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administrator , sculptor , art educator

Alvin Ira Sher, American sculptor, art educator, administrator. Recipient Graduate fellowship, assistanship, undergraduate scholarship and awards, numerous exhibition prizes and awards, also invitational residency National Endowment for Arts, 1984. Fellow Center Connecticut College Center Arts and Technology; member Scultors Guild, College Art Association American, New York Arts Foundation, International Sculpture Center.


Sher, Alvin Ira was born on December 3, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Samuel and Leah (Chakler) Sher.


Bachelor of Arts in Design, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, 1958. Student in engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1960. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Philadelphia College Art, 1964.

Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Indiana University, 1966.


Teacher sculpture and art history, Indiana U., 1964-1966;teacher studio/art history, Goldsmiths College, U. London, 1966-1968;teacher studio/art history, Kingston College Art, London, 1966-1968;department chair studio/art history, Hobart & William Smith Colls., 1968-1981;director studio/art history, Great Lakes Colls. Association New York Arts Program, New York City, since 1981. Artist in residence Cite des Arts, Paris, 1972, College Center of the Finger Lakes, 1969-1970, 72-80.

Guest lecturer numerous colleges, university and associations in field.


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  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include Gallery Pane-Vino, Philadelphia, 1968, Prouty-Chew Museum, Geneva, New York, 1969, Houghton Art Center, Hobart College, Geneva, 1970, 74, 78, 81, Westminster College Gallery, Piits., 1971, Octagon House Museum, Syracuse, New York, 1975, Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, New York, 1977, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia, 1978, Green Mountain Gallery, New York City, 1978, Connecticut College, New London, 1981, Sculpture Center, New York City, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, 1985, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, 1986, College Wooster, Ohio, 1986, Vangarde Gallage, New London, Connecticut, 1986, Houston-Bowery Exhibition Space, New York City, 1986, Vangarde Gallery, New London, 1987, Memphis State University Museum, 1991, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, 1992. Exhibted in group shows at Vis-a-Vis Gallery, Philadelphia, 1963, CHeltenham Art Center, Philadelphia, Ball State University Museum, Muncie, Indiana, 1965, Indiana University Museum, Bloomington, 1966, University London, 1967, Memorial Museum, Rochester, New York, Cite des Arts International Exposition, Paris, 1972, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, 1973, University Rhode Island, Kingston, 1973, Alonzo Ga.

      Ery, New York City, 1974, Dana Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1975, University Texas, Austin, 1976, Mystic (Connecticut) Art Gallery, 1976, Diane Brown Gallery, Washington, 1977, Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, New York, 1978, Green Mountain Gallery, New York City, 1980, Munson Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1980, Sculpture Center, New York City, 1981, Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, 1981, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1982, Queens (New York ) Museum, 1983, Pratt Manhattan Center, 1984, Leven House, New York City, 1985, Sculptors Guild, New York City, 1986, Gallery M-13, 1987, Connecticut Commission on Arts, Hartford, 1988, Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe., New Mexico, 1989, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1989, Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1990, Westport (Connecticut) Arts Center, 1990, Cast Iron Gallery, New York City, 1991, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, 1991, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, 1992, Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College, 1992, Acme Art, Columbus, Ohio, 1993, Washington Square, Washington, 1993, Kyoto (Japan) Gallery, 1993, others.


Fellow Center Connecticut College Center Arts and Technology. Member Scultors Guild, College Art Association American, New York Arts Foundation, International Sculpture Center.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: sailing.


Married Ira Graham (divorced).

Samuel Sher

Leah (Chakler) Sher

Ira Graham