Born in San Mateo, California, Ginnever is a graduate of Cornell University where he received an MFA. He has a long list of teaching positions including Windham College in Vermont where he taught with Peter Forakis. He has many notable awards, not least is the Lee Krasner Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award presented in 1999. He is widely collected by museums, sculpture parks, corporations and private parties. Zip consisting of three large yellow suspended I-beams in a forested area is one of the most impressive installations at the Voigt Ranch in Geyserville. Ginnever spends most of his time at his farm in Vermont.
San Mateo BridgeSan Mateo Bridge derives its title from the town I grew up in, and is part of a series of works consisting of flat planes arranged in such a way as to yield unexpected views as you move around the sculpture.
I've been primarily based in New York and Vermont since 1957, but have maintained winter studios in the Bay Area at various times from the early 80's until recently. In 2003, the home and studio I'd rented in Petaluma was sold. I dismantled my studio and rented storage space for all my belongings and 50 years of works in a local barn the soon burned to the ground. Al and Judy Voigt subsequently invited me to spend the winter at their farm in Geyserville, providing me with living and studio space. This resulted in a very productive period in which I was able to tap into Al's engineering knowledge, Doug Unkrey's building skills and Judy's unique ability for organization. Their generosity was key to staving off what could have been a bleak time in my life. Al's continued presence is sorely missed. He was a soft spoken but powerful presence.