Brian Wendler has spent a lifetime making art. As a student, he studied at the Cooper Union in New York, U.C. Berkeley, and the Aegean Institute in Greece. As a painter, he has shown extensively in solo and group shows in New England and beyond. As a sculptor, his large-scale works have been a part of the Hollycroft exhibitions since 2005. As a teacher, he has guided students of all ages at the Lyme Academy of Art, and at Silvermine School of Art. Today, Wendler has stepped into the role of President of the Hollycroft Foundation, and is tasked with invigorating, growing and steering the organization into the future. It is a position that has been held by only one other person: founder William Bendig, who chose Wendler for the job.
The two men met in the 1990's, when Bendig was organizing an early sculpture mile. Introduced by a fellow sculptor, they immediately found common ground in their shared belief that art can energize public spaces and elevate people's feelings about their community.
Wendler himself has been fortunate to have had outstanding teachers and mentors throughout his life, starting at his high school in nearby Old Saybrook. At Cooper Union he studied art history with noted critic and author Dore Ashton; sculpture with Hans Haacke, who the New York Times called 'one of the most consistent and uncompromising figures of American Art," and in Greece he studied Minoan art with archaeologist Nanno Marinatos, a world renowned scholar. For several years he was represented by Mona Berman Fine Arts in New Haven. At workshops and courses throughout the state, he has been instructed and inspired by masters and teachers in several media, even as he has mentored his own students.
Brian Wendler's goals for the Hollycroft Foundation include rebuilding the board of directors; continuing to actively acquire new work; and cultivating relationships with artists at home and across the globe via invitationals. He will recruit new volunteers; organize special events such as outdoor concerts; and strengthen connections with the people of the towns of the Sculpture Shore, carrying on the vision of the late William Bendig.