Marvin Torffield

Marvin Torffield

Fellow: Awarded 1975
Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Marvin Torffield is a multitalented artist whose works range from sculpture, video, and sound sculpture to abstract paintings, photography, and furniture design. A graduate of the Pratt Institute (B.F.A.) and Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture (M.F.A.), he has had solo exhibits at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park, and the Carpenter Center for the Arts and Cert Gallery at Harvard University, to name but a few venues, and he designed 3-D light projections for the Rolling Stones’ 1989-90 world tour. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Artist’s Space and the Julian Pretto Gallery, both in New York City.

Among his many honors are fellowships from MIT, Harvard University, the New York State Council for the Arts, the NEA, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. He also was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Mr. Torffield has taught or lectured at universities throughout the Northeast, including Cooper Union, Bennington College, Harvard, Parsons School of Design, Alfred College of the Arts, and Yale University, as well as at the University of Arizona.

In 2003, the Torffield Museum was established to showcase this artist’s work.


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