About Dan Curry

Artist Bio/Statement 2001:

I grew up in the St. Louis area during the 50’s and 60’s, was drafted into the army in 1970 and met my wife, Donna in Philadelphia in 1971. Donna noticed my casual interest in art and her encouragement was important in my decision to pursue training at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1973-77. We moved to Sullivan Co. in 1977 where we built our home and life on Ringer hill.  My art and landscapes, in particular, have grown out of the richness of my life with my family here in NE PA.

My exhibition history shows frequent and on-going regional involvement and also national and international presence while being recognized by education administrators in the Job Corps program and my professional colleagues who have included me in shows in the Cairo Opera House Contemporary Art Gallery in Egypt, US Capitol and the UN buildings in New York and South Africa. My exhibit in the US Capitol in 1997 was sponsored by a US Senator and accompanied by his nomination for the National Medal of Arts for my programming in Job Corps. 

Since 1998 I have been active as a roster artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). In 2020 the PCA selected me for their continuing education application by enrolling me in the University of the Arts in Philadelphia so that I could obtain their teaching artist certification. Due to the pandemic in 2020 my residencies expanded when I developed the idea of doing outdoor class sessions to explore the plein air style in a workshop/class setting. In 2022 I provided three residencies in PA both indoors and outdoors and an exhibit featuring the products of these sessions was exhibited at the Sullivan county Library in November and December of 2022.

I enjoy the exchange of inspiration as a teacher. My work with students is an important sharing process that I can use in combination with my own production of images. I hope to steer and be a part of the effort that will erode the stubborn and indifferent mindset that holds back our spiritual maturity. I believe that the spiritual capacity in each of us often remains dormant under the surface. Arts enrichment is a viable and direct connection to this capacity.  The reluctance or indifference by our society to provide accessibility to arts enrichment for educational value reveals a lack of understanding.. We should apply and integrate arts in its wide variety of forms into the education process. This should be done not necessarily to create more artists but to help all students access inspiration, built-in wisdom/individual insights and sensitivity. This should be a basic expectation for human development. We can begin with all of our children at the earliest age to help them get connected with their innate wisdom and capacities. We owe it to our children so they can show us how to change the world for the better if we will only help them.

During 2001 I joined my students and other artists in an international exhibit entitled “Breaking the Walls of Prejudice, Bias and Stigma.” My silk painting entitled “Spiritual Poverty” was my contribution to this exhibit. I have included the silk painting that was viewed in the United Nations buildings in New York and Durban, South Africa. The show was exhibited during the World Conference against Racism held in Durban during August and September of 2001. The collection of about 20 banners returned to NY City on September 11th just prior to the attack on the World Trade Center.

I will include an excerpt from a statement that accompanied the banner in the exhibit.
“As an artist I attempt to view the scene with the awe and freshness of a child.  I see the infinite complexity and beauty in nature as contrasted with the mechanical and indifferent geometry that man has fabricated as an intruder in the ornate natural world. Our technological advances are a trifle in comparison to our creator’s work. Our arrogance and indifference to the laws of the natural system will lead us further into discord and futility, but our humbleness will lead us toward harmony and progress. As pessimists, we are already doomed by the lack of faith in human capacity.  As optimists we will take steps forward and seek the resolve of a spiritual awakening and human metamorphosis. Our society remains in the caterpillar stage of development and needs the spiritual transformation to reach a new definition for progress and well being. Our emphasis on materialism reflects our spiritual poverty. Our actions show how our priorities reflect disconnection with nature and the creator. It requires mindlessness and emptiness to continue to lie spoils to the world that we will pass onto our children. We can re-define progress now if we want or can we wait until the urgency defines it for us? “

Top photo: Red Rock student group seen in front of their art in UN New York City in 2001

Bottom image is my silk banner titled "Spiritual Poverty"

"Spiritual Poverty"

In a statement that I used back in 2001 for the silk banner shared in this post titled “Spiritual Poverty” I stated “Our emphasis on materialism reflects our spiritual poverty. Our actions show how our priorities reflect disconnection with nature and the creator. It requires mindlessness and emptiness to continue to lay spoils to the world that we will pass onto our children” The final statement in that paper attributed (maybe falsely) to Chief Seattle was compelling for me to use as follows; “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but a thread of it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever befalls the earth befalls also the children of the earth.”  As was noted later it was not authenticated that the chief ever sent this statement to President Pierce. So I stated; if so then isn’t it about time we find a world leader who would embrace such a thought. Well we have a beginning as our President Obama spearheaded the global climate change initiative in Paris making it a political emphasis globally and Pope Francis addressed our congress in 2015 and framed it as a spiritual/moral issue for protecting our planet and future for our children. I am sharing his recent statement below on this page and another message on a second page positioned nearby  


Pope Francis on Climate Change


Last year Pope Francis provided his insights to our country when he visited the US and addressed a joint session of congress. At that time he spoke of the plight of the poor and refugees, income inequality among other things. He also mentioned protecting the planet from climate change and pollution. During September of this year he was quoted below;

ByBradford Richardson- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pope Francis is imploring Catholics to confess their sins against the environment, calling the degradation of the climate a “sin against God.”

In his message marking the World day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Thursday, the pontiff said climate change is caused in part by human activity, leads to extreme weather and disproportionately affects the least advantaged around the world.

“Global warming continues, due in part to human activity: 2015 was the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be warmer still,” Francis said. “This is leading to ever more severe droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events.”

”The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact,” he said.

Citing last year’s controversial encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” the pontiff said “for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life “these are sins.”

He added that “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”