My art is concerned with nature in its primary aspect,
the patterns of physical forces in three dimensional space.

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1927 Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.A.

University of Oregon, Eugene, Or.; Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C.; Chicago Institute of Design, Chicago, IL.; Fernand Leger, Paris

1966 Dwan Gallery, New York
1968 Bryant Park, New York
1969 Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, Holland
1970 Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf
1971 Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany
1977 Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1977 Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
1981 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Wash. D.C.
1981 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
1981 Zabriskie Gallery, New York
1984 De Cordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, Mass.
1986 Zabriskie Galleries (Both New York and Paris.)
1989 New York Academy of Sciences, New York, N.Y.
1990 National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
1990 Zabriskie Gallery, New York
1991 Yoh Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1992 Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Yoh Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1994 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
1994 Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1994 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
1995 Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo
1998 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
1999 Marlborough, Chelsea, New York
2003 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
2003 Marlborough Gallery, New York
2006 Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris (with George Rickey)
2009 Forces Made Visible, Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2011 New York City Panoramas, Marlborough Gallery, New York

1966 Sculpture Annual, Whitney Museum, N.Y.
1967 Sculpture of the Sixties, Los Angeles County Museum
1968 Plus by Minus: Today’s Half Century, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, N.Y.
1968 Prospect ‘68, Dusseldorf
1969 Twentieth Century Art from the Rockefeller Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1970 Salon International de Galeries Pilotes, Lausanne
1970 Sammlung Etzold, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologn
1970 Expo ‘70, Osaka, Japan
1971 Sonsbeek ‘71, Arnhem, Holland
1979 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
1980 Hayward Gallery, London
1983 The Great East River Bridge,The Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn, N.Y.
1983 Big Pictures, The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.,N.Y.
1987 The Arts at Black Mountain College, Gray Gallery, N.Y
1988 Computers and Art, IBM Gallery, New York
1988, 1989, 1990 SIGGRAPH computer art exihibitions.
1989 Digital Visions, Ohio Wesleyan University
1991 SIGGRAPH computer art exhibition.
1994 Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, Honolulu, Hawaii
1995 Japan, U.S., Photography, Takashimaya Gallery, N.Y.NY
1999 Stamford Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
1999 Nassau County Sculpture Exhibition
1999 Neuberger Biennial Exhibiton of Public Art, Purchase NY
2002 Marlborough Gallery, NY
2008 Geometry As Image, Robert Miller Gallery, NY
2008 Digital Stone Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

“A Design for the Atom,” Industrial Design, Feb., 1963
“Proprietary Protection,” Progressive Arch. Jn, 1963
“How Primary is Structure,” Art Voices, Summer,1966
Discontinuous Compression Structures, Feb., 1965 U.S. Patent #3,169,611
Model for Atomic Forms, October, 1966, U.S. Patent #3,276,148
Model for Atomic Forms, July, 1978, U.S. Pat.#4,099,339
Portrait of an Atom, 1981
Kenneth Snelson, The Nature of Structure, N.Y. Academy of Sciences, 1989
“Quantum Universe” Portion of Smithsonian World television production, 1990
Full Circle, book of panoramic photographs. Aperture, 1990
“Toward a Computer Generated Atom”, pp 835-844, Conference Proceedings, National Computer Graphics Conference, ‘91
“Kenneth Snelson: Forces Made Visible” Monograph. Hard Press Editions, 2009

1971 New York State Council on the Arts Sculpture
1974 Reynolds Metal Sculpture Award
1974 National Endowmnt for the Arts and Iowa City Sculpture Competition.
1974-1987 Advisory Board, Public Arts Fund, N.Y.
1976 DAAD Fellowhship for Berlin Kunstlerprogram
1981 American Institutes of Architects’ Medal.
1985 Honorary Doctorate, Arts and Humane Letters Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1987 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Art Award.
1989 Award, Prix Ars Electronia, Linz, Austria.
1991 American Institute of Architects, Kansas City; Biennial Artist’s Award
1994 Membership, American Academy of Arts & Letters.
1999 Biennial Honoree, Neuberger Mus. of Art, Purchase, NY
1999 Lifetime Achievment Award, International Sculpture Center, U.S.
2001 City of Osaka Civic Enviornment Award, Osaka, Japan
2002 The Elizabeth N. Watrous Prize, National Academy of Design, New York, NY

Dore Ashton, “Jeunes talents de la sculpture Americaine” Aujourd’hui (Paris) Dec.1966/Jan.1967
Gregory Battcock, “Kenneth Snelson, Dialogue between Stress and Tension at Dwan,” Arts Magazine, Feb. 1968
John Coplans, “An Interview with Kenneth Snelson,” Artforum, Mar. 1967
Stephan Kurtz, “Kenneth Snelson: The Elegant Solution,” Art News, October, 1968
Lazlo Glozer, “Structur und Spannung,” Catalogue, Kunstverein, Hannover, April, 1971
Emmie Donadio, “Kenneth Snelson,” Arts Magazine, Feb. 1975
Deborah Perlberg, “Snelson and Structure.” Artforum, May, 1977
“Snelson: tensione e compressione,” Carta Bianca, March, 1978
Howard Fox, “Kenneth Snelson: Portrait of an Atomist,” catalogue, Hirshhorn Museum, 1981
Richard Whelan “Kenneth Snelson: Straddling the abyss between art and science,” Art News, Feb. 1981
Martica Sawin, “Kenneth Snelson: Unbounded Space,” Arts Magazine, September, 1981
Charles Hagen “Full Circle,” Camera Arts, Jan./Feb. 1982
Eleanor Heartney, “Designs on the Universe,” Contemporanea International Art Magazine, April 1990.
Joelle Bentley, “Art/Science, Science/Art,” Print magazine, May/June 1990
“Kenneth Snelson at Marlborough Chelsea” Review Magazine, February 1999 by Mark Daniel Cohen

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
City of Baltimore
City of Buffalo
City of Hamburg, Germany
City of Hannover, Germany
City of Iowa City
City of San Diego
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Hallmark Cards, Inc, Kansas City, Mo.
The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tenn.
JT Building, Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan
Japan Iron and Steel Federation, Osaka, Japan
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
Museum of Modern Art, New York
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Daibiru Building, Osaka, Japan
Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka Japan
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Princeton, N.J. The Art Museum
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, Holland
Rijksmuseum, Staedelijk, Amsterdam, Holland
Shiga Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wakayama Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japan
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany