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     About Sam Soet

     

    Sam sat in on his first college art class at Kendall College of Art and Design with his mother before he was born. On his father's side he is related to Vincent Van Gogh, so it could be said that his compulsion to create art is an unavoidable part of who he is. Sam studied fine art at Ball State University and learned the art of wood sculpture while apprenticing with master sculptor Leslie Scruggs. Sam works primarily in subtractive wood sculpture using gouges, rasps, chainsaws, grinders, sandpaper, and other woodworking tools. His work is heavily inspired by the lines, forms, and movements of nature. 

     

     

    Curriculum Vitae

     

    Education

    Ball State University Fine Art Major, 1999-2004

    Apprenticeship with Master Sculptor Les Scruggs, 2002

     

    Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions

    2016 Mended Form, Fuerst Park, Novi MI

    2016 Ashes V, MSI, Sculpture on Ford Road, Canton MI

    2016 Ashes III, MSI, University of Toledo Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,Toledo OH

    2016 Red Hare, MSI, City of Hastings Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 

    2016 Hardwoods, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, MI

    2016 Hardwoods II, ArtRapids! Sculpture Park, Elk Rapids MI

    2015 Tete-a-Tete Bench, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville MI

    2015 Borer, ArtRapids! Sculpture Park, Elk Rapids MI

    2015 Black Flower, MSI, Sculpture on Ford Road, Canton MI

    2015 Red Hare, MSI, City of Valparaiso Art Walk, Valparaiso IN

    2015 Ashes V, MSI, Art Trail Tecumseh, Tecumseh MI

    2014 Aaron’s Bench Project, Memorial Bench, Blandford Nature School, Grand Rapids MI

    2014 Aspen Walker, Drifter, ArtRapids! Sculpture Park, Elk Rapids MI

    2014 Snake, MSI, Hastings Sculpture Tour, Hastings MI

    2014 Black Flower, MSI, Adrian MI

    2014 Red Hare, MSI, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson MI

    2013 Hardwoods, ArtRapids! Sculpture Park, Elk Rapids MI

    2013 Red Hare, MSI, Walk of Art, Tecumseh MI

     

    Select Exhibitions

    2017 Miniature Art Invitational Showcase, Safari Club International, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas NV

    2016 1 in 4 Exhibition, 515 Gallery, Clare MI

    2016 100 Sculptors x 100 Sculptures, Ella Sharp Art Museum, Jackson MI

    2016 Whitetail Variations, Helios Gallery, Mt. Pleasant MI

    2016 Art Pickers, 515 Gallery, Clare MI

    2016 Insight, Helios Gallery, Mt. Pleasant MI 

    2016 Open Studio, 515 Gallery, Clare MI

    2015 ArtFordables, 515 Gallery, Clare MI

    2015 Stewardship and Sustainability, ArtPrize International Exhibition, Calvin College 106         Gallery, Grand Rapids MI

    2015 Sustainable Harvest, University Gallery, Mt. Pleasant MI

    2015 Art Walk Central Preview, 515 Gallery, Clare MI

    2014 Ashes, ArtPrize International Exhibition, the B.O.B., Grand Rapids MI

    2014 Art Snake Artist Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, Onekama MI

    2013 Treescapes, Gallery Exhibition, 515 Gallery, Clare MI

    2013 The Trophy Room, ArtPrize International Exhibition, the B.O.B., Grand Rapids MI

    2012 Forest, ArtPrize International Exhibition, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids MI

    2011 Art Snake Artist Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, Onekama MI

    2009 Knot Les, ArtPrize International Exhibition, the B.O.B., Grand Rapids MI

     

    Convention Exhibition

    2017 Safari Club International, Fern Hill Golf Club, Clinton Township MI

    2017 Safari Club International, Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant MI

    2016 Home and Garden Show, Devos Convention Center, Grand Rapids MI

    2016 Safari Club International, Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant MI

    2016 Safari Club International, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas NV

    2016 A Northern Tradition, Jay’s Sporting Goods, Clare MI

    2015 A Northern Tradition, Jay’s Sporting Goods, Clare MI

    2015 Safari Club International, Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant MI

    2014 A Northern Tradition, Jay’s Sporting Goods, Clare MI

     

    Publications and Press

    2016 Publication Artist Feature, Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, August Issue

    2014 Publication Artist Feature, Jagdzeit, Hunter’s Path, No. 5

    2014 Interview and live demonstration, Eight West, Wood TV8, Grand Rapids MI 

    2013 Radio interview, CMU Public Radio, NPR affiliate, Clare MI  

     

    Gallery Representation  

    Water Street Gallery, Douglas MI

    Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids MI

    Arbor Gallery, Glen Arbor MI