Memorial Project Team

Architect, Norman I. Schwartz -FL- click to read full bio

NIS-PHOTO-121x150 Norman I. Schwartz, AIA, is a Florida licensed Architect that has 20+ years of experience in the profession. As an Architect he has split his time working for both private and public sectors. Mr. Schwartz has worked for 16 years in the private sector and has spent the last 4 years has been working for a local municipality including freelance work. His present work includes design and construction for 9 replacement fire stations (which will be LEED), including the first LEED bldg (Aircraft maintenance building) for the local municipality including the design of local neighborhood monumental entry signs and logos. Among his other duties are space planning/programming, project cost/budget estimates, permitting, and coordination with County/State agencies. His past work includes designer or part of the design team for large projects from MIA terminal expansion, new city halls, Miami Federal court house, various libraries, schools, and parks. He has the following Awards- NCEF award for Doral Middle school Miami-Dade County Public Schools; AIA design award for Aventura Government Center (part of design team) and Published work “Center of Learning.” Architecture Magazine. January 1989, Pg. 65. 4th year Student project. Mr. Schwartz holds a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech University. He Studied at the Northern Virginia Campus for Architecture and Urban Studies in Washington, D.C. He did his undergrad work and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Florida A&M University Tallahassee, Florida in 1989. Norman has been married 10 years and has two young daughters and is a resident of Plantation, Florida.Norman Schwartz Business Cards Final

Laser Imaging, CEO Jim Smith- click to read full bio

Laser Imaging & Design, Inc. Opened it’s doors on August 15, 2001. Within a few short years the company shot to the top, emerging as one of the premiere laser stone etching companies in North America. Being featured in multiple publications, our company has gained international attention as being “one of the few companies that can handle complex large scale jobs, when it comes to the art of laser etching”. We have spent countless hours in the research and development stages to reach a level of quality that even our competitors have called “the best laser etching in the industry”. In January 2007 Laser Imaging moved to its brand new 8500 sq ft. facility, specifically designed and built for our purposes. During this expansion, we purchased more lasers and larger lifting equipment to better serve our customers and their needs. Whether you are looking for a small keepsake, or a colossal size wall or floor mural, architectural signage or personalized memorials, let us create something completely unique that will last virtually forever. Even though the company is new, we have more than 45 combined years in the monument and granite industry. All 3 of our in house artists have degrees in graphic design, and have extensive training in the latest designing software.

Before starting the company, Jim Smith (CEO & Owner) spent 10 years designing and hand etching memorials for one of the largest monument companies in Ohio. With the combination of his hand etching and computer design abilities, incorporation of the laser made for a perfect transition to take stone etching to a whole new level.

Smart Memorials, Trip Johnson, CM & Sally Reese Johnson - click to read full bio

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Smart Memorials – Tripp Johnson, CM & Sally Reese-Johnson Tripp and Sally Johnson have over 50 years of combined experience in the memorial industry. Tripp is a 4th generation memorialist, serving the industry in both a retail capacity as well as wholesale. Tripp has received the Certified Memorialist designation and has participated in the concept development as well as procurement and delivery/installation of numerous large projects nationwide. Smart Memorials, LLC and ForeverMissed.com came together to combine the age timeless art of memorialization and new age technology through the use of QR codes. Tripp and Sally have 3 boys and live in Shawnee, Kansas and it is an honor and privilege to participate in the American Fallen Warrior Memorial. It is such a meaningful endeavor and a wonderful way to show gratitude and raise awareness about our soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and keep America and it allies safe both in the United States and abroad.

Smart Memorials/Forever Missed, Oleg Andelman - click to read full bio

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While reflecting upon my grandparents’ lives, I was surprised by how little I actually knew about them. Over time, I discovered many photographs hidden away in family albums that I had not seen before, and I encouraged my family to take the time to share their stories about my grandparents. I realized that today, families like ours can use the Internet to create an online memorial page and share memories, photos and other media with one another. I could see that online memorial sites , dedicated to lives of those we love and now have lost, would help to bring families together. These memorial websites would also help our children learn about the lives of their ancestors and preserve memories of them. And so, at the end of 2008, I launched ForeverMissed.com, a place where people could create a free online memorial to collect and share memories of the people they have lost. It is in this spirit that I joined Smart Memorials LLC and linked the two together. This seamless marriage now allows not only computer access to these online memorials but mobile access as well. We are truly honored to be participating in the American Fallen Warrior Memorial and look forward to bringing these brave soldiers memories home to their families.


