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Robert Sullivan

My work is collected both locally and internationally. I've been educating art students in New England since the Millennium.

Job Artist / Educator / Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Lives In Nason's Corner

Born and raised in NYC.

Trained in Painting and Illustration at the School of Visual Arts: BFA 1993.

Freelanced as an illustrator in the publishing/advertising arena for over a decade.

Began gallery career with representation in Portland (Jameson Gallery) in 2003.

Assistant Professorship at the Maine College of Art  2009-2018

Received Master's in Studio Art and Critical Theory at Lesley University College of Art & Design in 2012.

 

Why did you choose Portland? It is possibly the most artful community per capita in New England. It is truly a creative center for all forms of artistic endeavor - and it is thriving thanks to the openness of the artists that have decided to make this place their home.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Lisa Pixley has been instrumental in bringing printmaking in Portland to the community. Initially, she headed up the presses at Pickwick Independent Press, concretizing a permanent position in the Arts District. She has since moved on to WIP Editions, a personal project that features her own excellent work, but also opens the doors to collaborative efforts. Chris Patch at the Portland Museum of Art does wonderful work, curating quality art. all while maintaining a vibrant practice. Ali Malone and Ben Ray have amassed a fantastic collection of artworks -- notable due to the predominance of work by local, practicing artists. Their renovated John Howards Stevens home houses this carefully curated collection beautifully.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Three primary things: 1 - A visit to the Portland Museum of Art. 2 - A stroll along the breathtaking Eastern Promenade. 3 - Dinner (or lunch, or both, depending) at one of Portland' s incredible restaurants (far too many to mention).

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? There is a spot along the Eastern Promenade down by the water, just past the bend in the trail, where I can find a nice, flat spot to either sit and contemplate... or set up my easel and paint. Either way, I'm happy there.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? There is so much variety in its shops, its food, its drink, and its art/music ... and it's all within walking distance from everything else! Not to mention the quiet, contemplative spaces nestled in between.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? A cone of Belgian-style frites with a side of truffle ketchup at Duckfat on Middle Street. Pair that with an Allagash White on a warm afternoon, and that's pure delight.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? It's not totally unsung, but the Portland Trails system is one of the best greenbelt/walking trails I've seen in any urban area. I'm often alone in many sections of it. I can't recommend it enough.

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Drinks at LFK, live music at One Longfellow Square, and late dinner/ drinks at Boda. They are literally steps from one another, and two blocks from my West End studio. The next morning, breakfast at Hot Suppa!

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Speckled Ax Coffee is not only a purveyor of excellent java, it is also centrally located, so it acts as a perfect meeting spot for creatives.

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