Bio: Tom Gormally has exhibited nationally and internationally for 40 years, including exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art (NY), Des Moines Art Center (IA), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO), and others. He has created site-specific sculptures in Seattle and Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the Horsehead International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions. Press coverage includes reviews in Sculpture Magazine and The New Art Examiner, as well as BBC TV and BBC radio interviews. He is a past recipient of an NEA award for sculpture and was awarded a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship. In 2019, Tom was awarded a Civita Institute Drexler Family Fellowship, as well as an Allied Arts Foundation Artist Award. Tom currently has a two-person exhibition (with his wife, Malayka Gormally) at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum (IA).
Tom, a disabled Vietnam-era veteran, utilized the GI Bill to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) and, later, obtain his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his MFA from Wichita State University.
Artist Statement: I have bent, turned, carved and fabricated wood, combining it with accompanying materials, into sculptures for over forty years. My work includes large indoor sculpture installations, site-specific outdoor sculptures, and gallery-scale sculptures, as well as paintings, drawings, and prints. My work often has socio-political themes but woven together with a pointed sense of humor. Roaming second-hand shops for objects that speak to me is a way of entering a dialogue with myself, and an entrance to my work. Incorporating objects that have the patina of use or a handmade quality into my sculptures is like tying time and communities together.