Gilbert Boro

Gilbert Boro

Old Lyme, CT, United States

About Gilbert Boro

Gilbert Boro is an abstract sculptor with a focus on the interplay of space, place, and form. In his work, he prefers formal clarity to ornamentality and he relies on variations of complementary elements, such as planes juxtaposed with curves. Boro materials include stone, steel, wood, aluminum, and plastics. Where appropriate, he will use computer-aided design to model the spatial relationships of his working drafts.
The challenges and joys of creative activity are found in the visualization - as much as in the execution - of an idea. For Gilbert, working at sculpture is a compulsion not just a possibility. He believes that art doesn’t need to solve or interpret societal problems. Rather, the virtue of art is that it allows us to regain the creativity that we all had naturally as children. His approach engages with the entire process of sculpture, as he respects the history of figuration as well as the importance of the human form. His artistic process begins with the traditional practice of sketching and working out the form with maquettes. The specific scale of his sculptures is based on a consideration of sculpture as more than an object in space. It becomes a space in and of itself.

Boro has received two traveling fellowships and held many visiting teaching positions. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in the US and Europe.

Education

DEGREE PROGRAMS:
1975 Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY
1966 Bachelors of Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY
1961 Bachelors of Arts, Duke University, Durham, NC

ADDITIONAL STUDIES:
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT: stone and woodcarving
The Johnson Atelier, Hamilton, NJ: stone carving
Mass College of Art, Boston, MA: welding, metalworking and sculpture
Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY: studio art
New York University, New York, NY
Adelphi College, Garden City, NY

Events

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
Duke University, Durham, NC Panels & Presentations
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT Apprenticeship Program
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT Docent Presentations
Boston Architectural Center (BAC), Boston, MA Design Studio Instructor & Design Critic
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Design Critic and Presentations
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA Lectures
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA Design Criticism

HONORS AND AWARDS
Public Works Competition 2008, Havert L. Fenn Center, St. Lucie County, FL-Finalist
The Fifth Crossing Annual Juried Exhibition, Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, CT- Awards (3)
Sculptors Guild, New York, Juried Member
American Institute of Architects, Emeritus
President, Board of Trustees, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT
William Kinne Fellows Traveling Fellowship, Western Europe
Inter-American Development Fellowship, Mexico
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award
American Institute of Architects, Award of Merit
McGraw-Hill, Award of Merit

Exhibitions

2019
Solo Shows:
“Coming Together”, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester, CT
“Sculptural Works by Gilbert Boro”, The ESB Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
“Knot Theory”, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT

Group Shows:
Gallery 44, Old Lyme, CT
Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
“Summer Sculpture Showcase 2019”, Old Lyme, CT
“Nor’Easter Exhibition”, New Britain Museum of Contemporary Art, New Britain, CT
“Celebrating Summer’, Chester Gallery, Chester, CT
The Avenue Concept, Public Art, Providence, RI
“Changing Landscapes Exhibition”, Eustis Estate Museum, Milford, MA

2018
Group Shows:
62nd Regional Show, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
CAFA 107th Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CT
Midsummer Festival, Old Lyme, CT
Annual Juried Exhibition-Memory, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
The Chester Gallery - In the Elements, Chester, CT
“Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018”, Old Lyme, CT
“Regatta II/6 Brass & Teal”, Gallery 44, Old Lyme, CT
“Ball Beams and Curves I/18” Slate Gray, ADC Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH

2017
Group Shows:
Art Comes Alive, ADC Fine Art (awarded Metal Sculptor of the Year), Cincinnati, OH
61st Regional Show, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
CAFA 106th Annual Exhibition, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
NESA at the Boston Design Center, Boston, MA
Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
“Currently 80” New York Sculptors Guild, New York, NY
“This is Not Art” Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
“Summer Sculpture Showcase 2017”, Old Lyme, CT
“The Musical Masterworks Series”, Midsummer Festival, Old Lyme, CT
“Tres Gatos”, City of Palm Desert, CA
“The Wee Faerie Exhibition”, Florence Griswold Museum
“Ball Beams and Curves” ADC Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH
Sculptor’s Guild Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016
Solo Shows:
“Art & Wine”, The Study Fine Wines & Spirits, Greenwich, CT
Think Big, Start Small, ESB Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
“The Musical Masterworks Series”, Old Lyme, CT
Group Shows:
ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
“El Paseo Exhibition”, City of Palm Desert, CA
Art Expo, New York, NY
NESA “Centennial Celebration of National Parks”, Springfield, MA
Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
“Black & White”, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
“Think Big, Start Small”, ESB Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
“Summer Sculpture Showcase 2016”, Old Lyme, CT
Midsummer Festival, Old Lyme, CT

For exhibitions 2016 and prior see: https://www.gilbertboro.com/selected-shows