Tom Queoff

Tom Queoff

Sculptor

Tom Queoff

Artist Statement:

I have been inspired most by nature, it could be snow drifts, trees, branches, flowers, rock formations or sand dunes. I enjoy the subtractive method of sculpting, finding the form within. I like simplicity, craftsmanship and a somewhat figurative objective, whether it be human, birdlike or…

Biography:

Tom Queoff, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, graduated in 1977 from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with his Masters Degree in Fine Art. After graduation, he established a studio in Milwaukee, currently located in the Historic Third Ward where he now employs 4 sculptors. Tom’s commitment to sculpture and his mastery of more traditional materials; wood, stone, bronze and steel, is well recognized by fellow artists and professionals.

Tom has been an avid outdoors man all his life and nature plays a big role in his work. His love of the outdoors and sculpture merged when Tom was introduced to snow carving in 1985 when he was asked to judge the First US International Snow Sculpting Competition. He is captain of a three man team who will complete their 150th snow sculpture in January 2008 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Tom has produced numerous public projects including “United We Stand” at the entrance of Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee, “The Caregiver” located at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage, WI, and a memorial sculpture titled “Fallen Warrior” for the US Marine Corp League in Madison as well as Milwaukee. His most recent sculpture installed at a Jewish Community Center in New Jersey stands an impressive 25 feet tall and incorporates cast and fabricated bronze, stainless steel and carbon steel. His sculptures can be found in many corporate collections as well as private residences.

Education:

  • Bachelors of Fine Arts – Sculpture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975
  • Master of Fine Arts – Sculpture, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1977

Professional Experience:

  • Owner, Thomas Queoff Sculpture Studio and Gallery – since 1978
  • Sculptor, CETA Arts Program, Milwaukee, 1977-1978
  • Sculpture Instructor, Summer Street Studio Program, Milwaukee, 1978-1984
  • Team Captain, Snow Sculpting “Team USA” with members Michael Martino and Michael Sponholtz since 1986
  • Judge – 1st Olympic Snow Sculpting Competition, Calgary, Canada Winter Games 1988
  • Head of the Sculpture Department, Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee 1987-1992
  • Wood Carving Symposiums – Breckenridge, CO – 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999 (Co-Founder)
  • International Wood Carvings
    – Cortina, Italy 1992
    – Resistencia, Argentina 1991
    – Kemijarvi, Finland 1990
  • National & International Snow Carving Competitions – 1984 to present (See Awards)
  • Big Red Stone Carving Symposium, July 2007 – Wausau, WI
Commissions and Collections:
  • Acuity Insurance, 2800 South Taylor Drive, Sheboygan, WI
  • ASEA Industrial Systems, 120 Bishops Way, Brookfield, WI
  • Blunt, Ellis & Loewi, 225 E. Mason St., Milwaukee, WI
  • Budgetel Inn, 1950 Omro Road, Oshkosh, WI
  • Carthage College, Kenosha. WI
  • Center point Business Park, 11300 W Theodore Trecker Way, West Allis, WI
  • Cherwenka Family, Brookfield, WI
  • City of Milwaukee, City Hall, 300 E Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • Craft Cast, N160 W9170 Sherman Road, Jackson, WI
  • Deloitte, 555 E Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI
  • Divine Savior Hospital, Portage, WI
  • Ehrsan Residence, Milwaukee, WI
  • Foley & Lardner Law Firm, Chicago, IL
  • Froedtert Memorial Hospital, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa, WI
  • Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI, Milwaukee, WI
  • Hansen Family, Madison, WI
  • International Business Machines, 600 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • JCC Metrowest, West Orange, NJ
  • Kohn Family, Milwaukee, WI
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • Lein/Speigelhoff Inc., 729 Thomas Lane, Brookfield, WI
  • Marine Memorial, War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, WI
  • Marine Corp League of Madison, Madison, WI
  • Marine Reserve Base, Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee Arena, 500 W Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, 918 N 4th St, Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff Memorial, S 68th Street, Franklin, WI
  • Milwaukee Valve Co, 2375 S Burrell St., Milwaukee, WI
  • National Football League, Dallas, Texas
  • National Insurance Co of Milwaukee, 250 S Executive Drive, Brookfield, WI
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., 720 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • Oak Creek Fire Department, Ryan Road, Oak Creek, WI
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3300 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI
  • Petit National Ice Center, 500 S 84th St., West Allis, WI
  • Schaumberg Residence, Milwaukee, WI
  • US Bank, 777 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • Westmoor Country Club, Brookfield, WI
Exhibitions and Awards:

Exhibitions:

  • George M Gundy Alumnae Exhibition, UW Milwaukee, November 2005 & 2004
  • Funtup Art and Film Festival, Milwaukee – May 2005
  • Art & Architecture in Washington Heights, Wauwatosa, WI – June 1996
  • Olbrich botanical Gardens, Madison, WI – March 1995
  • Milwaukee Symphony Show House Benefit, Milwaukee – July 1994
  • Sculptors of the World Exhibition Quebec City, Canada – February 1993
  • Art Elements Gallery – Curator’s Choice Exhibition, Mequon, WI – Feb 1993
  • One Man Show at Villa Terrace, Milwaukee, WI – March 1992
  • Layton Art Gallery, Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee – 1991
  • Founder Square Gallery Group Exhibition, Fish Creek, WI – Summer 1990
  • A Weekend with the Artists, Fish Creek Gallery, June 1989
  • “Milwaukee Metal” Mitchell Park Domes Exhibition, April 1989
  • “Desert Stone Sculpture Show” Mitchell Park Domes, April 1987
  • Group Sculpture Exhibit at Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee – 1987
  • An Afternoon with the Sculptors” Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee – May 1978

Awards:

Gold Metal and 1st Place:

  • International Snow Sculpting Events
  • Bardonecchia, Italy, February 2005
  • Portland, Maine, January 2005
  • Ekaterinburg, Russia, February 2002
  • Breckenridge, CO January 1992 and January 1991
  • Vail, Co January 1989
  • Rovaniemi, Finland, March 1988 and 1987

Silver Metal and 2nd Place:

  • Frankenmuth, MI, January 2004
  • Livigno, Italy, December 1998
  • Milwaukee, WI January 1998
  • Kiruna, Sweden, February 1997
  • Breckenridge, CO January 1996
  • San Candido, Italy January 1993
  • Anchorage, Alaska February 1993
  • Kemijarvi, Finland March 1987

Bronze Metals:

  • Portland, Maine January 2004
  • Frankenmuth, MI January 2002
  • Kiruna, Sweden January 2000
  • Winter Olympics Art Championship, Nagano, Japan February 1998
  • Breckenridge, CO January 1995 and January 1994
  • Sculpture 100%
  • Metalwork 100%