Faculty portfolios

  • Caveat, 2006. Painted steel, 162" H x 144" W x 120" D. Sculpture Key West, 2008.
    Caveat, 2006. Painted steel, 162" H x 144" W x 120" D. Sculpture Key West, 2008.
  • Detail of Caveat, 2006.
    Detail of Caveat, 2006.
  • Wintering, 2005. Painted steel, both forms 120" H x 64" W x 64" D. Rosen Sculpture Competition, Boone, NC.
    Wintering, 2005. Painted steel, both forms 120" H x 64" W x 64" D. Rosen Sculpture Competition, Boone, NC.
  • Wintering, 2005. Painted steel, both forms 120" H x 64" W x 64" D. Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
    Wintering, 2005. Painted steel, both forms 120" H x 64" W x 64" D. Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
  • Imminent, 2004. Painted steel, 108" H x 64" W x 62" D. Benini Sculpture Foundation, Johnson City, TX.
    Imminent, 2004. Painted steel, 108" H x 64" W x 62" D. Benini Sculpture Foundation, Johnson City, TX.
  • Node F: Arny Nadler

Arny Nadler

Associate Professor

Chair, Undergraduate Art

Phone: 
314-935-8405
Fax: 
314-935-6462

Bixby 215

Campus Box 1031
Biography 

Arny Nadler is a sculptor and associate professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has exhibited at universities, art centers, and other venues across the country, including the Evanston Art Center, the Turchin Art Center, Sculpture Key West, the Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Maryland Hall Center for the Creative Arts, Millikin University and Western Michigan University. He was one of four artists chosen to participate in the inaugural exhibition of the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at Rockland Center for the Arts and currently has two installations on loan to the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Whelm, a site-specific sculpture commissioned by Gallery 210 on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was built entirely on site using 11,000 feet of steel rebar.

Nadler's work has been reviewed in several publications, including Art in America, the Riverfront Times, and the St. Louis Beacon. He is a recipient of a George Sugarman Foundation Grant as well as two Sam Fox School Faculty Creative Activity Research Grants.

Nadler has presented at two Foundations in Art: Theory and Education conferences, lectured on his work at the Mid-America College Art Association Conference, and been a visiting artist at several universities and colleges. He earned his MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and his BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Statement 

At the heart of my activity as a sculptor is a fascination with form. Feats of engineering, both utilitarian and evolutionary, have always appealed to me. I am fascinated watching a cantilever bridge slowly rise, pause, and lower gently back down over the river in my hometown of Chicago. I am equally awed by the intricacy of organic structures—a wasp's nest, a brain coral, the exoskeleton of a crustacean. The efficiency, purposefulness, and specificity of design of both the built and organic environment converge in my new work. This confluence of influences has led to forms with a multitude of associations.

In my current work I confront the viewer on a large scale outdoors. I am intrigued with the tools of the built environment—bridges, overpasses, barricades—that manipulate the movement of masses of people. My enchantment with organic forms is undoubtedly rooted in my amazement that they are also born out of necessity.