Graham|Shay 1857 highlights a special figurative sculpture by Rhoda Sherbell:
Rhoda Sherbell attended the Art Students League in 1951–52, studying with William Zorach and Reginald Marsh. She became an instructor of sculpture at the League in 1988. Over the course of her career, she has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, among them, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Museum of Natural History.
Among her awards are a Ford Foundation Grant, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts Award, The National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. The National Association of Women Artists awarded her Artist of the Year, 2013.
Interview with Rhoda Sherbell, The Art Students League, November 26, 2016:
“The friendship I had with the Zorach’s lasted well beyond the time I spent at the League. They invited me and my family up to Maine. I was with William Zorach when he got sick. Marguerite, his wife, would call me up and say, Rho, you’ve got to come because you perk him up. She said he would even put on a tie when I would come. He let me work with him in the studio.
“It was very hard for me because he worked very large, and, at that time, I was not used to working on a large scale. He was doing sculpture, pieces for outdoor monuments. Whatever he said to work on, I never said no to. If he wanted me to do a whole thigh or a leg, I knew how to do it. I always instinctively knew the figure.” (The Art Students League, Interview with Rhoda Sherbell, November 16, 2016).
For more details on this figurative sculpture, please visit the art gallery’s website at grahamshay.com.
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