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Robert L. Wood

(716) 878-4414
Campus Addess: Upton Hall 129A

Ceramics Program Coordinator

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Robert L. Wood is professor of art and design and coordinator of the ceramics program at SUNY Buffalo State and has been teaching at the college for the past 34 years. Participating in over 200 juried and invitational art exhibitions at the international, national, and regional levels, his work has received 12 national awards and has been included in 15 books, numerous magazines, and over 100 exhibition catalogs. He has juried national art exhibitions and given numerous lectures and workshop demonstrations on his work throughout the US and abroad. 

Abbreviated Resume


M.F.A./Ceramics, Indiana State University, 1987, Terre Haute, Indiana

Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts, University of Dallas, 1983, Irving, Texas

Publications featuring work (selected):

15 books and over 100 exhibition catalogs and numerous newspaper articles and magazines including:

“Robert L. Wood: Sculptures by Chapters”.  Ceramics: Art and Perception issue 104 (2016): 38-43.

_____.  500 Ceramic Sculptures.  Asheville:  Lark Books. 2009. Photos, pp. 112, 194

Piepenburg, Robert.  The Spirit of Ceramic Design, 2008, photo p. 149

500 Ceramics Sculptures.  Asheville:  Lark Books, 2008., photos pp. 112, 194

500 Platters, Plates & Chargers.  Asheville:  Lark Books, 2008.

Mills, Maureen.  Surface Design for Ceramics.  Asheville:  Lark Books, 2008, photo p. 129

Marquis Who's Who in American Education, 1999, 2006-2007, 2007-08

Marquis Who's Who in American Art, 2005-2006, 2007-08

 500 Teapots.  Lark Books, 2002.  Color photo, p. 99

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics: Mastering the Craft.  2nd edition. Iola : Krause Publications, 2001. Photo, p. 74.

Burleson, Mark. The Ceramic Glaze Handbook: Materials, Techniques, Formulas. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2001. Photos, pp. 87, 96.

Acero, Raul. Making Ceramic Sculpture. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2000. Photo, p. 102.

Marquis Who's Who in the World, Millennium edition (17th edition), 2000

The Best of Pottery 2. Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998. Photo, p. 20.

The Ceramic Design Book. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 1998. Photo, p. 170.

Recent exhibitions and awards (selected):

Over 200 exhibitions including:

2021 Trilogies XXXII, Western New York Artists Group Gallery, Buffalo, Three-person Invitational Regional Exhibition

2019  Extraordinary Forms V Clay Invitational, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, New York, Regional Group Invitational Exhibition

2015  Extraordinary Forms IV:  The Ceramics Legacy of Robert L. Wood, Kenan House Gallery, Lockport, New York, One-person Exhibition, Invitational

UDallas: Clay Nucleus, Winter Street Studios, NCECA Conference Exhibition, Houston, TX,  Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas,  Haggerty Art Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, TX, Invitational National Group Exhibition
Enlightened Earth: The Ceramics Invitational, Arts Center Gallery, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, Invitational Regional Grou

Summer Glass Invitational 2011, Exhibit A Contemporary Art Gallery, Corning, New York, National
Invitational Group Exhibition

Extraordinary Forms II: 40 years of Craft Media, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, New York
National Invitational Group Exhibition

Art in Craft Media 2009, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, Regional Invitational Exhibition

Buffalo State  Research Foundation Incentive Grant. Faculty exchange with Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Buffalo Artists. Center For Inquiry/Transnational, Amherst, New York, Invitational Group Exhibition

Clay, Fiber, Metal, Wood, Indigo Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Invitational Group Exhibition

Artistry in Clay, Fiber, Glass, Metal, and WoodBurchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York

Solo Exhibition, Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan

Solo Exhibition, Arthur Butcher Gallery, Concord University, Athens, West Virginia

Clay Mechanics II, National Juried Group Exhibition, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Extraordinary Forms: Bi-National Clay, International Invitational Exhibition, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, NY

Skin Deep: Ceramic Surfaces, National Juried Group Exhibition, Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery, Francis Marion Univ., Florence, South Carolina

Materials:  Hard and Soft, National Juried Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Denton, Texas

Art Exchange 4th Quarter Alternative Media Exhibition, On-line National Juried Art Exhibition

Materials: Hard and Soft, National Juried Group Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Denton, Texas

2004 Art on Axis Clay Exhibition, National Invitational Exhibition, Axis Architecture, Indianapolis, IN

3rd Annual Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, National Juried, Celadon Clay Art Gallery, Watermill, NY

Creating Old and New Ceramics, National Invitational Exhibition, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana

Craftforms 2003, National Juried Group Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

First Place  AwardCeramics 2003, The Fourth Biennial Exhibit of North American Clay, National Juried Group Exhibition, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, Connecticut

Ceramics USA 2003, National Juried Exhibition, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX

Art Tech Mixed Media Award, 
Westmoreland Art Nationals 2002, National Juried Group Exhibition, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

14th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, National Juried Group Exhibition San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas

Edinboro National Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

Rendezvous 2001, National Invitational Exhibition, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska

Craft Forms 2001, National Juried Group Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Individual Artist 2001 Recognition Award for Exceptional Contributions, Esprit de Corps, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York  

Impressions in Clay, National Juried Group Exhibition, Chester Springs Studio Center for Visual Arts, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

Sculpture in Clay: Richard Hirsch, Nancy Jurs, Bill Stewart, Robert L. Wood, Invitational Exhibition Rockefeller Arts Center Gallery, State University College at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

21st Century Award for AchievementInternational Biographical Centre, 2000


Crafts USA Today, National Juried Exhibition, Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, Connecticut

Two Person Exhibition, Robert Wood and Mark Lavatelli, Gallery 101 Bistro, Buffalo, New York

1999 National Ceramic Competition, National Juried Group Exhibition, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama

The National Award of Excellence, Best of Both Exhibitions, 
Westmoreland Art Nationals, National Juried Group Exhibitions, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

Crafts National 32, National Juried Group Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Contemporary New York State Crafts, State Juried Group Exhibition, NY State Museum, Albany, NY

Art Decade, National Invitational Group Exhibition, Hulman Memorial Student Union Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

One Person Exhibition, Appalachian Center for the Crafts, Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookville, TN

Tenth Rosen National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Crafts National 30, National Juried Group Exhibition, Zoeller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Terra Firma National Ceramics Exhibition, Daniel Corbin Gallery at the Corbin Art Center, Spokane, WA

1995 Ceramics USA Exhibition, National Juried Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Denton, Texas


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