Ongoing Water Project Collaborator Roger Feldman
Roger Feldman graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Art Education. He then studied theology at Fuller Seminary for one year, but he chose to return to Seattle and pursue art as a vocation . After working for two years, he attended Claremont Graduate University and received an MFA in Sculpture (1977).
Roger has been an integral part of Seattle Pacific University for the past 17 years. He is an esteemed professor and has worked tirelessly to build bridges between the Christian world and the art world, helping young Christian artists find their voice and helping Christian institutions recognize the importance of the arts.
Roger has built a distinguished career creating site-specific sculptural installations in places as diverse as Texas, Canada, Austria and Scotland. His maquettes and drawings have been included in group exhibitions around the U.S. and specifically in a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Vatican that began in Madrid, and concluded in Lisbon, Portugal. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including an NEA Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in Sculpture (1986), and awards, such as the Prescott Award in Sculpture (CIVA National Conference, 2005). His site-specific sculpture has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and England, including at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. A permanent site-specific piece appears in the collection of the Washington State Arts Commission. Images of his work were featured in an article in the Los Angeles Times Magazine in 2000, and reviews of his work have appeared in a variety of news and art publications around the country.
In developing programs in the Art department at SPU Roger has been a tireless faculty servant and catalyst for growth. He began and oversaw the Visual Communications major, the Photography major and the Film Studies major; and he provided service and leadership as Faculty Chair, Art Department Chair, as a member of several committees and as founding Chair of an SPU Art Collection Task Force. And, he shepherded the Art Department through more than a decade of tremendous diversification and growth. The Art department extends our heartfelt appreciation for his numerous contributions to the life of our community.
Roger is a member of Bethan Presbyterian Church where he and his wife worship regularly.
Roger plans to continue his Art career, with at least three shows in front of him in the coming year. He and his wife, Astrid hope to be able to travel while they are still young, and continue to nurture emerging artists.