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b. 1959, Chicago, Illinois

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2016          SYMPTOMS: satirical drawings by Tom Torluemke, Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL
2015          Blind Man’s Bluff, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
2013          Hardball, Mt. Comfort Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2013          Fearsome Fable – Tolerable Truth, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2013          Where’s The Magician When We Need Him?, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, Gary, IN
2012          You Know, We’re All In This Together, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
2012          Ring Around The Rosie, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
2011          Stick A Needle in Your Eye, MDW Fair (October), Chicago, IL, Linda Warren Projects
2011          Punch, MDW Fair (April), Chicago, IL, Linda Warren Projects
2011          Precious and Few, Illinois Institute Of Art, Chicago, IL
2010         The Exhibitionist, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
2009         After Glow – Paintings by Tom Torluemke, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2009         Sordid Sheets: 25 years of works on paper by Tom Torluemke, Indiana University NW, Gary, IN
2008         All Chlorophylled Up: 25 years of watercolor landscapes, Uncle Freddy’s Gallery, Highland, IN
2005         Wet & Wild, CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA
2004         Getting Along, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
2004          In the Company of Strangers, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
2002          One and the Same, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2002          Bounce, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
2002          Tomfoolery, Century Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002          His & Hers – Third Coast, Chicago, IL
2001           Interrupted, MN Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001           Falling Flat, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
2001           In Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2000          Carnival of Images, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster, IN
1998           ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996           ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994           William J. Bachman Gallery, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster, IN
1993           ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991           Abel Joseph Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990           Abel Joseph Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

 

2017            (Scheduled) Feeding Time, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
2016            Sentience, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
2015            Roots, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
2015            Intersection, 15th and West Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015            Steamroller Project, Lubeznik Center, Michigan City, IN
2014            Exposition Chicago, Navy Pier, Linda Warren Projects
2014            Steamroller Print Project, Walnut Ink, Michigan City, IN
2013            The Society of Smallness: The Mansion, Chicago, IL, curated by Annie Morse
2013            Birdhouse Museum’s 11th Annual Cardboard Show, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
2013            RISK, IIC Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2013            Little Man Pee Pool Party, The Whiz Paddler’s Lament, curated by Paul Nudd, Antena Gallery, Chicago
2013                The Bus: 29 Hooligans From Chitown, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012                I Can Arrange That, curated by Chris Groh and Chris Silva, Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan City, IN
2012                Mindstreams, curated by Gabriel Villa, Triton College, River Grove, IL
2012                Dock 6 Exhibit curated by Oscar Arriola, Chicago, IL
2012                Art For Water, Fundraiser, Waterkeepers Alliance, Mathew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
2011                Fast Forward, Efroymsom Fellowship Retrospective, iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
2011               Write Now: Artists & Letterforms, curated by Nathan Mason, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2011               UPLIFT, Believe, Inn, Chicago, IL
2011               E-Glued, Collage Show, Woodstock Courthouse Gallery, Woodstock, IL
2011                NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, IL, Linda Warren Gallery
2010          Trendbeheer Meets Proximity #5, curated by Ed Marzewski, Singer Sweatshop, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010               Get It Together, Chicago Cultural Center Tourism Center
2009              Super Bad Ass Art, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
2009              Kinsey Institute Juried Erotic Show, Bloomington, IN
2007              The Inland See: Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan, curated by James Yood, Western Michigan  University, Kalamazoo, MI
2006             Humuers Exposition 2, San Diego, CA, curated by Kevin Freitas
2006             Humuers Exposition, West Los Angeles College, Culver City, CA, curated by Kevin Freitas
2006             Art As Authority, San Diego, CA
2005             Nowhere’s Lost Carnival, Banker’s Boxes: Performance/Installation, Chicago, IL
2005             Fun With Dead Bodies, Rotofugi, Chicago, IL
2005             Indianapolis Environmental Wow, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art
2004             Drawn, Leadbased Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2004             Inspired by Nature, International Arts Club, Chicago, IL
2004             Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2003             Student/Teacher, Uncle Freddy’s Gallery, Hammond, IN
2003             Murmur, Geiman Loft, Chicago, IL
2003             In and Around, Uncle Freddy’s Gallery, Hammond, IN
2003             Stray, represented by Uncle Freddy’s Gallery, sponsored by Thomas Blackman, Chicago, IL
2003             Valparaiso University Faculty Art Exhibition, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
2003             Transitions, Contemporary Gallery, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
2002              Around Indiana, Governor’s Residence, Indianapolis, Indiana
2001              Stray, represented by MN Gallery, sponsored by Thomas Blackman, Chicago, IL
2001            Gallery of the Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI
2001              A Very Nice Day with Grey, Hammond, IN
2000             Critic’s Choice, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000             50TH Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN
2000            Art Wyoming 2000, Casper, WY
2000            An American Experience – A View of Ourselves, Winston Salem, NC
2000            58th Annual Exhibit Audubon Artists, New York, NY
1999             Lacare Art League Exhibition, Purdue University, Hammond, IN
1997 – 98             International Traveling Print Exhibit – Taller de Grafica Galligo, Chicago, IL
1997              Present, Curated by Adelheid Mers, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1994 – 97           Faculty Exhibition, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
1996               11th Area Artist Association Juried Exhibit, John G. Blank Arts Center, Michigan City, IN
1993 – 94             Carnaval Surreel-Auction, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1993                Genesis through Revelation, R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, IL

 

REPRESENTATION

2010 – Present            Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
2000 – 2008                 Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
1985 – 1996                  R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, IL
1995 – 1996                  Tom Maloney, Artist Representative, Chicago, IL
1995                                Space Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 – 1993                  Abel Joseph Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

PUBLIC / PRIVATE COMMISSIONS (selected)

2016                 Current: the Pulse Of Life, painted mural, 12 3/4 x 72′ , Cedar Rapids, IA
2016                 Ideas Forming: Morning til Night, 2016, inlaid paper collage, CBRE/Patti Gilford Fine Art, Chicago, IL
2015                 Cool Books: Food For Thought, life sized wood (maple & walnut) refrigerator for the Public Collection art and
literacy project, the piece is placed in the Indianapolis Museum of Art
2015                 Pillars of Society, painted mural, 14 x 280′ City of Indianapolis,IN
2015                 (Installation October, 2015) Wall Installation for CBRE, Chicago, IL,
2015                 Forever Woven, Steel Wall Installation, 12 x 70’ corten steel, East Chicago, IN
2012                The Delight Of Accomplishment, West Lafayette, IN Redevelopment Commission, mural 30 x 150′
2012                The Reader, wood mobile, Crown Point, Community Library, Crown  Point, IN
2011                Simple Pleasures, 46 for XLVI Super Bowl, City of Indianapolis, IN painted mural 14 x 350’
2011                Togetherness, Outdoor Steel Sculpture Commission, Centennial Park, Munster IN
2010                We Care, Community Hospital Network, wood mobile commission, Indianapolis, IN
2009 – 10       Reaching For The Stars, Purdue University Calumet, commissioned fiberglass sculpture
2008               Book Of Life, Indianapolis/Marion County Central Library, for Special Collections Room, 8 x 128′
2008               Teaching the Young to Fly, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 18 x 54′
2007 – 08     Light the Way Public Art Project, Great Ideas Competition, Arts Council of Indianapolis, winner
2007- 08       Indianapolis International Airport, A Work of Heart, terrazzo floor design; 1,000 sq. ft.
2007- 08       Indianapolis International Airport, Glory Of Sports In Indianapolis, terrazzo floor design;  1,000 sq. ft.
2007               Jesus Speaks to the Children Andrean High School, exterior mosaic mural, 12 x 26’, Merrillville, IN
2005               Carl Becker & Son, LTD, The Luthier, 3 panels 5 x 2’ acrylic on canvas
2003               Mural – indoor (8 x 15’), Historical Mural, Former Woolworth’s store window, Hammond, IN
2003               Window Display (8 x 150’), Former Former JC Penney’s store, Hammond, IN
2001                Mural – outdoor (7x144’), Ivy Technical College, East Chicago, IN
2000               Mural – outdoor (12x83’), West Calumet Complex Community Project, East Chicago, IN
2000               Mural – indoor (various), Catholic Family Charities, East Chicago, IN
1999                Mural – outdoor (35x50’), History of Hobart’s Economic Growth, Hobart, IN
1998                Mural – outdoor (49x29’), The Hugging Wall, Hammond, IN
1998                Children’s book illustration for The Big Book of Songs and Rhymes, New York, NY
1996                Mural – outdoor (17x80’), Historic Pullman District of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1995                Mural – outdoor (17x75’), rural Midwest theme, Community Center, Hammond, IN

 

REVIEWS / MEDIA COVERAGE (selected)

2016     Interview: American Eye Pull-Up Bar; A Conversation With Tom Torluemke, Bad at Sports, by Kevin Blake, April, 2016.
2015     Review: Blind Man’s Bluff: Tom Torluemke at Linda Warren Projects, Bad at Sports, by Kevin Blake, April, 2015.
2015     Podcast Interview, ArtNXTLevel Tom Torluemke with Sergio Gomez, May 21, 2015
2013     The Shortlist: Best Five Things to Do In Chicago in January, Chicago Magazine, January, 2013
2013     Yes, You May Touch the Art—but Touch Wisely, Chicago Magazine by Jason Foumberg, February 13, 2013
2013     Review: Fearsome Fable Tolerable Truth, New City Arts, by Alan Pocaro, Febraury 26, 2013
2013     Review: North & South, Strong Exhibits, Paul Klein, Artletter, January 18, 2013
2013     #1 of the Top Five Exhibits of the Week, Bad at Sports, 1/18/13
2012     Review of Ring Around The Rosie Exhibit at Linda Warren Projects, Art, Ltd Magazine, by James Yood
2012     Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post-Flood Optimism, Iowa Public Radio, by John Premble
2012     Marathon Man, Cedar Rapids Gazette, written by Sam Lane, June 4, 2012
2012     Your Face Could Be On A Mural, Des Moines Register, written by Michael Morrain. May, 24, 2012
2012     Spotlight, Chicago, Tom Torluemke, by, Kevin Freitas, Reviewer Magazine online, April 10, 2012
2012     THE FIFTH DOWN; Everything Indy: An Artful Makeover, by Mike Tanier, New York Times, Feb. 12, 2012
2011     Tom Torluemke: Gallery Representation Case Study, Parts 1 & 2, Jeriah Hildewine, Chicago Art Magazine
2010     Awkward Moments, Review, Temple Shipley, Chicago Weekly of the U of Chicago Newspaper, 9/29/10
2010     #1 of the Top Five Exhibits of the Week, Bad at Sports, 9/24/10
2010     The Catharsis of Hillbilly Nudity, Review, Paul Klein, Huffington Post, September 23, 2010
2009    Tom Torluemke and Others at the Chicago Cultural Center, Albert Stabler, Proximity Magazine, 7/27/09
2007    Andrean project hardest of Highland artist’s career, Gary Post Tribune, IN, Mike Hutton – Aug 2,2007
2006    Indy gives generous nod to Airport Art.(Indianapolis Airport Authority) Art Business Newsm 3/1/06
2006    Sights For Soaring Eyes. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) Publication Date: 18-JAN-06
2005    Terminal’s floor design remains sketchy, The Indianapolis Star, Theodore Kim,  Publication Date: 07-NOV-05
2005    NUVO -Great Ideas, Jan 12, 2005
2004    Finalists named for art project -Indianapolis Business Journal (IN) – November 8, 2004
2004    Lake Magazine, “Artfelt: The Saga of Uncle Freddy”, by Lois Berger
2004    Dialogue Magazine, “Public Works Revival”, by Julianna Thibodeaux
2003    Post –Tribune, “Dressed to Kill”, Article by Carolina Procter, Gary, IN
2002     NUVO, Review by Julianna Thibodeaux (One in the Same exhibit), Indianapolis, IN
2002    South Bend Tribune, Review by Julie York Coppens, (Bounce exhibit). South Bend, IN
2001    The Reader, Review by Fred Camper (Interrupted exhibit), Chicago, IL
2000   Hammond Press (“Holy Family Mural”), Hammond, IN
1999    The TIMES, Hammond, IN
1999    Post-Tribune  (“Carnival” show), Hobart, IN
1998    The TIMES (Director of Outreach art program), Hammond, IN
1996    Bob Sirot, FOX-TV, Channel 32-WFLD (Pullman Mural TV interview), Chicago, IL
1996    Chicago Tribune (Pullman Mural), Chicago, IL
1996    The TIMES (Seedling Grant, Caldwell Elementary School), Valparaiso, IN

