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Summary

The activity of making works is important to me. I work every day. It is my way of processing the world around me.

Painting on paper and wood, sculpting in wood and mirrors, various woods, acrylic paint and gold leaf, Robert Dodge creates an imaginative mix of abstract styling with architectural references. By arranging colors and patterns in unique ways, Dodge attempts to avoid repeating what nature has already done.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dodge was a professor of fine arts at Bucks County Community College from 1967 through 2005. He earned a degree in political science in 1963, and an MFA in 1966. He began working in painting, but has gained much recognition for his sculpture as well, including his winning of the Rome Prize Fellowship for two years' study in Italy. Dodge has exhibited locally and nationally, including at the James A. Michener Art Museum, and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia. He has also had his work featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Art Matters and American Craft Magazine.

Recently, Dodge has focused on recreating and redefining the chair:

“I have always been interested in architecture, and by extension, furniture. The chair sculptures play off of our myriad human connections to real chairs; our own favorite chair; a dining chair, the boss's chair, the king's throne, a dental chair, a child's chair. We look at a chair and make judgments; too hard, too soft, too high, too low, too wobbly, too elegant, too big, too small, just right. The chair sculptures take on an anthropomorphic quality. With personalities of their own they stand alone or interact in small groups; warmly dysfunctional, sometimes funny.”

In 2003 Dodge had an exhibition at the Philadelphia International Airport showcasing 500 chairs, approximately 2” – 6” high. His usage of a large quantity of chairs communicates the diversity to the viewer. In addition to creating full size, nonfunctional chairs, Dodge has been incorporating them into paintings. They are in a variety of positions and layers creating the illusion that there is no beginning or end, just a great, limitless expanse.

Robert Dodge's works are included in the James A. Michener Art Museum’s new permanent installation, Intelligent Design which opened in February, 2012.

Education & Community

Education and Training:
MFA Painting, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1966
BFA Painting, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1965
BA Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1963
Connection to Bucks County:
Robert Dodge is a Bucks County resident, and taught at George School and the Bucks County Community College, both in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He resides part of the year in Berlin, Germany.
Colleagues and Affiliations:
Bruce Katsiff, Alan Goldstein, and wife Gwen Kerber. Robert Dodge's son, Jason Dodge is an internationally recognized artist.

Solo Exhibitions

Major Solo Exhibitions:

“Chairs, A Singular Vision,” Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003

34th Irene Leache Memorial Exhibition, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, 1998

“PostPennism,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware 1998

Clemson National Prine and Drawing Exhibition, Clemson, South Carolina, 1998

Annual Fall Exhibit, Station Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware, 1996

Small Works Show, Rabit Gallery, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1996

Furniture of the 90's ASOFA, Miami, Florida, 1995

“Masks and Mirrors,” Gallery 500, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1995

Craft ‘95, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 1995

Fall Opening Show, Station Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware, 1994

Clocks and Mirrors, Sansar Gallery, Washington DC, 1994

Jasuta Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994

Medici Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993

“Different Views: Shape, Pattern, Form,” Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1993

Ellarslie Open XII, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, 1993

“New Abstraction,” Rabbit Gallery, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1992

Furniture of the 90's ASOFA, Houston, Texas and Parsons School of Art, New York, New York, 1992

Designers Friday, AFD/ New York School of Interior Design, New York, New York, 1991

Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1989

Walton Education Center, George School, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 1972,1983

Group Exhibitions

Major Group Exhibitions:
“Intelligent Design,” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, permanent installation, 2012
“An Evolving Legacy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the James A. Michener Art Museum,” Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2009 – 2010
“Objects of Desire: Treasures from Private Collections,” James A. Michener Art Museum, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2005 – 2006
SAI Biennial Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005
“Wood Turning in North America since 1930,” Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2001
Bucks County Invitational V: “The Art Gene: Robert and Jason Dodge” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2000
“Domestic Spaces,” Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999
“Ten Years of Collecting,” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1998
Bucks County Invitational I, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1997
Faculty Exhibition, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1996
“19 Artists Interpret the Clock,” Sansar Gallery, Washington DC, 1992
University of Pennsylvania Alumni Exhibit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992
Bucks County Artist Biennial Juried Exhibition, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1992
Philadelphia Furniture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1991
“In Our Circle,” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1991
Art at Friends, Newtown Friends School, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1989
Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1984

Collections

Major Collections:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cicilia Crystol, New York, New York
Clapp and Eisenberg, ESQ, Newark, New Jersey
Spiro Daltus, Brown Daltus Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dupont Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey
The Equitable Corporation, New York, New York
Ethicon, Somerville, New Jersey
Garden State Park, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Jannsen Pharmaceutical, Washington Crossing, New Jersey
Johnson and Higgens, Carnegie Center, Princeton, New Jersey
Kraft Dairy Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
James A. Michener, Austin, Texas
James A. Michener Art Museum entrance hall, Ground-Breaking Shovel, painted by Robert Dodge, permanent exhibitions, June 10, 1992, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Charles O. Perry, Designer, Westport, Connecticut
Pennsylvania State University, State Park, Pennsylvania
Moe Septi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Squibb Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey
Sun Chemical Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Widener University, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Teaching and Awards

Teaching:
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1967 – 2005
George School Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1966

Lectures & Workshops:
Lecturer and Workshop, “Chair Dialogues,” Furniture Society Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, 2002
"Painted Furniture,” Art New England in conjunction with Massachusetts College of Art at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 1991, 1992
"Surface Decoration on Furniture" Peters Valley Craft Center, Peters Valley, New Jersey, 1990, 1991
Lecturer, “Collaboration in Furniture,” Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, 1990

Major Awards:
Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005
Prix de Rome, Painting, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, 1974-76
Augustus Trask Ashton Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, 1964-1966
Jay Gibson Gates Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, 1963-1966
Gorham P. Stevens Fellowship in Sculpture,n.d.

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