Sculptor, Former Olympian Visits College
NVC hosted acclaimed sculptor and Oympian Peter Schifrin on March 17-18, whose large-scale sculptors in bronze are displayed in private and public commissions from coast-to- coast, including an exhibit at the 2012 London Olympics. For two days, Schifrin met with students from a range of art classes including painting, sculpture, design and ceramics as well as art appreciation classes. He shared his artistic vision and helped students understand first-hand the creative process.
His visit came as part of the celebration for the opening of a display of his sculpture, “Affirmations”, that will continue through April 25 at the NVC Palmetto Center for the Arts. At the artist talk on the evening of March 18, Schifrin shared what gives him inspiration and motivates him to create his art. He said as a teenager, his mother died of breast cancer and his ex-wife, close friend and father also passed away. He said while he fears death, he’s learned that fear also blocks love and he has chosen not to embrace fear or be paralyzed by it.
His artwork primarily includes sculpture, paintings and poetry. For a little more than a decade, Schifrin was director of the School of Fine Art Sculpture at the Academy of Art University, where he is currently a faculty member. Schifrin is a member of the International Sculpture Center and was voted into the National Sculpture Society as a ‘Fellow’ in 2011. Schifrin, who was a fencer for 12 years and a member of the U.S. men’s fencing team in 1984, hopes his work can transcend language and teach people that whatever life throws our way, there’s always a "gift" to be had. He often reminds people of this by giving them hand-made metal coins that say gift on each side.