Brian Schorn

BRIAN SCHORN • MUlti-disciplinary artist

 Brian Schorn at his Studio Rubedo workshop in Michigan.


Brian Schorn is a multi-disciplinary artist practicing out of his Studio Rubedo workshop where he uses a variety of media including assemblage, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. He has an extensive education in the arts with MFA degrees in visual art, electronic music, creative writing and graphic design. Since the 1980s, Brian's art has been displayed regionally, nationally and internationally in twelve solo exhibitions and over seventy group exhibitions. He has attended artist residencies throughout the USA including the states of Nevada, Iowa, Michigan, and Connecticut. Further, Brian's music, poetry and design have been performed, published, and exhibited throughout the world. Numerous public institutions and private collectors have acquired his work.

In addition to being a professional artist, Brian has experience as an art/design educator, arts program developer, graphic designer, museum/gallery preparator and board member for various arts and nature organizations. He has also served as a volunteer for hospice and wildlife rehabilitation organizations.

As a complement to his art experience, Brian is an avid naturalist, an outdoor adventurer and a meditation practitioner within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.


A 7-page extended biography in magazine format, including images, is available in PDF format below.

Before a day of hiking, Brian enters a labyrinth at the base of Sombrero Peak in Saguaro National Park, Tuscon, AZ.

artist statement

As an artist and as a human being, I seek to explore the transmutation of matter and mind for the benefit of all. Therefore, I am interested in contemplative art practices that focus on a variety of subjects such as ordinary perception and awareness, interconnectedness, impermanence, equanimity, non-duality and the wonder of natural history. With this approach, I seek to research and experiment with meditative states and visual spaces that are free from suffering, thus offering a path to an enlightened manner of experiencing the world around us.

With the use of found and natural materials (acknowledging our deep connection to our environment), humor (light and open approach to life), simplicity (less is more) and a heightened attention to process (i.e. grinding charcoal in a stone to make ink for calligraphy), I seek to engage the world in a curious, spacious, and open manner. Ultimately, my contemplative art practice is an ongoing attempt to see things as they are and to work with things as they are. Or, it may challenge me to ask a popular Zen question (or koan) such as, “What is this?”


A full artist statement, formatted as a single page, is available in PDF format below.

Brian often uses the enso form in his work. An enso is a single-stroke, calligraphic brush mark created by Japanese Zen monks as a form of meditation.

ONE-PERSON exhibitioNS

Comstock Wabi-Sabi, Red Mountain Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV, 2017–18
Comstock Wabi-Sabi, Microsoft Operations Center, Reno, NV, 2016–17
Comstock Wabi-Sabi, 50 West Liberty Street, Reno, NV, 2015
Comstock Wabi-Sabi, St. Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV, 2015
Lost and Found, Omega Institute Library Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY, 2013
Magnum Opus: A 25 Year Retrospective, Besser Museum, Alpena, MI, 2007
Human Form, Studio 71 Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 2006
Entering Poetic Blind Spots, St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, MI, 1999
Directions in Design, Brunner Art Gallery, Davis College, Toledo, OH, 1998
Ars Memoriae, Po Gallery, Providence, RI, 1992
Body of Work, Painting Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1990
The Logic of Sensation, 55 Peterboro Gallery, Detroit, MI, 1986


Art in the Peaceable Kingdom, Michigan Artists Gallery and Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City, MI, 2018
Iowa Lakeside Lab Artists-in-Residence Alumni,
Public Space One, Iowa City, IA, 2018
Hand in Hand: Craft and New Technologies, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI and Traverse City, MI, 2018
Practice, Rhythm, and Ritual: Meditative Minimalism, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI, 2017 (four person)
Channeling Picasso, Michigan Artists Gallery, Traverse City, MI, 2017
Tinker, Tailor, Welder, Weaver: The Art of Assemblage, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI, 2017
2016 Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI, 2016
Black & White, Gallery 109 at Art in the Loft, Alpena, MI, 2016
SummerView, Gallery 109 at Art in the Loft, Alpena, MI, 2016
Abstracts, Light, Space and Time Online Gallery, 2014
New Digital Art Biennale, Homeostasis Lab, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013
Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Word Works, Red Hook Community Arts Network, Red Hook, NY, 2013
Meeting of the Minds: Surrealist and Conceptual Art, Red Hook Community Arts Network, Red Hook, NY, 2013
Homage to Kurt Seligmann, Seligmann Center for Surrealism, Sugar Loaf, NY, 2012
Animalis, Red Hook Community Arts Network, Red Hook, NY, 2012
AgriCULTURE, ArtPop Gallery, Red Hook, NY, 2011
Thought+Material+Action=Art, Drift Station Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 2010
Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design, The Moravian Gallery, Brno, The Czech Republic, 2010
A People’s Guide to Icelandic Butterflies, Gallery, Skagaströnd, Iceland, 2009
Postcard Salon, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 2009
Computer Punch Card Art, Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD, 2006
78th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 2006
Open Source/Open Ear, Mess Hall, Chicago, IL, 2005
Beyond the Classroom, Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale, MI, 2004
In-Flux and Alison Knowles in Detroit, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, 2004
Constructing the Technological Other, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2002
Color in the Mind, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001
Words, Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI   2000
Stranger than Fiction, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, MI, 2000
Remnants, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, MI, 2000
Sins of the Flesh, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999
Skin Deep, Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999
Out of Bounds: Artists’ Books, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, 1994
Michigan Annual XXI, The Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI, 1993
20 Years of Photography at CCS, Yamasaki Gallery, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 1989
Current Work: CCS Photography Alumni, Sarkis Gallery, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 1989
Young Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 1988
Fall Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, 1986
2nd Atlanta Photo Salon, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, 1986
The Grim-Side Photo Show, Eyemediae Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986 (two-person)
Three Views, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, 1986 (three-person)
Photography, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI, 1986

