Landforms Sculpture on display at Center for the Arts of Homer
The Landforms sculpture,created for the 2017 Glimmerglass Summer festival, will be on display in front of the Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 South Main St., Homer, NY, for the upcoming year. In conjunction with these works, smaller sculptures will be included in a two person show, April 25 to June 5, in the Center for the Arts Gallery.
Landforms Sculpture to be installed at Glimmerglass for summer festival
Rob has been invited to install a new grouping of two Landforms
sculptures at the annual Glimmerglass Summer Opera Festival, near Cooperstown, NY, for the 2017 season. The playfully interactive works, which celebrate the topography of the Central New York landscape will be on view from June to August.
Licht wins Best in Show at Corners Gallery Show
Rob's work: Tangle/Untangle#2 was awarded Best in Show for the juried show Order/Chaos: the world that surrounds. The runs from February 10 to March 1, 2017, at the Corners Gallery, In Ithaca, NY.
The work is a part of his Baie Ste. Marie series of images that document his actions of untangling and reoqrganizing found rope and fishing gear of the shore of the Nova Scotia bay.
Rob Licht completes Civil War Nurses Memorial
In October, 2016, Rob Licht completed the Civil War Nurses Memorial, installed on the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus in Dryden, NY. The sculpture consists of 4 silhouettes of Civil War Nurses holding functional lanterns and commemorates nurses who served from the region. The project was funded by the TC3 Foundation and supported by the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission.
Congressman Tom Reed Issued an official proclamation recognizing Rob's efforts.
Selected for 2016 Show at MWPAI
Rob Licht was selected for the exhibition: Elemental: The 64th Exhibition of Central New York Artists, at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, in Utica, NY. The exhibition, which ran from February 27 to May 2, 2016, showcased eight regional artists whose work relates to earth, fire, water and air.
Included were works on paper, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, installations, and video. Mary Murray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary art, was the curator.
MLK Sculpture brought back the Ithaca Commons
The Ithaca Commons rebuild project was completed in August of 2015, including the re-siting of Rob Licht's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial sculpture prominently on the Eastern end of the Commons. During the multi-year project, the sculpture was temporarily placed in nearby Dewitt Park. It has quickly become a favorite feature of the new Commons.
Awarded SOS grant from CAP
Rob Licht was awarded a Community Arts Partnership Special Opportunity Stipend to cover travel expenses to and from Nova Scotia for his September, 2014 Residency.
Cazenovia Landforms Installed at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, wins Best in Show
Cazenovia Landforms, a grouping of three interactive topographic sculptures, now on permanent loan to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia has been sited overlooking the rolling landscape that was the inspiration for the piece. Before the installation, they were included in the show "All Things Cazenovia" which ran June- July of 2014 at the park's gallery and won the Best in Show prize! It is worth a trip to the park to see this piece in such an appropriate setting.
Awarded residency in Nova Scotia, September 2014
I'm looking forward to heading to Nova Scotia for four weeks in September and attending the Baie Saint Marie Artist and Family Residency. The residency was established by the generosity of the Jenny family and is administered through the Maine College of Art. Once there I plan letting the extreme landscape of high tides and rocky coast inspire me to create a new project.
Wilderness Bisect Project At SUNY Cortland's Raquette Lake Camp Huntington
Rob Licht was recently a visiting artist for SUNY Cortland at their Outdoor Education Center on Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. Over the weekend of September 20-22, 2013, Licht worked with Art students on the grounds of historic Camp Huntington to create an environmental sculpture titled Wilderness Bisect.
The camp was originally owned by Thomas C. Durant, who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad. The sculpture installation acknowledged that effort by connecting opposite sides of the peninsula with a 2200 foot straight line of surveyors tape. The students worked in two teams from opposite sides; where they met was marked by the placement of a golden railroad spike in acknowledgment of the famous event attended by Durant and others at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869.
The work examines the complex history of the Adirondacks and connection of wealthy robber barons to the eventual preservation of the Adirondack wilderness. It also serves as transect, providing viewers the opportunity to objectively assess the wilderness and reflect upon it.
Licht will give a talk on the work at SUNY Cortland's Dowd Gallery on October 30, 2013.
Solo Show of New Work in Ithaca March 2012
Rob Licht presented a new body of artwork in a show titled:
A Dialogue with the Landscape: New Work From the Edge of the Great Basin at the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) ArtSpace, Center Ithaca, 171 The Commons, Ithaca, NY in March of 2012
In the spring of 2012 Licht was awarded an artist residency at at Playa, in eastern Oregon's high desert, this show featured work from that residency. His work takes a new direction (away from sculpture) with a series of digital photos, small paintings and large drawings. The photographs document interventions, temporary installations or actions that he did in the landscape around Playa. The paintings are sourced from the atmospheric effects of the changing light, saline dust and clouds over the shallow lake bed.
Licht, a prominent local artist, is a recent recipient of a CAP Fellowship for Artist, and has recently completed public artworks such as the MLK Commemorative Sculpture on the Commons, Landforms, an outdoor sculpture installation at Cazenovia College and one of the 21 Boxes utility box paintings.
In conjunction with the show Licht gave a gallery talk March 14 in the gallery space.