Barney Zeitz

About Barney

 

RFD 595A
State Rd.
Vineyard Haven,Ma.
Martha's Vineyard
02568
(508) 693-9421
bz@bzeitz.com

About Barney



Barney Zeitz has lived solely off the sale of his artworks in glass, metals and drawing since 1972. Most of this work has been built on commission for public spaces and private residences across the United States. He is proficient in both leaded and Tiffany techniques, but since 1977, has developed a style of fused and bonded stained glass that is truly unique.

His skills as a welder/fabricator of metals developed over many years of making frames and screens for his glass projects. Since designing and building his studio/ home/ showspace on Martha's Vineyard, he has fabricated metal furniture, lighting fixtures, trellisses and ceremonial objects for the home.

In 1993, Zeitz designed a memorial for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Providence, R.I. on a competition basis. This design for an outdoor, abstract steel and bronze sculpture measuring 144" tall was unanimously chosen by members of three organizations. This sculpture was dedicated on November 9, 1993, the anniversary of Kristalnacht, and was the subject of a documentary video by Ian Ellerby.

He has since been commissioned by the Wang Center for Performing Arts in Boston, to design and build a sculpture in metal and glass in memory of Walter Suskind, a Dutch Jew who saved 1200 children during the Holocaust. Barney Zeitz feels that it is his responsibility as a public artist to produce work appropriate to each situation, yet stay true to himself as a contemporary artist.

 

 

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Barney Zeitz

67 Deer Hill Rd.

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568

Tel. (508) 693-9421

Website: www.bzeitz.com

Email: bz@bzeitz.com

Born: February 3, 1951 in Fall River, Massachusetts

Public Schools in Fall River, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts 1969-1971  Project 10, living learning experience

University of Copenhagen, Denmark 1971

Art Students League, NYC, 1981, 1983, drawing

Self taught in stained glasswork and metalwork since 1972

Owned/operated studio/workspace on Martha’s Vineyard since 1972

                                                           

Public Commissions

Berkshire South Community Center, Great Barrington, Ma, 8’ forged and welded stainless steel sculpture 2009

The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, fused stained glass window, Queens, New York 14.5’ x 16.5’,   

        2003-2006 in progress

Falmouth Congregation, forged and welded stainless steel memorial wall, 42” x 108”  2005-2006

Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, Book of Remembrance, metal sculpture, 2001-2002,

Immigrant Memorial, Brewster Gardens, near Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Ma.  (winner of design     

         competition) 12’ forged and welded stainless steel sculpture,  2000-2001

Vietnam Era Memorial, Martha’s Vineyard, Ma., Forged and welded stainless steel, iron sculpture, 1996

Temple Emmanuel, Kensington, Md.,6 Fused stained glass window for sanctuary,1996

Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 10 Memorial Windows, Fused and leaded stained glass. 1996

            Eternal light, Star of David

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Boston, Ma., Walter Suskind Foundation, Forged and welded steel,

          glass bronze sculpture, 1995

Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial Museum, Providence, R.I., 12’ Forged and welded steel, bronze

sculpture, 1993 (Winner of design competition)  City of Providence grant

Temple Beth Emunah, Brockton, Ma.  15’ fused stained glass windows main sanctuary, 1992

Trinity Episcopal Church, Oak Bluffs, Ma., Fused and leaded stained glass window (Crucifix), 1992

Morris Balter Memorial Windows,  Rodef Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, Pa. Historic Landmark, 1989-1990

            Fused and bonded stained glass windows, stainless steel frames

Congregation Beth El, Fairfield, Ct. Fused and bonded stained glass,  Memorial Window, 1988

Temple Emmanuel, Andover,Ma, Fused and bonded stained glass. 1987

Ohabai Shalom, Nashville, Tn. Fused and bonded stained glass window, 1986

Joel and Rachel Spear Memorial Windows, Rodef Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Historic Landmark)

