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Albert Paley

 (born 1944)
Albert Paley is active/lives in New York.  Albert Paley is known for abstract metalwork sculpture.

Albert Paley

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He made his name initially as an art jeweler in New York City and in 1969 moved to Rochester, New York to teach at the Rochester Institute. With the recognition he earned from his "Portal Gates" at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, he switched permanently to metal sculpture and decorative arts.

He and his wife live in a three-story carriage house on part of an estate of a Western Union founder. They bought the place in 1980 in Rochester when most of their friends were living in lofts in New York City.

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Albert Paley, an active artist for over forty 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 Institutes 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 the Rochester Institute of Technology. Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than fifty 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 sixty-five foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb's headquarters in Rochester, New York. Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a one hundred and thirty foot long archway titled Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoo, a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio, a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada, Threshold, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel, Rochester, New York, 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. COLLECTIONS: American Craft Museum, New York, New York Arkansas Arts Center Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama The British Museum, London, England The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, England Gannett Publishing Corporation, Washington, DC Grace Episcopal Church, Scottsville, New York High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, California Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Tennessee Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota Mint Museum of Craft and Design Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey Philadelphia Archdiocese, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Strong Museum, Rochester, New York Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio University of Illinois, Normal, Illinois Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia The White House, Washington, D.C. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut SCULPTURE PARKS AND GARDENS: 2010- University of Kentucky Art Museum Sculpture Park, Temporary installation of the sculpture Sylvan. 2007- Art St. Urban, Lucerne, Switzerland, In the Shadow of the Alps. Temporary installation of the sculpture Portal. 2001 Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. Permanent installation of sculpture Continuum. 2001- DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Temporary installation of sculpture Apollo. 1996- Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. Temporary installation of several large scale sculptures. 1994- Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York. Temporary installation of Zoo Gate Prototype. 1992-00 Eastman Plaza, Rochester, New York. Temporary installation of sculpture Wedge

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About  Albert Paley

Born:  1944
Known for:  abstract metalwork sculpture