Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Information
Born: 1961 Detroit Michigan
Education: 1986 BFA College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
1983 Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
1980 Redford Union High School Redford Michigan
Studio: Sheboygan Wisconsin
Web: rockyfordstudio.com
Email: rockyford8867@gmail.com

Professional Experience
2018-2019
Lead Preparator of Collections-John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan Wisconsin
2016-2017
Preparator-John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan Wisconsin
2009-2016
Independent Preparator-Midwest White Glove Redford Michigan
2006-2013
Gallery Assistant-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Exhibition Committee-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
2001
Adjunct Instructor- Foundations Department College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
1998-2016
Gallery Assistant/Preparator-Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
1995-2019
Advisory Board-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
1995-2008
Fine Art Services-Matthew Hanna Transport Company Redford Michigan
1986-1995
Fine Art Transport and Install Foreman-Artpack Services, Inc Farmington Hills Michigan
1993-1994
Director-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1985
Studio Assistant- Joseph Wesner Birmingham MI
1984-1986
Foundry Assistant- College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
1984-1985
Exhibition Committee Assistant- College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan

Rocky Ford Studio Collaborators
Jennifer Belair-Hamtramck Michigan
Carl Butler-Detroit Michigan
James Milostan-Muskegon Michigan
Paul Mungar-Ann Arbor Michigan
Charles Owens-Toledo Ohio
Christina Perez-Detroit Michigan
Carl Oxley III-Royal Oak Michigan
Mark Hanna-Netherlands
Charles O’Connell-Sheboygan Wisconsin

Group Exhibition
2019
25 Years Hang Out-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
Letters to Mary-John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan Wisconsin
2016
De facto Detroit: Selections from the N’Namdi Collection-Center Galleries/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Myths of the Northwoods-Charlevoix Circle of Arts Charlevoix Michigan
2015
Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
The Collage Show-Hatch Hamtramck Michigan
2014
D-structionism-4731 Gallery Detroit Michigan
Twenty Years Against the Wall-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
2013
Gilded-Whitdel Arts Detroit Michigan
FAFDET-Start Gallery Detroit Michigan
Heroes Surrounds Us+An Exhibition Without Borders-John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan Wisconsin
Animalia- Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
42nd Annual Staff & Student Exhibition-Pewabic Pottery Detroit Michigan
Actual Size Biannual-Detroit Contemporary Detroit Michigan
Intergenerational Exhibition-Ellen Kayrod Gallery Detroit Michigan
Detroit Assembled-JCC West Bloomfield Michigan
2012
Vote for Me-Northville Art House Northville Michigan
Invitational-4731 Gallery Detroit Michigan
A Night on Earth-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
84th Regional Exhibition-Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon Michigan
Slippery Weasel Society-Flatlander’s Gallery Blissfield Michigan
Partners in Crime/Collaboration with Christina Perez-Whitdel Arts Detroit Michigan
Re/VIEW: A CCS Alumni Exhibition-Valade Family Gallery/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Voice of the People-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
DAM The First 80 Years-Detroit Historical Museum Detroit Michigan
Homage-River’s Edge Gallery Wyandotte Michigan
Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
2011
Seven Slippery Weasel Society-Cass Cafe Detroit Michigan
SWAN Members’ Exhibit- Mexicantown International Mercado Detroit Michigan
Legends of Paul Bunyan, Lumberjack-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
DAM Small(er) Show-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Working Class Heroes-The Scarab Club Detroit Michigan
Detroit Art X -Works on Paper-Northend Studios Detroit Michigan
2010
The Facebook Show: Profile Portraits-The Museum of New Art Pontiac Michigan
Weasel Camp 2-Popps Packing Hamtramck Michigan
SWAN Members’ Exhibit-Whitdel Arts Detroit Michigan
34 Secrets Revealed-River’s Edge Gallery Wyandotte Michigan
Creators: Self Portraits of Artist-Wayne County Community College Detroit Michigan
2009
SWAN Our Creative Life-Whitdel Arts Detroit Michigan
Actual Size Preamble-CAID Detroit Michigan
Collected-Anton Art Center Mount Clemens Michigan
Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
What Matters Most-John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan Wisconsin
Year of the Weasel-The Scarab Club Detroit Michigan
DAM Small Show- Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
2008
SWS Interstate Reunion Exhibition-Bohemian National Home Gallery Detroit Michigan
Intergenerational Exhibition-Ellen Kayrod Gallery Detroit Michigan
Our Rivers Our Lakes-Grosse Pointe Art Center Grosse Pointe Michigan
2007
Hot Cast-Zeitgeist Detroit Michigan
Black/White- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Summer Show (curated by Narine Kckihin)-Next Step Gallery Ferndale Michigan
2006
Dia de los Muertos-Zeitgeist Detroit Michigan
SWS Traveling Exhibition-CVA Gallery University of Toledo Toledo Ohio
Puttopia/Game Show-CAID Detroit Michigan
Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
American Icon American Myth-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
2006
A Real Allegory-CAID Detroit Michigan
Michigan Now-Michigan Institute for the Arts Pontiac Michigan
2005
Voice of the People-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Artists Showing-101up Gallery Detroit Michigan
Wall to Wall: Regional Sculpture-Flatlanders Blissfield Michigan
2004
Drawing Conclusions 2-Rocket Projects Miami Florida
2003
Detroit Sampler-Nick Cindric Contemporary Ft Lauderdale Florida
Event Horizon-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
2002
Alumni Exhibition- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
2001
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
2000
Actual Size-Detroit Contemporary Detroit Michigan
1999
Always Open (9-9-99) - Detroit Contemporary Detroit Michigan
On the Wall-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
1998
Works for Young Collectors-Lemberg Gallery Birmingham Michigan
Confetti-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
1997
Pontiac Sculpture Invitational Pontiac Michigan
1996
Collage-Cass Cafe Detroit Michigan
Artpack Makes Art- Lemberg Gallery Birmingham Michigan
Works for Young Collectors-Lemberg Gallery Birmingham Michigan
1995
Space Available-Weber Building Detroit Michigan
Michigan Outdoor Sculpture V-Southfield Civic Center Southfield Michigan
Honor the Earth Biannual-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Visa Via-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan
1994
Motor City/Mountain State Exchange-Concord University Concord Virginia
Installments/Rochester City Park- Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Detroit Show- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
1993
Honor the Earth Biannual-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Studio Selections-Argo Gallery Detroit Michigan
1992
Retro-Perspective: Cass Corridor Continuum-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Movers/Makers-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1991
Drawings-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
1990
Works on Paper-Beckerman Contemporary Santa Fe New Mexico
Open Corridor: Earth Day-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1989
Review Committee Selects-Detroit Focus Gallery Detroit Michigan
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition-Shidoni Contemporary Tesque New Mexico
Weathervanes, Whirligigs and Garden Art-Detroit Artists Market/Galleria Officecenter
May Day Philadelphia-Vox Populi Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1988
(RE) Presents- Broadway Gallery Detroit Michigan
The Print-Ann Arbor Art Association Ann Arbor Michigan
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
Group Sculpture Exhibition-Cade Gallery Royal Oak Michigan
1987
Mix-Broadway Gallery Detroit Michigan
The Print-Ann Arbor Art Association Ann Arbor Michigan
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
Three Rats and a Brother-in-Law-University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan
Michigan 150-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
1986
Steel (in Detroit)-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Other Spaces-Detroit Artists Market Brookfield Office Park
Detroit Bronze-Michigan Gallery Detroit Michigan
Outside-Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Michigan
Constructions-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
1985
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
Auto Effluvia-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan
1984
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
The Print-Ann Arbor Art Association Ann Arbor Michigan
1983
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
The Print-Ann Arbor Art Association Ann Arbor Michigan
1982
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan

