Artist Mitchell Squire, 2019
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Mitchell Squire


Mitchell Squire

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Mitchell Squire is an artist and educator whose practice encompasses architecture, visual art, and the study of material culture. He has mounted solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation (NYC), White Cube (London), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art / Carver Bank (Omaha), and the Des Moines Art Center, as well as many academic institutions. His work has appeared in signature group exhibitions in Des Moines, and nationally at Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago), Lesley Heller Gallery (New York), Sanitary Tortilla Factory (Albuquerque).

above: Mitchell Squire (American, born 1958) “Smoke 1,” 2015, From “Smoke” Series; Graphite, salvaged law enforcement paper targets shot through, housed in artist-made painted plywood enclosure; Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Mary and Bob Mersky, 2017.80.2. This work of art was selected for the exhibition called “Growing the Collection: Drawings and Collage, 1960 to Now.” It was on view 22 December 2018 through 1 September 2019.

He has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine), Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency (Michigan), Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Alberta, Canada), and Cannonball (Miami), and has also been an invited participant in educational programs at Museum of Modern Art (NY), New Museum (NY), Pérez Art Museum Miami, and La Biennale Architettura di Venizia 2014. His works appear in public and private collections worldwide, including the permanent collections of the Des Moines Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

A nationally recognized educator in the field of architecture, Squire currently holds the position of Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, where he took both B.Arch and M.Arch degrees. He twice received honors for his teaching from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), in 2005 and 2009, and among his published works are the poetic narrative “Paris Done Burnt!” in White Papers, Black Marks: Architecture, Race, and Culture (Athlone) and the object collection “cultureWARE:  Implements of Desire; or EAT THIS!” in Eating Architecture (MIT).

He has been a visiting professor at the University of California Berkeley (2012 and 2015), the University of Michigan (2009), and the University of Minnesota (2000), and has served a 3-year term as External Examiner at the Graduate School of Architecture at University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2014-2016). He has lectured widely in the US and abroad. 

Mitchell Squire's Public Art in Greater Des Moines

  Mitchell Squire

 2019  |  Short-Term Collection
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