ bronze “Healing Partners,” New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque,
Sculpture Commission, 9’ bronze “Dancing Curves,” Appleton Public Library, Appleton, Wisconsin
“30th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Show," Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“Sit On It,” invitational furniture show, and “Water Visions 2001,” New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Sculpture Commission, 10’ stainless steel “Nocera Trio” Tampa FL
Shidoni Craft Gallery , Grand Opening
New Leaf Gallery, Ten Year Anniversary Show, Berkley, CA
Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens, Grand Opening, Nashville, TN
Karen Newby Gallery, Tubac AZ
Paseo Sculpture Show, Palm Springs CA
Sculpture Commission, 16’ stainless steel piece for Northwestern Mutual Life, Dallas
“Earth Works,” site-specific show combining visual art and nature; Santa Fe, NM
“Bronze Age ’98,” sculpture show, New Leaf Garden Gallery
Grand Opening Show, Ridhwan Sculpture Garden in Taos, NM
“Water Visions ’97,” New Leaf Garden Gallery"25th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Show," Shidoni Gallery
"Water Visions '96," New Leaf Garden Gallery, Berkeley, CA
"Furniture Show," New Leaf Garden Gallery
Cynthia Woody Gallery, Scottsdale AZ.
Two-artist exhibit, Shidoni Contemporary Gallery
Group show, New Leaf Garden Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Outdoor sculpture show , Westin Mission Hills Rancho Mirage, CA
"Los Alamos Shows Shidoni," outdoor exhibition in City of Los Alamos
Solo exhibit, Perry-House Galleries, Alexandria, VA
Solo exhibit, Shidoni Contemporary
Art Los Angeles, Expo '90, represented by Shidoni Contemporary Gallery
"Japan Contemporary Crafts-Art Show, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Best of Scottsdale," Elaine Horowitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
Chicago Art Expo (Navy Pier Show), represented by Elaine Horowitch Galleries
"Artists' Takes on Architecture," Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.
City of Palm Springs Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Vail Valley Foundation Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Vail, CO
Furniture Show, Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver
The Woodlot Gallery, Wisconsin
Santa Fe Community College Opening Display, Santa Fe
Solo Sculpture Exhibit, Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver
Eve Cohen Gallery, Chicago
Lumina North Taos NM
Albuquerque Cancer Center Albuquerquen NM
Appleton Public Library, Appleton, WI
Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Building, Dallas, TX
Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens, Nashville, TN
Eastern New Mexico University (% For The Arts Purchase), Portales, NM?Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos, NM
La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, NM
Hyatt-Regency, Albuquerque, NM
University of Montana-Missoula, Library
Private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan
head of foundry operations,
head of patination, quality control,
1984 – 1985
production assistant in metal finishing process. Sound understanding of ceramic shell, lost wax casting, pep-set resin and petro-bond sand casting experience. Thorough grounding in welding, finishing and metal fabrication. Experience in designing, organizing and facilitating projects from conception to completion. Have worked successfully with a variety and number of artists and craftsmen to produce works that have been placed nationally.
Artist Studio 1992 – present
Designed, developed, and maintain studio facility for creation of original works. Metal fabrication, wax patterns, chasing, patination. Purchased, set up and maintain equipment. Have given numerous educational programs on the facility, its history, and creative artistic processes.
New Mexico Sculptors Guild board member, 2001, 2002 – 2006
Museum of New Mexico Lecture Series 2005 – The Making Of Monuments In Bronze
Guest artist/lecturer, University of Montana (Missoula), 1994 and 1992.
Invited lecturer, Alfred University (NY), 1987 and 1991.
Lecturer, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, 1986.
Patina Consultant for Judy Chicago, Powerplay Series, 1986.
Lecturer, Merrill Gallery, Kansas City, KS 1985.
Workshop leader, Alfred University, 1985: methodologies of casting, welding, chasing, and patina.