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 Portrait of Rob Evans in his Studio, Bill Simone Photography, ©2008  www.billsimonephotography.com

 

B I O G R A P H Y

Rob Evans is an artist and independent curator who lives and works near Wrightsville, PA. He received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1981 and has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the E.D. Foundation, the Eben Demarest Trust and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
          
Evans' meticulous paintings and drawings have been featured in numerous solo and curated group exhibitions at such places as the Tretyakov Museum, Moscow; Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts;  Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; Arkansas Art Center; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; National Science Foundation; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA and an exhibition of American drawings organized by the Smithsonian Institution which toured internationally. In 2001, Evans' 10 foot long painting, Cicada, traveled to five museums around the state of Pennsylvania as part of the exhibit, Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting 1950-2000 and is now on long-term display at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.

Evans' work can be found in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art; Corcoran Museum of Art; Achenbach Foundation of the California Legion of Honor, San Francisco Art Museums; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Portland (OR) Art Museum; State Museum of Pennsylvania; Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ; James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA; Lancaster(PA) Museum of Art; Allentown (PA) Art Museum; and the University of Delaware. His paintings have been featured in numerous books, newspapers and magazines and on public radio and television. 

As an independent curator Evans organized and guest curated the exhibit Transforming the Commonplace: Masters of Contemporary Realism at the Susquehanna Art Museum which featured major work by such internationally acclaimed painters as Antonio Lopez Garcia, Odd Nerdrum, Jamie Wyeth, William Beckman, Bo Bartlett, Vincent Desiderio, Gregory Gillespie, Steven Assael, Tom Uttech, Neil Welliver and Brett Bigbee among many others. Evans also recently organized and guest curated the traveling exhibition titled Visions of the Susquehanna featuring paintings of this extraordinary river spanning more than 250 years. Included in the exhibit are such prominent American artists as Benjamin West, Joshua Shaw, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Thomas Moran, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Worthington Whittredge, Charles Demuth, Lloyd Mifflin, Raoul Middleman, Leonard Koscianski, Mark Innerst, Randall Exon, Peter Paone, Matthew Daub and Debra Bermingham to name just a few.