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Zimpel’s work constructs factual and imaginary entry points and rituals-they are the means to process, explore and understand things that are actually, or perceived as, inaccessible. A meaningful fishing experience, a trip to a natural wonder, a project built together in the garage shop behind the house.  His practice is an attempt to attend to actual and desired familial bonds.  It is location, object, or activity.  A fire ring, a broken engine, a hug, the forced proximity between two men dictated by the hull of a 14’ fishing boat.  It is recollection and recognition, an interpretation of traditions, fiction and history; an exploration of the terms of patrilineal relationships as he understand them.

Born in Saint Paul and raised in Minnesota, Jim moved to Chicago Illinois at age eighteen.  He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago for his undergraduate degree and eventually traveled to New York for a graduate degree from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts ( Bard College ).  For approximately ten years, Jim taught courses at Columbia College Chicago and managed the Art + Design Department’s Fabrication Facilities. In 2013, Zimpel accepted a tenure track appointment at Montana State University in Bozeman MT.

Zimpel is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture + Extended Media in MSU’s College of Arts and Architecture.

Education

MFA    Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts | Sculpture

BFA     University of Illinois at Chicago

Solo Exhibitions

  • Story Mill Park | National Juried Call + NEA Prize Selection | Bozeman MT | The Trust for Public Land + NEA Grant Recipient | In process – Spring 2019

  • By The Will of the Waves | National Center for Contemporary Arts | Saint Petersburg Russia | 6/01/2014 – 6/30/2014

  • Old, New, Borrowed & Sometimes Blue | DeWeese Gallery | Bozeman MT | 1/20/2014 – 2/21/2014

  • I is the Grandson | Saint Xavier University | Chicago IL | 9/26/2012 – 10/19/2012

  • Angle | Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago IL | 8/17/2012 – 9/25/2012

  • By George | Second Bedroom Project Space | Chicago IL | 02/01/2010 – 03/01/2010

  • With Signs Following | Tropo Mfg. | Riverside CA | 12/12/2009 - 2/4/2010

  • Western | HungryMan Gallery | Chicago IL | 4/17/2009 – 5/24/2009

  • Range | University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago IL | 12/11/2008 - 12/13/2008

  • Jim Zimpel | North Branch Gallery | Skokie IL | 7/9/2007 - 8/18/2007

  • Garden Variety | State Street Store Front | Chicago IL | 1/3/2004 - 1/14/2005

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Across the Divide | Holter Museum of Art | Baucus Gallery | Helena MT | 1/18/2019 – 4/12/2019

  • Red Apples | 2019 MSU Faculty Exhibition | Bozeman MT | 1/7/2019 – 2/1/2019

  • Silver Streak Residency | Joan Giroux + Lisa Katori | Bozeman MT | 6/16/2018 – 6/21/2018

  • A House Divided | Horwitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts | Howard College Columbia MD ( Baltimore Metro Area ) | April 2 – 29, 2018

  • Equality Matters | Kemper Center for the Arts | William Woods University Fulton MO | March 18 – 31, 2018

  • ARTcade | Montana State University | Permanent Collection* | Bozeman MT | Permanent ( February 2018 )

  • Formech International Limited | Permanent Collection* | Harpenden England | Permanent ( January 2018 )

  • Formech Inc. ( US Offices ) | Permanent Collection* | Middleton WI | Permanent ( January 2018 )

  • Gabriel Canal | Scene Four | Set Design & Sculptures | River Road, Bozeman MT | August 23 – 24, 2017

  • Silver Streak Residency | Rebecca Mir Grady + Sonia Grant | Bozeman MT connects with Chicago IL | September 3 – 10, 2017

  • From Forest to Faucet | Spring Thirst ( MTA ) | Bogart Pavilion, Bozeman MT | June 23 – 24, 2017

  • Jundt Art Museum | Gonzaga University | Permanent Collection* | Spokane WA | Permanent ( Added 2017 )

  • Silver Streak Residency | Steven Frost | Bozeman MT connects with Boulder CO | June 21 – July 1, 2017

  • Upstream | Float | Mountain Time Arts | Main Street, Bozeman MT | June 16 – 30, 2017

  • Silver Streak Residency | Erin E. Castellan | Bozeman MT connects with Asheville NC | June 4 –11, 2017

  • Across the Divide (2) | Holter Museum of Art | Helena MT | 1/20/2017 – 4/9/2017

  • Vicino ( two-person ) | Emerson Cultural Center | Bozeman MT | 12/9/2016 – 2/3/2017

  • Interrupted | Coburn Gallery | Ashland University | Ashland OH | 9/1/2016 – 9/25/2016

  • Silver Streak Residency | Raychael Stine | Bozeman MT connects with Albuquerque NM | 7/26/2016 – 8/04/2016

  • Faculty Exhibition | Copeland Gallery | MSU | Bozeman MT | 2/12/2016 – 2/25/2016

  • Medalta International Tool Show | Medalta Museum | Medicine Hat Alberta Canada | 9/3/2015 – 11/30/2015

