Jim Buonaccorsi

  1. Born 1957, Providence, Rhode Island
  2. B.A. Rhode Island College, 1982
  3. M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1984
  4. Associate Professor – Sculpture – The Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 1993-2015
  5. Professor Emeritus – Sculpture – The Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 2015
Jim Buonaccorsi welding, photo by Alison Peacock

Biography

Jim Buonaccorsi’s work has been included in over one hundred and fifty exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at City Gallery Chastain in Atlanta, Georgia, 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida, Fugitive Art Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Marshall Arts in Memphis, Tennessee and The Flood Fine Art Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

His most recent exhibitions were "Gloria Victis: Three Artists Respond to War" at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia; and “Henry’s Kids”, ArtProv Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.

Buonaccorsi’s work has received numerous awards including the first Reese Collection Annual Purchase Award at the University of Tennessee and The Martin and Doris Rosen Award at the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. He has also received a Georgia State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant and the M.G. Michael Award for outstanding research and two Senior Faculty research grant at the University of Georgia. His work is in numerous public and private collections. Jim and his wife, LeeAnn Mitchell, also a sculptor, live and run their studios in Farmington, Georgia.

Artist Statement

As an artist I see my role at that of ‘scribe’. For me it is important that my work ask questions, addresses issues and acts as a social indicator of the time and place in this world in which we live. I am not so bold as to think my work can provide answers to the social, political, philosophical and theological issues it often addresses, nor is it an attempt at moralizing or passing judgment. This work is my way of confronting my own fears and misgivings of this life.

In presenting these concerns in a visual format, what I hope to accomplish as an artist is to awaken the often ‘turned blind eye’ of the viewer to also address these issues. Perhaps awareness of our inabilities would be at least half the battle towards making this a less complicated and volatile world.

Unfortunately it is apparent that the human race has a short and fleeting memory. What may be considered its greatest attribute, the power of reason, may also be its biggest curse, as we are the only species that knowingly and wantonly kill our own!

To quote Albert Camus, “Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined”.

Jim Buonaccorsi, 2020