William Jerdon

b1944

William Jerdon

Jerdon's authentic, lyrically rendered nudes and seductive still lifes are always compelling

"I try to connect with humanity. Figurative art speaks to a basic need to connect with others. We find comfort and strength in these links, in sharing commonalities. It is through this process of identification, I believe, that we find a common ground."

William Jerdon is primarily a practicing fine artist, although he has been teaching figurative painting and drawing in both the public and the private sector for more than 36 years. His style follows in the tradition of American Realism, specifically Figurative Realism, with an emphasis on truth to nature and an appreciation for the humanistic qualities of the figure. He works in the romantic spirit of Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and William Merritt Chase. His European influences range from Vermeer to Bouguereau to Degas. Working from live models with a classical color palette, he attempts to capture the beauty and singularity of the human form.


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Three's Marmalade

 

Three's Marmalade

 


The Rehersal

 

The Rehersal

 

 

Orange Shadows

 

Orange Shadows

 


Yellow Lemon on Violet

 

Yellow Lemon on Violet

 

 


Three Oranges on a Ledge

 

Three Oranges on a Ledge

 

Green Figs

 

Green Figs

 

 


 

Dancer

 

Dancer

 

Chris

 

Chris

Christina

 

Christina

 

 

 

The Artist's Model

 

The Artist's Model

 

 

 

Vanessa

 

Vanessa...

 

 

 


Lemon Medley

 

Lemon Medley II

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Green Lime on Red

 

Green Lime on Red

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Red Pillow

 

The Red Pillow

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Dancer in Blue

 

Dancer in Blue

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Two for Lunch

 

Two for Lunch

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Limey Friends

 

Limey Friends

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Nicole

 

Nicole
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Résumé

EDUCATION
1973  Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
1972  Master of Arts in Painting and Art HIstory, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
1966, Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

 

TEACHING
2002-2006 Ringling College of Art and Design; CORE Program, Painting, Figure Drawing
1999-2009 Ringling College of Art and Design; Continuing Studies Program, Painting, Figure Drawing
2005-2009 Ringling College of Art and Design: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Painting, Figure Drawing
2006-2008 Anna Maria Art League; Painting, Drawing
1975-1990 Various College and University teaching positions, Greater Cleveland Area, Ohio

 

EXHIBITIONS
2012  Fall Preview, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2012  Expressions of Spring, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2012  Legacy of Sarasota Masters, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2011  A Season of Color, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2011  Spring’s Promise, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2011  A Legacy of Sarasota Masters, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2010  A Season of Color, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2010 The Florida Seven, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2009  Summer Showcase, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2008  Realism, Classical, and Contemporary, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2008  The Art of Music and Dance, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2006 Contemporary Figures, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2006  Fine Art Nudes, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2006  A Celebration of the Nude: Sarasota Figurative Artists Coalition, Digital 3 Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2006  Faculty Exhibition, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Longboat Key, Florida.
2006  All Nude Review, Anna Maria Art League, Anna Maria Island, Florida.
2006  Face to Face: Self-Portraits, Sarasota Society of Portrait Artists, Sarasota, Florida.
2006  Four: A Group Exhibition, Englewood, Florida.
2005  Modern Masters of Small Works, Alla Prima Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida.
2005  Grassroots Gallery, Englewood, Florida.
2004  Face and Form, Venice Art Center, Venice, Florida.
2003  Ringling School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition.
2003  Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida.
2001  Figurative Works ‘01, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
2001  Ringling School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Sarasota, Florida.
2000  Members Show, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida.
1999  Face and Form, Venice Art Center, Venice, Florida.
1998  Winter Show, Venice Art Center, Venice, Florida.
1998  Winner’s Show, Venice Art Center, Venice, Florida.
1998  New Outlooks, Sarasota Visual Arts Center, Sarasota, Florida.
1998  Summer Members Show, Sarasota Visual Arts Center, Sarasota, Florida.
1998  Spring Members Show, Sarasota Visual Arts Center, Sarasota, Florida.
1997  Invitational Alumni Art Show, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
1993  Oberlin Art Center, Oberlin Ohio. 
1987  Dance: An Exhibition of Recent Drawings by William Jerdon, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
1987  Cleveland Heights Faculty Art Show, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
1987  Bill Jerdon: Le dance au naturelle, The Art Site Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
1986  Dance: The Visual Artists View of Dance, Cain Park Art Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
1986  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
1986  The Skidmore Show, Kiskiminnetas Springs School, Pennsylvania.
1986  R Street Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1981  As We Are Seen, Herbert Ascherman Gallery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
1981  The Unexpected City, Cuyahoga County Justice Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
1980  Erie Art Center, Erie Pennsylvania.
1980  The Cleveland Portfolio, Erie Art Center, Erie, Pennsylvania.
1979  Bill Jerdon: Paintings and Drawings, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
1979  Cleveland Heights Invitational Art Show, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
1979  Agnon 3 Invitational, Beachwood, Ohio.
1978  Sixth Street Gallery, Springfield, Illinois.
1978  Invitational Painting Exhibition, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania.
1978  Nova Painting Exhibition, Cleveland, Ohio.
1977  Ohio Board of Regents Invitational Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio.
1976  Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
1976  Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio.
1975  Bill Jerdon, Concordia College, Morehead, Minnesota.
1974  36th Ohio Artists and Craftsmen Show, Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio.
1974  Bill Jerdon, Dakota State College, Madison, South Dakota.
1973  Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
1973  Bill Jerdon, Vance Gallery, Peninsula, Ohio.
1973  Jewish Community Center Invitational, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
1972  The Human Figure, Cooper School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
1972  Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood, Ohio.
1972  Newman Annual Exhibition, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
1972  Faculty Exhibition, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
1971  Bill Jerdon, Beach Gallery, Anna Maria Island, Florida.
1971  Tri-State Invitational, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
1968  Higbee Invitational, Cleveland, Ohio.
1967  Bill Jerdon, Gregorie Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
1967  Cooper School of Art Faculty Exhibition, Cleveland, Ohio.
1966  55th Annual Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio.

 

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2006 to present  Who’s Who in American Art.
1996  Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
1995  Fellowship for Independent Study, Council for Basic Education, Washington, D.C.
1987  Honors Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
1986  Fellowship for Independent Study, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
1986  Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
1985 United States Presidential Distinguished Teacher Award

 

COLLECTIONS
Standard Oil of Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio
Goodyear Aerospace; Akron, Ohio
Chase Brass and Copper Company, Inc.; Cleveland, Ohio
Deloitte, Haskins, Sells; Cleveland, Ohio
Western Reserve Historical Society; Cleveland, Ohio
Private Collections