Phil VanderWeg

Phillip VanderWeg (Phil)
Professor Emeritus of Sculpture
R2110 Richmond Center, Mail Stop 5213
Mailing address: 
Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA

From childhood, while growing up in upstate New York and southwest Michigan, Phil Vander Weg enjoyed building things and working with malleable materials. Eventually those early endeavors became more sustained creative efforts. Tactile possibilities with materials and explorations with real and illusionary space have been a focus for many years. Working with the tension created by ambiguities of materials or playful associations with forms within more critical context is central to the dialogue. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Design and Master of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in sculpture degrees from the University of Michigan. Phil Vander Weg is Emeritus Professor of Art, Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University.

While at Middle Tennessee State University he served as Professor of Art, Coordinator of Art Foundations and Chair of the Art Department. He was a Founding Member of Fate, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education. In 1989 he came to Western Michigan University as Chair of the Art Department, later to become the Gwen Frostic School of Art. The internationally recognized Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour Program and most recent facilities for the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and Gwen Frostic School of Art were designed and constructed under his leadership.

Vander Weg has been a National Association of Schools of Art and Design trained accreditation evaluator; he has performed more than 15 Site Visits, and served on the NASAD Commission on Accreditation as an elected member 2005-2007. He also been an active and presenting member of: The College Art Association, Mid-America College Art Conference, Southeastern College Art Conference and National Council for Art Administrators. He served as Guest Curator for Kalamazoo Institute of Art for exhibition: Robert Stackhouse Major Works in Full Scale Since 1969 September 11- October 24 (KIA), September 13- October 5 (WMU), watercolors, sculpture and prints, September - November 1999. This also included a concurrent printmaking artist-in-residency to produce a lithographic print image of Michigan Swell, a site-specific sculpture completed in conjunction with the WMU Sculpture Tour during September 1998.

His work has been selected for over 100 juried and invitational exhibitions. In excess of 30 private commissions of major sculptures for private, corporate and pubic clients in the Midwest and Southeast have been completed since 1972. Recent personal invitational and juried exhibitions include: Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, Exhibition/sculpture Residency, September 2008, Haliburton Sculpture Forest, Haliburton, Canada, Shelter Shift #7, 2007, Sculpture Tour 2006-2008, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Master Teachers: Sculpture Faculty in West Michigan, Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park and Gardens, Grand Rapids, 2001, Solo- Barn Gallery, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN, August 23 - September 22, 2000, 2004/2006 Sculpture at the Airport: a collaborative project between the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and the South Bend Regional Airport 2002 Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, June 8-August 18, 2002, 2000 Michigan Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, June- August 2000.