Natural color still life.
Gordon Rick Bruno participated in his first exhibit in 1972. In 1973 he exhibited in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. In those days you hung your work up on wire fences, everybody had to stay on the sidewalk, the streets were open to traffic, 100,000 people would walk by your display during the show, oh, and the booth fee was $20! Gordon has participated in over 24 of the Coconut Grove festivals and won Best In Photography awards five times plus an equal number of second and third place awards.
The Ann Arbor Street Fair, Old Town Art Fair, Winter Park Arts Festival, and the Arts Festival of Atlanta are also festivals that Gordon has exhibited in regularly for the past twenty years. In the last few years his schedule has included the Kansas City Plaza Fair, Saint Louis and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
I’ve been fortunate to get into the top shows throughout my career, I’ve also been fortunate to have won a number of awards at these events. Recently I’ve enjoyed recognition from the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival with a Best In Show in 1996,Cherry Creek with a First in Photography in 1994 and two back to back awards for excellence from the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair in 1997 and 1998. Its important to me to bring the kind of exhibit that can be eligible for awards. Trying for excellence is the gold standard I look for in my work and my fellow exhibitors. Anything less then that seems like a waste of time and talent.
Gordon is also one of the few street artists who have been collected by museums.My wife, Lenny Lyons Bruno, and I exhibited our work in one and two person shows, many of the museums added our photographs to their permanent collections. Working the museum side of the street give us a new perspective on quality and the history of photography.
In 1995 Gordon’s career took on a new direction. Working with other artists, he co-founded the National Association Of Independent Artists (NAIA) It all happened so spontaneously, there was a deep seated need for artists to have advocates, and to be concerned with the future of our industry. One day we got together for coffee and a discussion and the next thing we knew we had a growing membership and association! It’s been quite a ride.
What’s next for Gordon Bruno? I’m interested in doing a book of my photography. If and when that is accomplished I’d like to explore some new creative ideas.
- Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
- International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
- The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
- High Museum, Atlanta, GA
- Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
- Roanoke Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
- Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
- Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
- Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
- Canon House, Los Angeles, CA
- Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Edison Community College Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Meyers, FL
- Palm Beach Junior College Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
- Roanoke Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
- Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
- Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, FL
- Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
- Gallery of Fine Arts, Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, FL
- Dinosaurs and Parrots-Pictures from a Promised Land the Sun and the Shade, Florida Photography, 1885-1983
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Florida Arts Council
- State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
*Grants obtained by the Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Norton Gallery of Art for exhibition and publication.