Jimmy Descant - Deluxe West
Severe Re-Constructivist of "Western Futurism" - Contact

Click to enlarge 11/25/03

Resume 2023
*Professional full time self taught assemblage sculptor since 1996
*Previous experience: 15 years in the music business with New Orleans and national touring/ recording musicians as tour manager, guitar tech, sound man, etc. Previously a pinball machine refurbisher, auto mechanic, and multi-faceted salesman

Museums/Major venues:
* 2023 - Arts Foundation For Tucson, commissioned artist for the future Martha Cooper Library expansion, Midtown Tucson
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA. reclaimed group show
* 2022 Installation of 2 large scale rocketship sculptures in Orlando, FL, private venture
* 2021 San Diego Art Museum, Summer Exhibition, juried group show
* 2020 University of Arizona Museum, Tucson, AZ, “Picturing 2020- A Community Reflects”, group show
* 2016-17 - Burning Man, granted artist and projects
* 2015 - "Western Futurism", solo show, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO.
* 2014 - "2nd Time Around - The Hubcap As Art", group show, Museum Of The Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA. Landfill Project
“A Sense Of Place", group show of permanent collection artists, Ogden Museum Of Southern Art, New Orleans
* 2012 - "The Shape Of Louisiana Commenting On The Shape Of Louisiana", The Ogden Museum Of Southern Art, New Orleans - Exhibition, and Instant Art Event with rock band onstage. I created a 4'x4' piece of assemblage art onsite as an event to donate the piece and the video documentation to the Museum's permanent collection.
* 2010-2013 - American Visionary Arts Museum, Baltimore, Two sequential one year group shows, "Things That Make You Smile” and "All Things Round"
* 2010 - "JFK and Rocketships", Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2nd annual citywide ArtPrize event. Vintage vacuum cleaner Buck Rogers rocketships with my Father’s pictures of JFK in Grand Rapids in 1960.
* 2009 - Addition to the Mayo Clinic permanent art holdings and exhibition - One large vacuum cleaner rocketship sculpture commissioned and donated by a friend and client who died of ALS
* 2008 - Installation of the 10' long “Monolith Recycled Rocketship”, Children’s Museum Phoenix, AZ.
* 2006 - "Zero Gravity" space show, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO
* 2005 - Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA. Featured artist, "Louisiana Rocketships"
* 2002 - Art Museum of S. Texas, Corpus Christi, Biennial Exhibition, group show
* 2002, 2001, 1998 - National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, group shows
* 1998 - Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, group show

Current and past large scale projects:
* 2021 “Parenthetical - 2001-2021” - Major installation exhibition of my socio/political retrospective and contemporary art installation, and assemblage live art performances, Steinfeld Warehouse gallery, Tucson
* 2019 - Public art commission, Town of Ridgway, CO., 8’x12’ found object mural about their history and future.
* 2018 - Commissioned and installed ‘MERMAID’ sculptural mural, Salida, CO. 12’hx20’wx3’deep
* 2008-2019 - Inclusion in public art on loan/art on the street programs - Colorado Springs, Lafayette, Longmont, Westminster, Grand Junction, Salida, Evergreen, Parker, Aurora, Highland Park - all Colorado. As well as Manhattan Beach, Palm Desert, and Yountville, CA.*Purchases in Salida, Alamosa, and Lafayette
* 2016 - “People’s Choice” award, Art On The Streets - Colorado Springs
* 2014 - Juror for Art On The Streets, Colorado Springs, Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs
* 2010-14 - 8 Deluxe Rocketships purchased by Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museums
* 2006-2011 - "The Rocket Bar" (named after my work) Aluminum diamond plate rocketship outdoor sign, 4 vacuum rocketships, 15 thermos rocketships installed inside
* 2008 - Installation of a 12' vertical rocketship for Gallery O, Washington, D.C.
* 2007 - “ROCKET APTS", named after my art, building wide installations, the futuristic apartment building at 1778 Gilpin, Denver, CO., commissioned by boutiqueapartments.com

Current gallery representation:
Raices-Taller, Steinfeld, Solar Culture, Untitled galleries, ALL Tucson
Lemieux Gallery - New Orleans, La.
Eye Candy Gallery - Salida, CO.
LEON Gallery - Denver, CO.
Yard Dog Gallery - Austin, TX

Specific art fests, gallery and museum shows, and events:
* 2018/19/22 Tucson Sculpture Show
* 2004-2008 Cherry Creek Arts Fest, Denver, Co.
*1998-2012/2019-2023 New Orleans Jazz Fest, Contemporary Arts - Jury and onsite judge 2018-19