Artist Statement, Biography, Press & Résumé


Artist Statement

Since 1995, Ferrill Roman's professional art practice has revolved around researching, creating and exhibiting handmade-paper-based sculptures and installations, utilizing paper for its aesthetic qualities, its versatility, and its metaphoric potential. Through her explorations, she has experimented with many types of paper fibers and techniques; including creating hand-beaten paper from the plants in her yard, to working with abaca, flax, cotton, recycled paper and other fibers. She has cast paper into hollow molds to create solid objects, weaved and pieced it over and through open branch and wire armatures and layered it over convex molds and objects to produce hollow paper forms. She developed a process for using chalk and oil pastels with beeswax, powdered pigment, and a heat gun to create translucent waxy marked and toned surfaces, incorporated natural elements into the surfaces of works, explored the interplay of form and surface with text & image on sculptural forms, and created works with internal illumination.

In her earlier sculptures, she worked with waxed handmade paper “skins” stretched over armatures made of bound tree branches reminiscent of bones, to explore the intersection of the human body with natural forms and phenomena. She created human-scaled pod and chrysalis forms and “natural” iterations of human-made artifacts and vessels such as fireplaces, chairs, windows, and boats; the objects evoked a primordial sense of place, and conjured ideas of metamorphosis and interconnection with the natural world.

As her work evolved, she embarked on a long-term collaborative project with Mixed-media painter Kimberly MacArthur Graham; the two artists created “Cross Pollination”: a series of artworks that dealt with concepts of fertility and fecundity, manifestations of spirit and soul, and the beauty and underlying patterns found both in natural forms and the structure of human bodies. Part painting and part sculpture, the works became visual conversations where each artist’s work supported and complemented the other’s, and where the meaning of each piece was more clearly manifest through the intersection of contrasting media and aligned styles. She has also worked collaboratively with ceramic artist Katie Martineau Caron, digital artist, painter, and printmaker Judy Gardner, glass artist Donna Gordon, painter and digital artist Lynn Heitler, and art-furniture maker Gary Burditt.

Her persistent investigations of micro/macrocosms and human/nature congruencies are evident in her most recent installations, characterized by the interplay of delicate cast handmade paper objects reminiscent of cellular images, internal bodily structures, or molecular biology,  – though many of the forms also read as celestial – combined with a hollow paper casting of the front of the artist's very-pregnant torso, internal lights, and other elements. The interrelationship of these paper objects, the spaces they inhabit, and particularly the lighting and shadow play on the walls and floor, create surreal environments for the viewer to move through and become part of. They communicate thematically about intensely personal experiences such as her son’s birth, her mother’s death, and a struggle to conceive a second child that ended in multiple miscarriages.

Recently, Ferrill Roman has begun creating a series of digital photographic collages. These works also address her persistent themes in a more oblique way; with these works, she has layered three or more source photographs to create colorful complex images that hint at a sense of narrative or an emotional state. Sources include original photographs of trees, snow fields, dramatic cloudy skies, and various plants and flying insects (butterflies and dragonflies) in naturally-occurring settings during different seasons, as well as photographs of elements and detail views from my installations.  The resulting layered images read as internal mental landscapes; the interwoven images are subtle metaphors for the struggles and transformations resulting from frustrated desire, loss and change.

 


Biography

Bonnie Ferrill Roman (BFA summa 1993 – CU Denver, MFA Fellow 1997 – U of MN) is a Colorado-based mixed-media sculptor, installation artist, and digital photographer whose primary medium is cast and formed handmade paper, which she combines with fibers, natural media, encaustic, pigment printing, poetry, and light. Her work exhibits a contemporary aesthetic and resonates with metaphoric underpinnings and layered meanings, while simultaneously evoking a visceral experience of beauty and wonder for the viewer. In addition to her solo artwork, Ms. Ferrill Roman enjoys collaborating with like-minded artists, and has created extensive bodies of work collaboratively with painters, sculptors, ceramic & glass artists, digital artists, and even a furniture designer.

Ms. Ferrill Roman has shown her artwork widely and consistently since 1992 in local, regional, and national exhibitions in galleries and art centers – including numerous solo shows and a retrospective, and has been acquired by corporate and private collections across the US.  Her work has repeatedly garnered praise through awards and via articles published in books, magazines, and newspapers locally and nationally. Since 1997, she has taught Sculpture, 2D & 3D Design, Hand Papermaking, Fiber Art Survey,  and Introduction to Art classes at CU-Denver, Regis University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, either as a visiting assistant professor or in an adjunct/affiliate capacity.  She currently teaches Beginning and Advanced Sculpture and Arts & Culture at Regis University, and conducts occasional summer hand-papermaking workshops from her home studio in Wheat Ridge, CO, where she lives with her husband and son.