  • Selected Works-International Group Exhibition | NCCA | Saint Petersburg Russia | 6/2015 – 7/2015

  • Keep Your Mind in Hell | Terraformer | Chicago IL | 5/30/2015 – 6/27/2015

  • U of M|MSU Exhibition | Archie Bray Foundation | Helena MT | 4/24/2015 – 5/23/2015

  • All About Porcelain | Clay Studio of Missoula | Missoula MT | 2/06/2015 – 2/27/2015

  • Untraditional | Made | Toronto Design Offsite Festival | Toronto Canada | 1/28/2015 – 2/28/2015

  • Across the Divide | Holter Museum of Art | Helena MT | 1/23/2015 – 2/25/2013

  • Ragdolls, Rocket-ships and Robots | Foundry Art Centre |Saint Louis MO | 12/6/2013 – 1/17/2014

  • Little Boy Pee Pool Party ( for Mannequin Piss ) | Antenna Gallery | Chicago IL | 10/11/2013 – 11/2/2013

  • More Than Naked | Loyola University Chicago | Chicago IL | 6/28/2013 – 11/2/2013

  • As You Are: A Decade of You Are Beautiful | Chicago IL | 2/7/2013

  • Resolution | Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | Chicago IL | 1/4/2013

  • Starving Artist | Coalition Gallery | Chicago IL | 10/6/2012

  • ACRE / Expo Chicago Partner Gallery Tour | Chicago IL | 9/22/2012

  • Memory Address | Hatch Projects ( 2 person show ) | Chicago IL | 5/11/2012 – 6/1/2012

  • Graveyard | Terraformer | Chicago IL | 5/6/2012 - 6/09/2012

  • 3rd Annual Design and Art Show | Dock 6 | Chicago IL | 5/4/2012

  • Benefit Show | Milk Gallery | Sacramento CA | 03/01/2012

  • Pine Feather Period | Coalition Gallery | CAC | Chicago IL | 11/04/2011 – 1/14/2012

  • Bard College MFA Thesis Exhibition | Bard College (UBS) | Red Hook NY | 6/30/2011 – 7/25/2011

  • Group Exhibition / Multiples Project | Trifecta: Issue One | New York NY 9/01/2010 –10/01 2010

  • Pentagon Saves the World | Pentagon Gallery | Chicago IL | 5/29/2010 - 6/19/2010

  • The Devil’s Barnyard | Happy Collaborationist Space | Chicago IL | 5/01/2010 –6/01/2010

  • 39 Verbs Project | Packer Schopf Gallery | Chicago IL |10/11/2009 - 11/15/2010

  • The Art Institute of Chicago | Modern Wing Opening | Chicago IL | 5/01/2009 –5/31/2009

  • ORGANICISM, Nature Functioning Nontraditionally | C33 | Chicago IL | 3/5/2007 – 4/20/2007

  • God’s Punk | Hyde Park Art Center | Chicago IL | 2/4/2007 – 4/8/2007

  • You Are Beautiful | State Street Mural Project | Chicago IL | 8/26/2006 – 8/2008

  • 18th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial 2006 | Evanston Art Center | Evanston IL | 5/28/2006 – 7/09/2006

  • There’s Work and Then There’s Work | Exhibitions Gallery | Chicago IL | 4/14/2006 – 5/05/2006

  • Tom Stack, Chris Kerr, Jim Zimpel | Open-End Gallery | Chicago IL | 10/15/20051 – 10/28/2005

  • Showcase 2004 | Columbia College Chicago | Chicago IL | 12/01/2004 – 12/15/2004

  • “Sketchy” ( A Drawing Show ) | Hokin Gallery | Chicago IL | 11/10/2004 – 12/12/2004

  • Walleye Gallery (Founded, owned and operated) | Chicago IL | 5/2001 – 12/2003

  • Soap Box Factory: Group Show | Walker Art Center | Minneapolis MN 6/1/1997 – 8/1/1997

Selected Visiting Artist | Guest Lectures 

  • Bozeman Public Library | Silver Streak Artist in Residence Talks / Artist Lecture | 6/27/2017

  • Emerson Cultural Center ( Weaver Room ) Silver Streak Residency Presentation / Artist Lecture | 6/9/2017

  • Art & Money | Gallatin Art Crossing & Library Foundation | Panelist | 11/10/2015

  • MAEA (Montana Art Education Association) Guest Lecturer/Panelist | 10/2014

  • Pro Arte, ( Saint Petersburg Russia ) | Contemporary Art School Visiting Artist/Lecturer | 6/21/2014

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, ( UNLV ) Guest Lecturer | 4/17/2013

  • University of Wisconsin, Stout, ( Stout, WI ) Guest Lecturer | 4/1/2013

  • Bloomsburg University, ( Bloomsburg PA ) Guest Lecturer | 2/18/2013

  • Saint Xavier University ( Chicago IL ) SXU Gallery Artist Lecture | Exhibition: I is the Grandson | 10/3/2012

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) Intermediate Sculpture | Instructor: Marissa Benedict | 9/14/2012