Tom Silver studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and received a B.A. from California State University at Long Beach. He received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas. He has taught art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Cleveland State University and at De Anza College.
Silver’s work has been extensively exhibited in the United States and abroad. Some major shows include “The Craftsman Second Biennial” and “Traveling Exhibition of the Americas” at the Oakland Museum of Art, “The Virginia Artists’ Show” at the Virginia Museum, “The May Show” at the Cleveland Museum of Art, “Contemporary Religious Imagery in American Art” at the Ringling Museum of Art and “New Sculpture” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
“Being highly personal, Silver’s works…do have an element of fascination and artistry beyond their seemingly arbitrary presence. Undeniably, Silver is an accomplished and serious artist.”
~ Helen Borsick, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A divine possibility might bring these masks to life and invest them with their ancient sense of purpose –- a ballet - –combining the talents of such wizards as Tom Silver …with one of Cleveland’s talented dance companies.”
~ Elizabeth McClelland, NOVA News
Tom Silver’s work…”has to do with ritual, the things in our society that drive us to do what we do. Silver takes mostly found objects and joins and juxtaposes them with an ardent spontaneity reminiscent of Jackson Pollock. The result is riveting compositions that have been displayed nationwide to critical acclaim.”
~ Tom Stern, Mill Valley Herald