cv/resume

The contrast of chaos with order provides the structure for my work. The appearance of order breaks down under scrutiny, which mirrors my understanding of reality. My emotions seek pattern and rationality, while my intellect sees mismatched parts and ambiguous systems. The core of my work revolves around juxtaposing these diverse structures and their uncertain references.

artist’s biography
  • Mr. Zerbe completed a BA from the American University of Beirut, and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • His professional art career began in 1968 in Beirut with several exhibitions.
  • His work was first shown in Chicago in the 1977 Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition at the Art Institute.
  • Mr. Zerbe has worked as a graphic designer (PBS), web designer (IBM), and virtual world designer (IBM).
  • He now works full time as an artist. His work has been shown in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Nashville, Santa Fe, New York, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Atlanta, Omaha, Lincoln, Novato, Nacogdoches, Cleveland, and Michigan City.
  • He has representation in Chicago IL, Grand Rapids MI, Cleveland OH, Palm Springs CA, Norcross GA, and Nashville TN.
representation

LaFontsee Galleries

616-451-9820
Grand Rapids MI

paintings, collage, eCollage, and photographs

Tinney Contemporary
Nashville TNpaintings

Bonfoey Gallery
216-621-0178
Cleveland OH
paintings

Rubine Red Gallery
760-537-7665
Palm Springs CA
paintings

the O gallery
770-557-1250
Norcross GA
eCollage

Friedman Fine Art
312-666-9797
Chicago IL
paintings

interviews/blogs
2020:
Helen Gaynor Blog “Time and Layers” Lubeznik Center for the Arts “Take a Studio Tour with Jay Zerbe” (YouTube)
2015:
Nathan Pendlebury Blog Featured Artist: Jay Zerbe
2014:
Katherine Aimone / Jay Zerbe: A Mindful Chaos

2013:
The Artsy Forager Vintage Visions: Jay Zerbe
Phillip Larrimore: At the Nexus of Color and Time Tilted Arc. Process: Jay Zerbe 2013
INVEROART.com. The Painting Center: Working It Out (review of group show)
Painter’s Progress: Have you met…Jay Zerbe?
2012:
Claudio Parentela. An Interview with Jay Zerbe, artswrite, November
2011:
Katherine Aimone: A Visual Conversation-Paintings by Jay Zerbe
2010:
Chicago Art Examiner, August 2010, Darrell Roberts, ‘Jay Zerbe the Disaster Series @ Las Manos Gallery
2009:
neotericart – Norbert Marszalek 1979: New Art Examiner, February 1979, Judith Kanin, ‘Three Artists’ Candy Hrones / Jay Zerbe / Eric Jensen
1978:
Chicago Sun Times, Friday, December 8, 1978, Harold Haydon, ‘Three Young Artists’
1977:
New Art Examiner, December 1977, Derek Guthrie, ‘Jay Zerbe’
Gay Life, Friday, October 14, 1977, ‘Bernal Gallery to feature Zerbe’
New Art Examiner, Summer, 1977, Wendy Hoffman, ‘Bernal Gallery’
exhibitions

DesignSmithSpaces – New Buffalo MI
Paintings, eCollages, and Photographs
Display only

“Around The Bend”
South Bend Museum of Art
South Bend, IN

A Sense of Place – Abstract Art in Northern Indiana
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne, IN

An Exhibition of Experimental and Emotional Drawings: Haddad/Zerbe
The American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Eye Opener
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Summer Pleasures
Thomas Deans Fine Art
Atlanta, GA

Open Ended: A Continuation
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Coalesce
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Friends from Social Networks
Thomas Deans Fine Art
Atlanta, GA

Revive
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Coalesce
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Group Holiday Exhibition
Tinney Contemporary
Nashville, TN

Toast
LaFontsee Gallery
Douglas, MI

10×10
Blink Gallery
Michigan City, IN

Let’s Jump In
LaFontsee Gallery
Douglas, MI

Judith Racht Gallery – Harbert, MI
Abstraction Revisited, 3-person show
with Chery Baird and Brian Schutz

Slightly Obsessive
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

30 Years Anniversary & Celebration
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

eCollage
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art
Art Palm Springs 2018

eCollage
Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Michigan City, IN

Toast (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery
Douglas, MI

Master Class (group exhibit)
Blink Contemporary Art
Michigan City, IN

Slightly Obsessive (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery
Douglas, MI

Snap To Grid (group exhibit)
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
Los Angeles, CA

Perception and Intention (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Kindred Spirits (6-person show)
The Painting Center
New York, NY

Freshly Considered (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, MI

Art For Life Chicago Show (group exhibit)
Fulton Street Gallery
Chicago, IL

Slightly Obsessive (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery, Douglas, MI

Anthology 2016 (group exhibit)
Van Der Plas Gallery
New York, NY

Everyone In The Pool! (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery, Douglas, MI

Kindred Spirits
Greenville Center for Creative Arts
Greenville, SC
(see images below)

Abstruse Daydreaming
Jay Zerbe and Meredith Setser
Lubeznik Arts Center, Michigan City, IN

Collective Alchemy (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Let’s Get Started (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

Jay Zerbe
Buchanan Arts Center Buchanan, MI

Process (3-person exhibit)
Hairpin Arts Center Chicago, IL

Lookie Here (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

Steamroller Artists
Lubeznik Arts Center Michigan City, IN

Modern Twist
LaFontsee Gallery Douglas, MI
(image below)

Steamroller Prints
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Steamroller Artists
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Inaugural Exhibit LaFontsee Gallery Douglas, MI

Zerbe: small paintings
Bank of America, Chicago
(images below)

Zerbe: large paintings
300 S Riverside Plaza, Chicago
(images of the exhibit below)

Zerbe: collages and paintings
Blink Contemporary Art
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Working it Out, group show
The Painting Center NewYork, NY

Reveal/Conceal, 3-person show
LaFontsee Douglas, MI

Solo Exhibit, “zerbe : collage”
Univ. of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus, Health Sciences Library
Aurora, CO

Solo Exhibit, “ambiguous references”,
Purdue University
North Central, Westville, IN

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

CAB guest artist
CAB, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibit
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

(images below)

Natural/Constructed Spaces II
The Painting Center New York, NY

Eleven Abstract Artists, Modern Arts Midtown
Omaha, NE

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

inaugural group exhibition
Park/Schreck Gallery, Chicago, IL

December Exhibition
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

“Remodernists”
Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

Summer Exhibition
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

Union Square Lofts
(curated by Douglas Frohman)
Chicago, IL

Texas National 2010
(juried national exhibit of paintings – juror: judy pfaff)
Nacogdoches, TX

Favorites from the MAM Collection (paintings)
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

“Dreams & Revelations” (juried national exhibit)
Marin MOCA, Novato, CA

“Studio Exhibit” group show (paintings)
Tony Fitzpatrick Studio, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibition (paintings)
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

One person exhibition of paintings
Mobili Möbel, Chicago, IL

“The Salon Show”, Randolph Street Gallery,
Chicago, IL

One person exhibition of paintings and gouaches
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

One person exhibition of paintings and drawings
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibition
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Three Artists” Exhibition
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

76th Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition
Art Institute of Chicago

M.F.A. Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

commissions
publications
2019: Atomic Ranch, Winter 2019, “Into the Woods”, pp: 45, 46 2011: Accad, Evelyne. Femmes Du Créspuscule. Paris alfAbarre (drawings by Jay Zerbe)

2012: Public Site Commission Warren Outdoor Project, Michigan City, IN
(image above)


1970: Zerbe, Jay, and Farid Haddad. Screens and Bugus. Beirut – Harb Bijani Press (drawings by Jay Zerbe and Farid Haddad

publications

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