            Fused and bonded stained glass windows, stainless steel frames.  1985-1986

Bristol Community College, (One per cent grant), Fall River, Ma.  Fused and leaded stained glass, 1985

Jewish Home for the Aged, Fall River, Ma.  Fused and bonded stained glass window, 1982

St Peters Hospice, St Peters Hospital, Albany New York, 1982, fused stained glass window

                                                            Shows Awards Publications

(partial listing)

            Shows Awards Publications

(partial listing)

Arts and Crafts Centennial Exhibit, Juried Show, Providence Art Club, Providence, R.I. 2001

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, feature article, Public Art, 2001

Immigrant Memorial, Brewster Garden, Plymouth, Ma. winner design competition

Vineyard Home and Garden, feature article, 1999

Chandelier in Architectural Digest, May, 1997

Holocaust Memorial Museum competition winner, Providence, R.I., 1993

Documentary film, Holocaust Memorial, 30.min by Ian Ellerby,  1993-1994

The Domestic Object, Torchiere, Berkshire Museum,  Worcester Crafts Center, Fuller Art Museum, 1992

Stained Glass Magazine, feature article,  Architectural Fused Glass, 1987

Channel 58,  news feature, Cape Cod, 1986

Cape Cod Life, feature article, 1986

Monitor Radio, National Public Radio, news feature 1985

Chronicles, Channel 5 Boston TV feature 1984

Donnell Library invitational Glass Art Show, 53rd St., New York  1980-1984

Glassmaster’s Guild, New York, one man show, 1982

Glassmaster’s Guild, first prize flat glass, 1981

Donnell Library Lecture Series, New York Public Library, 1980

Studio Glass Magazine,  Glass East competition, 1978

American Artist Magazine, feature article stained glass, June 1978

Contemporary Art Glass Group gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, 1975-1976

Contemporary Art Glass 76, Lever House, Park Avenue, New York,  1976

               Barney Zeitz has lived solely off the sale of his artworks in glass, metals, and drawing since 1972.  Most of this work has been built on commission for public spaces and private residencies across the United States.  He is proficient in both leaded glass and Tiffany techniques, but since 1977, has developed a style of fused and bonded stained glass that is truly unique. His skills as a welder/fabricator of metals developed over many years of making frames and screens for his glass projects. Since designing and building his home/studios/showspace on Martha.s Vineyard, he has built furniture, lighting fixtures, arbors, and ceremonial objects for the home.  In 1993, he won a design competition to build a 12 foot tall steel and bronze sculpture for the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial Museum in Providence. This sculpture was the subject of a documentary video by Ian Ellerby. He has been commissioned by the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Ma. to design and build a sculpture in metal and glass honoring Walter Suskind who saved 1200 children during the Holocaust.

              The Vietnam Era Memorial on Martha’s Vineyard was the culmination of a grassroots effort

      to raise funds by a committee made up of Vietnam Veterans and war protesters. This sculptural

      statement is truly unique in its imagry as well as its intent to represent all those affected by the war.

              In 2000-2001, Zeitz designed, built and installed a 12 foot tall forged and welded  stainless steel sculpture for the Town of Plymouth in Brewster Gardens within eyesight of Plymouth Rock.  This was the winner of a design competition to honor the multicultural immigrant population that came to this country over three hundred years.(Includes a quote by the Reverend Peter Gomes of Harvard Divinity School)

       

All Of Zeitz’s work is fabricated by hand using direct welding techniques. (No casting or outside fabricators)  This keeps his mark on every aspect of the work and makes for a more expressive style. He has innovated many techniques in both metal and glasswork by exploring the materials through experimentation. His lettering technique using different metals as an inlay works well with his sculptural approach.  He is currently working on a 14’ x 16’ fused stained glass window for a spiritual center in New York City.   Barney Zeitz feels that it is his responsibility as a public artist to produce work appropriate to each situation, yet stay true to himself as a contemporary artist.

His extensive website includes images of all aspects of his work at www.bzeitz.com.