gallery representation

Michigan Artists Gallery, 317A East Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684 +
Art Tree Sales Gallery at Crooked Tree Arts Center, 461 East Mitchell St., Petoskey, MI 49770 +
Rogue Nevada,, Reno, NV +

Artist residencies

Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-in-Residence, Milford, IA, 2017
Resident Artist Program in Silver City, Silver City, NV, 2015
Ox-Bow Artist Residencies, Saugatuck, MI, 2009        
I-Park Artists Enclave, East Haddam, CT, 2007    
Young Artist-In-Residence, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 1987–88


Arts Mid-Hudson Arts Education Grant, Netherwood Elementary School, Hyde Park, NY, 2013


Donut Hole Gallery Award 2018, Donut Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2018
Special Recognition Award, Light, Space and Time Online Gallery, 2014
Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship, Ox-Bow Artist Residencies, 2009
Michigan Filmmaker Award, 17th Annual Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival, 1987
Photography Merit Scholarship, College for Creative Studies, 1983–85


MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2001–03
MFA in Graphic Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1992–94
MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), Brown University, Providence, RI, 1989–91
MFA in Fine Art Photography, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1985–87
BFA in Fine Art Photography, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 1981–85


“Mending: A Contemplation," Shambhala Art Square One, vol. 2, issue 3, 12/29/17 +
“TMCC Art Exhibition Includes Objects Found in Silver City, Nevada," Silver City Reads Blog, 12/28/17 +
“Brian Schorn: Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist Residency," U of M Stamps School of Art & Design News, 12/21/17 +
“Silver City's Art Trail," Silver City Reads Blog, 10/8/17 +
“Local Artist, Will Travel," Ogemaw Herald Reflections, winter ed., pp. 7–9, 2016 +
“Brian Schorn's Comstock Wabi-Sabi,", 8/15 +
“Brian Schorn Exhibit at Omega Institute," Carol Di Tosti Blog, 6/24/13 +
“Source of Lit-Unsaid-Brian Schorn," Emerging Writers Network, 10/27/09 +
“One Man Art Posse," by George Tysh, Detroit Metro Times, 8/13/97 +
“Art and Music Collide in These 20 Stunning Graphic Scores," +

Artist Resume

A 4-page artist resume is available in PDF format below.


A portfolio of current work, formatted as a booklet, is available in PDF format below.

Michigan Artists Gallery in Traverse City, MI currently represents Brian's artwork, so stop by the gallery to see and purchase it.

This 8 foot exterior window banner for the “Practice, Rhythm, and Ritual: Meditative Minimalism" exhibition in Traverse City, MI had great visibility from the sidewalk.

Brian's assemblage, “Wheel of Life," is being installed at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, MI by Sheila Ruen, Galleries Director. This article appeared on the front page of the Petoskey News.

Rogue Nevada, curated by Francis Melhop, is an online portal for art, culture, and the environment in Nevada. While a Resident Artist in Silver City, Brian was invited to be one of the select artists represented on Rogue Nevada.

As an artist-in-residence at Iowa Lakeside Lab, Brian explored the ecology of nearby prairies, marshes, lakes, and forests. He also studied and photographed diatoms (single-celled algae) as the reference for a new artwork called “Centric Diatom Collection."

After receiving an Arts Education Grant from Arts Mid-Hudson in NY, Brian taught over 200 third through fifth graders about art and nature, resulting in a collaborative art installation on the grounds of the school.

Brian received 2nd prize in the Donut Hole Gallery Award 2018. The gallery is located in Tokyo, Japan.