ROBERT SHURE

President, Skylight Studios, Inc.

and Giust Gallery / Caproni Collection

 

1970 – BFA in sculpture, cum laude, gold medal in sculpture, New York Institute of Technology, New York

1973 – MFA in sculpture, cum laude, School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University, Boston

1972 – 1990 – Apprenticed at commissioned sculpture studio of Cascieri & diBiccari Inc., Boston

1985 – 1990 – Robert Shure Co. – commissioned sculpture & sculpture related projects

1990 to Present – Founder and President of Skylight Studios, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts – commissioned monuments and sculpture services

1991 to Present – Acquired the historic Caproni Collection of plaster reproductions

Awards

2015 – Cambridge Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award for contributing to restorations at the Radcliffe Agassiz House at Harvard University

2015 – Boston Preservation Alliance 2015 Preservation Achievement Award for contributing to the restoration of the Lion and Unicorn at The Old State House, Boston, MA

2015 – Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts for St. Mary’s Hall at Boston College for contributing to the restoration by replicating existing sculpture

2011 – Honorary Alumnus, Boston Architectural College Alumni Association

2005 – Laurel Award from the Preservation Society of Newport County for the conservation of three historic fountains in the Elms Sunken Garden

2003 – Honorary Citizen Award from South Boston, Massachusetts for design and construction of the South Boston World War II Memorial

2000 – Certificate of Recognition from the Daughters of the American Revolution for the sculptures of General John Stark and Molly Stark

1996 – Boston Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for sculptures at the finish line of the Boston Marathon

1995 – Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor of Boston for two sculptures commemorating the Boston Police and Fire Departments at One International Place, Boston, MA

1995 – Received the Federal Design Achievement Award for sculpture at the Washington Monument, Washington, DC

 

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Conservation – AIC

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – ICAA

National Sculpture Association – Associate member – NSA

Historic New England – HNE

The Decorative Arts Trust

National Trust for Historic Preservation – NTHP

New England Sculptors Association – NESA

The Trustees of Reservations

The Hundred Club of Massachusetts, Inc.

Art Springs Foundation – Trustee

 

Commissions

Over forty years’ experience in site-specific sculpture commissions from design to installation. Projects range from public monuments to sculptures in private collections. Specialties include portraits of historic figures and events, veterans and public safety memorials, animals and mascots, as well as work for the hotel and entertainment industries. Some selected sculpture commissions are:

2016 – Tribute to the Washburns, Museum of Science, Boston, MA

2016 – Roland Hayes Memorial Relief Plaque, Brookline, MA

2016 – Embattled Farmer Statue & Eagle Sculptures, American Village, Montevallo, AL

2015 – Roberto Clemente Bust, Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial, Boston, MA

2015 – Gift of Life Sculpture, New England Organ Bank, Waltham, MA

2015 – Johnny Ro Memorial, Johnny Ro Veteran’s Memorial Park, Leominster, MA

2014 – Fighting Goat sculpture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2014 – Liberty Statue and Liberty & The Fallen Statue, American Village, Montevallo, AL

2013 – Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial, Boston, MA

2013 – Animal Sculptures, Tidal Stream at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA

2013 – Bobcat Sculptures, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

2012 – Woburn Honor Roll Memorial, Woburn, MA

2012 – Special Olympics Monument, Massachusetts Special Olympics Headquarters, Marlboro, MA

2011 – Stupa Monument, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

2011 – Poseidon Temple Ruins, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lowell, MA

2011 – A Man and A Cat Named Yitz, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

2010 – Proud Goat sculpture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2010 – Auburn Veterans Memorial, Auburn, MA

2009 – Arnold “Red” Auerbach monumental relief portrait, TD Garden, Boston, MA

2009 – George M. Cohan Statue at his birthplace in Providence, RI

2008 – Angelo Del Rossi Portrait, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

2008 – Brockton Firefighters Strand Theatre Fire Memorial, Brockton, MA

2008 – Paramaz Avedisian Statue, American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

2007 – Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial, Providence, RI

2007 – Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial, State House, Boston, MA

2007 – Central Massachusetts Korean War Memorial, Worcester, MA

2006 – Bronze plaques for the Athletic Hall of Fame, Fairfield University, CT

2006 – Kindness and Inclusiveness children’s sculpture, Canterbury School, Greensboro, NC

2005 – Donald McKay Heroic Bust, East Boston, MA

2005 – In Tribute to Boston Police Officers sculpture plaza, Boston Police Head Quarters

2004 – The Beginning of Wisdom– Dr. John Pingry sculpture, Pingry School, NJ

2004 – Molly Stark Statue on the Molly Stark Trail, Wilmington, VT

2003 – Leopard mascot sculpture, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

2003 – Reverend Henry Whitfield Statue, Whitfield Museum, CT

2003 – Police Memorial – DiNapoli Plaza, Holyoke, MA

2002 – South Boston World War II Memorial, Boston, MA

2002 – Clara Barton Portrait, Massachusetts State House

2002 – Catherine Filene Shouse portrait, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA

2001 – Tufts University Dowling Hall Elephant, Medford, MA

2001 – Norwood Firefighters Memorial, Norwood, MA

2001 – George Cleaves Statue, Portland waterfront, ME

2001 – Dr. Edward P. Triangolo Statue, Co-Founder of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

2000 – Ted Williams Statue, Ted Williams Museum, FL

2000 – General John Stark Statue, Bennington Battle Grounds, VT

2000 – Cape and Islands Korean War Memorial, Hyannis, MA

1999 – Sigmund Freud Statue, Clark University, Worcester, MA

1999 – Joe DiMaggio Portrait & Memorial at Yankee Stadium, NY

1999 – Benjamin Franklin Statue, Franklin, MA

1998 – Rhode Island Korean War Memorial, Providence, RI

1998 – Moe Gaebe Statue, Co-Founder of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

1998 – MIA/POW Eternal Flame Memorial, National Cemetery, Bourne, Massachusetts

1998 – Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Boston, MA

1997 – National Pony Express Monument replication, “This is the Place” State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah

1997 – Lawrence Teachers Monument, Lawrence, MA

1996 – Don Orione Portrait Statue for Madonna Queen National Shrine, East Boston, MA

1996 – Bronze relief sculptures at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston, MA

1995 – Bronze Sculptures commemorating the Boston Police & Fire Departments, International Place Lobby, Boston, MA

1995 – Ted Williams Tunnel Heroic Portrait Relief of Ted Williams, Central Artery Tunnel entrances, Boston, MA

1994 – E. Virginia Williams Portrait Relief, Founder of the Boston Ballet, Boston, MA

1994 – George Washington Monumental Portrait, Washington Monument, Washington, DC

1993 – Protectors of the American Family Monument, Norwood Town Common, Norwood, MA

1993 – Cy Young Monument, site of the first baseball World Series, Boston, MA

1992 – Monumental Eagle sculpture, Lansburgh Building, Washington, DC & St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

1992 – Massachusetts Korean War Veterans Memorial, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

1991 – Seasons Sculptures, The Inn at Harvard, Cambridge, MA

1990 – “Mermaid” facade, Sand Castle Casino, Philippines

1990 – FAO Schwartz Teddy Bear, Boston and New York

1990 – Thomas Jefferson Monument, Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY

 

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Commissions

Over forty years’ experience in site-specific sculpture commissions from design to installation. Projects range from public monuments to sculptures in private collections. Specialties include portraits of historic figures and events, veterans and public safety memorials, animals and mascots, as well as work for the hotel and entertainment industries. Some selected sculpture commissions are:

2017 – Purple Heart Monument, Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial, Boston, MA

2017 – The Blue Point Box Turtle, Blue Point Nature Preserve, Blue Point, Brookhaven, NY

2017 – Saint Augustine Statue, Assumption College, Worcester, MA

2017 – Peabody Public Safety Memorial, Peabody, MA

2017 – Senior Class of 2016 Gift, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2017 – Falcon mascot sculpture, Bentley University, Waltham, MA

2017 – Horace Mann Statue, Franklin, MA

2016 – Joseph Warren Sculpture inspired by the sculpture of Paul W. Bartlett, Forest Hills Cemetery,

Boston, MA

2016 – Concord Academy Floor Medallion, Concord Academy, Concord, MA

2016 – Tribute to the Washburns, Museum of Science, Boston, MA

2016 – Roland Hayes Memorial Relief Plaque, Brookline, MA

2016 – Embattled Farmer statue, American Village, Montevallo, AL

2016 – Eagle sculptures, American Village, Montevallo, AL

2015 – Roberto Clemente Bust, Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial, Boston, MA

2015 – Gift of Life sculpture, New England Organ Bank, Waltham, MA

2015 – Bengal Tiger mascot sculpture, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

2015 – Johnny Ro Memorial, Johnny Ro Veteran’s Memorial Park, Leominster, MA

2014 – Fighting Goat mascot sculpture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2014 – Blue Hen mascot sculpture, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2014 – Liberty statue and Liberty & The Fallen statue, American Village, Montevallo, AL

2013 – Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial, Boston, MA

2013 – Animal sculptures, Tidal Stream at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA

2013 – Bobcat mascot sculptures, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

2012 – Woburn Honor Roll Memorial, Woburn, MA

2012 – Special Olympics Monument, Massachusetts Special Olympics Headquarters, Marlboro, MA

2011 – Stupa Monument, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

2011 – Poseidon Temple Ruins, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lowell, MA

2011 – A Man and A Cat Named Yitz, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

2010 – Proud Goat mascot sculpture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2010 – Auburn Veterans Memorial, Auburn, MA

2009 – Arnold “Red” Auerbach Monumental Relief Portrait, TD Garden, Boston, MA

2009 – George M. Cohan Statue at his birthplace in Providence, RI

2008 – Angelo Del Rossi Portrait, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

2008 – Brockton Firefighters Strand Theatre Fire Memorial, Brockton, MA

2008 – Paramaz Avedisian Statue, American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

2007 – Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial, Providence, RI

2007 – Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial, State House, Boston, MA

2007 – Central Massachusetts Korean War Memorial, Worcester, MA

2006 – Bronze plaques for the Athletic Hall of Fame, Fairfield University, CT

2006 – Kindness and Inclusiveness children’s sculpture, Canterbury School, Greensboro, NC

2005 – Donald McKay Heroic Bust, East Boston, MA

2005 – In Tribute to Boston Police Officers sculpture plaza, Boston Police Head Quarters

2004 – The Beginning of Wisdom– Dr. John Pingry Sculpture, Pingry School, NJ

2004 – Molly Stark Statue on the Molly Stark Trail, Wilmington, VT

2003 – Leopard mascot sculpture, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

2003 – Reverend Henry Whitfield Statue, Whitfield Museum, CT

2003 – Police Memorial – DiNapoli Plaza, Holyoke, MA

2002 – South Boston World War II Memorial, Boston, MA

2002 – Clara Barton Portrait, Massachusetts State House

2002 – Catherine Filene Shouse Portrait, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA

2001 – Tufts University Dowling Hall Elephant, Medford, MA

2001 – Norwood Firefighters Memorial, Norwood, MA

2001 – George Cleeve Statue, Portland waterfront, ME

2001 – Dr. Edward P. Triangolo Statue, Co-Founder of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

2000 – Ted Williams Statue, Ted Williams Museum, FL

2000 – General John Stark Statue Replication, Bennington Battle Grounds, VT

2000 – Cape and Islands Korean War Memorial, Hyannis, MA

1999 – Sigmund Freud Statue, Clark University, Worcester, MA

1999 – Joe DiMaggio Portrait & Memorial at Yankee Stadium, NY

1999 – Benjamin Franklin Statue, Franklin, MA

1998 – Rhode Island Korean War Memorial, Providence, RI

1998 – Moe Gaebe Statue, Co-Founder of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

1998 – MIA/POW Eternal Flame Memorial, National Cemetery, Bourne, MA

1998 – Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Boston, MA

1997 – National Pony Express Monument replication, “This is the Place State Park”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1997 – Lawrence Teachers Monument, Lawrence, MA

1996 – Don Orione Portrait Statue for Madonna Queen National Shrine, East Boston, MA

1996 – Bronze relief sculptures at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston, MA

1995 – Bronze sculptures commemorating the Boston Police & Fire Departments, International

Place Lobby, Boston, MA

1995 – Ted Williams Tunnel Heroic Portrait Relief of Ted Williams, Central Artery Tunnel entrances,

Boston, MA

1994 – E. Virginia Williams Portrait Relief, Founder of the Boston Ballet, Boston, MA

1994 – George Washington Monumental Portrait, Washington Monument, Washington, DC

1993 – Protectors of the American Family Monument, Norwood Town Common, Norwood, MA

1993 – Cy Young Monument, site of the first baseball World Series, Boston, MA

1992 – Monumental Eagle sculpture, Lansburgh Building, Washington, DC & St. Paul’s School,

Concord, NH

1992 – Massachusetts Korean War Veterans Memorial, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

1991 – Seasons sculptures, The Inn at Harvard, Cambridge, MA

1990 – “Mermaid” facade, Sand Castle Casino, Philippines

1990 – FAO Schwartz Teddy Bear, Boston and New York

1990 – Thomas Jefferson Monument, Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY

 

Conservation – Restoration

Conservation of sculpture has included historic bronzes, bronze and stone monuments, as well as plaster, marble, wood, and terracotta sculpture. Projects range from a single object to entire museum collections. We specialize in working in situ and at our studio on conserving and maintaining bronze, including replicating missing parts of existing sculptures or entire sculptures. Some selected sculpture conservation-restoration projects are:

Plaster Cast Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, PA

Soldiers and Sailors bronze monument, Town of Randolph, MA

Lincoln Monument at Lincoln Park, bronze and stone, Lowell, MA

Hercules at Rest, lead sculpture, Society of Cincinnati, Washington, DC

Cardinal O’Connell Monument, bronze and stone, Lowell, MA

Fireman’s Memorial, bronze and stone, Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA

Historic Altar, stone ornament and sculpture, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lowell, MA

Crucifixion Monument, marble, Archdiocese of Boston

Fountains at the Sunken Garden, bronze and stone, The Elms, Newport, RI

Historic sculptures and fountain, bronze, Johnson Park, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

Moses antique reproduction, full-size plaster, Worcester Court House, Worcester, MA

Plaster Cast Collection, Rudolph Arts and Architecture Building, Yale University, Haven, CT

Ornamental Entryway, bronze, Biological Laboratories, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Barney Mausoleum, stone monuments and ornamental bronze, Springfield, MA

Rex Jambrinus sculpture, zinc, private collection, Duxbury, MA

Conservation of Katharine Lane Weems estate collection, over 200 plaster, clay, and bronze

sculptures, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Pagan by Charles Cary Rumsey, plaster, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Our Lady of Good Voyage sculpture, wood monument, Gloucester, MA

Lion, Unicorn, and Eagle sculptures, copper and bronze, Old State House, Boston, MA

The Parkman Memorial by Daniel Chester French, bronze, Boston, MA

The Adams Memorial, original plaster by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Guggenheim Museum/Saint-

Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Conservation of Madonna carving, Madonna Queen National Shrine, Boston, MA

The Faneuil Hall Grasshopper, conservation and re-gilding, Boston, MA

The Milmore Memorial by Daniel Chester French, Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA

Colonel Laommi Baldwin and Civil War bronze monuments, Woburn, MA

Plaster Cast Collection, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT

Restoration of Busts, plaster, bronze, and marble, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA

Art, Science, and Bacchante and Infant Faun, bronze sculptures, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Conservation of bronze doors on bridge over Annisquam River, Gloucester, MA

Amesbury Doughboy Memorial, bronze, Amesbury, MA

Choate Memorial Statue, bronze and granite, Salem, MA

The Worker, bronze pry bar replacement, Lowell, MA

Belmont Veterans Memorial, bronze and granite, Belmont, MA

Rock Ridge Cemetery Civil War Monument, bronze and granite, Sharon, MA

Isaac Prouty Park Monument, bronze and granite, Spencer, MA

Kona Fountain, bronze, Town of Center Harbor, NH

Lemnian Athena sculpture, plaster, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Deborah Sampson by Lu Stubbs, bronze, Sharon Town Library, Sharon, MA

Bronze plaques, Ecumenical Plaza, Lowell, MA

Town Pump Fountain, bronze reliefs, Salem, MA

Plaster reliefs and sculptures, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site,

Cornish, NH

Historic Reproductions/Replications

Many notable bronze, wood, terracotta, and stone sculptures have been reproduced or replicated to be used in public or private collections. The U.S. Department of the Interior has used our expertise in molding and bronze casting to supervise and ensure the quality of historic reproductions placed at National Park Service sites. Some selected sculpture replications are:

The Lincoln Memorial Model by Daniel Chester French for private collection

The Minuteman by Daniel Chester French, plaster reproduction

The Scout by Cyrus E. Dallin for Textron Inc.

The Appeal to the Great Spirit by Cyrus E. Dallin, miniature replica and reproductions for Museum of

Fine Arts, Boston

Twin Rhinoceroses by Katherine Lane Weems for the Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY

Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Daniel Chester French

Busts of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson by Jean-Antoine

Houdon for private and public collections

George Washington Monument by Jean-Antoine Houdon for The Washington Monument, Mount

Vernon, and The Society of the Cincinnati

Lincoln by Max Bachman for private collection

Custom House Eagle, resin reproduction, Salem, MA

Bacchante and Infant Faun by Frederick William MacMonnies, Boston Public Library, Boston

Massachusetts Hall Clock, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Liberty Bell, The American Village Citizenship Trust, Montevallo, AL

The Shaw Memorial by Saint-Gaudens, molds and supervision of bronze casting, Saint-Gaudens

National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Caesar busts at The Great House, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA for the Trustees of Reservations

Architectural Elements and Entryway, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Rampant Colt for the dome of the Colt Building, Hartford, CT

Simon Willard Clock, Old State House, Boston

James Madison Sculpture, James Madison’s Montpelier, Montpelier Station, VA

National Pony Express Monument, replication, “This is the Place State Park,” Salt Lake City, UT

Boston College Eagle, Boston College, Boston

Garden Sculptures, Newport Mansions, Newport, RI for The Preservation Society of Newport

County

Arhat Buddha with Tiger Cub, Sung Dynasty, The Rockefeller Collection

Winged Victory of Samothrace, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, Buffalo, NY

Garden sculptures, fountains, and gondola poles, The Trustees of Reservations’ Naumkeag,

Stockbridge, MA

Quirigua Stela C, Quirigua Stela D, and Zoomorph B, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and

Ethnology at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Rhode Island State Seal Relief, Roger Williams Landing Relief, and Roger Williams Quotation

Plaque, Roger Williams Landing Monument, Providence, RI

Bacchante and Infant Faun by Frederick William MacMonnies, reduction for private collection

Plaster reproductions of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Marquis de Lafayette, and

Napoleon Bonaparte, The Trustees of Reservations’ Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA

Iwo Jima Memorial, restoration and reproduction, Naval Academy Preparatory School, Newport, RI