Albert Paley, an active artist for over 40 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 AIA’s highest award to a nonarchitect. “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 Rochester Institute of Technology. Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 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 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester, NY. Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a 130’ long archway named Animals Always for the St.Louis Zoo, a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, OH, a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada, Threshold, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel, Rochester, NY, 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.
Distinguished Professor holding the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Professorship in Contemporary Crafts,
School for American Crafts, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Rochester, New York
Selected Major Commissions
2017 Breckenridge, Colorado, Exterior plaza sculpture, currently in design and production.
2016 Fire Station Wall Relief, Tamaracs, Florida, Exterior wall relief.
2013 Cedar Rapids Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Regeneration, exterior plaza sculpture,
formed and fabricated painted steel, 19.5’ H x 43’ W x 13’ D
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester New York, Soliloquy,
exterior sculpture, Centennial Sculpture Park, formed and fabricated stainless steel with a
polychromed finish, 26’ h x 10’ diam
2012 Hershey Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey, Pa. The Promise, exterior plaza
sculpture, fabricated and polychromed steel. 40’ H
Hilo University, Hilo Hawaii, freestanding exterior entryway sculpture, 40’ H.
2011 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, external relief sculpture, 47’ L.
Wichita Waterwalk, Wichita, Kansas, exterior plaza sculpture, formed and fabricated
weathering steel, stainless steel and bronze, 40’ H.
2010 24th Street Bridge Sculptures, Council Bluffs, Iowa, four freestanding exterior
2009 Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia, freestanding exterior
Mexico Sculpture, Monterrey, Mexico, freestanding exterior sculpture
2008 Trenton Station, Trenton, New Jersey, Zenith, freestanding exterior sculpture.
Riviera Condominiums, Fort Myers, Florida, freestanding sculpture
Village of Hope, Orange County, California, entrance portal.
National Harbor, Alexandria, Virginia, exterior pylon sculptures.
2007 Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Transformation, entrance sculpture.
Klein Steel Corporation, Rochester, New York, Threshold, exterior sculpture.
2006 National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Good Shepard Chapel Entrance Gates.
St. Louis Zoological Park, St. Louis, Missouri, Animals Always, exterior plaza sculpture.
2005 Memphis Museum of Art, Memphis Tennessee, Memphis Portals, exterior gates.
2004 D C Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC. Epoch, exterior
Lake Mirror Park, Lakeland, Florida. Tribute to Volunteerism, exterior sculpture.
Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio. ceremonial archway.
Monahan Pacific, San Rafael, California. Volute, exterior sculpture.
M D Anderson Ambulatory, Houston, Texas. Tree of Life, interior sculpture.
2003 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Sentinel exterior sculpture.
2002 Hotel Pattee, Perry, Iowa. Reconfiguration, pair of sculptural archways for courtyard.
Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada. Constellation, sculptural relief for façade.
Columbia Public Library, Columbia, Missouri. Cypher, pair of entrance sculptures.
2001 Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida. Cross Currents, exterior sculpture.
99 North La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, California, Oblique, exterior sculpture.
The Commission Project, Rochester, New York. J D Award Sculpture.
2000 Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida. Portal Gates.
University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Architectural Screen.
Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York. Diversity Award Sculpture and
1999 Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, Stadium Gates.
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, Confluence, design of meeting and banquet
space including sideboards, sconces, and mirrors.
1998 Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, California. Horizon, exterior sculpture, water fountain
and lighting features for plaza complex.
Anchorage, Alaska, The Municipality of Anchorage, Solstice, exterior sculpture.
University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. Symbion, exterior sculpture.
1997 San Francisco Civic Center Court House, San Francisco, California. Design of
Rotunda Entrance Portals.
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Gnomon, exterior sculpture.
American Bankers Insurance Group, Miami, Florida. Exterior Sculpture.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Sculptures, honorary awards.
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Entrance Portals for Alumni Hall.
1996 Bausch and Lomb Corporate Headquarters, Rochester, New York. Genesee Passage,
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver Studios, Culver City, California. Primordial
Reflections, exterior sculpture
1995 Federal Building, Asheville, North Carolina. Passage exterior sculpture.
1994 Federal Courthouse, Camden, New Jersey. Metamorphosis, interior sculpture for
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Museum Bench.
1992 Montgomery County, Maryland, Silver Springs, Maryland. Criss-Cross, exterior
1991 State University, Phoenix Campus, Phoenix, Arizona. Ceremonial Gateway.
1990 AT&T, Promenade Two Building, Atlanta, Georgia. Olympia, exterior sculpture.
Roanoke Airport, Roanoke, Virginia. Aurora, exterior sculpture.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama. Confluence, exterior sculpture.
1989 City of Rochester, New York. Main Street Redevelopment Project. Bridge Railings.
Naples/Marco Philharmonic Building, Naples, Florida. Main Entrance Doors.
1988 Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York. Window Screen.
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York. Convergence, interior
State of Connecticut, Hartford Superior Court Building, Hartford, Connecticut. Hexad,
1987 Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas. Eight Stairway Sculptures.
Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Milk Street Station, Boston, Massachusetts.
Museum Towers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Synergy, exterior archway sculpture.
1986 Gannett Publishing Corporation, Washington, DC. Bronze Wall Relief
New York State, New York State Governor's Art Awards.
1985 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia. Pedestrian and Vehicular Entrance
The Willard Building, Washington, DC. Interior sculpture, Door Handles.
1984 Light Rail Transit System of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Poster Cases.
Harro Theater East, Rochester, New York. Conclave, exterior sculpture.
1983 Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel, Orlando, Florida. Stair Enclosure.
Clyde's Restaurant, Tyson's Corner, Virginia. Fountain.
Merritt Gallery, Rochester, New York. Entrance Gate.
Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC. Gates.
1982 Strong Museum, Rochester, New York. Exterior sculpture.
1981 Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Corporation, Washington, DC. Tree Grates
and Benches for Pennsylvania Avenue.
1980 New York State Senate Chambers, Albany, New York. Two pair Portal Gates.
Prospect Place, Washington, DC. Exterior Clock.
1979 Clyde's Restaurant, Tyson's Corner, Virginia. Pergola, Banisters, and Railings, Push
Plates for revolving doors.
1978 City of Philadelphia, Redevelopment Authority, Security Screens.
1976 Gannett Corporation, Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Rochester, New York. Fireplace
1975 Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sculpture Court Enclosure.
1974 Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art,
Washington, DC. Portal Gates.
Selected Permanent Collections
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
The British Museum, London, England
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Cambridge University, The Fitzwilliam Museum, England
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Gannett Publishing Corporation, Washington, DC
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
Museum of Art , Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Philadelphia Archdiocese, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
Strong Museum, Rochester, New York
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
2010 American Craft Council Gold Metal Award for consummate craftsmanship.
1997 Smithsonian Institution, Masters of the Medium Award, Washington, DC
1995 American Institute of Architects (AIA), Institute Honors Recipient, Lifetime Achievement
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Citation for Distinguished Service in
the Visual Arts
1994 American Craft Council (ACC), Inducted to the College of Fellows
1982 American Institute of Architects (AIA), Award of Excellence
2014 Albert Paley Retrospective, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.
2013 The Fund for Park Avenue, Paley on Park Avenue, 13 monumental sculptures exhibited
along the median of Park Ave, NYC.