Two and Three Person Exhibition
2015
Plain Air (Carl Oxley)-Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
2014
Welcoming A Bygone Landscape (James Milostan)-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
2013
Monkey Chases Weasel Collaborative Works with Carl Oxley III- Motor City Brewing Works Detroit Michigan 2010
Andy-liciious Matthew Sandwich (Andrew Krieger, Matt Lewis)-Cass Cafe Detroit Michigan
2008
Lair Crafts (Todd Erickson)-Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
2005
Slippery Weasel Society Exhibition (Carl Butler)-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Hanna/Hendrick/Snow-Cass Cafe Detroit Michigan
Threefold- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
2003
Italo Scanga/Matthew Hanna- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit
2001
24-7-365 Miriam Bloom/Matthew Hanna-Grey Gallery Detroit Michigan
2000
Nepotism: Mark &Matthew Hanna- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit
1995
Fortuna/Hanna/Lemanski- Marygrove College Detroit Michigan
1994
Lost In Nebraska: Matthew Hanna/Carl Butler-Mask Gallery Hamtramck Michigan
1993
James Boyk/Matthew Hanna-Urban Park Gallery Detroit Michigan
1986
Matthew and Mark Hanna/Drawings and Sculpture-Underground 245 Detroit Michigan

Solo Exhibitions
2019
Now That’s Something-Wooodshop Projects Gallery Oregon State University Corvallis Oregon
2017
Homespun-Popps Packing Hamtramck Michigan
2015
Nest- Historic Room/Scarab Club Detroit Michigan
Catfish-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
2013
Kingdom: Flora & Fauna- University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan
2012
Local Color: Detroit Portraits- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit
2011
Totem- Motor City Brewing Works Detroit Michigan
Natural Beauty-Wayne County Community College Taylor Michigan
2010
Rhus Typhina L-Majestic Cafe Detroit Michigan
2008
Rocky Ford Day-Motor City Brewing Works Detroit Michigan
Secede-Thursday’s View 555 Gallery Detroit Michigan
2007
Staghorn- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Splinter- Bohemian National Home Gallery Detroit Michigan
2003
Aqua-Aqua Salon Ft Lauderdale Florida
2000
Rocky Ford-Cass Cafe Detroit Michigan
1999
SWC-International Institute Detroit Michigan
1998
55 from Detroit-Cindric Meyer Gallery Boca Raton Florida
1996
Studio Ritual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
1995
Clowns Scare Me-Michigan Room/ Union Street Detroit Michigan
1994
History Faith-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
1992
Gods, Saints, Heroes and Other Nuts-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1991
Sculpture Painting & Drawings-Urban Park Gallery Detroit Michigan
1987
Sculpture & Prints (LIKE THIS)-Macomb Community College Clinton Twp Michigan
1986
From Landscape to Detail...Sculpture & Prints-University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan
1985
Sculpture-University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan

Benefit Exhibitions
2017
Sheboygan Visual Artists: Small Works Project-SVA Sheboygan Wisconsin
2016
CCS/DIWA-Capital Park Detroit Michigan
2015
CCS/DIWA-City Airport Detroit Michigan
2013
What Goes Up Must Come Down-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Artworks for Life- Michigan Aids Coalition Detroit Michigan
CCS/DIWA-Cadillac Square Detroit Michigan
2012
80 Bucks Benefit-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
2011
Pinewood Derby-Popps Packing Hamtramck Michigan
2010
That DAM Box Show 2-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
2008
Spirit of Paint BY Numbers-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
50 Bucks!-Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
2007
Pine Wood Derby-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
2006
That DAM Box Show -Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Tick Tock- Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
2000
Canvas-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
1998
Chain Art (collaboration with Michael Lucero) - Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester
1996
Box Show-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1995
Box Show-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1994
Chain Letters (collaboration with Italo Scanga) - Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester
Box Show-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1993
Box Show-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan

Movie Credits
2011
Love and Honor-Peninsula Films
2010
Hostel: Part III-Stage 6 Films
Secrets in the Walls-Silver Screen Productions

Corporate Loans
2012
Trent Design Detroit Michigan
St John Providence Health Systems White Lake Michigan
Kresge Foundation Detroit Michigan
2011
Business Leaders for Michigan Detroit Michigan
2010
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc Redford Michigan
2009
Detroit Renascence Detroit Michigan
Ronald McDonald House Detroit Michigan
2007
Fresh Fuel Farmington Hills Michigan

Corporate Collections
Gyro Creative Detroit Michigan
HDG Wilmette Illinois
Tribute Farmington Hills Michigan
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Detroit Michigan
Alix Partners Chicago Illinois
Crash Edit Royal Oak Michigan
University Liggett Schools Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan
Paul Bunyan Fine Art Sheboygan Wisconsin
National Lumber Warren Michigan

Honors and Awards
2012
CCS Alumni Juror’s Select: Featured Midcareer Artist
2010
Slippery Weasel Society-Queen Elizabeth Award
2005
Slippery Weasel Society Inductee
1995
Michigan Outdoor Sculpture V-Best of Show Southfield Michigan
1988
Michigan State Fair-1st Award Sculpture and Best of Show Detroit Michigan
1987
Michigan State Fair-1st Award Sculpture and Best of Show Detroit Michigan

Exhibitions Curated
2013
Holiday Art Show-Artists Village Detroit Michigan
2011
Artworks! Michigan Aids Coalition-Willy’s Overland Lofts Detroit Michigan
2010
Cave Drawings- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
2007
Black/White- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Guns: Replacing Violence with Art Not for Killers but Collectors-Tangent Gallery Detroit
75th Anniversary 3 Quarters 3 Artists 3 Views- Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Artists from the Market’s History 3x3-Community Arts at Paramount Bank-Ferndale Michigan
2006
Under the Radar: Willis Remembered-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
2003
Detroit Sampler-Nick Cindric Contemporary Ft Lauderdale Florida
2001
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Heat-Grey Gallery Detroit Michigan
1999
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
1997
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
1996
Black and White Review-Galeria Biegas Detroit Michigan
1994
Black and White -Galeria Biegas Detroit Michigan

Special Projects
2017
Juror Blooms, Bugs, Beasts-Scarab Club Detroit Michigan
2012
Lecture – Wayne County Community College Detroit Michigan
FAFDET-Free Art Friday Detroit Detroit Michigan
2010
Art Benefit for Mick Vranich-Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Corn Hole Tournament-Michigan Central Station Detroit Michigan
2008
Detroit Artists vs. Detroit Writers Softball Challenge-Clark Park Detroit Michigan
2007
Pine Wood Derby-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Detroit Artists vs. Detroit Writers Softball Challenge-Clark Park Detroit Michigan
2006
Juror Arts & Apples-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
2001
Finger Lickin’ Good Preservation Society Exhibition-Grey Gallery Detroit Michigan
1994
Fore Art-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
1993
Gallery Director-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
1991
Art Attack Map Project-State Capitol Lansing Michigan
Rick Paul Installation Assistant-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan
1987
Lecture - Macomb Community College Clinton Twp Michigan
1986
Detroit Bronze Pour-Michigan Gallery Detroit Michigan
1985
Scott Prescott Visiting Artist Assistant-College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
1984
Iron Pour ’84 with Julius Schmidt- College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan