“My work is a hinge between artist and audience. One enters the work through the visual temptation of color, visual tricks and, at times, words and symbols. The act of creation is a balancing act between autonomy and connectedness. I like to connect. Because there is usually an element of participation involved I enjoy the idea that the work is continually reinterpreted and refreshed through those who encounter it.”
Robert Gregson received a B.F.A. from the Hartford Art School and an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. His early education began with Life Magazine illustrator Carroll N. Jones, Jr. and Pulitzer Fellowship recipient Rudolph Zallinger. He worked at the renowned Sidney Janis Gallery in New York installing exhibits by Josef Albers, Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Marisol and others. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. as well as his home state of Connecticut. Throughout his career he has focused on works that challenge the boundaries between artist and viewer. He has been the artistic director for hundreds of large-scale public events he calls “situations” – mixing community participation with enormous inflatable sculptures, scaffolding towers, mazes and theatrical lighting. In 2014, the New Britain Museum of American Art presented an exhibition of these works in a show called Space to Maneuver. His work is in many private collections as well as the New Britain Museum.