Tom Berenz (USA)

International Artist

Tom Berenz (USA)

International Artist

Accomplished painter and a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Tom Berenz uses chaos as a metaphor in his work to discuss personal, socio-political, environmental and ideological ideas.

His paintings are as complex as they are beautiful, playing with space, perspective and pattern.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are about my relationship to the world around me; cerebral and physical, intellectual and visceral. I use the chaos as a metaphor to discuss personal, socio-political, environmental and ideological issues.
Through the motif of confusion and chaos, I explore the existential self and examine personal narratives, with some being more literal and others more enigmatic. Notions of loss, place, memory, space and time are central as I re-examine personal experiences from my past and present. The imagery is in constant flux, but always returns to a pile.
A pile is everything and it is nothing. It is a mound that once was and now isn’t; a mass of information, both physical and metaphysical, organized and chaotic. These works emphasize form over narrative.
I inject painterly gestural forms with flat edited down shapes. This results in a striking dichotomy between the strong emotional subtext of the work and the stark rigidity of its execution.

ABOUT TOM

Tom Berenz lives and works in the United Sates, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Berenz is a Mary L. Nohl fellow for 2018 and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured in multiple publications, most notably, New American Paintings and Huffington Post. Berenz recieved his M.A from Northern Illiniois University and his M.F.A From University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing 2013-present Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin

