Daniel North – He turned to abstraction after training as a photorealist under Chicago artist, Ronald V. Clayton. He has exhibited in small museums and private galleries across the nation. From 1999-2000, he worked as a Nathan Cummings Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute’s Center for Museum Studies. In addition to large abstract map paintings, he creates sculptures from discarded items that once held significant value to individuals. Some pieces reflect wasted talent; others were just poor financial decisions. Once he dips them in paint, all objects are transformed into trophies. He removes functionality and replaces it with a glossy finish.