Edward Dormer, a conceptual artist, graciously received an extensive array of awards and opportunities for work exhibited in the United States and Europe. The Pew Charitable Trusts generously funded a fellowship residency and cultural ambassadorship at Château de La Napoule in southern France. In northern Poland, Gniew Castle granted a public art project and hosted the NOTORO International Art Symposium and Artist Residency. While there Edward received the rare honorary Knighthood of Gniew Castle. The Contemporary Art Museum in Sopot, Poland hosted a residency and arranged a nation-wide cultural tour on his behalf. In Germany, many generous high-profile opportunities allotted a productive year of making works in Berlin and Potsdam and the surrounding region.

His completed installations and exhibitions have varied in size, place and historical significance. United States sites range from nature preserves to the uncontrollable anthracite mine-fire in renowned Centralia, Pennsylvania, to the Delaware River flowing past Philadelphia’s abandoned industrial piers. In Europe, varied sites prominently include a tomb-tower and neighboring cliff on the French Riviera, to a maple tree grove in the Dordogne Valley. In Poland, a national Teutonic landmark is known as Gniew Castle. And in Germany on a dilapidated military base in Potsdam and contrasting nature preserve in the local countryside.

A few words about the work…

Unseen historic layers of each place are paramount to their cultural development. Complex issues like land use, ecological concerns, philosophical underpinnings and ephemeral effects of modern time define each unique project.

Landing East-West Cycle is about an invasive plant and its suppression, connected intrinsically within an intentionally sanitized and romantically sublime landscape. Cut Here: Instruction Command Option speculates on the artifice of suburban and urban expansion as one moves through this tentatively protected forested area. Molecular Notation floating in a river connects to the surrounding brown-fields polluted by PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Blowback contains conceptual roots in Middle East archeology methods of sorting artifacts and the bathing of ‘oil-soaked’ histories. Lastly, Minefield, excavated from the Pennsylvania anthracite belt is metaphorically analogous to that of minefields that transform material and ideological landscapes of contemporary culture.

A signature optical phenomenon unique to each installation intentionally engages the viewer over time, setting a contemplative tone. Stoicism and isolation, compassion and reflection, extract meaning and gains understanding ostensibly from nothing. Iconic reverence has no place in this work.

Please contact Edward with questions or comments. If you have a site in mind or opportunity please by all means… Thank you!

Selected Solo

  • France
    Tomb Tower: Château de La Napoule
    Grove, Dordogne Valley
  • Germany
    GDR Military Base, Potsdam
  • Poland
    Gniew Castle-Arts and Culture Center Sculpture Park, Gniew
  • United States of America
    Anthracite Mine: Centralia, Pennsylvania
    Nature Preserve: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia
    Delaware River, Philadelphia
    Historic Botanic Garden: Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia
    Carbon 14 Gallery, Philadelphia
    Nexus Foundation for the Arts, Philadelphia
    Bird Park, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia
    Central Carolina Bank Gallery, Durham Arts Council Building, North Carolina
    Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia (founding member)
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Selected Group

  • France
    Château de La Napoule
  • Germany
    Kulturhaus Altes Rathaus, Potsdam
    Art Frankfurt No.10/11, Gallery Markus Richter, Frankfurt am Main
    Galerie Markus Richter, Potsdam
    Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft, Wohnen
    Bundesgartenschau BUGA 2001, Potsdam
  • Poland
    State Gallery of Art, Sopot
    Gniew Castle-Arts and Culture Center, Gniew
  • United States of America
    American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
    Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia
    Minima Gallery, Philadelphia
    Painted Bride Center, Philadelphia
    Burlington County Community College, New Jersey
    Chesterwood: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stockbridge, Mass.
    The Temple Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
    Rutgers University, New Jersey

Awards | Residencies | Symposiums

  • France
    Residency/Cultural Exchange funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and La Napoule Art Foundation: Château de La Napoule
  • Germany
    Residency/Symposium funded by Gärten der Senses, Gehren
    Special Prize, Bundesgartenschau BUGA 2001, Potsdam
  • Poland
    NOTORO Artists’ Residency/Syposium
    Gniew Castle-Arts and Culture Center Public Art Grant
  • United States of America
    New Forms Grant funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Rockerfeller Foundation
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship
    Art in the Environment II: ICA Philadelphia, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and Philadelphia Sculptors


Reviews and articles of the artists’ work and collaborations are in such publications as: Berliner Morgenpost, Potsdamer Stadtkurier, Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, Märkische Allgemeine, Art Matters, Schenectady Gazette, Times Union, Oskars Magazine, Philadelphia Style Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly.