About

Guy J. Bellaver

Mr. Bellaver’s work spans many media, including metal, stone, and wood, and mixed media, including stainless steel/glass, and steel/fiberglass.  He works in both abstract and representational formats.  Below is a listing of selected commissions, shows, and exhibitions. In addition to 40 pieces of public art, his work is in private collections around the country, in Europe and New Zealand. His entire portfolio may be seen by clicking on the Portfolio page.

Selected Public and Corporate Collections:
Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning, PA
Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia, IL
City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Cable Communication, Pittsburgh, PA
City of Saint Charles, IL
Colonial Ice Cream, Inc., Saint Charles, IL
Conover and Associates, Pittsburgh, PA
Daughters of Saint Paul, Boston, MA
Element at Veridian, Schaumburg, IL
Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Forbes Health System, Pittsburgh, PA
Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Museum, Crandon, WI
Graphite Sales Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio
H. J. Heinz, International Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
Highlands School District, Natrona, PA
Hiram College, Hiram, OH
Hyatt Hotels, Pittsburgh, PA
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
Kane County Government Campus (Veterans Memorial), Geneva, IL
Linclay Corporation, Worthington, OH
MCC Technology, Saint Charles, IL
Property Investment Company, Indianapolis, IN
Ram Construction Company, Washington, PA
Saint Charles Heritage Center, Saint Charles, IL
Saint Patrick’s Church and Mission Church, Saint Charles, IL
Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
The Q Center (formerly Arthur Andersen and Company, Center for Professional Development, Saint Charles, IL and Corporate Offices, Germany)
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

Recent Exhibitions and Shows:
Danville Art Trail, Downtown Danville, VA
Speaking Within Space (SOS Exhibition – Best of Show), Harlan Art Gallery (Seton Hill), Greensburg, PA
Somatosensory 2019, Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Pittsburgh, PA
ACREofART, Riverfront District, Appleton, WI
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Lakewood Neighborhood, Chicago, IL
Peoria Sculpture Walk, Downtown 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 U., University Park, IL
Oak Park Sculpture Walk, Downtown Oak Park, IL
Shirley & George Wiemer Sculpture Competition, University of Mt. Union, Alliance, OH
Art on the River, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Sculptures on the Promenade, Edina Promenade, Edina, MN
Sculpture in the Park, Mount Saint Mary Park, St. Charles, IL
Sculpture Tour Salina, Downtown Salina, KS
Avenue of Sculpture Exhibit/Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL
SculptureWalk/Orpheum Theater Sculpture Garden, Sioux Falls, SD
The Creative Thread–From Fibonacci to Fermi (1 man show), Saint Vincent, Latrobe, PA
Sculpture in the Park, Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO
Turchin Center for the Arts Rosen Sculpture Competition, Appalachian State U, Boone, NC
Positive Matters (2 artists), Monroe Cultural Arts Center, Monroe, WI
Art in the Abstract (5 artists), Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL
Aurora Art Walk (7 artists), Downtown Venues, Aurora, IL
Vicinity Show, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL

Earlier Exhibitions and Shows include:
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD
Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL (one man show)
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
Clarion University, Clarion, PA (one man show)
Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA

Professional Recognition:
Guest Demonstrator
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.
Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, Kittanning, PA.
Sculptor in Residence – Indiana University of Pennsylvania (and one man show)
Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame – 2016 Inductee
(The FVAHF was founded in 2001 to give public recognition to artists associated with the Fox Valley by birth, education, residence, or service who have achieved national or international acclaim.)

Selected Public Art Commissions/Competitions
Trio, Urban Street Group, Schaumburg, IL – Commissioned – Won national search
reflections, Volunteer Plaza Project, along the Riverwalk, Saint Charles, Illinois – Commissioned
Aurora Public Library Competition, Aurora, IL – Finalist
1970, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania – Commissioned – Won national competition
Veterans Memorial Competition, Los Gatos, California – Finalist
Fibonacci in Moto, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA – Commissioned                 
The Arts Together, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia, IL – Commissioned  
Wilson Street Bridge Competition, Batavia, Illinois – Finalist 
Kane County Veterans Memorial, Kane County Government Center, Geneva, IL – Won regional search
Avera McKennan Hospital Competition, Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Finalist
Liturgical Art (4 life-size sculptures, 1 series of reliefs, 1 processional cross/sculpture), St. Patrick’s Church and Mission Church, St. Charles, IL
The Growth of Post Modern, MCC Technology, St. Charles, IL
The World, Arthur Andersen Center for Professional Development, St. Charles, IL
Ēkwabet (Monument), Riverwalk, St. Charles, IL (see further information below)
St. Therese of Lisieux, Daughters of Saint Paul, Boston, MA
Brave, Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning, PA 
Transitions – Hiram College, Hiram, OH

About the Ēkwabet Project:
Ēkwabet is a fifteen foot tall sculpture of a Native American, sited along the Fox River in St. Charles, IL, commissioned by a community group to honor the area’s Native American heritage. In 1988, the sculpture’s dedication was attended by representatives of the Potawatomi who came from all over the country.  The sculpture was formally given the name Ēkwabet (which means “Watching Over”) by the Seven Tribes of the Potawatomi who returned to St. Charles to conduct a special naming ceremony in 1989. In 2008 the community organized a celebration of Native American art and culture titled “Ekwabet’s 20th Birthday Party” (Ekwabet.com).  Again, representatives of the Potawatomi came to St. Charles for that celebration, including the Forest County Tribe, who ultimately purchased one of the Limited Edition to display in their Cultural Museum in Crandon, Wisconsin in appreciation of and respect for Mr. Bellaver and Ēkwabet.  This purchase was particularly meaningful to the artist, as it is the only piece in the Cultural Museum that was not created by a Native American.
More about this meaningful piece of public art and the project to create, site, and celebrate it: Ēkwabet.com and the Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

One Person and Small Group Shows
Ēkwabet‘s 20th Birthday Celebration – Pop-up Gallery, St. Charles, IL (featuring the work of Native American artists)
Saint Vincent Gallery at Saint Vincent College
Monroe Cultural Arts Center, Monroe, WI
Schingoethe Center for Native American Art and Culture at Aurora University
Fermilab Art Gallery
Elgin Community College
Clarion University, Clarion, PA 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Biography
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Bellaver earned a B.A. in Economics from Saint Vincent College. He has worked as a sculptor full time since 1975. Mr. Bellaver 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 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Society of Sculptors | Pittsburgh, Chicago Sculpture International and the International Sculpture Center, and a past member of Chicago Artist’s Coalition, Dupage Art League, Fox Valley Arts Council, and the Texas Society of Sculptors.

He is an inductee into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.

Sculpture/Guy J. Bellaver is a Verified Veteran Owned Small Business.