Jeffrey J. DaCosta | Curriculum Vitae



Education

2013             Master of Arts, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ      

2010             Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2005             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO


Teaching Experience

2009             Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant, Sculpture Department, University 

                    of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2008-2007     Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant, Foundations Department, 

                    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2005-2004     Teaching Assistant, Sculpture Department High School Summer Program, Kansas 

                    City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO


 Solo

2017                Parcel Series, Tohono Chul Galleries, Tucson AZ

2014                Thermal Paintings, Site-Grounds Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2008                Sleepercell, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2005                Dead Space, Beth Allison Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2003              Stand Alone, Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL


Group

2017                Peripheral Visions,  The Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson AZ

2016               Call and Response, Tohono Chul Galleries , Tucson AZ

2015                Taking Flight, Tohono Chul Galleries , Tucson AZ

2015                Rain catchers, Tohono Chul Galleries, Tucson AZ

2015                Re-Visioning the Southwest, University of New Mexico, Las Cruises, NM

2014                Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2014                9×12 Works on Paper, Fort Worth Arts Center, Ft. Worth, TX      

2010                MFA Thesis Exhibition – Great Exchange, Jospeh Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2006                Urban Culture Project Exhibition, Bank Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2005                Sculpture Dept. Spring Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2004                Sculpture Dept. Spring Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2004                Sculpture Dept. March Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2003                Sculpture Dept. Fall Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 


Juried

2015                2015 Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ

2015                Sonoran Desert: Large and Small, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2011                3rd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson, AZ

2004                Declare Yourself!, Pi Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2003                War Studies, Beth Allison Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2003                Humans, Being, Beth Allison Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2002                Annual Student Exhibition, Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL


Exhibition History

Public Art

2016                11 Miles of Color, Scottsdale AZ

2016                INFLUX, Scottsdale AZ

2013                Parcel 2, Sonoran Desert-BLM Land, Oracle AZ

2012                Rain Catcher, Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ

2010                Resource Resist, School of Natural Resource Management, Tucson, AZ

2009                Resonator, University of Arizona Mall, Tucson, AZ

2009                Parcel, Sonoran Desert-BLM Land, Oracle AZSolo

2008                Sleepercell, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ

 Publications

2015                Regan, Margaret, "On Eagle's Wings" Tucson Weekly (August 30, 2015) 

2012                Alpers, Jackie. “Avant Garden Art,” Tucson Lifestyle (March 7, 2012)

2006                Kobak, Steve. “Sum of the Parts,” The Kansas City Star (June 29, 2006)

2005                Zapf, Rudy. “You are Here,” Playback Magazine (December Edition)

2005                Catalogue Cover of Kansas City Art Institute’s Sculpture Boucher

2002                Sharockman, Aaron. “With Aid, Fallen Ranger Honored,” St. Petersburg Times                                     

                        (August 20, 2002)

Artist Lectures/Presentations

2015               Artist lecture ”Platica”, AZ Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2014               Visiting Artist, Metallurgy Lecture, World Cultures Course with Professor Redhouse,   

                        Pima Community College

2012                Visiting Artist Lecture, Tohono O’odham Community College, Sells, AZ

2012                Tucson Indian Center "ArtsReach" program Presentation, University of Arizona                            

                        Tucson AZ

2011                Presentation: “Contemporary American Indian Art Curriculum”, University                                     

                        of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2010                American Indian Studies Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2009                Artist lecture, "Sleeper Cell" Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ


Residencies

2006                Urban Culture Project Artist Residency Program, Kansas City, MO


Professional Experience

2015-Present   Manager of Public Art, Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona,

                      Tucson AZ

2012-2015       Art Consultant and Fabricator, Cooper Center for Environmental Learning,  

                      Tucson, AZ

2011-2015       Preparator, Settler’s West Fine Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2012               Art Consultant: Tohono O’odham Community College, Sells, AZ

                      Department Strategic Plan and Curriculum

2012               Tucson Indian Center, Tucson, AZ

  ArtsReach Program Consultant: program evaluation and grant proposal         

  development.

2012 – 2010    RED INK American Indian Arts Magazine, Tucson, AZ

                      Visual Arts Section Writer and Contributor

2012               Combat Paper Project, Tucson, AZ (Volunteer)

2011               Southern Arizona Language Fair Art Competition, Tucson, AZ

                      Assistant Organizer and Judge

2008               Assistant to Dennis Jones, Professional Artist and Director of the University of    

                      Arizona’s School of Art, Tucson, AZ

2008               Biosphere 2, Tucson AZ, Earth Day Exposition Project Leader

2006               Shuttle Chief and Fine Art Handler, Artworks of Kansas City Fine Art Services,  

                      Kansas City, MO

2006               Ceramic Shell Technician, Foundry Technician and Bronze Fabricator, Eligius 

                      Bronze Foundry, Kansas City, MO

2006               Eli Pupovac Art Farm, Holden, MO. Habitat Project Participant

2006               Assistant to Miki Baird, Professional Artist, Avenue of the Arts Project,   

                      Kansas City, MO

2005-2003       Sculpture Department Maintenance Team Leader and Technician, Work Study 

                      Program, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2005               Assistant to Miki Baird, Professional Artist, Kansas City, MO

2005               Assistant to Michael Wickerson, Kansas City, MO

2004               Foundry Wax Room Technician, Eligius Bronze Foundry, Kansas City, MO

2001               Assistant to Lila Voss, Professional Artist, Cleveland, OH


Grants/Awards

2010                Human liberty A.R.T.T. Foundation Scholarship Award, Tucson, AZ

2009                Centennial Project Grant, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2009                Steelcase Scholarship, Tucson, AZ

2002                Marc Anderson Fallen Soldier Scholarship, Clearwater, FL


Technical Skills

2D

Painting-Oil, acrylic, earth pigments, watercolor

Illustration-Charcoal pastel, graphite, color pencil, Conte crayon, ink

3D

Ceramics

Hand building and carving techniques, clay mixing (variety of clay bodies,                   including paper clay and stone ware), slip casting, presses and ceramic dies and   molds, extruders, slab rollers, clay mixers, kiln firings (raku, gas, salt), kiln             maintenance and repair.

Metalworking

MIG, TIG, stick and Oxy-Acetylene welding, plasma cutting, rollers, breaks,          shears, vertical and horizontal band saws, chop saw, both power and hand tools    used in the fabrication, forge manipulation, manipulation and finishing of        aluminum, bronze and steel.

Metal Casting

Modern and Primitive casting technologies, homemade furnaces and related equipment. Greensand, (homemade traditional and oil bonded) and ceramic                                     shell including experimental processes, Styrofoam burnout, lost wax/classic                      investment, resin bonded sand, furnace construction and operation. 

Media: aluminum, bronze, lead, pewter, and various alloys.

Mold Making

Two-part, multi-part, silicone, urethane rubber, and plaster, ceramic shell, rubber and plaster mold. 

Media: plastics, resins/acrylic, concrete, plaster, wax, ice, dirt, chocolate and rammed earth.

Woodworking

Table/miter/band and radial arm saws, planers, jointers, oscillating spindle/disk       and vertical sanders, drill press, lathe, grinders, lamination, carving, finishing,             constructing with traditional hand tools, and palm sanders.

Media: Plywood manipulation/fabrication, steaming, planning – exotic and domestic hard woods

Alternative Materials and Techniques

Inflatables, carbon fiber, kiln annealed glass, stained glass, basic electrical     technologies, tar, sewing, quilting, plastics, early culture tools and craft.