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Robert Booth is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in charge of the sculpture curriculum and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and New Media. He holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA from Syracuse University. Booth’s sculpture and drawings have been presented in more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions at museums, not-for-profit, and commercial gallery spaces within the United States and Canada over the past thirty-five years, with representation in both public and private collections. He has given numerous lectures about his work at a variety of presentation venues, has served on the Board of Directors of the Mid-America College Art Association, and is a former President of the State University of New York Council of Art Department Chairs. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in American Education, Booth is currently a member of the International Sculpture Center.
“Since my days as a student I have had an ongoing interest in the physical and aesthetic possibilities inherent in many materials. Never subservient to one technique, I have explored and exploited methods and mediums with an eye for discovery and expediency. Although my artwork has changed over the years, my interest in how process shapes and informs the work has remained constant. Throughout my career as an educator, I have designed individual courses and curriculum within the sculpture concentration and major to embrace this dynamic. However, I have tried to teach much more than technique. I have looked for ways to inspire and to engage students in the wonder of discovery. I have been vigilant in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of individual students, and have approached each one as a unique challenge with personal needs and desires that must be understood and accepted. My “breadth” of teaching experience is as much about what I have learned from my students as it is about what I’ve taught them.”