ROBERT RUSTERMIER

"My intent as an artist is simply to satisfy my curiosity about things that interest me in the world in visual terms."
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Rustermier was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1957. He took his undergraduate degree in Art at New College of the University of South Florida, USF’s honors college in Sarasota, and his Masters degree in Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. After graduating with his MFA he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for post-graduate studio study at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and exhibited throughout the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Having personally contacted and compiled an extension collection of slides, artist statements and resumes from a select list of prominent American ceramics artists, and under the sponsorship of the US Cultural Section of the US Embassy in Prague — a collection eventually donated to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague for their image file — he then lectured widely throughout Europe on American ceramics. In conjunction with that effort, and having collected hundreds of slides, artist statements and resume’s from Czech ceramic artists, he then lectured widely on contemporary Czech Ceramics throughout the Northeastern United States on his return.

He and his lovely wife Courtney have made their home in Providence, Rhode Island. Recently retired from a 30+year career in university-level teaching in the arts, his focus now is on full-time art-making. He continues to exhibit widely. His studio is located in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Education:

10/93 to 3/95 Fulbright Fellowship for post-graduate studio study, Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

1993 MFA Ceramics Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1991 BA Fine Arts New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida

1989 AA Ceramics Manatee Community College, Bradenton, Florida

Awards:

2000 Attleboro Millennium Pole Art Festival, Attleboro Museum of Art, City of Attleboro, MA -- First Prize

1993 - 94 Fulbright Fellowship for post-graduate studio study at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic Fulbright Fellowship award extended from 7/94 through 1/95 Fulbright Travel Grant awarded 12-20-94 in connection with lecture American Ceramics: A Visual Survey

1992 - 93 Dean’s List, Spring 1993, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Posey Scholar Award, Leslie T. and Francis U. Posey Foundation, Sarasota, FL

1991 - 92 Posey Scholar Award, Leslie T. and Francis U. Posey Foundation, Sarasota, FL Scholarship Grant, Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

1990 - 91 Scholarship Grant, Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL New College Foundation Research and Travel Scholarship, New College of the Univ. of South Florida, Sarasota

1989 - 90 Scholarship Grant, Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

Untitled ii (@1/2°; lines and dots series)

Untitled ii (@1/2°; lines and dots series)

Oil paint-pigmented paraffin wax on panel, triptych Dimensions: 30"h x 66"w x 2 1/4"d Year: 2021

Untitled E (@1/2º; lines and dots series)

Untitled E (@1/2º; lines and dots series)

Oil paint-pigmented paraffin wax on panel Dimensions: 30h x 22w x 2 ¼”d Year: 2019

Untitled W (@1/2°; lines and dots series)

Untitled W (@1/2°; lines and dots series)

Oil paint-pigmented paraffin wax on panel Dimensions: 22"h x 30”w x 2 ¼”d Year: 2019

Untitled AA (@1/2°; lines and dots series)

Untitled AA (@1/2°; lines and dots series)

Oil paint-pigmented paraffin wax on panel, diptych Dimensions: 30"h x 44"w x 1 3/4"d Year: 2020