Biography

Personal and Education:

  • B.S., Education, Indiana University, 1971
  • M.Ed., Special Education, Northeastern University, 1975
  • Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center,  2004:

Video:
https://vimeo.com/160328673 filmed and edited by Geoff Bassett of the Chatham Orpheum Theater.

The Sculpture of Gary Urgonski from Geoff Bassett on Vimeo.
           Shows and Awards:

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Ma. Members’ Juried Show “Light in a Dark Season,” November 22, 2018 to January 27, 2019.  Given one of three “juror’s selection” awards.
  • Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, Ma. Show “Clock Drift,” April 12 to 23, 2017
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Ma. Kickoff celebration of ArtSpringCapeCod 2017, “Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue”  April 27 to May 8, 2017.
  • Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, Ma.  Members’ Open, “Directions” and “Vichy Animals” January 13 to January 30, 2017.
  • Chatham Orpheum Theatre, Chatham, Ma. Artist of the Month, March, 2016.
  • South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, Massachusetts.  National Juried Show February 14 to March 23, 2014 – “Odyssey From the Heartland” and “Electroshock – Me and My Dad 1958.”
  • “Award of Merit” South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA. for “Electroshock – Me and My Dad 1958” February 14, 2014.
  • Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA. juried show November 2 to December 29, 2013 – “Hey Artist.”
  • “Best Contemporary Piece” award, Cape Cod Art Association “Out of the Blue” May, 2013.
  • May to June 2013, Cape Cod Art Association juried show – “Out of the Blue.”
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum member’s show, March 15 to April 28, 2013 – “Out of the Blue.”
  •  Provincetown Art Association and Museum member’s show    November, 2012 to January, 2013     “Queen Mother.”
  •  Cotuit Center for the Arts –   June 16, held over until September, 2012, “Out of the Blue” – eight sculptures
  •  Provincetown Art Association and Museum May, 2012 12 x 12 show “Hey Artist.”
  •  Provincetown Art Association and Museum –“Directions.”March, 2012, Members’ Open Show
  •  Cape Cod Art Association, February, 2012 Juried Show “Odyssey From the Heartland.”
  • November, 2011, Members’ Open Show at Provincetown Art Association and Museum – “Me and My Dad, 1958.”
  •  Cotuit Center for the Arts,  October, 2011, Juried Show            “Exploring the Dark Side” – two sculptures: “Dark of Heartness” and  “All of it I knew, Some of it I saw, Part of It I was.”
  •  Saltworks Gallery,Orleans, Ma., individual show July, 2011 “Heartland.”
  •   Cape Cod Art Association,  Juried Show, March, 2011,  “Victory of the Spirit,”  Best in Show
  •  Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Juried Show, March, 2007 “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue.”
  •  Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Juried Show, January 2007 “Victory of the Spirit.”

Galleries, Museums, Associations:

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Cotuit Center for the Arts
  • The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
  • Cape Cod Art Association
  • Artful Hand
  • Left Bank Gallery
  • Salt Works Gallery

Experience:

  • 2017 – 2019, Chair of the Guild of the Cape Cod Museum of Art
  • 1987-2011, Director, Special Education, Cape Cod Vocational Technical High School, Harwich, Ma.
  • 1980 -1987, Program Director, South Shore Alternative High School, Hingham, Ma.
  • 1975-1980, Special Education Teacher, Quincy, Ma.
  • 1972-1974, Head Counselor, Eric Lindemann Mental Health Center, Boston, Ma.
  • 1971-1972, Live-in Counselor, Alpha Halfway House, Attleboro, Ma.
  • 1971- 1973, Conscientious Objector Viet Nam War.  Served two years.

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