Artist's Bio: Brian Gordy, a resident of Muncie, Indiana, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Ball State University, specializing in printmaking. His graduate studies included printmaking at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN (1978); and Art Education from Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1981).
Brian has been painting watercolors since 1976. He has taught art in the public schools, the university level and privately for over 20 years. He exhibits throughout the United States and has earned numerous awards for his watercolors, including “Best Watercolor” 2013 Hoosier Salon Annual, “ Juror’s Award of Distinction” Watercolor Society of Indiana 2013 Annual.
Brian’s works are included in the permanent collections of The Sheldon Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN), The Richmond Art Museum (Richmond, IN), and Minnetrista Cultural Center (Muncie, IN) and many corporate and private collections. His work has been featured in The Best of Watercolor Volume 3, Rockport Publishers 1999, Arts Indiana and Lake Superior Magazines. In 2012, Brian was commissioned to paint “Nine Turtles II” a 16 feet wide by 4 feet high watercolor, for the main lobby at Open Door Services in Muncie, Indiana. In 2013 Gordy’s watercolor “Spotted Turtle Composition” was included in the American Watercolor Society’s Annual exhibition in New York City. In 2015 Gordy was invited to curate “With Watercolor: Content via Technique” at the David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University. Brian has been the featured speaker at numerous art organizations including, David Owsley Museum of Art (Watercolor demonstration and lecture), Richmond Art Museum (Lecture: Pricing and Selling Your Work), Ball State University Art Alliance (Lecture: the Art & Life of Brian Gordy).
Throughout his career, Gordy’s paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest and the north woods of Michigan and Canada. A solo exhibition, “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy” at Minnetrista, Oct. 2007 – Jan. 2008, introduced a series of 35 paintings of freshwater turtles in their natural habitat. Turtles continue to serve as a subject in the painter’s portfolio.