 

PUBLICATIONS (selected)

SYMPTOMS: Satirical Drawings By Tom Torluemke, Foreword by David Detmer & Essay By Kevin Blake
Edited by Linda Dorman, Published by Public Media Institute, Chicago, IL, 2016

STARS & STRIPES: The American Flag In Contemporary Art
By E. Ashley Rooney & Stephanie Standish, Schiffer Publishing, 2015

PROXIMITY MAGAZINE –  Studio Feature, Tom Torluemke – Issue 7 – April, 2010

IND The Art Of IT All, 2009 –  Airport Art Feature, Tom Torluemke – Page 84 & 85

ART AS AUTHORITY – Feature essays, Janvier 08, 2007 Exposé – Tom Torluemke
Janvier 23, 2007 Exposé part II – Tom Torluemke – his paintings, by Kevin Freitas

DIALOGUE MAGAZINE – 2004, Feature article, Public Works Revival, by Julianna Thibodeaux – January/February

ARTS INDIANA –  2001, Feature article, February Edition

THE WORKBOOK / 1996 VOL. 18, 1996 – 940 North Highland Avenue – Los Angeles, CA  90038

CHICAGO ART REVIEW, An Illustrated Survey of the City’s Museums, Galleries & Leading Artists
1989, Les Krantz / American References, Inc.  919 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

TOM TORLUEMKE: Images From Ultrasound– 1986, Richard H. Love / Haase-Mumm Publishing Company, Inc.
Amart Book and Catalog Distributing Co., Inc.  100 East Ohio Street, Room B-20, Chicago, IL  60611

 

AWARDS / HONORS / RESIDENCIES / GRANTS (selected)

2016           VAN – Visual Artists Network, Two – Week Residency, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
2014           Keynote Speaker, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, BRAVO for the Arts, awards reception
2012           VAN – Visual Artists Network, One – Week Residency, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
2011           Keynote Speaker, South Suburban College, High School Art Festival
2008          GREAT IDEAS Competition Winner, “Light the Way” public art project, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indiana
2007          Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, $20,000
2004          Finalist, Great Ideas Public Art Competition, City of Indianapolis
2000          1st Prize, An American Experience: A View of Ourselves, Winston Salem, NC
2000          Individual Artist’s Grant – Indiana Arts Commission
1999           Honorable Mention, Art Wyoming 2000, Casper, WY
1996           1996 Seedling Grant – State of Indiana Board of Education
1996           Favorable review by First Lady Hillary Clinton, Gallery 37 Quilt Project, Chicago, IL

 

PERMANENT / PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)

American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
Amoco Corporation, Chicago, IL
Andrean High School, Merrillville, IN
Carl Becker & Son Violins, Chicago, IL
CBRE, Chicago, IL
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
Indianapolis International Airport Authority
Indianapolis Marion County Central Library Foundation
Town of Munster, IN
NiSource, Merrillville, IN
Purdue University, Hammond, IN
State of Illinois Building, Governor’s Office, Springfield, IL
Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, IL
Omar Vizquel, Seattle, WA
Sebastian Zens, Munich, Germany

 

LECTURES

2016                 Exhibiting Artist Lecture, Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL
2015                 Exhibiting Artist Lecture, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
2013                 TEDx Talk, Expose Yourself, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2013                 Exhibiting Artist Lecture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL
2011                 Keynote Speaker, South Suburban College, High School Art Festival
2012                 Lecture on Beauty to students at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago
2010                 Career Development for Artists, Arts Council of Indianapolis
2006                 Leaving the Information Age for the Conceptual Age, Lecture at Hammond Rotary
2005                 Visualize This, a conceptual art project with the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Hammond, IN
2005                 Art Experience for Professionals, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce & Hammond Yacht Club
2004                 Brauer Museum of Art, In The Company of Strangers, Valparaiso University
2003                 Munster Rotary, Arts Influence, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster, IN
2002                 Hammond Rotary, Art and Beyond, Woodmar Country Club, Hammond, IN
2002                 Indianapolis Museum of Art, Robert Colescott, The Society of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
2002                 Indianapolis Museum of Art, Larry Zox, Colorfield Painting and OP Art vs. Superflat, SoCA,IN
2001                 The School at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Past 15 Years, a lecture to Graduate Students
2001                 LaCare Art League, Self-Promotion for the Artist, a lecture presented to members and guests

 

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

2016                Panelist, StART Up Art Fair, Chicago, IL; Paul Klein, Moderator
2013                Juror, Chesterton Art Center, 62nd Annual GFWC Chesterton Women’s Club Art Show
2012                Panelist, City Of Chicago, CAAP Grant Review
2012                Speaker, Bibich Elementary School, Dyer, IN
2011                Juror, Around the Fountain Art Fair, Lafayette, IN
2011                Panelist, City Of Chicago, CAAP Grant Review
2010               Keepin’ It Real, Career Development Talk, Paul Henry’s Gallery, Hammond, IN
2006               Juror, Real People, 2006, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL
2006               Juror, Indiana University, Student Exhibition, Gary, IN
2005               Visualize This, a conceptual art project with the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Hammond, IN
2004               Juror, Park Full of Art Fair, Griffith, IN
2004               Juror, Myth, Magic, Metaphor, National Competition, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2004               Juror, Illiana Artists Regional Juried Competition, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
2004               Juror, Art in the Park, Griffith, IN
2003               53rd Annual Chesterton Woman’s Club Exhibition, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, IN
2002 – 03     Creative Director for Arts Inside Out: an interactive arts festival.
2002               Panelist, Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Organization Support Grant Review
2002               President, Hammond Commission for the Arts & Humanities, Hammond, IN
2001                Vice President-elect, Lacare Art League, Northwest IN Region
2000               Mural, Outdoor (12’ x 83’), West Calumet Complex Community Project, East Chicago, IN
2000               Panelist, Individual Artists Grant Review, Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN
2000               Participant in the “Quality of Life” committee, Hammond, IN
2000               Participant in Mayor’s Commission for the Arts & Humanities, Hammond, IN
1997                Juror, Pallet & Chisel Arts Association, Life & Imagination, Chicago, IL
1996                Juror, Oakbrook Invitational Art Festival, Oakbrook, IL
1996                Director, R.H. Love Contemporary Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL
1996 – 93       Juror, Chicago Graffiti Mural Competition, sponsored by C.T.A., Chicago, IL
1995 – 05       Juror, Inkin’ Lincoln’ National Tattoo Competition, Rosemont, IL
1995                 Juror, Area Artist Association Exhibit, John G. Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

 

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