EDUCATION

2012 Master of Fine Arts – 2D, University of Wisconsin – Madison
2008 Master of Arts – Painting, Northern Illinois University
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Graphic Communications and Painting, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Solo Exhibition, Lakeland College, Plymouth, WI USA
2018 Elgin Community College Gallery, Elgin, IL USA
2018 Heavy Socks, Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee,WI USA
2018 Lost Socks, University of Wisconsin-Marinette, Marinette, WI USA
2017 Icy Flowers, Mount Mary, Milwaukee,WI USA
2016 Towards The North, James Watrous Gallery, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison,WI USA
2016 Three Feet Under, The Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac ,WI USA
2015 Towards The North, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA
2015 Presently Absent, Giertz Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, IL USA
2015 Reflections on the North, Illinois Wesleyan University, Merwin Gallery Bloomington, IL USA
2014 Paintings (Tom Berenz), McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL USA
2014 Near the North, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI USA
2014 Into The Woods, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA USA
2013 Past and Present, Gallery 204, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL USA
2012 Velvet Hammer, Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago, IL USA
2012 Collapse, The Arrowhead Room Gallery, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL USA
2012 Piles, Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI USA
2012 Remnants, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI USA
2011 Recent Paintings, Farnham Galleries, Simpson College, Indianola, IA USA
2011 Disasters – Anoka Ramsey College, Coon Rapids, MN USA
2011 Recent Paintings, River Edge Gallery, Thiensville, WI USA
2010 Naturally Unnatural, The University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, WI USA
2009 American Disasters, Caestecker Art Gallery, Ripon College, Ripon, WI USA
2009 Natural Decay, Windhover Art Center-Fond du Lac, WI USA
2009 Of Course and Never, The University of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac, WI USA
2008 Shortly Aftermath, Polk Gallery, University of Wisconsin,Oshkosh, WI USA
2008 We Should Have Heard It Coming, 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2005 Urban Invasion, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2005 Sprawl, Polk Gallery Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Indiana Green, 10th Year Anniversary. Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI USA
2018 Narrative Figurative, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL USA
2018 Surfaces: Large Scale Contemporary Abstract Painting, Hardy Gallery, Door County, WI USA
2018 Hinternational Paper: The Birth of the Wisconsin Flat File Project, Real Tinsel, Milwaukee, WI USA
2018 Space Is A Place, VAR Gallery, Milwaukee, WI USA
2018 Mary Nohl 15th Anniversery, Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee,WI USA
2018 PLAY: An Iconography of Sport, Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ USA
2018 SWEET, Golden and Delicious, Northern Illinios University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL USA
2017 The Contemporaries, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ USA
2017 Untitled, Hardy Gallery, Door County, WI USA
2017 NOW Figuration, Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI
2017 UW-Parkside Faculty Exhibition, Foundation Gallery, University of Wiscosnin, Kenosha, WI USA
2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI USA
2016 Wallflower, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee WI USA
2016 Luck of the Draw, Madison Central Library, Madison, WI USA
2016 Big Ten(t), Shim Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2016 On or About: Rockwell Kent, Fountain Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA
2016 Exquisite Corpse, Feather and Bone Gallery, Appleton WI USA
2016 Lost and Found, Madison Central Library, Madison, WI USA
2016 ReMix, Gallerie C.O.A, Montreal CANADA
2016 The Colors I Am Inside, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ USA
2016 Big Ten(t), Arthelix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY USA
2015 Out of Madison, Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI USA
2015 28th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI USA
2015 CHROMA, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee WI USA
2015 Art-Inspired Music Project, McNally Smith College of Music, Saint Paul, MN USA
2015 Materiality, Aurora Public Art Commission, APAC Gallery, Aurora, IL USA
2015 UW-Parkside Faculty Exhibition, Foundation Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Kenosha WI USA
2015 Salon Show, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee WI USA
2015 Indiana Green, Frank Juaz Gallery, Sheboygan WI USA
2015 45 North2, The Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac ,WI USA
2015 The National Weather Center Biennale, Norman, OK USA
2015 DUCKS LA, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA USA
2014 45 North, The Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac ,WI USA
2014 Bloom, Usable Space Gallery, Milwaukee,WI USA
2014 De Composition, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2014 Face Melt, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX USA
2014 Forward 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI USA
2013 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI USA
2013 The Landscape, Tellus360 Gallery, Lancaster, PA USA
2013 Fresh Paint – media wall on Commerce Square, Philadelphia, PA USA
2013 Escape Velocity, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA USA
2013 The National Weather Center Biennale, Norman, OK USA
2013 Wild America, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI USA
2012 Perfect Storm, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY USA
2012 Dream Continuum, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX USA
2012 Wisconsin Contemporary, Art Start Gallery, Rhinelander, WI USA
2012 Post Apocalypse – Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI USA
2012 Lighting Strikes Twice, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX USA
2012 Lighting Strikes Twice, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX USA
2011 Suburbia, Platform Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA USA
2011 Rich and Creamy, MPAC, Saint Francis University – Joliet, IL USA
2011 MDW Fair, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL USA
2011 Wisconsin Biennial, Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI USA
2011 Retrospectives, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI USA
2011 Big Time, Madison Central Library, Madison, WI USA
2011 Group Show, Capital Lakes Gallery, Madison, WI USA
2011 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring: The Global Water Crisis, Rogue Community College, Medford, OR USA
2011 Year in Review, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI USA
2011 Modern Landscape, Luckystar Gallery, Milwaukee, WI USA
2011 International President Network of Universities and Colleges of Art, Central Academy of Fine Art-Art Museum, Beijing CHINA
2010 Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI USA
2010 Young Painters Competition – Yeck Award, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University – Oxford, OH USA
2010 New Car Smell, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI USA
2010 Deluge, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA USA
2010 The Evidence Is Against Us, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2010 Road Trip, The University of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac, WI USA
2010 Ah, Wilderness!, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL USA
2009 Second Stories: Artists Making Do & Fixing Up, Zolla Liebermann, Chicago, IL USA
2009 Group Show, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC USA
2009 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2009 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Art Exhibition, Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery, Oshkosh, WI USA
2009 The Triennial, Wagner Opera House – Oshkosh, WI USA
2009 Wisconsin Artist Biennial, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI USA
2009 Group Show, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC USA
2009 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2008 Bitch’n, Bad Dog Gallery, Dekalb, IL USA
2008 Thinking of You – Contemporary Landscape, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL USA
2008 Ars Nova, Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2007 Art School Confidential, 33 Collective, Chicago, IL USA
2007 5×7, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL USA
2007 Summer Group Exhibition, The High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2007 Square Foot Show, The Galaxie Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2007 Inspiring Change, Space 900, Chicago, IL USA
2007 Conception, Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2007 60115, 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2007 3rd Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33 Collective, Chicago, IL USA
2007 2nd Annual Graduate Exhibition, Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2007 Ars Nova, Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2006 Graduate Group Show, Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL USA
2006 Group Show, Verve Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI USA
2005 Honors Exhibition, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2005 Reeve Union Student Art Contest, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2004 Honors Exhibition, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2004 Reeve Union Student Art Contest, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA
2003 Photoshop Self-Portraits, Annex Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI USA

AWARDS

2018 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund
2017 Established Artist Fellowship – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund
2016 First Place Award – Wisconsin Artist Biennial
2015 Patron Award – Annual Northern National Art Competition
2015 Best of Show – De Composition – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
2013 Best Painting Award – NWC Biennale
2012 Nominated -MFA Joan Mitchell Grant – University of Wisconsin-Madison
2012 Graduate Teaching Assistanship – University of Wiscosin-Madison
2011 Honored Instructor Award – University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011 Graduate Teaching Assistanship – University of Wiscosin-Madison
2011 Best Non Objective Painting Award – Wisconsin Biennial
2011 Short Listed – West Prize Collection Competition
2010 Finalist – William and Dorothy Yeck Award , Miami University Young Painters Competition
2009 Merit Award – Wisconsin Artist Biennial

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