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Featured Artists: Albert Paley, Nick Cave, Carlton Ward and Anders Zorn

A metal sculptor wields the weight of his large designs, an artist’s “sojourn” leaves a lasting impression, a photographer showcases Florida’s unique ecosystem, and a 20th century Swedish painter is rediscovered.

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Albert Paley

Albert Paley, an active artist for over 40 years at his studio in Rochester, New York, is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect. “The allure of Paley’s art comes through its intrinsic sense of integration of art and architecture,” as one noted architect stated. Paley, Distinguished Professor, holds an Endowed Chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Some notable examples are the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Synergy, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia, the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany, Sentinel, a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester, NY. Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a 130’ long archway named Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoo, a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, OH, a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada, Threshold, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel, Rochester, NY, and Transformation, a ceremonial entranceway for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Broadly published and an international lecturer, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York in 1997, and the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden in 2012.

Slideshow at right: Sketches by Albert Paley. Photo credits: WXXI


Nick Cave

Taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s imagination, Nick Cave: Sojourn features approximately 40 new artworks including more than 20 new Soundsuits. Cave’s multi-sensory, immersive installation will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound, and movement.

In the exhibition, visitors see a passageway constructed of thousands of buttons; large-scale, sculptural objects made out of found objects; more than 20 new Soundsuits; and new short films.

Described as textiles-meet-modern dance, Cave’s colorful, larger-than-life sculptures have been displayed in museums and many of the Soundsuits have been worn by Cave and other professional dancers as part of performances. The Soundsuits consist of a wide variety of materials and are designed to make noise as the wearer moves.


Carlton Ward

Carlton Ward Jr. is an environmental photojournalist from Clearwater, Florida, with graduate training in ecology and anthropology. Through his photographs, he aims to promote conservation of natural environments and cultural legacies. At home and abroad, Carlton seeks stories where he can use photographs to make a difference.

Carlton’s passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight generations of family history have anchored his perspective. He sees cultural heritage and the natural environment as two of society’s greatest yet most threatened resources.

He regularly produces stories for newspapers and magazines including recent features in Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Outdoor Photographer.

Beyond the value for scientific record, Carlton recognizes the power of photographs to influence public perceptions and inspire change. He seeks pictures that capture the essence of subjects in a way that will engage readers and help carry the science-based messages to broader audiences.

Carlton continued that tradition by photographing endangered desert elephants in the Sahel region of Mali, at the edge of the Sahara near Timbuktu. He worked closely with researchers and conservationists from the WILD Foundation and Save the Elephants to raise awareness for this special herd – the last population of elephants in the Sahel of West Africa.

While at home in the US, Carlton turns his attention toward Florida conservation issues and is engaged in a number of long-term projects aimed at celebrating the state’s vanishing natural heritage as a tool for protecting it.

Slideshow below: Photographs by Carlton Ward, credit Carlton Ward


Anders Zorn

Anders Zorn (February 18, 1860 – August 22, 1920) was a Swedish painter and printmaker in etching. Zorn was born in Mora, Dalarna. He studied at Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden from 1875-1880. He became an international success as one of the most acclaimed portrait painters of his era. His sitters included three American Presidents, one of whom was Grover Cleveland in 1899. Zorn is also famous for his nude paintings and vivid depictions of water.

Some of his most important works can be seen at Nationalmuseum (National Museum of Fine Arts) in Stockholm. Among them is Midsummer Dance (1897), a depiction of dancers in the evening light of a rural Midsummer Eve celebration. Other museums holding works by Zorn include the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Zorn Collections in Mora (Dalarna County, Sweden) is a museum dedicated to the works of Anders Zorn. It was designed by Ragnar Östberg and opened in 1939.

  • Anders Zorn self portrait

    Anders Zorn, self portrait




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