Best known as a public artist, John Pitman Weber led and co-led mosaic, concrete relief, and painted murals for over 40 years, in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Paris, France, and Managua, Nicaragua. During summer 2010 he served as a Cultural Envoy to Spain, working with La Ciudad Pintada in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. He co-created major mosaic commissions for Broward County, Florida (2009) libraries and for Spencer, Iowa, the latter as part of Artists and Communities, America Creates for the Millennium. In 2010, he led students in the creation of 12 panels of mosaic for Elmhurst College, now Elmhurst University. He also led workshops and lectured in Mexico, France, Britain, and Belgium.
Weber continues active in the studio, painting, drawing and printmaking. He has participated in major international and national travelling shows, including the Museum of Modern Art’s “Committed to Print,” the Jewish Museum’s “Bridges and Boundaries,” Berlin’s “Kunst und Krieg,” the recent “Poetic Dialogue Project,” and “Windows and Mirrors,” from the AFSC, that traveled nationally.
He is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Spertus Museum, the DePaul University Museum, the Brauer Museum of Valparaiso U., the Loyola U. Museum of Art, the Cohen Library of City College, CCNY, the Koehnline Museum of Oakton College, the College of DuPage Collection, Purdue U., NW campuses collection, the Benedictine U. collection, and the Elmhurst College Collection. He has had over 30 solo shows, including five in New York City. During the 80’s and 90’s he showed frequently in worship spaces.
Weber co-founded the Chicago Mural Group (now Chicago Public Art Group) with the late William Walker in 1970-71. He authored, with Eva and James Cockcroft, Toward A People’s Art (Dutton, 1977), the classic account of the early years of the contemporary mural movement, reissued in 1998 in an expanded edition by U. New Mexico Press.
Weber studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, and Harvard University. He learned etching with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17, Paris, and lithography with Ray Martin and Mark Pascal at the School of the Art Institute. He taught at Elmhurst College for 43 years. Now Emeritus, he is focused on printmaking and painting in his studio-home in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. He has participated in fifteen print portfolios, local, national and international. He has four sons and five grandchildren.