Portrait of Rob Evans in his Studio, photography by Bill Simone Studio © 2009
Rob Evans is an artist and independent curator who lives and works near Wrightsville, PA. He received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1981 and has been awarded numerous grants including two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a prestigious fellowship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Evans' enigmatic paintings and drawings have been showcased in over 100 solo and curated group exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world at such places as the Tretyakov Museum, Moscow; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India; Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; and the Arkansas Art Center to name just a few.
Evans' work can be found in more than 30 prominent public collections across the nation including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art; Corcoran Museum of Art; Library of Congress; San Francisco Art Museums; Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Portland (OR) Art Museum among others. His paintings have been featured in numerous books, newspapers and magazines and on public radio and television. His work has also been showcased in many blogs and online publications including a recent interview on the Huffington Post.
As an independent curator Evans has organized and guest curated several major museum exhibitions including Transforming the Commonplace: Masters of Contemporary Realism at the Susquehanna Art Museum and the traveling exhibition, Visions of the Susquehanna, featuring paintings of this extraordinary river spanning more than 250 years. In 2015 Evans was invited by Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf to help curate an exhibit of prominent Pennsylvania artists throughout history at the State Museum in Harrisburg as part of the Governor's Inaugural Festivities.
Evans has worked as a community arts activist for the last two decades. He has served on the boards of Yorkarts and the Historic Hellam Preserve (where he is also artist-in-residence), established and curates the Visions of the Susquehanna Art Colletion at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, was Founding Artistic Director of the PA Arts Experience, and was instrumental in establishing Marketview Arts as a new downtown arts venue in York, PA.