Best known as a public artist, John Pitman Weber has also been active in the studio for over thirty years. Mr. Weber has created public works in England, France, New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Chicago as well as for small cities in Georgia and Iowa. In over 40 major projects, he has collaborated with teens, young adults, teachers and seniors, landscape architects and contractors. His media include mosaic, cement relief, carved brick, ceramic tile and paint. He has led workshops in Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Joliet, Illinois; Jersey City, New Jersey, New Jersey; Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia; Minneapolis; and Grand Forks, North Dakota, as well as Brussels, Paris, LaRochelle, and Cuernavaca. He has mentored complex projects and consulted on space and project planning.
In 2000, Weber and Nina Smoot Cain led the Iowa project for “Artists and Communities, America Creates for the Millennium.” With hundreds of local volunteers, they created The Gathering, an award winning mosaic plaza with columns, curving walls and benches, in Spencer, Iowa.
Weber co-founded the Chicago Mural Group (now Chicago Public Art Group) with William Walker, in 1970. His Toward A People’s Art, the classic account of the early years of the contemporary mural movement, co-authored with Eva & James Cockcroft, was reissued in 1998, in an expanded edition, by University of New Mexico Press.
Weber has also exhibited widely, including 30 solo exhibits. One of his paintings recently returned to the Spertus Museum from two years traveling in the Jewish Museum’s exhibit “Bridges and Boundaries.”
Weber studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Atelier 17, and Harvard University. He teaches at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Artist's Website: www.jpweberart.com