Preserving the artist's heritage
Stephen Robin


Sponsored by Tyler School of Art, Temple University
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Artist's Statement

People many times have asked me for my artist statement, so I needed to do one but I've never liked to explain a certain piece of work. In art, writing is not the primary mode of communication.
My hope has always been that the piece can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer is the right message, because there isn't a right or wrong message. If each person takes something a little different from the same piece I'm happy with that."



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b. 1944 Washington, DC, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, MFA, 1968 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, BFA, 1966 Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 1954-66

COMMISSIONS
Baskets of Flowers, (aluminum and limestone), Avant, Reston, VA (Jean Efron Art Consultants, LLC), 2014 Waterlily, (granite), fountain centerpiece, Parkshore Plaza, St. Petersburg, FL (Phil Graham & Company, landscape architects), 2006 Orange Blossom!, (aluminum and cement), Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL (Albert Alfonso, architect), 2005 A Walk through the Woods, (aluminum and tile), PATCO Stations, Philadelphia, PA (Delaware River Port Authority commission), 2003 Memorial Flowers, (aluminum), plaza, The War Memorial, Trenton, NJ, (Vitetta Group, restoration architects), 2003 Trellis, (resin, paint, lighting), atrium, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002 Rosettes: Stasis and Motion, (granite), Newark Penn Station (NJ Transit/NJ State Council on the Arts Commission), Beyer Blinder Belle, architects), 1999 Nebraska Grilles, (bronze), atrium, Roman L. Hruska United States Courthouse, Omaha, NE (General Services Administration commission, James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, architect), 1999 Federal Triangle Flowers, (aluminum, limestone), plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC (General Services Administration commission, James Ingo Freed, architect), 1997 Bowl of Fruit II, (cement), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1989, adapted for site 1993 Cornucopiae, (cement), plaza, Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Newark, NJ (General Services Administration commission), 1991 Bowl of Fruit III, (cement), atrium, 404 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA (IBM-Arkwright joint venture), 1989 Coal Miner, (bronze), City Square, Zeigler, IL (commissioned by the Bank of Zeigler), 1974

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Concrete Poetry, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA, 2014 Retrospective, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2011 Below the Surface, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, 2005 Ground Cover, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, 2001 Selected Sculpture, The Philadelphia International Airport, 1998-99 Grilles and Drawings, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, 1997 Sculpture and Projects, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, 1995 Recent Sculpture from the Garden Series, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY, 1989 Recent Sculpture, Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1988 Recent Sculpture, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ, 1980 Recent Sculpture, A.J. Wood Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1979 Recent Sculpture and Drawings, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1979 Two Philadelphia Sculptors, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, 1978 Sculpture and Drawings, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY, 1978 Recent Sculpture, West Chester State College, West Chester, PA, 1977 Sculpture, Drawings and Poems, Pratt Gallery, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, 1970
  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Cathedral Summer Show, Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA, 2010 Design Excellence: Public Patronage of Architecture and Art, The Octagon Museum, Washington, DC, 2003- 04 Public Art Works in Progress, Department of State Building, Trenton, NJ, 2002 Public Art: Concept/ Process/ Realization, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2000 The Magic of Venice, Qualita Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV, 1999 Objects of Desire, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY, 1999 Summer Pleasures, Qualita Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV, 1999 Continuing the Legacy: the 1999 Design Awards, National Building Museum, Washington, DC, 1999 Sharp Metal Objects, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, 1998 Completing the Federal Triangle, National Building Museum, Washington, DC, 1998 Vessels, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1997 Table Tops: Morandi to Mapplethorpe, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA, 1997 Garden Revisited, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, 1997 Spring/Summer Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 1997 Ars Botanica/Art & Nature, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1996 Sculpture for the Garden, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, 1995 Project: Exhibit, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1995 Vision and Dreams, Takashimaya, New York, NY, 1994 Form of Nature/ Nature of Form, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1994 A Bouquet for Juan, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY, 1994 Contemporary Sculpture Directions, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, 1994 Hard Choices/Just Rewards II, PA Council on the Arts Fellowship recipients, Johnstown Art Museum, Blair Art Museum, University of Pittsburgh, Everhart Museum, Edinboro University, Westminster College, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), 1991-3 In the Public Eye, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, 1991 22nd Basel International Art Fair, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1991 Philadelphia Art Now/Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1990 (catalogue) 21st Basel International Art Fair, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1990 Ironies: The Figure and Still Life in Sculpture, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1990 Sculpture, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1990 Biennial '89, Delaware Art Museum, Willmington, DE, 1989 20th Basel International Art Fair, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1989 Contemporary, Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1988 New in New York, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY, 1988 Art in City Hall: The Self Portrait, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1986 Faculty's Choice, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 1984 Fantasy and Humor, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1983 S/300 (Sculpture/Tricentennial/1982), The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1982 (catalog) Cheltenham Art Center Exhibition, The Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1981 Gallery Group, A.J. Wood Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1980 Philadelphia Art '79, Federal Complex, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pa, 1979 Small Works, Touchstone Gallery, New York, NY, 1978 Contemporary Reflections, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, 1978 (catalog) Gallery Group, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY, 1978 14 Sculptors Gallery Exchange Exhibition, Gallery 10 Ltd., Washington, DC, 1977 Committee's Choice, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1977 Fiber/Wood/Stone/Plastic, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ, 1977 Tyler School of Art Alumni, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa, 1976 Regional Sculpture, The Philadelphia Art

Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1976 36th Annual, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1976 Five New England Sculptors, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, 1972 Regional Sculpture, Swope Gallery of Art, Terre Haute, IN, 1970 Indiana Artists, the Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, 1969 Michigan Artists, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, 1969 Ball State National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition, Muncie, IN, 1967

BIBLIOGRAPHY
A Swing Through Some Galleries, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 18, 2011 Sculptor Under The Radar, But Above The Cities, Bruce Walsh, Metro, February 3, 2011 Below the Surface, Leslie Kaufman, Inside Magazine, Summer, 2005 Stephen Robin: Below the Surface, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, March 2, 2005 Drawn and Cast, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February, 18, 2005 Beyond May Day, R.B. Strauss, Weekly Press (Philadelphia, PA), May 2, 2001 Darkness Visible, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, April, 25, 2001 Designed for the Public Eye/ New Courthouse Sprouts Artwork, Deborah Alexander, Omaha World Herald, Aug. 26, 2000 This Art Was Made for You and Me, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, May 17, 2000 News: GSA Design Award Winners, Sculpture Magazine, May 1999 American Sculpture Tour: Philadelphia, Marsha Moss and Robin Rice, Sculpture Magazine, May 1999 Terminal Art/Sight Control, Robin Rice, Philadelphia City Paper, January 29, 1999 Local Heroes, Miriam Seidel, Art News, November, 1998 Art that Gets to the Point, feature article, Harrisburg Intelligencer Journal, August 21, 1998 The Capstone of the Federal Triangle, Benjamin Forgey, the Washington Post, April 25, 1998 Traditional to Modern, "Table Tops" Shows its Artistry with Grandeur, Bill Fark, North County Times, Escondido, CA, September 26, 1997 Things in Place, Bill Berkson (Tabletops Catalog Essay), California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA, 1997 You Gotta See This . . . , Gerard Brown, Philadelphia Weekly, October 22, 1997 Abington Art Center, Victoria Donohoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 13, 1997 Gardens Meet Art at Grounds for Sculpture, Janet Purcell, The Trenton Times, June 27, 1997 At Grounds for Sculpture, A Vision is Expanding Grandly, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 1997 Federal Agency Halts Project, Art in the Balance, Jacqueline Trescott, The Washington Post, June 22, 1996 Criminal Justice Center, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 1996 Decoration that is not merely ornamental, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 1995 Unconventional Wisdom, Jim Quinn, Philadelphia Magazine, January, 1994 (photo only) Public Art Review, Art in America, annual edition, 1993 (re: Cornucopiae) The Philadelphia Scene: An Outsider's View, Kenneth Baker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 1990 Three Sculptors, Anne Fabbri Butera, Arts Magazine, January 1980 Stephen Robin, Hedy O' Beil, Arts Magazine, 1978 Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze and Stone, Walker Publishing Company, NY (work represented in hardback edition only), 1974
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Citation, Design Awards, General Services Administration, 1998 PA Council on the Arts Fellowship, 1990 Society of Medallists Competition, Medallic Art Company, 1976 Racine Art Foundry Prize, Detroit Institute of Art, 1969
 

CONSULTING
The National World War II Memorial, Washington, DC, Friedrich St. Florian, architect, 2000
COMMISSIONS: ORNAMENTAL
Medallions, Downtown Tampa Residence Inn, Tampa, FL (CDH Partners, Marietta, GA, architects), 2000 Frieze, exterior entrance-way, private residence, Beverly Hills, CA, 1992 Medallion, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fairton, NJ (Vitetta Group, architects) 1989 Architectural Model (ornamental members), Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London (Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, Philadelphia, PA), 1987 Interior Arch, The St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO (Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, Philadelphia, PA), 1985 Centerpiece, Old Custom's House, New York, NY, 1985 Restoration, facade, Reading Terminal, Philadelphia, PA (John Milner Associates, Philadelphia, PA), 1985 Patterns, bronze façade, The Limited Headquarters, Madison Avenue, New York, NY (Beyer Blinder Belle, architects, New York, NY), 1985 Restoration, Old Merchant's House, New York, NY (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1980 Frieze and Overdoor, American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (Berry B. Tracy, curator), 1979 Overdoor, Thomas Jefferson Diplomatic Reception Room, US Department of State, Washington, DC (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1976 Ceiling Ornament, Entrance Hall, Diplomatic Reception Rooms, US Department of State, Washington, DC (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1976 Brass Chandelier Patterns, Statuary Hall, US Capitol Building, Washington, DC, (George M. White, architect), 1975 Garlands, Mississippi Governor's Mansion, Jackson, MS (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1975 Medallion, North Carolina Department of the Treasury, Raleigh, NC, 1975 Medallions, Lobby, Temple University School of Business, Philadelphia, PA, 1965

TEACHING
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1986 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1985 Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 1975-77 John Herron School of Art of Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1968-70
COMMISSIONS: MEDALLIC
The Sheldon Catlin Award, Insurance Company of North America, 1979 Mauricio Porraz International Coastal Engineering Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1978 Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1978 H. William Scott, Jr. Society Medal, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1977 Horton Medal, American Geophysical Union, 1976 Joseph M. Farley Medal, Alabama Nuclear Power Company, 1976 Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1976

COLLECTIONS
Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Max Rosenn United States Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre, PA Yvonne and Peter
    
Benda Collection, Zurich, Switzerland Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Philadelphia, PA Ted and Barbara Aronson Collection, Philadelphia, PA Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection, Boca Raton, FL Other private collections

MISCELLANEOUS
Federal Triangle Flowers is featured in Donald Bain's novel: Margaret Truman's Experiment in Murder, 2012 Federal Triangle Flowers appears twice in Minority Report, a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Cruise, 2002