Sculpture Student Adam Reeder Receives National Acclaim for His Unique Work
This year has been an exciting year for Adam Reeder. He not only won
1st Place for Figurative Sculpture in the Academy’s Spring Show, but he also participated in the
National Sculpture Competition and will have exhibited in the Loveland Sculpture Invitational.
Before coming to Academy of Art University, Adam Reeder was already an established
professional sculptor. With ten years of experience, the MFA Fine Art: Sculpture student was
looking for new ways to grow and challenge himself.
“I have been sculpting long enough to realize how little I actually know,” he commented.
He decided to attend Academy of Art University because it was the only graduate program on
the West Coast that had a figurative emphasis. He was also inspired and motivated by the caliber of
work coming out of the department. At the School of Fine Art: Sculpture, he found an environment
that was encouraging and engaging.
“While at Academy of Art University, I have been challenged to grow in ways that I didn’t
even know I was deficient,” he said.
Three Academy instructors have particularly influenced Adam: Peter Schifrin, Erik Blome and
“Peter really helped turn my work into a clear reflection of me,” he said. “This was
groundbreaking for me.”
Adam strives to create work that provides an honest look at the modern world. He is inspired
by Peter Paul Rubens, Bernini, Rodin, and other artists who are a combination of classical and
modernity. He sees himself as an extension of this tradition.
His Pan With His iPod is an example of this style. The work depicts the Classical Greek
figure of Pan holding a modern day music advice, an Apple iPod, rather than the traditional flute.
After winning 1st Place at the Academy’s Spring Show this year, the piece was selected for the 21st
National Juried Exhibit in Mableton, Georgia and also for the 2008 National Juried Competition at
the Atlanta Artists Center
The sculpture received attention from a number of Apple-related blogs, which don’t typically
report on art pieces! Adam, however, wasn’t surprised to see non-art people relating to his work.
“I think art should be an honest reflection of our world,” he said. “If art does that
right, it will resonate with non-art people too simply because they recognize it as part of
Adam was also selected to compete in the National Sculpture Society’s 29th Annual National
Figure Modeling Competition in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Although he did not win, he was one of 13
finalists selected to participate in this prestigious and highly selective competition.
“I was well-prepared for the competition because of the semester I worked with Erik Blome,”
Currently, Adam is working on a number of different projects and has some exciting events
coming up. He was selected for 17th Annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational in Loveland, Colorado,
which he will attend for its duration. He is also working on a bust of Sir William Fries the
Second, a benefactor of the arts, and some pieces that will be donated and auctioned at Christie’s
Adam encourages anyone who is seeking to become a great sculptor to attend Academy of Art
“As long as you are willing to keep your personal pride out of the way, keep your ears open
and learn from everyone, you can achieve your dreams in this department.”