About the Artist
Mr. Bellaver’s work spans many media, including metal, stone, and wood, as well as mixed media which include metals, glass, and/or fiberglass. His newest work explores these media through kinetics and light. He works in both abstract and representational formats. In addition to over 30 pieces of public art, his work is in private collections around the country and in Europe.
Visit Ekwabet.com, reflectionsatvolunteerplaza.wordpress.com and artinpublicplacesstc.com/by-artist (click on any of the four pieces listed under Guy J. Bellaver on that page) for more detailed information about some of his other public art projects in St. Charles.
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Mr. Bellaver was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School, he worked in construction and earned his Associates Degree from Allegheny Community College. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he earned a B.A. in Economics from Saint Vincent College. He has worked as a sculptor full time since 1975. He has pursued graduate studies in art at the master’s level at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and Northern Illinois University, as well as The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He is a current member of Chicago Sculpture International and the International Sculpture Center, and a past member of Chicago Artist’s Coalition, Dupage Art League, Fox Valley Arts Council, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Texas Society of Sculptors and South Hills Art League.
Mr. Bellaver is one of the Founders of the St Charles Arts Council, a member of the St. Charles Park District’s Sculpture in the Park Committee, and a member of the St. Charles Rotary Club’s Board. He has served as a Commission Member (by appointment) to the City of St. Charles’ Visitors and Cultural Commission, past President of the St. Charles Rotary Club and Foundation, past Chairman of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s Public Art Committee and a past member of the Community Unit School District 303 School Board.
Mr. Bellaver is an inductee into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.
Sculpture/Guy J. Bellaver is a Verified Veteran Owned Small Business.
Mr. Bellaver’s work spans many media, including metal, stone, and wood, and mixed media, including metals and glass and fiberglass and steel. His newest work explores these media through kinetics and light. He works in both abstract and representational formats. Below is a listing of selected commissions, shows, and exhibitions. In addition to over 30 pieces of public art, his work is in private collections around the country and in Europe. His entire portfolio may be seen at BellaverStudios.com.
Exhibitions | Competitions | Commissions
Recent Juried and Invitational Competitions/Exhibitions/Shows
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL
Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
Peoria Sculpture Walk, Peoria, IL
CSI Sculpture Invasion 2015 Exhibition, Koehnline Museum of Art, DesPlaines, IL
Lincoln Park Zoo Sculpture Show – Nature in Motion, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL
Art Gathering: Sculptors Connect Exhibition, Governor’s State University, University Park, IL
Monona Terrace Sculpture Exhibition, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
Oak Park Sculpture Walk, Oak Park, IL
Shirley & George Wiemer Sculpture Competition/Exhibition, University of Mt. Union, Alliance, OH
Art on the River, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Sculptures on the Promenade, Edina Promenade, Edina, MN
Sculpture Tour Salina, Salina, KS
“Avenue of Sculpture Exhibit”/Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL
SculptureWalk/Orpheum Theater Sculpture Garden, Sioux Falls, SD
Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO
Turchin Center for the Arts Rosen Sculpture Competition (Appalachian State U.), Boone, NC
Previous Exhibitions include:
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD
Ann Arbor Street Arts Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Museum of Art/Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH
Lambert Sculpture Fair, Dallas, TX
Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, Kittanning, PA
Sculptor in Residence, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Selected One Man and Small Group Shows:
Saint Vincent Gallery at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
Monroe Cultural Arts Center, Monroe, WI
Schingoethe Center for Native American Art and Culture at Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL
Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Clarion University, Clarion, PA
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
Selected Public Art and Corporate Commissions, Collections, and Competitions:
The Gratitude Project, St. Charles, IL
Bust of William Dennison Cary, Cary, Illinois
reflections, St. Charles, IL
1970, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA – (won national competition)
Fibonacci in Moto, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
The Arts Together, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia, IL
Kane County Veterans Memorial, Kane County Government Center Campus, Geneva, IL (won regional search)
The Growth of Post Modern, MCC Technology, St. Charles, IL
The World, Arthur Andersen Center for Professional Development (now the Q Center), St. Charles, IL
Ēkwabet, Riverwalk, St. Charles, IL
St. Therese of Lisieux, Daughters of Saint Paul, Boston, MA
Brave, Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning, PA
Veterans Memorial Competition, Los Gatos, CA – Finalist
Aurora Public Library Competition, Aurora, IL – Finalist
Wilson Street Bridge Competition, Batavia, IL – Finalist
Avera McKennan Hospital Competition, Sioux Falls, SD – Finalist
After I graduated from college, while working as a sales rep for Xerox, I explored my interest in art by pursuing classes in oil painting and sculpture. I found that I wasn’t able to achieve what I wanted with paints, and I really liked sculpting, as I’m a very physical person. So sculpture immediately became my medium – and I found particular satisfaction in working with stone. The first few “chunks” of limestone and marble that I used to execute those early sculptures were limited by their volume, and I found myself pulling geometrical shapes out of that volume. I worked to combine the organic nature of the stone with the positive and negative spaces created when you cut away stone to reveal the geometry within it.
In over 40 years as a professional sculptor, I have worked in many media – from stone to wood to metal. My work over those decades is eclectic, but shares a theme or style that is both organic and technical. Today, it is a bit less about shapes and more about energy. An evolving interest in alternative materials has led to my most recent work in stainless steel, aluminum, and mixed media (including metal and glass, and painted fiberglass and steel rod). I’ve also begun to explore those media through kinetic work and light.
My sculptures range from “tabletop” to monumental pieces over 18 feet tall. I have always been fascinated by the relationship of positive to negative space – the energy of their interaction, and my art. In fact, the relationship of art to the STEM disciplines has informed my artwork since those very first, extremely geometric stone sculptures.