SEROnline, Summer 2012

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The Struggles are the remains of a stuffed animal after being infused with porcelain slip, formed and fired. They signify the acts of cremation and preservation, and transformation; in subject, concept and material. Each Struggle recalls the emotional past of a toy while suggesting a new potential for narrative or play.

Rob has shown in eleven solo exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions throughout the United States, Korea, China, England, and Canada He earned an MFA in painting and drawing at the University of Tennessee and has taught art and design at Limestone College, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Rob has been awarded multiple fellowships and honors, including a 2009 fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and a 2007 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship.

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