BiographyRobert Wolfe, Jr. was born May 15, 1930, in Oxford, Ohio. He earned his BFA degree in 1952 and his BS degree in 1955 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. In 1960, he received his MFA degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Here his area of concentration was printmaking. Wolfe subsequently studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1974, he worked at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography on the use of lacquer as a painting base for stone lithography. He again studied at Tamarind in 1979 where he attended a workshop on aluminum plate lithography.
Starting in 1961, Wolfe taught at Clarion College in Pennsylvania. This was followed by a teaching career on the faculty of the Department of Art at Miami University where he became a full professor in 1973. He retired in 1994 becoming a professor emeritus. Wolfe taught printmaking, painting, drawing, art survey and art methods courses. He also directed MFA studio and thesis presentations in printmaking and painting.
Will received numerous awards for his art works as well as grants. His art is represented in the Cincinnati Art Museum, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Print Collection of the New York Public Library among other public and private collections. He contributed prints to a book of poetry entitled “Voiles Before Regatta Except After Sea” published by Finial Press.
Wolfe submitted en engraving to the Fine Arts Festival exhibition of April 24 to 30, 1960, entitled, “Birds at Rest.” The engraving was purchased for the Fine Arts Collection. Wolfe said the work was sent as part of a group from the Iowa Print Workshop. He noted it was printed on an index paper used at the University of Iowa at that time and was created on a copper plate with burin engraving.
Source of BiographyWolfe, Robert and Thomas Meyer. Voiles Before Regatta Except After Sea. Champaign, Ill: Finial Press, 1984; Who’s Who in American Art