d. January 27, 2011
Robert Seydel held a B.F.A. in English and photography from New York University and an M.F.A. in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Robert Seydel was a beloved professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA for more than a decade. He also taught on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth College, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and served for a number of years as Director of Exhibitions at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.
Robert Seydel received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for his serial work, “A Short History of Portraiture”. He edited Several Gravities (Siglio, 2009), a volume of collages and poems by National Book Award-winning poet Keith Waldrop. His first original book, Book of Ruth was published posthumously in 2012 by Siglio Press.
“Reclusive and unwavering in his dedication to his work, Seydel worked on multiple ongoing and interrelated series that incorporate collage, drawing, photography, narrative and lyric writing, often using various personas and fictional constructs. His work is deeply embedded with a vast and eclectic body of knowledge as well as with an unrelenting sense of play and wonder. While he rarely exhibited his work—most recently a solo show at the CUE Art Foundation in NYC and “Five Contemporary Visual Poets” at the Wright Exhibition Space in Seattle—Seydel’s projects have generated intense interest through word-of-mouth by other artists and poets.”
An Interview with the artist by Savina Velkova at Siglio Press
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biographical information courtesy of Siglio Press and Hampedia.org
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