Geoffrey bowton, artist, designer, fabricator.
As a former union sheet metal worker, Geoffrey R. Bowton joined the United States Army in 2008 and served for six years, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. He served first as an Infantryman, however Afghanistan involved him in utilizing previous construction skills. His spare time would consist of constructing army-specific ideas for the battalion and transforming them into an artistic army language. During this time, he would make logos, banners, furniture made from found objects combined with wood, memorial stands, army vehicle modifications, a large-scale outdoor cinema, and many utilitarian objects for living environments of the soldier.
Currently studying for his Bachelor of Fine Art at Oregon College of Art and Craft, he realizes this environment provides opportunity to heal mentally and physically, bringing stability and focus. A new community helps fulfill any voids from post-military life and suggest a worthy platform for growth. Recently he was awarded the OCAC summer scholarship program attending a workshop at Penland School of Craft, to study the art and techniques of Pate de Verre.
Geoffrey was also invited this summer to attend an Artist in Residence at Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. He was selected this year for the 2018 student exhibition for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), also recipient of the May George Metals Scholarship, nominated for jury into the 2019 Windgate Fellowship Award, and selected for Artist in Residency summer of 2019 at Yellowstone National Park and Bozeman, Montana working with glass.
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