Prolific, civically involved sculptor Bob Emser shares his experience in the public commission market, discussing his intuitive growth as a business-minded artist, and how to approach a professional career like a work of art.
“I get invited routinely by rotaries and other groups to talk about something that I call ‘sculptural economics’; it’s basically facts about how putting a sculpture in your community will make it livelier and economically stronger.”
Bob Emser received an MFA (1978) from Bradley University. During his 25 year career Emser has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has served as a visiting artist and has taught and at several universities and held a tenure professorship for 14 years. He was the founder the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria and in 2004 he co-founded the Chicago Sculpture International and currently serves as the president. Emser serves on the board of directors of the International Sculpture Center and the prestigious Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.
He received the prestigious Pollack Krasner Grant in 2010.