Roberta has been making art, studying art and teaching art throughout her life. She taught at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, full-time from 1966 to 2008. Prior to that, she received her BFA in 1960 from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and her MFA in 1962 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL, and coursework from the University of Michigan and the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Roberta has served on arts council boards, juried many art exhibitions including the NCECA Regional Student Exhibition, and won awards and prizes in art, including a Fulbright Grant to study art in Spain with José Lloréns Artigas from 1962-64. She was named a teaching fellow in the Humanities Institute in Management at Hartwick College in 1990. Roberta was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study ancient Mesoamerican civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1991. She received the Hartwick College Teacher/Scholar Award in 1995-96, as well as 15 Hartwick College Faculty Research Grants, the latest in 2005. She is the American correspondent for Cerámica magazine in Madrid, in which two articles on prominent ceramists (Hirosune Tashima, Otto Heino) were published in 2010. In recognition of volunteer work in the Oneonta community, Roberta received the 2001 Charles W. Hunt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Service to the Arts Community from Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts in Oneonta.
A world traveler and an active, producing artist, her work in ceramics, sculpture, hot glass, drawing and painting has been exhibited nationally and internationally for over five decades in 33 individual exhibitions, 139 invitational shows, and 110 juried exhibitions in the USA, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Sweden and Japan. Her artwork is included in periodicals, books, museums, public, corporate and private collections in the USA, Spain, Mexico, Italy, England, Sweden and Japan. Public collections include: Munson Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art, Utica, NY, The Everson Museum of Art, Museù de Cerámica, Instituto de Estudios Norte-Americanos and L’Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain. References found in books include: Works by Ceramic Artists from Around the World, Shanghai, 2006, Ceramic Extruding by Tom & Jean Latka, 2001, Mastering the Craft, by Richard Zakin, 2001, 1990, Contemporary Ceramics, by Susan Peterson, 2000, Design Sourcebook CERAMICS, by E. de Waal, 1999, The Best of Pottery by J. Fairbanks & A. Fina, 1996. Selected periodicals in which artwork appears have included: Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Craft Horizons, Cerámica, (Madrid), RevistArt (Barcelona), Ceramics Art and Perception and Ceramics Technical (Australia). Newspaper reviews with photos of work on exhibit are numerous. They include "EL Periódico," "Avui," and "La Vanguardia," Barcelona, Spain, "The Daily Star," Oneonta, NY, and "The Garden Island," Lihu'e, HI.
Roberta exhibited a large ceramic installation in the group show, Physical Substance, Space & Light at the University of Charlotte, NC, January through March 2001. Six of her installations were presented in a solo show at the Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY in August 2001. In addition to inclusion of work in numerous group exhibitions, juried and invitational, as well as various awards, Roberta's work was showcased in a 50 year retrospective at the Yager Museum, Oneonta, NY in 2003. Sixty works in ceramics, sculpture, hot glass, mixed-media installations, paintings, and drawings by Roberta were on view from February through May 2003. She began work on TECTONICS, Mural of a Rockface at Hartwick College in June 2005, completing it October 20, 2007. The 25 foot wide mural is composed of reduction-fired stoneware clay combined with hand-cast, cobalt colored cut glass, integrated into the design to symbolize the sky. It is located in Anderson Center for the Arts, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. Click here to view the work. Although retired from teaching after 42 years in 2008, Roberta continues to actively produce and exhibit art. Selected recent activities include: First Prize, Graphics, "The Mansion,” Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, Oneonta, NY, 2009; inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, 33rd edition, 2013, as well as the Marquis Who’s Who in America, 69th edition, 2015. A solo show, Roberta Griffith, of new work was exhibitied the Kaua’i Museum, Lihu’e, HI in the fall of 2010. Roberta was one of 11 artists from the state invited to exhibit in Artists of Hawai'i 2013" in the Honolulu Museum of Art. Roberta has work included in shows at galerie 103, in Kukui'ula, Kaua'i, HI, as a gallery artist, "Stuck in the Sand." A ceramic mask was in the "Schaffer Portrait Challenge 2012," and a large, painted self-portrait was selected for the "Schaffer Portrait Challenge 2015" in The Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
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