2012 Albert Paley Sketches & Steel, The Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida.
2011 Albert Paley Sculpture, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida.
2010 Albert Paley in the 21st Century, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester,
Rochester, New York
Albert Paley: Celebrating a Contemporary American Sculptor, Joslyn Museum of Art,
Geometric, Staccato and Lyrical: The Sculpture of Albert Paley, The Clay Center,
Charleston, West Virginia
2009-10 Albert Paley: Dialogue with Steel, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
2008-09 Monumental Forms: Drawings, Models and Sculptures, Academy Art Museum, Easton,
2008 American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1970, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne,
Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum,
2007-09 Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, Craft in America Inc., traveling exhibition
In the Shadow of the Alps, St. Urban, Switzerland
2007-08 Ornament as Art: Avant Garde Jewelry From the Helen Williams Drutt Collection, The
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
2007 Albert Paley Portals & Gates, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
2006 Open Spaces, Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, British Columbia
2005 Transformations, the Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
2004 Art Toronto, 2004, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2003 Second International Sculpture Exhibition, Chetumal and Colima, Mexico
1999 Conju International Biennial ’99, Conju City, Korea
1997 Albert Paley: Selected Works, Fine Art Society, London, England
Art Expo Chicago, Selected Work from the Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1996 Art to Art: Paley, Dine, and Statom, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio.
Age of Steel: Recent Sculpture by Albert Paley, Museum of Art, Brigham Young
University, Provo, Utah
International Art Exhibition, Won-Kwang University, Iri City, Republic of South Korea
1993 Sculpture by Albert Paley, San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas
Towards a New Iron Age, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
1992 Albert Paley: Recent Sculpture, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida,
“Design Visions,” exhibition in association with The Second Australian International Crafts
Triennial, Perth, Australia
Tokyo Art Expo, exhibition of sculpture and project documentation. Tokyo, Japan.
1989 Albert Paley, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
1986-87 Design in America, a cultural exchange exhibition in Yugoslavia, sponsored by US
Information Agency, Washington, DC
1986 First World Congress of Iron, Aachen, West Germany
1976 Invitational Exhibition, Zlatarna Celje, Celje, Yugoslavia. Design Award.
Ratcliff, Carter. Albert Paley in the 21st Century. Rochester, New York: Paley Studios
Lucie-Smith, Edward. The Art of Albert Paley: Iron, Bronze, Steel. New York: Abrams,
Kuspit, Donald. Albert Paley Sculpture. Milan: Skira, 2006
Sims, Patterson. Albert Paley on Park Avenue. Milano, Italy. Silvana Editoriale, 2013
Gilbert, Lela. Albert Paley Reconfiguration. Pintaubo Press, 2008.
Shearer, Linda. Albert Paley Threshold. Milan: Skira, 2008.
Rowe, M. Jessica. Albert Paley Portals and Gates. Ames, Iowa: University Museums,
Iowa State University, 2007.
Kuspit, Donald. Albert Paley: Sculpture. Milan, Italy: Skira, 2006.
Yarrington, James ed. Sentinel: The Design, Fabrication, & Installation of the
Monumental Sculpture by Albert Paley at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. New
York: RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2005.
FSU Museum of Fine Arts. Albert Paley: Sculpture, Drawings, Graphics, and Decorative
Arts. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida State University, 2001.
BYU Museum of Art. Albert Paley: Age of Steel. Utah: Brigham Young University, 1996.
Memorial Art Gallery. Inspiration & Context: The Drawings of Albert Paley. Rochester,
New York: University of Rochester, 1994.
Selected Film and Video
2013 Craft In America, Forged, Produced by Carol Sauvion, PBS
2013 Albert Paley on Park Avenue, Produced by Brianna Byrne, WXXI, Local Broadcast and
international Internet distribution May – June 2013.
2006 Machi, Tony, Albert Paley: In Search of the Sentinel. Produced and directed by Tony
Machi, Machi and Machi Productions. Winner of a Golden Eagle Award and a New York
State Emmy Award. (Approx. 60 min. High Definition video) PBS National Broadcast.
1999 Machi, Tony, Albert Paley: Man of Steel. Produced and directed by Tony Machi, Machi
and Machi Productions. (Approx. 57 min. video color/sound) PBS National Broadcast,
January 12, 2001.
1994 Albert Paley - Metal Artist. NHK TV (Japanese Public Television). In Japanese (Approx.
20 min., HDTV color/sound).
1987 Albert Paley's Albany Gates. Produced and directed by Bill Rowley (58 min.,
2012 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, The University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
1997 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, State University of New York at Brockport, Brockport,
1996 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
1989 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
1966-69 Master of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1962-66 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania