Thomas Clyde Gross (1938 - 2012)

Birth date: 1/9/1938 Death date: 10/6/2012  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location: West Bend, Wisconsin  
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Biographical Brief

Parents, Ilo and Henrietta (nee Manz) Gross
Served in the United States Navy
1977, married Jo Atwood, they had two children, Justice Madl and Gwen Morgan
Washington High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
BS,  MS and a MFA in Art, University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee from 1963-1971.
Work Experience:
1968-2001, Professor of  Fine Arts at University of Wisconsin-Washington County
2001, Retired as Professor-Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Washington County
2002: Tom Gross Retrospective Exhibition, West Bend Art Museum, Wisconsin.  
Traveled throughout America


Thomas Gross
Born 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sculptor Tom Gross is Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Washington County where he taught studio art, art history and art appreciation from 1968 to 2001. He was appointed associate professor in 1980 and full professor in 1988. Prior to 1968 he taught briefly at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha and worked as a contract artist for the Milwaukee Public Museum. He has conducted lectures and participated in panel discussions and workshops in Wisconsin, around the US, and in Canada.

Gross's early sculptural work in bronze casting shifted to a focus on ceramic slip casting in 1968. This change to ceramics introduced the potential for the addition of color to his works and the possibility of cast bronze pieces mounted on cast glazed ceramic tiles. He has later incorporated stones, wood and other found objects into his three dimensional work. His interest in Japanese abstract stone sculpture and a love of the development of architecture through the ages have influenced his imagery. In his “search for expressive shapes and their combinations in space,” he strives to “make things of beauty and harmony.”

Gross has served on the Museum of Wisconsin Art Board of Advisors and on the selection committee for the West Bend Community Memorial Hospital. He is a member of Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors and Wisconsin Designer Craftsmen and has won numerous awards for his sculpture in juried national exhibitions.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1965 Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin
West Bend Gallery of Fine Art, and University of Wisconsin, Sheboygan County 
1972  University of Wisconsin, Waukesha County 
1974  University of Wisconsin, Washington County 
University of Wisconsin, Sheboygan County 
University of Wisconsin, Rock County 
1993 University of Wisconsin, Parkside
2002 Tom Gross, a Retrospect, West Bend Art Museum

Selected Group Exhibitions

1963 ILakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee Memorial Art Center (also 1964, 1966, 1968)
1976  Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Exhibit, Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee 
1980  Biennial Center System Faculty Exhibits, University of Wisconsin, Madison (also 1984, 1986, 1988)                                                   
1990  Biennial Center System Faculty Exhibits, University of Wisconsin, Madison                                                   
1991  A System of Sculpture-Work by the sculpture faculty of the UW system, Fine Arts Gallery University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 
1992  Concepts/Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Proposals, West Bend Gallery of Fine Art 
1993  Recent Works: The Art Faculty University of Wisconsin Centers, Rahr West Art Museum Manitowoc, Wisconsin 
1993 UWWC 25th Silverbration Art Show, West Bend Gallery of Fine Art, West Bend
2008  All Fired Up: Contemporary Wisconsin Ceramics, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend

Wisconsin Affiliations

Wisconsin Art Organizations

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