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Maintaining a full time ceramic design and fabrication studio in Freehold, NY. Creating architectural tiles and murals for public art works in New York City and private and public installations. Producing the UDU DRUM: signed, limited editions of an all clay hand built musical sculpture based on a traditional Nigerian folk instrument.
1977 M.F.A. Ceramics, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.
1971 B.I.D. (Industrial Design), B.F.A. Art Ed, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
1965 – 67 Biology Major, Villanova University, Villanova, PA.
1985 - 2014 Teaching udu drum and handmade tile workshops in US and abroad including NCECA, Rochester, NY, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, Montclare Fine Art Museum, Montclare, NJ, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, Parsons School of Design at Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic and Harvard University, Camridge, MA.
1985 – 99 Parsons School of Design, NYC: Architectural Tile Design and Fabrication.
1987 – 88 Nassau Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, NY: Pottery at the Wheel.
1985 Udu drum lecture tour: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
1979 – 82 Greenville Central School System, Greenville, NY: Tenured Art Teacher.
1975 – 77 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL: Research and Teaching
1973 – 74 Copiague Senior High School, Copiague, NY: Art Teacher.
NYC MTA & NYPL COMMISSIONS AND FABRICATIONS:
2013 NYC MTA Dyckman Street Subway Station fabrication of 17 ft. Moonscape Mural
2011 Commissioned by the New York Public Library to design and produce a limited edition of 300 Commemorative Centennial Tiles honoring the 100 year anniversary of the 42nd Street Stephan A. Schwarzman building.
2007 NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs – DOWNTOWN FLUSHING PROJECT (45’x7’ceramic mural of my design and fabrication for Lippmann Arcade)
2002 NYC MTA – UTICA AVE SUBWAY STATION (fabrication of 48 18’x18’ ceramic tiles for the architect Hugo Consuegra)
2000 NYC MTA Arts for Transit – WHITEHALL ST. SUBWAY STATION R line (design and fabrication of all art tiles, murals and bronze sculpture)
2012 Strange Range-Creatures of Carbon, Broderick Fine Art Gallery, Freehold, NY
2010 Grackle-Birds of Clay, Broderick Fine Art Gallery, Freehold, NY.
2007 Playing With Clay, 20 year retrospective, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY.
2006 Burnt Earth, Broderick Fine Art Gallery, Freehold, NY.
1999 Earth Voices, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY.
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2014 Informed by Fire, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ.
2007 Stoned, Burnt and Fried, BFA Gallery, Freehold, NY
2006 Musical Mud, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA.
2005 Along the Way MTA Arts for Transit, UBS Gallery, NYC, NY
1996 Enduring Rhythms-African Musical Instruments and the Americas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, NY.
1986 Installation Grant: Room With a View. Art Awareness Gallery, Lexington, NY.Visual Arts Program, N.Y.S.C.A.
2006 ALONG THE WAY MTA Arts for Transit, Sandra Bloodworth/
2006 FROM MUD TO MUSIC, Barry Hall, The American Ceramic Society.
2005 MAKING MUSIC, Hunter C. March, Pearson Education.
2001 CERAMIC ART TILE, DeBorah Goletz, Schiffer Publishing.
1999 RHYTHM AND BEAUTY, Rocky Maffit, Watson-Guptill.
1991 New York Times Article – Style Makers.
1986 New York Times Article – Hands of an Artist/Voices of Drums.
1982 ABC Musical Instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2013 Equivalent Circuit Modeling and Vibrometry Measurements of the Nigerian-origin Udu Utar Drum, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 133, No. 3, March 2013, Brian E. Anderson (Acoustics Research Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University), C. Beau Hilton (Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University), Frank Giorgini (Udu Incorporated)
2009 THE ART OF THE UDU DRUM, Instructional DVD series.
2005 HANDMADE TILES, Instructional DVD series.
1994 HANDMADE TILES, Frank Giorgini, Lark Books. (Best selling book - ten printings in hardcover, translated into German, now in soft cover - considered the bible of the handmade tile industry).
1990 UDU DRUM - Voice of the Ancestors, Experimental Musical Instruments, Vol. 5, Feb.
1990 UDU TECHNIQUES, VHS, Instructional Video.
2009 My handmade UDU DRUMS accepted in to the permanent collection of the Musical Instrument Museum, Tempe, AZ
2006 Carta de Invitacion-“Tierra, Musica y Poesia”, V Simposio Internacional Ceramica d’Arte, Puerto Principe 2006, Camaguey, Cuba.
1996 Recipient of prestigious Tile Heritage Foundation Award of the Year
1985 My handmade UDU DRUMS accepted into the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, NY.