CEO Leopold Gallery- Paul Dorrell- click to read full bio

Dorrell_Image-1 Paul Dorrell founded Leopold Gallery in 1991 to represent regional artists. Prior to that he worked as Director’s Assistant at the Hill-Stead Museum of French Impressionism in Farmington, CT. As an art consultant, Dorrell’s clients include Warner Brothers, H&R Block, the Royals, the Mayo Clinic, Saint Luke’s Hospital, and 1000s of private, civic and corporate collectors. He consulted on a monument of Dwight D. Eisenhower for the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, and for the National D-Day Memorial in Virginia. In his spare time, Dorrell structures mentoring programs that provide opportunity for inner-city teenage artists. Reared in Kansas City, Dorrell has spent years roaming America by motorcycle, riding through every contiguous state. He has lived in Alaska, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Italy, England-and Prairie Village.

Artist- E. Spencer Schubert - click to read full bio

Born: 1977 / Kansas City, Missouri

Education: The University of Kansas, BFA, Sculpture, 2000

Biography

E. Spencer Schubert is sculptor who lives in Kansas City, Missouri and works in a studio in the Crossroads Arts District. Schubert has studied and sculpted the figure across the entirety of his art career. His work uses the figure to explore the strengths, weaknesses, tragedies, successes, and idiosyncrasies of people. Schubert received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas in 2000. Since graduating from The University of Kansas, Schubert has exhibited his work throughout the Midwest. He has also founded E.S. Schubert, Commercial Sculpture Studios, which sculpts, fabricates, and installs all types of custom 3-D objects and molds for artists, agencies, industry, and corporations.

Selected Commissions and Public Art Installations

2012

Buck O’Neil, Hall of Famous Missourians, State Capital Building, Jefferson City, Missouri

Dred Scott, Hall of Famous Missourians, State Capital Building, Jefferson City, Missouri

Rush Limbaugh, Hall of Famous Missourians, State Capital Building, Jefferson City, Missouri

2011

Yankton RiverWalk, Public Art Installation, Yankton, South Dakota

Downtown Sculpture Exhibit, Public Art Installation, June 2011, Olathe, Kansas

2010

Art in R Park, Public Art Installation, Fall 2001-Spring 2011, Roeland Park, Kansas

2009

Mies Morning, 2345 Grand Building Lobby Installation, Kansas City, Missouri

Exhibitions

2012

2 Man Show w/ Derrick Breidenthal, Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2011

Group Show, Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

3 person show, Station A, Kansas City, Missouri

2010

64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center For The Arts, Monmouth, Illinois

Re-Collections, Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2009

Fall Group Show, Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Urban Suburban, Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Overland Park, Kansas

Dream Bodies, Transformative Figures, Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Overland Park, Kansas

(solo) Goppert Gallery, The University of St. Mary’s, Leavenworth, Kansas

2008

Small Works, Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

(solo) avoidance. Plenum Space, Kansas City, Missouri

Urban Suburban, Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Overland Park, Kansas

48/3 revisited, The Walnut Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

48/3. Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2007

(solo) Ethos and Idiocracy, The Busts 2007, Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

The Blue Show, Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2006

Kansas City One, Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Turn Up the Heat, Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2005

Small Works Show, Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

1999

Fine Art Scholarship Show, Art and Design Gallery, The University of Kansas, Lawrence

Schubert/Krichau, Recent Works, Kansas Union Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas

1998

Fine Art Scholarship Show, Art and Design Gallery, The University of Kansas, Lawrence

2nd Annual Installation Show, Art and Design Gallery, The University of Kansas, Lawrence

1997

Foundations Scholarship Exhibition, Art and Design Gallery, The University of Kansas, Lawrence

Awards

2008

Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC Fund, Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City

2000

Fine Arts Scholarship Award, The University of Kansas

1999

Hollander Family Foundation Award, The University of Kansas

1997

Basic Studies Scholarship, The University of Kansas

1996

Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship, The University of Kansas

Press

Brisendine, Steve, “Naked Truth: E. Spencer Schubert, 2010, http://ereview.org/2010/10/31/e-spencer-schubert/

Light, Corey, “Clarity From The Chaos”, Review Magazine, May 2010, http://ereview.org/2010/05/06/clarity-from-the-chaos/

Kirsch, Elizabeth, “Go Figure: Artists Explore the Body in Epsten Exhibit” The Kansas City Star, August 9, 2009. p.E1

Thorson, Alice, “What Artists Do for Fun,” The Kansas City Star, July 13, 2008. p.F1

Gripka, Cathy, “Sculptor has a Role in Re-creating Old Statuary,” The Kansas City Star, May 29, 2008. p.F3

Beal, Holly, “Hermetic Collaboration,” Review Magazine, October 2008. p.38-41

Lectures, Presentations, Workshops

2010

Guest Lecturer, Sculpture, Spring Semester, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2009

Instructor, Beginning Sculpture Workshop, Spring Semester, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS

Lecture Panel, “True Confessions of an Arts Incubator National Business Incubator Association Conference, Kansas City, MO

2008

Juror, Student Exhibition, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS