Robert Roesch was born in New York State, lives in Philadelphia Pa, and works in a studio in the New Jersey Pinelands. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and the State University of New York.
Roesch is Chair of Sculpture at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he also teaches.
He is a member of the Philadelphia Art and Architecture Commission.
He has received 12 grants, including a Fulbright Specialist Award that brought him to lecture and exhibit throughout Japan in 2006-07 and to represent the United States in the Baku Biennial in 2009. He was part of the Cairo Biennale in 2019. His work is in museum collections Internationally.
He has completed 20 major public art projects in the United States including the Gateway to the City of Wichita Kansas and the entrance to Texas A & M University in Corpus Christi.
Together with his wife, artist Suzanne Horvitz, Roesch was the Cultural Advisor to The United States Embassies in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Syria, Argentina, Ecuador, and Myanmar. Their collaborative sculpture “Transduction” is a permanent installation at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.
Roesch was an invited artist in the 2007 and 2009 Biennials in Alexandria Egypt.
He was the guest of the Chinese Government and the Academy of Fine Arts in Hang Zhou, in 2008 where he built a solar powered sculpture for their Westlake area and returned to China in 2010 to complete a second sculpture Rainwall-”a Moment in the Garden” sited in downtown JianDe.
Currently He is working on a concept to solar energize LED lighting. Together with slender four sided spires the lights will act as a “ground” lighting the imagination to faraway places. He has completed one of these sculptures for the 2016 G20 Summit.
SELECTED PUBLIC COMMISSIONS:
2016“THE WORLD IN BALANCE” Awarded by the city of Hangzhou, China for the G20 summit
2012 “TRANSITION” Awarded by Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers Fla..
2011 “RAINWALL” (a moment in the garden)” Public Art Project in Jiande China
Awarded by the Government of China.
2010 “TAKEFLIGHT” Public Art Project in Norwich CT.
Awarded by the State of CT.
2008 “TRANSDUCTION CHINA” A permanent feature in Hangzhou China’s West Lake area
Awarded by the Government of China.
2003 “MOMENTUM” Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, Sculptured Entrance to the University
4 acres. 280 feet by 46 feet high
Part of the sculpture’s design has become the logo for the Texas A&M Corpus Christi campus
2002 “PEACOCK LIGHT RAIL SHELTERS” Horvitz/RoeschCollaboration
Awarded by the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.2 trolley shelters. The sculptural elements are stainless steel, bronze, gold leaf, and polychrome elements. They stand at the entrance of the Philadelphia Zoo.
2002 “ALCHEMY” FL Atlantic University – three 16-foot stainless steel and cor- ten spires
they occupy the entrance to the Science and Education Building.
Awarded by the State of FL in 2001.
1998 “MOONHARP REFLECTING POOL” A sculptured water environment 13ft. x 60ft. x 40ft.
Awarded by General Instruments Corp, Horsham, PA.
1999 “ORION PROJECT” Awarded by the state of NC, a hillside work of lighted pyramids
identifying the major stars in the constellation Orion, marking the entrance to
the Science and astronomy Complex, NC State Arts,
1997 “WIND SPIRIT GATEWAY” The Gateway to The City of Wichita KS -ten 16 foot lighted
stainless steel spires with two 20 ft. stepped limestone berms, topped by two 18 ft.
stainless steel shapes.
Awarded by the City of Wichita.
1997 “WATERWALL” Brass & Stainless Steel, light and water 22ft. X 16ft. X 4ft.
Awarded by Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC
1994 “CATALYST” 13ft. X 12ft. X 10ft. X 80ft. Tensile supported stainless steel, lighted
cor-ten & landscaped areas of wildflowers and river rock.
Computer associates, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OTHER SITED COMMISSIONED WORKS INCLUDE:
PLUNGING BREAKER: Atlantic Galman Group, Longport, NJ
Untitled: South Walnut Plaza, Wilmington, DE,
Softly Spoken Words: Sanborn Square Park, Boca Raton, FL,
Wave: Lynmark Group, Suffern, New York
Untitled: State University of NY, Farmingdale, New York
SELECTED CORPORATE AND MUSEUM PURCHASES:
WOODMERE MUSEUM OF FINE ART Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SMILOW MEDICAL CENTER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PERELMAN MEDICAL CENTER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NOYES MUSEUM Oceanville, New Jersey
GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE Hamilton, New Jersey
PAPER MUSEUM Tokyo, Japan,
KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM Kyoto, Japan
BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRIA MUSEUM Alexandria, Egypt
NOVELTY Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BENEFICIAL Wilmington, DE
RCA VICTOR New York, New York
USIA Arts America Washington, DC
A R A TOWER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BANTAM DOUBLEDAY DELL New York, New York
FIDELITY BANK Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MARINE MIDLAND BANK New York, New York
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Coral Gables, FL
McALLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM McAllen Texas
GLASMUSEUM EBELTOFT Ebeltoft Denmark
WICHITA MUSEUM OF ART Wichita, Kansas
RHONE-POULENC RORER INC. Collegeville, Pennsylvania
WESTLAKES TRAMMEL CROW CO. Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania
SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS:
2019 CAIRO BIENNALE Cairo, Egypt
2016″DEEP WATERS” Legend Gallery Philadelphia, PA.
2013 Short list for an Archway Coeur d’Alene, ID.
2013 WATERFRONT SCULPTURE WALK Atlantic City, NJ.
2013 SMILOW MEDICAL CENTER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 Kramer Hall Gallery Noyes Museum Hammonton, NJ
2012 Gallery HAC Hammonton, NJ
2010 NOYES MUSEUM Smithville, NJ
2010 Sande Webster Gallery Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2009 short list for an environmental sculpture San Juan College, NM
2009 Baku Biennial Azerbaijan
2008 Sande Webster Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007 Tera Gallery Kyoto, Japan
2007 City Arts Wichita KS
2006 Sande Webster Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2002 Moon Gallery, Rome, GA
2000-01 American Cultural Center Gallery Alexandria, Egypt
1999 Le Pont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria
1999 Gallery Amar Latakia, Syria
1999 Sande Webster Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GRANTS AND AWARDS:
2015 Represented The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at Shandong Art University, Jinan, China and spoke at an international forum of Foundational Education of Fine Art
2015 Fulbright specialist – On the roster until 2017, Japan
2009 Independence foundation grant
Fulbright Senior Specialist – On the Roster until 2011 Baku, Azerbaijan
2006 Fulbright Senior Specialist – On the Roster until 2011 Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan.
2001 Cultural Specialist United States Information Agency Alexandria, Egypt
2000 ACULSPEC Specialist United States Information Agency Damascus and Aleppo, Syria
1998 Cultural Specialist United States Information Agency Cairo, Egypt
1997 Cultural Specialist United States Information Agency Damascus, Syria
1996 Ford Foundation Grant through the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1996 Cultural Specialist United States Information Agency Ecuador and Argentina
Philadelphia Art & Architecture Commission, Appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter 2008 to present
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Professor of Fine Arts from 1983 to present
Chair of Sculpture past 10 years
Cultural Advisor to the United States Embassy, Burma, Ecuador, Argentina, Egypt, Syria & Azerbaijan.
Parsons School of Design, New York, Instructor of design (4 years)
State University of New York at Farmingdale, New York, Associate professor (2 years)
Long Island University at Southampton College, New York, Assistant professor (11 years)
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York School of Fine Arts BFA
State University of New York at Farmingdale, New York School of Art and Design BA
Joanne Nerlino Associates New York, New York
Seraphin Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ARDT Southampton New York