Biography
Tory received his undergraduate BFA in painting from Parson’s, the New School for Design in New York City with a minor in non-traditional art histories. While at Parson’s, Tory studied painting under Joan Snyder. In 2009, Tory earned his MFA in public practice as part of the inaugural class of Suzanne Lacy’s Public Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Here he developed his practice around the exploration and reestablishment of the metaphysical connections between the social and environmental ecologies that shape urban communities.  After a temporary relocation to New Orleans, Tory assumed the role of the driver of a vintage armored car for Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill Project and proceeded on a 19,000 mile journey around the country representing the project as a speaker and artist. This led to the development of an itinerant art practice that kept him on the road, working from project to project in New Orleans, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Death Valley and the High Sierra Mountains. In 2012, Tory arrived in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as the inaugural artist for the Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artist in Residence program, which spawned multiple projects and led to relocation to central Florida. In 2013 he completed a residency in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he collaborated with the High Sierra Wilderness rangers as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Recently, Tory was invited to participate in The Music Box Tampa Bay in collaboration with New Orleans Airlift and University of South Florida. Currently, Tory is developing The Ixchel Song Garden in Maitland, Florida, a project at the intersection of land art, urban agriculture and improvisational music making.

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Education:

 

2009 MFA Public Practice, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

  • Suzanne Lacy, Program Director.

  • P.I.E. Exhibition, Santa Monica College Gallery

  • “subVert; LA”, thesis project.

  • Internships with Mel Chin and Steven Appleton.

  • Program collaboration with Transforma Projects, New Orleans, LA, for “Homer Plessy Day project”.

 

1992 BFA Painting, with Honors, Parsons, the New School for Design, New York, NY

  • Concentration in non-traditional art history.

  • Studied under Joan Snyder.


 

Professional Experience:

 

2017 subVert; Denver, Denver, CO

  • A mobile garden platform for the homeless community initiated through Redline Art Center.

 

2016-17 Earthtones:the Ixchel Song Garden, Maitland, FL

  • “The Ixchel Song Garden”, Sound and agricultural land art project funded by United Arts of Central Florida, Art in Communities Grant. Located at A&H’s Maitland Art Center.

  • In collaboration with 30, 9th grade students from Evans High school.

 

2017 Mel Chin Studios, Washington DC

  • “Fundred Reserve”, opening and installation crew.

 

2016 USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL

  • “Amplified”, Music Box Tampa Bay exhibition.

  • “Extracted”, fabricator for Claire Pentecost’s soil-erg project including cast soil ingots and vertical garden towers developed at local community gardens.

 

2016 Music Box Tampa Bay, New Orleans Airlift and University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

  • “Lunar Tool Shed”, a living sound structure comprised of plants and musical garden tools.

  • Music Box Village Berms, a series of earthen berms developed for audience seating.

  • Site and performance supervisor.

 

2015   Art in Odd Places, Orlando, FL

  • Earth Tones: Magnolia. Sound Earthwork featuring poetry from local poets and writers.

 

2015 Otis College of Art and Design, Graduate Public Practice Program, Los Angeles, CA

  • “I Hope The Wind Don’t Blow”, graduate project and installation advisor.

 

2014 A Studio in the Woods, New Orleans, LA

  • Flint and Steel Residency selection jury member.

2013 Aldo & Leonardo Wilderness Research Institute/Colorado Art Ranch

  • Alpine Wilderness residency, John Muir Wilderness, California.

  • “Our Wilderness Heart”, public installation, with the High Sierra Wilderness Ranger crew.

 

2012-13 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

  • Inaugural artist for Community Artist in Residence program.

  • “The Stargazer Fair”, community park for art, agriculture and eco-literacy.

  • “Oasis”, edible sculpture garden installation developed in collaboration with over 200 New Smyrna Beach High School students.

 

2012 Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

  • Project manager, Bonnie Sherk’s “Portable Parks IV, A Flower Unfolding” as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, public and performance art festival.

  • Instructor of materials and installation practices for Otis College of Art and Design graduate public practice program.

 

2011 Goldwell Open Air Museum, Beatty, NV

  • Goldwell Studio Residency.

  • “Underground River Project”, collaboration in residency with Faith Purvey.

 

2010 The Wormfarm Institute, Milwaukee, WI

  • “Roadside Culture Stand”, grant for mobile produce and art stand.

 

2009-10 Mel Chin Studios, New Orleans, LA

  • “Fundred Dollar Bill Project”, nationwide tour driver and project representative.

  • Artist assistant and fabricator.

 

2007-15 Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA

  • Festival manager and consultant.

 

2009-10 A Studio in the Woods, New Orleans, LA

  • Changing Landscapes Residency.

  • “the Spirit Ferry”, mobile art-scaping platform.

  • “the Bywater Open House”, community art and garden installation.

 

2008 Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

  • Sculpture, New Genres III, teaching assistant and studio technician.

 

2008 Steven Appleton Studios, Los Angeles, CA

  • Studio assistant for urban gardening projects developed along the LA River.

 

2004-07 Linda Burnham Studios, Los Angeles, CA

  • Studio technician.

 

1996-07 Satyr Studios, Atlanta, GA – Los Angeles, CA

  • Owner, designer and fabricator of custom furniture.