HOME: 2310 PEROT STREET PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA 19130
STUDIO: 128 BATCHELOR LANE HAMMONTON NEW JERSEY 08037
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 teaches a Sculpture Seminar, Digital Imaging, and is a critic.
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. 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, New Jersey.
Roesch was an invited artist in the 2007 and 2009 Biennials in Egypt.
He was the guest of the Chinese Government and the Academy of Fine Arts in HangZhou, 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.
SELECTED PUBLIC COMMISSIONS:
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/Roesch Collaboration 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 corten 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, Pa.
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, NY,
Untitled State University of NY, Farmingdale, NY
SELECTED CORPORATE AND MUSEUM PURCHASES:
SMILOW MEDICAL CENTER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PERELMAN MEDICAL CENTER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NOYES MUSEUM New Jersey
GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE 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, Florida
McALLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM McAllen Texas
GLASMUSEUM EBELTOFT Ebeltoft Denmark
WICHITA MUSEUM OF ART Wichita, Kansas
RHONE-POULENC RORER INC. Collegeville, PA.
WESTLAKES TRAMMEL CROW CO. Tredyffrin, PA
SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS:
2013 Short list for an Archway Coeur d’Alene, ID.
2013 WATERFRONT SCULPTURE WALK Atlantic City, New Jersey
2013 SMILOW MEDICAL CENTER Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 Kramer Hall Gallery Noyes Museum Hammonton, New Jersey
2012 Gallery HAC Hammonton, New Jersey
2010 NOYES MUSEUM Smithville, New Jersey
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 Kansas
2006 Sande Webster Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2002 Moon Gallery, Rome, GA
2000-01American 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:
2009 Independence foundation grant
Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant – On the Roster until 2011
2006 Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant – On the Roster until 2011
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan.
2001 Cultural Specialist United States Information Agency Alexandria, Egypt
2000 ACULSPEC 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 2022
Chair of Sculpture & Extended Media past 16 years
Cultural Advisor to the United States Embassy, Burma, Ecuador, Argentina, Egypt, Syria & Azerbaijan.
Parsons School of Design, New York, 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 Farmingdale, New York School of Art and Design BA
Joanne Nerlino Associates, New York: New York
Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia: Pennsylvania
ARDT Southampton: New York