Jason Grass

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Artist is a word that I would never of imagined to be associated with me when I was younger. I was never really good with Art and never really enjoyed it as a child. However events while in the Navy changed my outlook on Art and Artists and turned me onto a path that led me where I am today.

My journey into being an Artist actually began just after completing Private Investigator training and buying my first camera, a vintage 1971 Canon AE-1 that was bought during the Vietnam War. After learning to use my AE-1 I found that I loved photography and even though my skills were unrefined I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

In 2004 a gallery opened just 12 miles from my home and I contacted the owner right away. She asked me to come in and talk about my work. I had not been working with figure models for very long but I grabbed what I had in my portfolio and went in to meet her. After looking over my work she found a photo on domestic violence that she fell in love with and state that she wanted to hang it in her gallery but I had to make it at least 4 feet tall.

I worked for weeks on getting the print ready for her and once I brought it in I was hooked, this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. The next step was to get the proper training and refine my skills. In 2005 I enrolled in the local university for their Fine Art degree program. College exposed me to trying new things in art and I fell in love with sculpture so this is where my focus was during my four years in college.

I graduated in 2009 with my degree and shortly there after applied to Professional Photographers of America where I have been a member for over three years.

I currently work from with a small office and studio where all mediums of art are created. I work with photography, sculpture, films, paintings and every possible material you can imagine all within the same four walls so time and space management are of the utmost importance.

I have had pieces of my published in various print forms, two of which were monographs of my series titled, “Faded Away” and “Living in Color, Dreaming in Black and White”. I am also considering a third book that is a collection of figurative work.


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exhibitions

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • A Mile there and Back, The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, January 2012
  • A Mile there and Back, Freddy Pís, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, November 2011
  • Just Like Me, Northeastland Hotel, Presque Isle, Maine, Sculpture - Plaster/Charcoal Castings, November 2011
  • From Within the Shadows, Freddy Pís, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, April/May 2011
  • Walk a Mile In My Shoes, Freddy Pís, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, April 2010
  • Walk a Mile In My Shoes, The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, January 2010
  • I Am Me, Pullen Gallery, University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, April 2009
  • 2009: A Retrospective, The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, January/February 2009
  • Pangea, Crystal Compass Books, Presque Isle, Maine, Sculpture, October 2007
  • Pangea, The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Sculpture, September 2007
  • All of Me, Crystal Compass Books, Presque Isle, Maine, Watercolor, July/August 2006
  • All of Me, The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Watercolor, May 2006
  • Throwing Caution to the Wind, Crystal Compass Books, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, March 2006
  • To Be Free, The Space Between, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, August 2004
  • Group Exhibitions
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Light in the Darkness, Visions, Houlton, Maine, Photography, October 2005
  • Throwing Caution to the Wind, Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, Presque Isle, Maine, Photography, December 2004
  • Helping Hands, Wintergreen Art Center, Presque Isle, Maine, Acrylic on Canvas, May 2012

education, awards, publications

  • Education
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, Maine
    Bachelor of Fine Art - May 2009, Concentration - Sculpture
  • New York Institute of Photography, New York, New York - 2002
  • Awards
  • Fine Art Talent Award for Outstanding Studio Achievement
    University of Maine at Presque Isle, 2005
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Professional Photographers of America - 2009
  • Publications
  • Living in Color, Dreaming in Black and White, Monkey Publishing, Caribou, Maine
    Photography, Released September 21, 2011
    ISBN: 9780983297628
  • Faded Away, Monkey Publishing, Caribou, Maine
    Photography, Released March 12, 2011
    ISBN: 9780983297611
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