Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
Jeffrey Schiff, born in Rolla, North Dakota, is a sculptor based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. in art from Brown University in 1974, and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1976. Mr. Schiff is a professor of art at Wesleyan University, where he has taught since 1987. Previously, he served as an instructor at Clark University from 1980 to 1987, and at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1987.
Jeffrey Schiff’s sculptures, often large-scale works mixing natural, industrial, and painterly materials, examine the correlations and disparities between objects and their relationship to structure, order, and disorder. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Bose Pacia Modern and the Sculpture Center in New York City, at the Williams College Museum of Art, and in collaboration with students at Wesleyan University, among many other venues. His commissions include public sculptures for the Superior Courthouse in New Britain, Connecticut (Rail of Justice, 2004-2008) and the South Station Railroad Terminal in Boston (Destinations, 1990-1995).
Mr. Schiff is the recipient of numerous honors, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for research in India. His work is in the collections of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and the Williams College Museum of Art, among others.