Press

  • Met Life, review by Michael Paglia, Westword, Denver, Colorado, 2009

  • Working Jointly is Twice as Nice, article + 2 photos, Denver Post, Denver, CO 2007

  • Artists Team Up for Unique Exhibit, 2 pg. review + 2 photos, Canyon Courier, Evergreen, CO 2006

  • Bonnie Ferrill Roman: Back Into Nature, 2 pg. interview with 3 photographs, Colorado Modern Magazine, 2005

  • Keeping it Real, Cover photo & review The Denver Post, Denver, Co 2006

  • On Core!, Exhibition Preview with photo, WESTWORD Denver, Colorado, 2006

  • New Downtown Stoneheart Gallery Warms the Artistic Heart, Canyon Courier, Evergreen, CO 2006

  • Exhibit a Fusion of Styles, review by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO 2002

  • Branching Out, feature article and photo by Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO 2001

  • It’s A Home Run, review by Michael Paglia, WESTWORD, Denver, CO 2001

  • Art Carnival, Magic Theatre at Andenken Gallery review, Go-Go Magazine, Denver, CO 2001

  • New Memories for Andenken, review, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO 2001

  • Artbeat, review & photo, WESTWORD, Denver, CO 2001

  • Sticks and Stones, feature article and photo, WESTWORD, Denver, CO, 1999

  • 21st Annual Jurored Exhibition cover photo & catalog page, published by Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, 1999

  • An Array of “Abstraction”, review, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO, 1999

  • The Essence of Humanity – On Display, review and photo, Advocate, Denver, CO, 1999

  • Turning Art into Life Itself, review, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO, 1999

  • UCD's Art Faculty Displays Their Best, review and cover photo, Advocate, Denver, CO, 1997

  • Industrial Strength, review, WESTWORD, Denver, Colorado, 1993

  • Spark of Talent, review, WESTWORD, by Hart Hill, Denver, Colorado, 1992


Resume / Vitae

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Art - Sculpture; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 1997

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture Emphasis, Summa cum Laude, University of Colorado at Denver, CO, 1993

Theater Arts/Education Major, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1987-89HONORS & AWARDS

 

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Bonnie Ferrill Roman, by Susan Froyd, Westword, Thursday November 10, 2016

People’s Choice Award in Home To Roost – part of the annual Home Show, Natl. Western Complex, Feb 2014

Westword’s Best of Denver 2010 – Group Art Show for Collective Nouns at CVA, 2009

Juror’s Award - All Colorado Juried Exhibition Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO, 2006

Second Place – Mixed Media Celebrate Colorado Artists Festival, Denver, CO, 2002

Juror’s Award -and- People’s Choice Award Salina Art Center, Salina KS, 2000

Graduate Student Fellowship University of Minnesota, 1994-96

Outstanding Senior in the School of the Arts - 1993 University of Colorado, Denver, 1993

Recognition of Excellence - School of the Arts Awarded by the Associated Students of CU-Denver, 1993

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Nominated by CU-Denver, 1993

National Dean's List Nominated by School of the Arts, University of Colorado, Denver, 1993

Fine Arts Fellowships School of the Arts, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 1991, 1992

Honorable Mention W.O.W! Juried Exhibition, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO, 1991

 

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018 We Make Our Own Wings 3-Artist Invitational, Curated by Laura Krudener, ATC | DEN, Denver, CO

2014      Texture, Form & Function 4-Artist Invitational, Gallery at the DPAC, Denver, CO

2011       Conversations with the Other Side, Heritage Series Show, O’Sullivan Gallery, Regis University, Denver, CO

              C | O | N | T | I | N | U | U | M: Interrupted Conversations Oak Room Gallery, University of Northern CO

2008     Under The Skin Solo Exhibition, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO

              October – November Featured Artist at Three Sisters Gallery in Boulder, CO

2007     Congruencies Solo Exhibition including collaborative work, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO

              Seed Solo Retrospective Exhibition including collaborative work, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO

              Fuse Featured Artist (with Kimberly MacArthur Graham) Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO

2006     Ephemeral Solo Exhibition with Guest Artists, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO

2005     Cross-Pollination Collaborative Exhibition with Kimberly M. Graham, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO

2002     S Y N A P S E : Remix Installation, Treasure Chest at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO

2001      S Y N A P S E Solo Exhibition, Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO

              Mortal Coils Solo Exhibition, Curated by Dan Jacobs, Kaladi Brothers, Denver, CO

2000     Luminous Solo Exhibition, Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO

1999      The Source of Longing Solo Exhibition, Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO

              Skin : Bone : : Breath : Soul Solo Exhibition, 8 oz. fred, Denver, CO

1996      Talking To Myself Performance, Art Space, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1993      Found Vision BFA Exhibition, School of the Arts Gallery, University of Colorado at Denver, CO

              Common Denominator Two-Person Invitational, Studio/Workshop, Denver, CO

              Revival Two-person Show, Tabor Center, Denver, CO

              Alive and Kicking Two-Artist Invitational, Studio/Workshop, Denver, CO

1990      Decadence Solo Exhibition, Muddy's Java Cafe, Denver, CO

 

SELECTED GROUP & JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2018 Pink Progression Invitational Group Exhibition at Boulder & Denver Libraries & Metro Center for Visual Art, CO

Narrative Threads Travelling Group Exhibition, Curated by Alicia Bailey, Regis Library, Art Gym, Denver, CO

2017       Paper.Works Curated by Collin Parson, Main Gallery, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

2016       Contemporary Fiber 2016 Juried by Carol Ann Waugh, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

2015       Cluster Invitational Group Exhibition Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2014       Home To Roost Curated Fiber Sculpture Exhibit, Home Show, Natl. Western Complex, Denver CO

               Contemporary Fiber Colorado 2014 Curated by Carol Ann Waugh, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO

               Color Outside the Lines Curated by Andra Archer, Brookfield Arts at Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

2012       Ice Breaker 3 Juried by DAM curator Gwen Chanzit, Ice Cube Callery, Denver, CO

2011        Collective Nouns MSCD Faculty Biennial, Metro Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

               Confluence, Returning to the Source… Invitational, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver CO

2010       North American Sculpture 2010 National Juried Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

               Ladder (s)how Group Invitational, McFadden/Wright Studio Gallery, Denver, CO

2009      Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Biennial 2009 Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

               Collective Nouns MSCD Faculty Biennial, Metro Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2008      Metro Faculty Biennial, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

               Juried Student/Alumni Exhibition, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, CO

               Paper or Plastic Group Invitational, 910 Arts, Denver, CO

               Everything But Paint Group Invitational, Front Range Community College, Broomfield, CO

               The Boat Show Group Invitational, McFadden/Wright Gallery, Denver, CO

2007      Wonders/Maravillas Group invitational, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora, CO

               Accretionary Assemblage: Art From Parts Juried Exhibition, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

               Untitled Juried Exhibition, Space Gallery, Denver CO

               Collective Nouns MSCD Faculty Biennial, Metro Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

               MTV’s The Real World Season 18 intl. TV exposure: 7 large lit artworks featured prominently on the set

2006      High Heels in Wet Pavement: 2nd Gen. Feminists… Eleanor Bliss Center for Art, Steamboat Springs, CO

               23rd Annual All Colorado Juried Exhibition Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO

               Stretched Tight National Juried Exhibition, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

               Winter Fruits National Juried Exhibition, Mildred M. Cox Gallery at William Woods University, Fulton, MO

               Design After Dark Benefit for the DAM’s Dept. of Architecture, Design, and Graphics, Denver, CO

2005      Mixing It Up Invitational Group Exhibition, Oval Gallery, Little Rock, AR

               Women’s Caucus for Art: Works on Paper Invitational & Juried Exhibition, Open Press, Denver, CO

               Delicate Balance: Contemporary Decorative Functional Art Juried Show, Lakewood Cultural Center, CO

               The Drawing Show Juried Exhibition, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2004       22nd Annual North American Sculpture Exhibition National Juried Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

                Femme Group Invitational, 12th Street Art, Golden, CO

                The Veil: What Remains Hidden Group Invitational, Curfman Gallery, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

2003        1st Annual Colorado Art Expo Art Expo Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

                 Ladyfest 2003 Group Invitational, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO

2002        Organic Forms Four-Artist Invitational, Improv Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

                 Corporate Collections 2002 Invitational Exhibition, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

                 Unnoticed Fragments Four-person Invitational, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, CO

                 All Lights Invitational Group Exhibition, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO

                 Celebrate Colorado Artists Festival Juried Art Festival, Denver, CO

                 The White Show Invitational Group Exhibition, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO

2001         e-mer-ging con-tem-po-ra-ry ar-tists Invitational Exhibition, Caitlyn Gallery, St. Louis, MO

                 Grand Opening Group Show Inaugural Invitational, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO

                 Pulp Invitational, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, CO

                 Somnambulant Three-person Invitational, Andenken Gallery at Pulcinella, Fort Collins, CO

                 Encaustic Evolution Invitational, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, CO

                 Whisper & Shout Invitational, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, CO

2000        Contemporary Colorado: Transformations of Tradition Invitational, The Art Center, Grand Jct., CO

1999          21st Annual Jurored Art Exhibition Regional Juried (bodies of work), Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

                  Insight – Contemporary Self Portraits National Juried, Galeria Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

1998          In Partnership Inaugural Exhibition, Courtyard by Marriott Gallery, Denver, CO

                  Blurring the Lines Collaborative Invitational, Studio 5, Denver, CO

1997          A Season of Woven Dreams and Deep Knowing MFA Thesis, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, MPLS, MN

1996          Exceptional Value All-Purpose Show Group Invitational, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, MPLS, MN

1995          University of Minnesota 3D Group Invitational, Humanities Fine Arts Center Gallery, Morris, MN

                  View from the Other Side Group Invitational, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

1994          Entry Group Invitational, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1993          The Print Exchange 1993 Invitational, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1993.

