Born in 1938 in Topeka, Kansas, Robert Ebendorf received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967-71) and the State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88). In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in the crafts and commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and is represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the British Museum, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, and the Yale University Art Gallery, just to name a few.
In 2016, He retired from East Carolina University of Greenville, North Carolina after having served as the first Belk Distinguished Professor in the School of Art and Design and holding the artist in residence position for the Honors Program. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He was awarded the 2010 North Carolina Governors Award as well as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from SNAG. Until recently he held Guest Professorship status at the University of West England in Bristol, UK.
The Smithsonian institution invited him to participate in its Archives of American Art Oral History Program, and recently acquired all of his papers, photographs, drawings and models from his life and extensive career.
Capping it off with Ebendorf-
Bob will be enlightening us on the topic of artistic integrity and community as he presents his lecture titled “Forward Motion.”