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representation

LaFontsee Galleries

Grand Rapids and Douglas MI (paintings, collage, eCollage, photographs)

Tinney Contemporary

Nashville TN (paintings)

Friedman Fine Art

Chicago IL (paintings)

DesignSmithSpaces

Union Pier MI (paintings, photographs)

exhibitions

2018

eCollage
Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Michigan City, IN
(scheduled)

2017

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

 

2017

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

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

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

2016

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

2015

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

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

2014

Modern Twist
LaFontsee Gallery Douglas, MI

Steamroller Prints
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Steamroller Artists
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Inaugural Exhibit LaFontsee Gallery Douglas, MI

2013

Zerbe: small paintings
Bank of America, Chicago
(view photos of the exhibit below)

Zerbe: large paintings
(click to view photos of the exhibit)
300 S Riverside Plaza, Chicago

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

2012

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

Gallery Artists
CAB, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibit
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM
(view photos of the exhibit below)

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

Eleven Abstract Artists, Modern Arts Midtown
Omaha, NE

2011

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

inaugural group exhibition
Park/Schreck Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010

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

2009

“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

1982

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

1981

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

1980

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

Group Exhibition
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

1978

“Three Artists” Exhibition
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

1977

76th Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition
Art Institute of Chicago

1973

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

publications

2017

40 Contemporary Artists
by Tim Phelan
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2014

Paintings
by Jay Zerbe
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2013

Paintings and Collage
by Jay Zerbe
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2012

Paintings
by Jay Zerbe
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2003-2012

50 Callages
by Jay Zerbe
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2011

Accad, Evelyne. Femmes Du Créspuscule. Paris: alfAbarre
(drawings by Jay Zerbe)

1970

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

commissions

2012

Public Site Commission
Warren Outdoor Project, Michigan City, IN
Click image above to view

2011

Two large entryway paintings
private residence, Sanibel, FL

1989

Site-specific painted murals
Dreamerz
Chicago, IL

collections

Smithsonian Institute

Indiana University

U.S. Information Agency

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Significant private collections

reviews

Claudio Parentela 2012
An Interview with Jay Zerbe

artswrite, November 2011
Katherine Aimone
‘A Visual Conversation: Paintings by Jay Zerbe’

zeitquest, May 2011
Phillip Larrimore
‘Jay the Abstractionist’

Chicago Art Examiner, August 2010
Darrell Roberts
‘Jay Zerbe the Disaster Series @ Las Manos Gallery’

neotericart, November 2009
Norbert Marszalek
‘Inverview with Jay Zerbe’

New Art Examiner, December 1980
Lydia Murman
‘Jay Zerbe’

New Art Examiner, June 1980
Claire Wolf Krantz
‘Nineteen Artists’

New Art Examiner, February 1979
Judith Kanin
‘Three Artists’

Chicago Sun Times, Friday, December 8, 1978
Harold Haydon
‘Three Young Artists’

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’

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, Santa Fe, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Omaha, Lincoln, Novato, Nacogdoches and Michigan City. He has representation in Chicago IL, Grand Rapids MI, and Nashville TN.

interviews

2015 Nathan Pendlebury Blog
Featured Artist: Jay Zerbe

2014 Katherine Aimone
Jay Zerbe: A Mindful Chaos

2013 The Artsy Forager
Vintage Visions: Jay Zerbe

2013 Phillip Larrimore:
At the Nexus of Color and Time

2013 Tilted Arc.
Process: Jay Zerbe

2013 INVEROART.
The Painting Center: Working It Out

2012 Claudio Parentela.
An Interview with Jay Zerbe

2011 artswrite:Katherine Aimone: A Visual Conversation-Paintings
by Jay Zerbe

2011 zeitquest: Philip Larrimore review

2010 Chicago Art Examiner

2009 neotericart  – Norbert Marszalek

1981 Chicago Art Review – Les Krantz

1979
The New Art Examiner – Judith Kanin
Candy Hrones / Jay Zerbe / Eric Jensen