I remember as a young lad in North Platte, Nebraska, walking through alleyways, attracted by unique, discarded objects – a roll of bent wire, broken glass or pottery, a tricycle bell, etc. Later as an art student, I was drawn to junk yards in search of pieces to weld into sculpture. There was also a keen interest in drawing, encouraged by inspiring professors at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Arriving at the University of Minnesota in the early 1970’s, I was struck by the beautiful and varied landscape of the Mississippi River bluffs and the surrounding hills and lakes, of course! I continued to make sculpture and drawings while in Graduate School and became interested in bringing many elements into a work that would accumulate and make a total statement.
After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1973 and teaching in a handful of colleges and universities in Minnesota, I have continued to pursue the cumulative concept in my work.
Bernie has extensive experience in multiple mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting and photography. His most recent work are assemblages that incorporate found materials; nails, tools and other select pieces of metal, all mostly on the rusty side of corroded.
Born in 1944, Bernie received his BFA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971 and later an MFA from University of Minnesota in 1973. He has taught at College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN, Century College in White Bear Lake, MN, College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN as well as University of Minnesota at both Minneapolis and Duluth.
Bernie also currently owns and runs Drawing Card Signs & Graphics, based in St. Paul, Minn.