1992          Lost and Foundry Bronze Sculpture Exhibition, YWCA Art Gallery, Denver, CO

 

EXHIBIT CURATING & JURYING

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2016          Organized and promoted group photograph of 287 of Colorado's women artists, DAM Plaza, Denver, CO

2014          Guest Juror “New Life” open entry show, Next Gallery, Denver, CO

2008         Juror: Englewood Arts Association National Juried Exhibition, Englewood, CO

                  Co-curator of “Launch” exhibit for Metro Foundations students at Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

2006         Curator, “Book + Art = ?” National Juried Exhibition, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

2005         Judge: Jefferson County High Schools, Mixed Media & Books, Annual Jeffco Student Art Show, Arvada, CO

1998          Curator: In Partnership Inaugural Exhibition, Courtyard by Marriott Gallery, Denver, CO

1996          Curator: The Gift Circle Group Invitational, Mezzanine Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1993          Curator: Artdaze/Festival of Cultural Arts, Tivoli, Denver, CO

 

TEACHING & ARTIST LECTURES

Studio Artist In Residence, Denver Art Museum‘s 3D Studio, Week of January 24-31, 2018; Demos Fri., Sat., & Sun.

Affiliate Faculty: Beginning & Advanced Sculpture: Regis University, Fall 2015 - Present

Adjunct Faculty: Co-Teach Fiber Art Survey, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Summer 2015, 2016

Visiting Artist: AP Art at Dakota Ridge HS: 2-day visit with lecture, papermaking workshop, Lakewood, CO Apr 2015

Visiting Artist: Senior Art Thesis at Regis University: PP Slide lecture, Work Samples, Q&A, Denver, CO, 2014 & 2018

Visiting Artist: Heart of the Rockies Fiber Arts Guild: PP Slide lecture, Work Samples, Q&A, Buena Vista, CO, Jan 2014

Visiting Artist: University of Northern Colorado: Workshop, Lecture, Solo Exhibition, Fall 2011

Affiliate Faculty: 2D Design Metro State College of Denver, Fall 2011

Affiliate Faculty: 3D Design (2 sections), 2D Design (4 sections) Metro State College of Denver, 2010-2011

Affiliate Faculty: 3D Design (4 sections), 2D Design (3 sections) Metro State College of Denver, 2009-2010

Papermaking Workshops at Natural Sculpture Studio, summers, 2009, 2010, 2011

Full-time Visiting Asst. Professor: Sculpture I (2 sections), 3D Design (10 sections), Hand Papermaking for Artists (1;

proposed, created and taught), Metro State College of Denver, 2007-08, 2008-09

Full-time Lecturer: 2D Design (2), 3D Design (7), Metro State College of Denver, CO, 2006-07

Adjunct Faculty: Intro to Sculpture (1), Advanced Sculpture (1), Regis University, Denver, CO, 2006

Instructor: 6-week sculptural papermaking class for adults, Washington Heights Art Center, Lakewood, CO, 2006

Adjunct Faculty: Design Processes & Concepts I (1) & II (4), Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO, 2005-06

Summer Art Instructor: 7 workshops + 3-day class for kids ages 5-15, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, 2004, 2005

Honorarium Instructor: Sculpture I (3), 3-D Design (2), & Intro. to Art Online (4); CU-Denver, CO 1997-2000, 2002

Graduate Instructor: Direct Metals (1); Art Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1996

Teaching Assistant: Direct Metals (2), Artist's Books (1), Intro to Studio Arts (3), Molding and Casting (2), and

Performance Art (1); University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 1995-97

Teaching Assistant: Basic Sculpture (1); CU-Denver, CO, 1993

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS

Regis University School of Pharmacology: commissioned work - Denver, CO

JohnstonWells PR Corporate Collection: Denver,CO

Launchpad Interactive: Boulder, CO

Reed W. Ferrill & Associates, Inc: Golden, CO

Deidre & Joe Adams: Highlands Ranch, CO

Steve & Sue Parks: Breckenridge, CO

Jeffrey Moe: Fort Collins, CO

Chris & Torie Thomas: Los Angeles, CA

Rob & Heather Reavey: Denver, CO

Debra Levy: Denver, CO

Dan & Stephanie Welch: commissioned work - Denver, CO

Tammy McFadden: commissioned work - Denver, CO

Cindy Uhl: Denver, CO

Lorraine Spargo: Denver, CO

Karen Rogers Young: Denver, CO