Robert Russin 1914-2007

Robert Russin Marble Sculpture
Robert Russin 1914-2007 Marble Sculpture

Born 1914, in New York City died in 2007, well recognized American Artist.
Russin was educated at the City College of New York where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1933 and his master’s in 1935. He completed additional graduate work at New York’s Beaux Arts Institute of Design. Already accomplished by his mid-twenties, Russin won two national federal sculpture competitions. While still in New York, Russin taught at the Cooper Union Art School for three years. He later earned a Ford Foundation fellowship, which allowed him to study in Italy.
In 1947, Russin made a dramatic change and left New York for Laramie, Wyo., where he accepted a teaching position at the University of Wyoming. The young artist and his wife and children experienced quite a culture shock, relocating from the metropolis to a small, windswept university town, but the move was definitely a positive one. Russin came to consider Wyoming his home. He taught at the university for four decades.
Russin created the Robert Russin Excellence Award in Figurative Sculpture, which continues his artistic and educational legacy to this day.