About Robert Sunderman

Robert Sunderman is a Fine Artist and Scenic Designer. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Fine Art and a MA and MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. He has designed over 225 Scenic Designs and exhibited Fine Art work extensively throughout the United States.

Rob is the Resident Scenic Designer and Associate Professor of Scenic Design and Technical Theatre at Iowa State University. Prior to taking his position at ISU, he was the Scenic Designer and Technical Director at Iowa Public Television. Rob’s accomplishments have included receiving four Iowa Film Awards and a National Broadcasting Designers Award.  He has won the Kennedy Center American Collage Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Awards in Scenic Design for ISU Theatre productions of “Twelfth Night”; 2001, “Proof”; 2003, “The Marriage of Figaro”; 2006, “Rent”; 2012, “A Street Car Named Desire”; 2013 and “Into the Woods”; 2014.

In 2003 he received a Kennedy Center faculty summer fellowship in Scenic Design and attended an intensive master class with distinguished and nationally renowned Scenic Designer Ming Cho Lee at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

This year Rob has designed sets for “Don Giovanni” Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, “Le Miserable” ISU Theatre, “Chicago” Nebraska Wesleyan University, “August: Osage County” NWU, “Suddenly Last Summer” NWU and “The Magic Flute” ISU Theatre. He is currently working on designs for “La Traviata” Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” ISU Theatre and “Secret Garden” ISU Theatre. You can his ISU Theatre set designs at (www.theatre.iastate.edu)

Robert’s Fine Art is wide in scope. His work ranges from abstract 3D sculpture to 2D impressionist/expressionist painting/mixed media. The theme is always derived from nature. He recently started investigating movement though the use of photography.

In the fall of 2003, Robert was one of 300 artists from the United State to design a Christmas tree ornament for the White House Christmas tree. He has received many awards for his Fine Art regionally and nationally.

You can see his artwork at Fine Art American Art’s website (www.fineartamerica.com).

“I recognize a need to cross disciplines and interact with other individual artists and organizations. There is so much we could gain in learning from each other.”