About thirty years ago, Bob decided to expand his interests and become involved in the arts by learning how to sculpt. He was very fortunate to find a group taught by Stanley Bleifeld, a world famous sculptor. Bleifeld is most famous for his sculpture of the Lone Sailor, the centerpiece of The United States Navy Memorial in Washington DC. Stanley was also an excellent teacher who emphasized technique, movement and spontaneity. Bob also took courses at Silvermine Arts Center in Norwalk, CT and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Lyme, CT.
As he grew as a sculptor, Bob thought it would be fun and emotionally rewarding to teach others. He found this to be just as enjoyable and fulfilling as sculpting himself. Among the places he taught were summer programs for high school students at Yale University, Brown University and Wellesley College. He also taught at Amistad High School in New Haven and other places in Connecticut.
Many of Bob’s sculptures are sports figures. He understands form and movement and is able to impart these aspects in his work. One of his favorite pieces is of a couple dancing the tango which he made about twenty years ago.
Bob has a BA in American Studies from Yale University, an MS in Counseling from Fordham and an MBA from NYU. At Yale, he was an All Ivy League basketball player and draft choice of the New York Knicks.
Bob has had a varied career outside of the arts. He was the Director of Children’s overnight camps for over 25 years. He was an Athletic Director and high school basketball coach, a teacher in New York City, a college instructor, worked in publicity and statistics for the New York Knicks and wrote a newspaper column for seven years about psychology and sports.
Bob has spent his whole life working with youth. He also has spent much time in Connecticut as a board member of The Schiller Shoreline Institute for Lifelong Learning where he helped develop programs for the enjoyment of retired people over a 15 year period. He also taught sculpture there, It does not matter the age of his students, he enjoys teaching and interacting with all ages.
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