George Gessert (b.1944, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) ::: Article
Artist, historian and art theorist. In 1966 graduated from the University of California (BA, Berkeley); in 1969 - from the University of Wisconsin (MA, Madison). Since 1985 his work has focused on the overlap between art and genetics. Creating hybrids, he is especially interested in the ways that human aesthetics affect evolution. Exhibited at the USA museums and abroad, including the following ones: the New Langton Arts (San Francisco, 1988), the Museum of Art (University of Oregon, Eugene, 1990), the Vasarely Museum (Budapest), Exploratorium (San Francisco, 1995), the Smithsonian Institution (New York, 1995), the Brunnier Gallery (Iowa State University, Iowa, 1998), Exit Art (New York, 2000), the Science Museum (London, 2002), Le Lieu Unique (Nantes, 2003), the European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck, 2003) and many others. His writings on Ars Genetica appeared in such editions on contemporary art as "Design Issues", "Art Papers", "Art Press", "Circa", "Northwest Review", "LifeScience" (Ars Electronica) and others. Since 1996 has been editorial advisor for art and biology, "Leonardo" magazine. Received various awards, incl. Coler-Maxwell Medal for Excellence (Leonardo/MIT Press, 1993). Art works included in the following collections: the Jean Brown Archive; the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, Ontario), the Franklin Furnace; the Museum of Modern Art; the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts; Ruth and Marvin Sackner collection and others. Participant of international conferences and symposiums on contemporary art. Delivered lectures at various educational institutions and museum venues.