Chronology

1926 Born August 28, Ottawa, Kansas
1946 Moved to California
1949 B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
1949 – 1950 Drafted, Korean War
1952 – 1954 Lived and worked in Japan as potter’s apprentice
1954 – 1955 Artist in Residence at Palos Verdes College
1955 Moved to Northern California
1957 – 1962 Built house in Inverness, California
1962 Began working with wood
1969 – 1970 Travel to Mexico and Peru
1971 Apprenticeship Grant from Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
1979 Cultural Exchange Travel Grant to Indonesia, U.S.I.C.A.
1983 Travel to Japan
1986 California State Art in Public Places Program competition award for sculpture
1999 Lectured at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1990 Art Consultant to Land Studio Landscape Architects and MW Steele Group
2002 Died June 15, Inverness, CA

Selected Solo and Group Exhibition

2018 Solo show, Kate MacGarry, London, United Kingdom
2018 ‘J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life,’ Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
2018 ‘In Conversation: Alma Allen & J.B. Blunk,’ Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2015 ‘J.B. Blunk: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture’, the Landing, Los Angeles, CA
2015 ‘Museum of Stones,’ Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY
2015 ‘Art and Other Tactics’, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA
2012 Frieze Art Fair with Blum & Poe, New York, NY
2011 ‘Big A@# Sculpture Show’, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 ‘Crafting Modernism’, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
2010 ‘The Anniversary Show’, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2010 Frieze Art Fair, Blum & Poe, New York, NY
2010 Solo show, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2009 SF20 Design Fair with Reform Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Design Miami/Basel with Reform Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2007 Design Miami/Basel with Reform Gallery, Miami, FL
2005 Solo show, Dance Palace Community Center, Point Reyes Station, CA
2000 Solo show, ‘California Spirit’, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
1999 Group show with John Anderson, Eubank Studio, Point Reyes Station, CA
1991 Group show, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
1989 Solo show, ‘Sculptures, Ceramics, Stone, Wood’, Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1986 Solo show, ‘A Sculptor’s Place’, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
1984 Solo show of ceramics, ‘100 Plates Plus’, Oklahoma State University, Norman, OK
1983 Group show, David Cole Gallery, Inverness, CA
1982 Group show, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1982 Solo show of ceramics, ‘100 Plates Plus’ University of North Dakota, ND
1981 Solo show of ceramics, ‘100 Plates Plus’, Artspace, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Solo show of ceramics, ‘100 Plates Plus’, David Cole Gallery, Inverness, CA
1978 Group show, Galerie Schreiner, Basel, Switzerland
1978 Solo show, ‘Sculptures 1952-1977’, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1977 Group show, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1976 ‘Sculpture in the Bay Area’, James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1974 ‘Outdoor Sculpture’, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
1973 Group show, Lester Gallery, Inverness, CA
1969 ‘Objects USA’, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
1965 Group show, Egg and the Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1958 ‘East/West Exhibition’, San Francisco Museum, San Francisco, CA
1956 Group show at the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
1954 Solo show, Chou-Koron Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California Art, Oakland, CA
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Grubb and Ellis, Oakland, CA
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, WA
Leonard Park, Mount Kisco, NY
Experiment in International Living, Brattleboro, VT
Tassajara Mountain Zen Center, Carmel Valley, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA