DeWitt Godfrey

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DeWitt Godfrey

Peter L. and Maria T. Kellner Endowed Chair in the Arts, Creativity and Innovation; Professor of Art

Department/Office Information

301 Little Hall
  • TR 5:00pm - 6:30pm (301 Little Hall)
  • BA, Yale University, 1982
  • MFA, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1996
  • Assistant professor, Amherst College, 1999-2003
  • Visiting assistant professor, Mt. Holyoke College, 2003
  • Adjunct assistant professor, Hofstra University, 1997
  • University of Georgia, Studies Abroad, 2001
  • Sculpture
  • Public art


  • Sculpture and installation
  • Contemporary art
  • Art practice pedagogy
  • Science and art
  • Relational aesthetics
  • Public art
  • Lived and worked in Japan, Scotland, and London
  • Traveled in East and South Asia and Europe

Self-employed contractor, project manager, superintendent, carpenter, 1982-1999

  • Henry Luce Scholar, Tokyo, Japan, 1989-90
  • Fulbright Scholar, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1994-96
  • Artist Fellow, Japan Foundation, Stone Museum, Aji-cho, Konagawa, Japan 1994



2019                Collyer Park, Longmont Public Art Commission, Longmont, CO 
                        Viestenz-Smith, Park Loveland Arts Council, Loveland, CO

2018                Blake, commissioned by private collector, Kensington, NH
                        Reston, commissioned by Toll Brothers, Reston, VA

2017                Folly, commissioned by private collector, Ghent, NY

2016                Enspire, Traverse City Public Art Commission, Traverse City, MI 

2015                Rays, and Sawyer, commissioned by private collector, Kensington, VT
                        Sealte commissioned by Syracuse University and the City of Syracuse,
Syracuse, NY 
                        Capital, commissioned by Woolf Group, Pike Motor Works, Seattle, WA
                        Quake, commissioned by the Public Art Office, Cambridge Arts Council,
Cambridge, MA

2014                Odin, commissioned by the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute,
                        Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

2011                Concordia, commissioned by Lexarts and Leadership Lexington,
                        Downtown Arts Center, Lexington, KY

2009                Greenwich South, commissioned by The Alliance for Downtown New York
                        to participate in a visioning study that presents ways to transform the 23 
                        blocks south of the World Trade Center—known as Greenwich South. The
                        study was led by Architecture Research Office with Beyer Blinder Belle
                        Architects & Planners and Open, LLC. 

2007                Claverack, private commission for the Kaufman/Berger Residence
                        Philmont, NY

Year      Exhibitions
2010 Kennedy Art Museum, Ohio University, Athens, OH
2007 Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Sculpture Court, Cazenovia, NY

Pamplona Rockingham Arts and Music Project, Bellows Falls, VT; The Lot, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut; Café Pamplona and CAC Gallery, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA


Picker Sculpture, The Picker Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; Black + White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Driggs Sculpture, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA; Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

2002 Driggs Sculpture, Black + White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Amherst Drawings, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas (also 1997, 1992 and 1987)
CAM Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York, NY; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

1991 David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY
1988 R.C. Erpf Gallery, New York City, NY

Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
Hadler/Rodriguez Galleries, Houston, TX (also 1984)

Year Exhibitions

Lincoln,  DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA


“Salon des Refuses - Sights Unseen” Stuart Keeler, Public Art Network Conference

“The Other End of the Line” Friends of the Highline, NY


“Baltimore Sculpture Project” Baltimore, MD

“Art in the Public Sphere: Singular Works, Plural Possibilities” University Gallery, UMass Amherst, MA

“Faculty Show,” Clifford Gallery, Little Hall, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

2007 “Sarasota Season of Sculpture no. 4” Sarasota, FL

“Sculpture Space Inside Out,” Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

“Pamplona,” “Some Sculpture: Albee’s Choice,” Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY

“Faculty Show,” Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY


“Summer Selections,” The Fields Sculpture Park, Art OMI International

“Beyond/In Western New York,” Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2004 “Drawings by Sculptors” Black + White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Five x Ten: Five College Advanced Drawing Faculty Show,” Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst, MA

“2002 International Sculpture Symposium,” Europos Parkas, Vilnius, Lithuania 

“Labyrinths,” Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

“Faculty and Student Show” Cortona Studies Abroad Program 2000 - 01, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2001 “The Fields Sculpture Park,” Art OMI International, Ghent, NY

“II Sculpture Simposium Ciudad Empresarial,” Ciudad Empresial, Santiago, Chile

“Once Removed,” Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

“Confluence: artist’s books at five myles,” five myles gallery, Brooklyn, NY


“5 College Faculty Exhibition,” Smith College, Northampton, MA

“XCXL: eXquisite Corpse eXtra Large,” 20th Anniversary Exhibit, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX


“Sculpture Annual,” Art Omi, Omi, NY

“Faculty Exhibition,” Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

1996 “Edinburgh Festival Exhibition,” Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
1995 “Society of Scottish Artists Annual,” Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

“Annual,” Stone Museum, Aji-cho, Kagawa-ken, Japan

“Out of This World,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX


“Darkness + Light, Twentieth-Century Works from Texas Collections,” Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX

“Ink and Wash: Drawings...,” Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

1992 “Singular and Plural, Recent Accessions, Drawings and Prints, 1945-1991,” MFA Houston, Houston, TX
1991 “Another Dimension: Drawings by Six Contemporary Sculptors,” Met Life Gallery, New York, NY
1990 “Drawing and Space,” Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo, Japan
1989 “Private Eye: Selections from Private Collections,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

“Selections from the Edward Albee Collection,” Freedman Gallery, Albright College, PA

“Innovations in Sculpture: 1985-1988,” Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Catalogue 

“Direction and Diversity, Works from the Permanent Collection,” MFA Houston, Houston, TX

“Art on the Beach,” Creative Time, Long Island City, NY

1986 “Third Western States Biennial,” Western States Art Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

“Charcoal Drawings: 1880-1985,” Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, TX. catalogue

“Houston Festival: The Bayou Show,” Houston, TX

“Southwest ‘85,” Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM. catalogue


“Drawings,” D.W. Gallery, Dallas, TX

“The Third Coast Show,” Midtown Art Center, Houston, TX. catalogue 

“Texas Only,” Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

  • President of the College Art Association
  • Secretary to the Board of Directors, College Art Association