SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Public Art is preparing to host a special evening of Artists, Art Talk, and Art Sales, as well as the opportunity to sponsor Art Sites in Summit for the coming year.  "Sites and Bites" will be held September 26, from 7-10 p.m., at the home of Betse and Frank Gump on Prospect Hill Avenue.

Featured artists scheduled to speak include internationally acclaimed sculptors Jason Middlebrook and Max Pelzmann, whose works will be installed in Summit this fall.

Jason Middlebrook, who lives and works in Hudson, NY, gathers his creative inspiration from both nature and technology, transferring their complex relationship into works of sculpture, installation, painting, and large-scale drawing.  Despite these various mediums, Middlebrook’s work consistently references art-historical traditions, styles, and movement.

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Born in 1966 in Michigan, Middlebrook earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz, before pursuing graduate work at the San Francisco Art Institute.  From 1994 to 1995, he attended the prestigious Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.  Middlebrook has exhibited his work extensively, including at institutions such as the New Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, MASS MoCA in North Adams, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

A selection of collections housing Middlebrook’s work include the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Microsoft Corporate Art Collection, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  His work will be included in the 2014 SITE Santa Fe biennial.

Middlebrook is doing a site-specific new work for Summit, one of his large iconic mushrooms.

Max Pelzmann has two large sculptures, I Hear You (2010) and Canopy (2011), both colorful organic forms made from recycled foam and reinforced concrete, soon to be displayed in downtown Summit.  A resident of Union City, Max has an international background and was educated at Pratt Institute and the New School in New York City.

The public is invited to attend “Sites & Bites", which will offer drinks and party fare.  For more information, contact summitpublicarts@gmail.com.  To purchase tickets, or make a donation to Summit Public Art, visit squareup.com/market/sapf-slash-summit-public-art and choose either Online Ticket Purchase or Online Donation.