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Artist Clown- Self Portrait

“For me, it just kind of starts with something amusing.” ~Tom Waits

Sam Vance is an American interdisciplinary artist who intersects and blurs the lines between visual and performance mediums. As a visual storyteller, Mr. Vance blends classical and avant-garde techniques in his work, creating new and compelling experiences for his audience.

His large-scale installations include work at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop where he designed and directed an interactive production of Dante’s Inferno with poet David Francis, complete with live actors and glassblowers. It was also at the Museum of Glass that he produced and designed dance performances with the Peter Kyle Dance Company and an interactive installation/performance entitled COLD in collaboration with renowned author AS Byatt. Also during his tenure at MoG he worked closely with guerilla muralist/large scale designer Gronk and produced his own large scale installations/interactives based on the work of glass artist Lino Tagliapeitra, sculptor Robert Arneson (Big Idea), the stained glass etchings of Judith Schaechter, the enormous glass sculpture of William Morris (Animal Artifact) and the provocative socio-political work of Einar & Jamex De La Torre (Intersecting Time & Place) among many others. Mr. Vance’s aesthetic contributions were first recognized through his association with the work of Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson and Kenneth Callahan. While at the Art Institute of Seattle, Mr. Vance was taught by veteran Northwest School painter William Cummings.

Mr. Vance went on to produce work both small and large scale. His paintings cover a range from portraiture in the traditional Dutch technique to impressionistic landscapes. More recently, his paintings have been compared to the work of American artists Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent. His portraits and landscapes are represented in numerous private and corporate collections including Aetna Insurance, Krekow-Jennings, Corinthian Colleges, Experience Music Project, Taproot Theatre Company and the Museum of Glass.

His larger work has often been seen in a theatrical context with scenic designs for Northwest University (where his has been adjunct faculty since 2004), the Toral Cultural Association in Spain, and at Experience Music Project where he designed Mudgarden, the hugely popular interactive installation for Jim Henson’s Fantastic World.

Solo and group shows include Necessity in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Art Haven, Works Progress and Emancipating Boundaries in Port Townsend among others.

Mr. Vance was trained at the Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle Pacific University, Gage Academy of Art, and with classical painter Gregorio Larsen in Spain. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.

For a synopsis of Sam’s interdisciplinary approach to art, click  here:

Private and Corporate Commissions accepted.

Please email Sam at vancearts@gmail.com or call 425-533-6156

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