ROBERT WANDS was born June 1939 in Denver, Colorado. He won a scholarship to the University of Denver and graduated with his Master's Degree in 1963. Robert also completed one year of graduate work at Western Reserve University and advanced study at the University of Colorado.
Robert won First Prize in 1962 at the Cleveland Institute of Art; Honorable Mention at the Missouri Valley Exhibition in 1963; Purchase Prize at the Colorado State Fair Exhibition in 1965; the Purchase Prize, Blossom Festival in 1967.
It was noted during his competitions that, "Robert's work, while modern, is derived from natural forms and is beautiful in color and design. These paintings are creative works that are extremely pleasing. He is a good craftsman and technician."
Also, from the Rocky Mountain News concerning the 12th Annual Exhibition, Metropolitan Denver: "One of the most attention-grabbing abstracts of the show is "Oriental Backlash" by Robert Wands, which employs Far Eastern calligraphy spun into active swirls of color".
Robert taught one year for the University of Denver then began teaching in the art department of Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo in September 1963.
Robert, his wife Carol, and their two daughters, Cassie and Kirby, made Pueblo their home, enjoying summers in Estes Park.
In 1996, Robert retired as Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo.
As a young man, Robert studied with his father, Alfred Wands. By the time he was twelve, the young Wands was attending his father's adult classses at the YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park, and helping the other students when his father was busy.
Robert could work in almost all media, including oils, pastels and watercolors, by the time he got to high school.
Robert and his father, Alfred, shared their passion as artists.
Following are excerpts from newspaper articles interviewing the father and son:
Tribune, January 28, 1984 - "Artists Alfred Wands, and his son Robert Wands, are exhibiting their work at UNC's Michener Library through March 9. Alfred's oil painting "Church in New Mexico", and Robert's acrylic "Late Autumn" show the difference in painting styles."
Denver Post, December 26, 1986 - "Although their interpretations of nature are different, the father and son respect and admire each other's approach. They can't resist good-natured arguments, however, and they put on a demonstration years ago, at a Denver convention. Each began a landscape to which the other would add "improvements" with his brush. "We had the audience in stitches," says Alfred.
Alfred Wands remembers, "I found I had to burn my canvas when I didn't like them, because Robert, when he was 8, was taking paintings I had thrown away out of the trash cans and selling them to the neighbors for a quarter a piece." Alfred laughs heartily at that recollection."
Robert and Alfred presented Father and Son Shows for Estes Park Art Center, 1988; Bank Western, Denver in 1985; Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo in 1984; University of Northern Colorado, Greeley in 1984.
In 1995, Robert and Alfred opened Wands Gallery in the Courtyard on Virginia Dr., in downtown Estes Park.
Monte Vista Journal - June 7, 1995 "Workers raised a 7 by 32 foot painting to its home at the chapel at the Colorado State Veterans Center Thursday. The painting is a commissioned piece painted by Pueblo artist Robert Wands and is funded through the state's "Art in Public Places" project. Kralik said Wands' sketches of a mountain sunset landscape were chosen from the four finalists because of the quieting, soothing nature of his work."
In 1996, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center added Robert's "Lake Louise", oil on canvas, 48" x 66", to their permanent collection, made possible by the Snyder Acquisition Fund.
Robert is listed in Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in American Art.
Robert has served as art judge for:
Canon City Schools Art Show; Colorado Springs Art Center Spring Show; Colorado Springs Art Guild; Hotchkiss Black Canyon Art Show; Steamboat Art Show; LaJunta Southeast Colorado Art Show; Lamar Southeast Colorado Art Show; Pueblo Art Guild Spring Show.
One Man Show - Nemick Thompson Gallery, Pueblo, CO - 2004; Two Man Show - Robert & Alfred Wands - Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center - Nov 17 thru Feb 2, 2001; One Man Show - Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO - 1996; One Man Show - Colorado Gallery, 1994; One Man Show - University of Southern Colorado Art Gallery, Pueblo, CO - 1989; Father anad Son Show - Estes Park Art Center, Estes Park, CO - 1988; Two Man Show - Gallery Room 8th and Main, Pueblo, CO - 1987; One Man Show - Off Broadway Art Galleries, Pueblo, CO- 1986; Father and Son Show - Bank Western, Denver, CO - 1985; Father and Son Show - Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO - 1984; Father and Son Show - University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO - 1984; Three Man Show - Off Broadway - Art Galleries, Pueblo, CO - 1982 and 1983; One Man Show - University of Southern Colorado Art Gallery, Pueblo, CO - 1981.
Pueblo Bank, Art for Chirstmas 2002 & 2003; Art Resources of Southern Colorado Traveling Show, 1994; Colorado Rockies Exhibition, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, 1994; Colorado State Fair Art Exhibit, 1993; University of Southern Colorado Faculty Art Exhibit, Annually; Southern Colorado Invitational, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, 1992; The Best of the Sangre de Cristo Exhibit, Sangre de Cristo Art Center - 1991; Art Educators Exhibit, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO - 1991.
Colorado State Veteran's Center; Dain Bosworth; University of Denver; Norwest Bank; United Bank; Colorado Women's College; Intrawest Bank; Western Colorado Center for the Arts; Colorado National Bank; University of Southern Colorado; Pueblo Bank and Trust; Sangre de Cristo Art Center; Pueblo Teachers Credit Union.