Rod Appleton
Adjunct Professor/Art

Degrees & Institutions Attended
MFA, Pratt Institute
BFA, Florida International University
BArch, University of Illinois
AA, Miami Dade Community College

Awards & Honors
2006   Boca Raton Art Museum Art Guild, Boca Raton, FL, 3rd place award
2003   Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Biennial Exhibition, Hollywood, FL
1994   PS 122 Gallery Exhibiton, Entrance Competition for SENSUAL MATTERS, Manhattan, NY
           WESTAF / NEA Regional Fellowship Alternate-Works on Paper
1990-92   Pratt G.I.A. Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Statement
Each material I use carries with it sensuous and innate qualities, as well as referential and historical meaning. With this in mind, I involve myself in augmenting or transforming these materials into a new aesthetic through combination and contrast, such that the inherent quality of each is heightened. In so doing, much of my work employs materials that visually record the creative process in addition to the effects of nature and time, thus lending a welcomed aleatoric or 'chance accident' quality to the work.
Also, with many of my works, the straight line or grid is introduced, symbolic of a human presence in nature and the human need to structure and organize a perceived chaos. Thus, ideally, a dialogue is enacted between a material's new aesthetic and the work's conceptual concerns.