Oliver Walter Solmitz Curriculum Vitae
2016 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA Studio Art
2011 University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, ME
BA-Architecture, summa cum laude
1988 Southern Maine Community College, So. Portland, ME
1991 So. Maine Emergency Medical Services Council, So. Portland, ME
2016 New England School of Metal Working
GTAW Level 1 24 hour Certificate
2012 Provincetown Art Assoc. Museum School, Provincetown, MA
Color Composition Workshop
Plein Air Painting Workshop
2012 Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Concrete Sculpture Workshop
2009 Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Jewelry Making Intensive
2017 Harlow Gallery "Art2017"
Juror's Choice Award
2016 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Graduate Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement
2008 University of Maine at Augusta Juried Student Show
President’s Purchase Prize
2005 University of Maine at Augusta Juried Student show
Dean's Purchase Prize
2017 Harlow Gallery
2017 Harlow Gallery 22nd annual juried show
Art2017. Juried by Corey Daniels
2016 AUTOMAT Philadelphia
"Preception." Curated by Steven Basel
2016 Art57 MAINe
2016 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Thesis Show/Annual Student Exhibit in the PAFA Contemporary Museum
2016 Philadelphia Art Schools (at Tyler School of Art)
Juried show, Bodies
2014 - 2016
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 128
Juried Show, Future’s Past
Juried Show, It’s The Thought That Counts
Juried Show, Absolute
Juried Show, Essential Variations
2015 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Graduate Floor Gallery
Juried Show Working Through Things
Juried Show It’s the Thought That Counts
Faculty Curated show for Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
Juried Show No Brushstrokes Barred
2015 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Floor Gallery
Faculty Curated Show with fellow artist Jerome McLaughlin
2014 University of Southern Maine
Faculty Show Alumni Invitation
Juried Student Show
2013 Isaac Dyer Gallery
2012 Provincetown Art Association and Museum
2010 University of Maine at Augusta
Artists for Hunger
2006 University of Maine at Augusta
Library Solo Student Show
Interview in Lake Living magazine, Fall 2010, Vol. 13, No. 3.
University of Maine Augusta, Senior Seminar mid terms
University of Maine Augusta, First Year Architecture finals
University of Maine Augusta, Lecture to Senior Seminar about the grad school experience and contemporary art
University of Southern Maine, Advance Painting individual crits
2017 - present: Teaching three students who are designing a "space of repose" that we will be building in Augusta, Maine's Mill Park as soon as the frost lets go from the ground.
2017 - present: I began from scratch, manage, and teach woodworking and shop safety, in the all new Art and Architecture Lab/Woodshop, at the University of Maine at Augusta, Maine.
2017 Teaching Staff, Buck's Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp
I taught basic to advanced woodworking skills for students ages 9 through 17 at the Buck’s Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp in Connecticut, for a full summer season. This position included maintenance of tools, building of jigs, organization and cleaning, as well as keeping everyone completely safe. Importantly, I also taught design principles on an individual basis with each project.
2016 Teaching Assistant , Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Served as Teaching Assistant in a semester long Figure Drawing course for second year undergraduate students. Allowing the figure to define space was emphasized. This was achieved primarily through historical precedent, as seen in drawings by Renaissance artists such as Rubens and Michelangelo. Therefore, skills concentrated on cross contour marks while seeking poetics of form. Another way of saying this is that outline is de-emphasized with transient line, while form, where it turns, is given the most attention. This understanding can be further translated into shapes of value range, which is fundamental to painting.
2015 Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Served as Teaching Assistant in a semester long Cartesian Perspective course for first year undergraduate students. The course was unusual in that Cartesian fundamentals were taught through drawing from direct observation. Students learned “to really see,” measure angles and distances, and most importantly began to understand how space is established through structure. Thus, students gained a solid foundation on which to handle the complexities of life and other observational drawing, such as foreshortening and building convincing volumes. The professor and I individually went from student to student in assessing their work, and helping them to further develop their skills.
2011 - 2012 Underground Art Gallery of Cape Cod, MA
Initiated, coordinated, led, and was a primary worker in the restoration of the green roof at the Underground Art Gallery. I did this work on a volunteer basis because the building had been designed and built by the well-known late architect Malcolm Wells. Along with all those involved, I hoped to preserve Wells’ legacy and vision for a sustainable future.
1997 - 2010 United Ambulance Service, Bridgton and Lewiston, ME
Emergency and Inter-Facility Transfer Paramedic utilizing Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support skills on a daily basis. United was the first, and to date only, Paramedic Service in Maine to achieve the standards required for CAAS accreditation. Responding to calls as the Medic, I made the necessary decisions, often leading teams working together in difficult situations, as well as multi-unit casualties emergencies. My duties beyond direct patient care included maintenance and cleaning of equipment and facilities (to very stringent standards), as well as serving in a teaching capacity as a Field Preceptor for student EMTs and Paramedics.