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"In Art, the questions tend to be more interesting than the answers."

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I create artwork with many materials, including clay, bronze, mixed media, and found objects. I paint, draw, and sculpt...and dance and sing as I am working happily.


Much of my inspiration comes from personal experiences, the environment, and cultures from around the world. Prehistoric art, American Indian cultures, surrealism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, mythology, as well as many other influences are reflected in my work. Human faces and figures are always starting points when I'm creating. The figures display attitudes,  represent myths, and tell stories. 


My favorite piece is always the one I'm currently working on.

My Resume

University of Pennsylvania, 1993 M.F.A. Painting

Wright State University, 1990 B.F.A.  Drawing/Painting

Studied Bronze Casting, Miami University and David Brand Studio

Professor Sinclair College, 1993-2020 Retired

Member:  Dayton Society of Artists, the Contemporary Dayton, Springfield Museum of Art



2017 Annual Juried Member’s Show, “Light Years Ahead” The Contempory Dayton, July-August 2017

Awarded Second Place

70th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio, Merit Award June-August 2016 

67th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio, Awarded 1st and 2nd place sculpture, June-August 2013

Ohio Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, Second Place Professional, September 2001

Middletown Art Center Call for Entries, Juried Exhibition, Middletown, Ohio, November-December 2022, First Place Ceramics

Solo Exhibitions

Gallery 510, Dayton, Ohio,  Bob Coates: New Work, 2016

Triangle Gallery, Dayton, Ohio, Figures and Faces, 2013


Group Shows:

All Ohio Contemporary Ceramics Competition and Art Show, Zanesville, Ohio, October 2016, October 2018

Invited by the Springfield Museum of Art to create a piece of art using the ovoid shape, I created a “Fertility Rattle “  and also exibited “Rebirth” January-April 2017

Sky High, Invitational Exhibition, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, invitational, Exhibition travels to Portsmouth, Ohio after October, July-October 2014

Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, Ohio, The Contemporary Dayton (DVAC), and Springfield Museum of Art – numerous juried exhibits 

Real People, 20th Anniversary Show, Juried Exhibition, Woodstock, Illinois, August-October 2020 

Springfield Museum Members Show, August 5th-October 15th 2023
Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, Ohio, September 11th - November 18th 2023


Work in the collections of

  • Dr. Bob Brandt Dayton, Ohio

  • Michael Richard Roediger Dayton, Ohio

  • Evelyn Mahrt, Piqua, Ohio

  • Tess Little, Fairborn, Ohio

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