Tom Berenz

Tom Berenz (b. Fond du Lac, WI, 1981) received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Berenz grew up on a lake in central Wisconsin and has always had a strong connection to the landscape. Berenz’s work has been exhibited at venues across the country, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and numerous galleries from Santa Barbara to New York. His work has been included in numerous publications and blogs including New American Paintings, Studio Visit and BOOOOOM. Berenz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Beloit College and his studio is in Madison, WI.

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EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, 2D, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012
Master of Arts Painting, Northern Illinois University, 2008
Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Communications and Painting, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, 2005

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 - Past and Present - Gallery 204, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL (forthcoming)

2012 - Velvet Hammer- Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago, IL
TBD - The Arrowhead Room gallery, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
Piles - Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI
Remnants - Art Lofts, Art Lofts, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

2011 - Recent Paintings- Farnham Galleries - Simpson College- Indianola, IA
Disaster - Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN
Recent Paintings - River Edge Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2010 - Naturally, Unnatural - Fine Art Gallery - University of Wisconsin Waukesha- Waukesha, WI

2009 - American Disasters - Caestecker Art Gallery - Ripon College - Ripon, WI
Natural Decay - Windhover Art Center - Fond du Lac, WI
Of Course and Never - University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac-Fond du Lac, WI

2008 - “Shortly Aftermath”- Polk Gallery - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh- Oshkosh, WI
“We Should Have Heard It Coming” - 214 Gallery - Northern Illinois University- Dekalb, IL

2005 - Urban Invasion - Allen Priebe Gallery - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
Sprawl - Polk Gallery Library - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITION

2007 - Evidence of Human Habitation - The Schingoethe Gallery - Aurora University - Aurora, IL (Tom Berenz and Mike Knierim)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 - Escape Velocity - Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 - Perfect Storm - Julie Saul, New York, NY
Dream Continuum - Circuit12 Contemporary, Dallas TX
Lighting Strikes Twice - Circuit12 Contemporary, Dallas TX
Lighting Strikes Twice - Mary Tamos Gallery, Dallas TX
This Is The End My Friend - Crossman Gallery, UW-Whitewater, WI
Wisconsin Contemporary - ArtStart Gallery, Rhinelander, WI
Post Apocalypse - Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2011- Suburbia - Platform Gallery, University of California - Santa Barbara, CA
Rich and Creamy - MPAC, Saint Francis University - Joliet, IL
MDW Fair - Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL
Wisconsin Biennial, Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI
Retrospectives- Art Lofts, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
Big Time - Art Gallery, Madison Central Library, Madison, WI
The Modern Landscape- Luckystar, Milwaukee, WI

2010 - Wisconsin Triennial - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art - Madison WI
Deluge - Athens Institute for Contemporary Art - Featured Artist - Athens, GA
Road Trip - The University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac-Fond du Lac, WI
New Car Smell - Art Lofts, Madison, WI
Ah, Wilderness! - Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL
The Evidence Against Us - Las Manos Gallery - Chicago, IL
Miami University Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH

2009 - Second Stories: Artists Making Do & Fixing Up - Zolla Liebermann - Chicago, IL
Group Show - Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC
Biennial Faculty Exhibition - Allen Priebe Gallery - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Art Exhibition - Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery - Oshkosh. WI
The Triennial - Wagner Opera House - Oshkosh. WI
Wisconsin Artist Biennial - Rahr-West Art Museum - Manitowoc, WI (Merit Award)

2008 - Bitch’n - Bad Dog Gallery - Dekalb, IL
Thinking of You, Contemporary Landscape - Riverside Arts Center - Riverside, IL
New American Paintings - Midwestern Competition (Raphaela Platow, Director & Chief Curator of the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati
Ars Nova - Olson Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL

2007 - Inspiring Change - Space 900 - Chicago, IL
Art School Confidential - 33 Collective - Chicago, IL
5x7 - McLean County Art Center - Bloomington, IL
Summer Group Exhibition - The High Risk Gallery - Chicago, IL
Square Foot Show - The Galaxie Gallery - Chicago, IL
3rd Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition - 33 Collective - Chicago, IL
2nd Annual Graduate Exhibition - Olson Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL(Tim Lowly)
1st Annual Graduate Exhibition - Olson Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL (Adelheid Mers)
Ars Nova - Olson Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
Conception - Pleasant Street Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
60115 - 214 Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL

2006 - Graduate Group Show - Pleasant Street Gallery - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
Gallery Group Show - The Verve Gallery - Lake Geneva, WI

2005 - Honors Exhibition - Allen Priebe Gallery - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
Reeve Union Student Art Contest - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI

PUBLICATIONS

New American Paintings, Midwestern Competition, catalog 89, 2010
Flagpole Magazine, Water Under the Bridge, Brian Hitselberger, 2010
New American Paintings, 15th Year Anniversary catalog, 2010
Studio Visit, The Open Studios Press Winter, 2010
Deluge - Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Guest Essayist: Ben Emanuel, exhibition catalog, 2010
Wisconsin Triennial - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalog, 2010

Wisconsin Artist Biennial, Rahr-West Art Museum, exhibition catalog, 2009
The Triennial, Art Space Collective, exhibition catalog, 2009
Wisconsin Visual Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, May 2009 catalog

New American Paintings, Midwestern Competition, catalog 77, 2008
Dark Sky Magazine, Featured artist of the week, issue #9.1, 2008

Space 900, Inspiring Change, exhibition catalogue, 2007
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, 60115, exhibition catalogue, 2007

AWARDS

Nominated for the MFA Joan Mitchell, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI, 2012
Wisconsin Biennial, Anderson Art Center, Best Non-Objective Painting Award, 2011
Miami University Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, Finalist, 2010
Wisconsin Artist Biennial, Rahr-West Art Museum, Merit Award, 2009
Northern Illinois University, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2007, 2008
Northern Illinois University, Full Tuition Scholarship, 2006, 2007, 2008
Northern Illinois University, Graduate Assistantship, 2006, 2007, 2008
Ars Nova, 1st Place Graduate Award 2008
Ars Nova, Viewers Choice Award 2008
Senior Graphic Design Exhibition Award, 2005
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Honors Exhibition, Chancellors Graphics Award, 2004
Reeve Union Student Art Contest, Two-Dimensional Second Place, 2003
Very Special Art/ Earl & Eugenia Quirk Scholarship in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003
Arnold & Meta Firle Scholarship, 2000
Celebrate Goodrich Art Award, 2000
Noon Optimist Club Youth Art Appreciation Award, 1999

ARTIST LECTURES and CRITIQUES

Capital Lakes Gallery - Madison, WI, 2011
Recent Paintings - Farnham Galleries - Simpson College - Indianola, IA, 2011
Deluge - Athens Institute for Contemporary Art - Athens GA, 2010
Naturally, Unnatural - Fine Art Gallery - University of Wisconsin Waukesha- Waukesha, WI, 2010
American Disasters - Ripon College - Ripon, WI, 2009
Advanced Painting Critique, Ripon College - Ripon, WI, 2009
“What is Graduate School” University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wi 2008

JUROR
Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin Regional competition & exhibition, The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2012

GRANTS

Professional Development Grant - University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

Visiting Artist Jeff Lipschutz Honorarium Grant - School of Art, Painting Department, Northern Illinois University, 2008

PRESS

Huffington Post, Chicago Around Town, “Old is New as the Fall Art Season Opens” 9-12-2012 Paul Klein (review)
Artletter, “Old is New as the Fall Art Season Opens”, Paul Klein 9-3-2012 (review)
ArtSlant, “Robert Bills Contemporary – Tom Berenz: Velvet Hammer” Joel Kuennen 9-5-2012 (review)
The New Yorker, “Goings on About Town: Art, Perfect Storm” 8-3-2012 (review)
The New York Times, Weekend Arts, “A Group Portrait of Emptiness” 7-6-2012
Star Journal, “Tom Berenz showcased in Rhinelander ArtStart debut exhibit” Sarah Juon, 7,19, 2012 (review and interview)
Arts and Culture, “Review, Dream Continuum” Kent Boyer 5-2-2012 (review)
Art Hopper, “A World Beyond Prediction: Post Apocalypse”, Jennifer Metsker 1-10-2012 (review)
Art Review- Ann Arbor, “Provocative look at ‘Post Apocalypse’ future”, John Carlos Cantu, 1-1-2012 (review)
Shepard Express, “Three to See in Luckystar’s ‘Modern Landscape”, Judith Ann Moriarty, 1-24-2011(review)
Athens Banner Herald, “A flood of imagery captured in ‘Deluge”, Mary Jessica Hammes, 5-14-2010 (review)
You Can’t Fall Off A Mountain, 5-3-2010
Reckon 5-19-2010
The Earth Is Dying And We Do Not Notice It “ Flooded Cars” 4-26-10
Athens Banner Herald, Speaking of Climate Change, Mary Jessica Hammes, 4-22-2010 (review)
Red & Black, New Exhibit Wades Through Aftermath of Floods, Marcus Crawford, 3-25-2010 (review)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Triennial artists announced, Mary Louise Schumacher 3-4-2010
On the Aisle: Wisconsin Triennial Artists, Lindsay Christians, 3-4-2010
Wisconsin Gazette, Artwatch, Debra Brehemer 5-20-10 (review)
Isthmus, “MMoCA’s Wisconsin Triennial is all over the place, to its credit” Jennifer A. Smith 5-27-10 (review)
Artletter, “Is it the middle of summer already”, Paul Klein 7-10-2009 (review)
Bad At Sports 6-25-2009 (review)
NewCity 6-22-2009 (review)
Chiguide 7-25-09 (review)
ArtSlant 8-10-09 (review)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin
Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
Riverside Art Center, Riverside, Illinois
1000 Faces Coffee, Athens, Georgia

Dr. Colette V. Michael Dekalb, Illinois
Frank Trankina Chicago, Illinois
Karen Brown/ Bad Dog Gallery, Dekalb, Illinois
Dominic Moore and Sara Ebers (directors of Ebersmoore gallery) Chicago, Illinois
Gene and Evelyn Kain, Ripon, Wisconsin
Jacob Brault, Athens, Georgia

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Visiting Assistant Professor 2012-present
Art History and Art Department, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin