Daniel Mayer is an Arizona artist/educator who investigates the intersection of language and art resulting in artist’s books, experimental prints and large-scale public art. Tangents and offshoots lead in unexpected directions that are layered with personal cultural identity, traces of history, and current events. Mayer exhibits nationally and internationally and has work in numerous private and public collections such as the Getty, Wellesley, Yale, NY Public Library, Klingspor Stadt Museum, ArtPool Artists Books Archives in Budapest, among others. Mayer’s PHX Sky Train Terminal-4 public artworks (two connector bridge glass murals 9’ x 115’ ea. and 20,000 sq. ft. terrazzo design) have both received national and international awards and are featured in ArtBeat Nation. Since 1983, Mayer has maintained a private studio practice in Tempe, AZ and was a nominee for the 2016 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards – individual artist category.
Mayer is the Director of Pyracantha Press in the School of Art at Arizona State University where he has published interdisciplinary collaborative limited-edition books since 1986. Collaborative projects include Eco Songs with Macedonian composer Dimitrije Buzarovski, a song-cycle based on earth and ecology, Petrified forEast in collaboration with three Hungarian artists after the fall of the East Block, and “Individualocracy” with the artist/architect Matthew Salenger on the rippling effects of urban sprawl, among others. Recently Mayer coordinated an incoming type donation that makes ASU’s collection the largest at any institution of higher education in North America. https://asunow.asu.edu/20160415-creativity-school-art-petko-type-collection