Brock & Co.

Albert Paley (1944 - present)
Traverse Maquette, 1996
Formed and fabricated steel, stainless steel
40 1/4 22 x 19 inches
Signed and dated at base: ALBERT PALEY 1996
One of the world's most distinguished metalsmiths, Albert Paley continually pushes the boundaries of what is thought to be possible with iron, steel, and bronze.

Albert Paley, an active artist for over forty years at his studio in Rochester, New York, is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA's highest award to a non-architect. "The allure of Paley's art comes through its intrinsic sense of integration of art and architecture," as one noted architect stated. Paley, Distinguished Professor, holds an Endowed Chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than fifty site-specific works. Some notable examples are the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Synergy, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia, the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany, Sentinel, a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a sixty-five foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb's headquarters in Rochester, New York. Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a one hundred and thirty foot long archway named Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoo, a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio, a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada, Threshold, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel, Rochester, New York, and Transformation, a ceremonial entranceway for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Broadly published and an international lecturer, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York in 1997, and the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden in 2012.


American Craft Museum, New York, New York

Arkansas Arts Center Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

The British Museum, London, England

The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, England

Gannett Publishing Corporation, Washington, DC

Grace Episcopal Church, Scottsville, New York

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford
University, California

Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Tennessee

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota

Mint Museum of Craft and Design

Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas

The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Philadelphia Archdiocese, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Strong Museum, Rochester, New York

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

University of Illinois, Normal, Illinois

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

The White House, Washington, D.C.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut


2010- University of Kentucky Art Museum Sculpture Park, Temporary installation of the sculpture Sylvan.

2007- Art St. Urban, Lucerne, Switzerland, In the Shadow of the Alps. Temporary installation of the sculpture Portal.

2001 Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. Permanent installation of sculpture Continuum.

2001- DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Temporary installation of sculpture Apollo.

1996- Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. Temporary installation of several large scale sculptures.

1994- Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York. Temporary installation of Zoo Gate Prototype.

1992-00 Eastman Plaza, Rochester, New York. Temporary installation of sculpture Wedge.