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Art has not only been a profession for Robert Semler, it has been a way of life. Robert studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, majoring in figure and portrait art. The majority of his career was spent in the publishing and illustration field. In 1992, he decided to devote more of his time to fine art and has been specializing since then in maritime and portrait art. He was an Adjunct Professor of Art at Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ and is a certified instructor with the Portrait Institute, founded by America's Portrait Artist, John Howard Sanden and his wife Elizabeth.

He is a longtime Artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists and served as their president for 5 years. Robert is also a member of the NY Society of Illustrators, the Portrait Society of America and COGAP: the United States Coast Guard Art Program.

In addition to his marine art, portraits and teaching, Robert has also been the official "Hall of Fame" poster artist for the Philadelphia Flyers/Philadelphia Phantoms NHL Hockey Clubs since 1989.

Robert's works are represented by the Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL

Living in NJ for over 55 years, his studio and home are now located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS :

• Audubon High School, NJ
• Caddell Dry Dock & Shipping Co. NJ
• COGEN Technologies, NJ
• Camden Catholic High School, NJ
• Collection: The Estate of Edward Cantor, NJ
• Estate of Hon. John E. Hunt, NJ
• County of Gloucester, NJ Major Shows and Exhibits
• Gloucester County College, NJ
• Harbor League Club, NJ
• Inductotherm Industries, NJ
• The Mariners Museum, VA
• New Jersey Bell Telephone, NJ
• Peace Products Corporation, PA
• Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Club, PA
• Philadelphia Phantoms Hockey Club, PA
• Richard M. Nixon Library, CA
• Rowan University, NJ
• Ship Preservation Guild of Philadelphia, PA
• United States Coast Guard, DC
• Various Private Collections

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS :

8-Venue ASMA Exhibition - 2011 thru 2013
Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, Delray Beach, FL;
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL;
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX;
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX;'
Museum of the Southeast, Midland, TX;
The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA;
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR;
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winoma, MN

FAIR WINDS, FOLLOWING SEAS - 2011
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez
Cortez, Fl
Five- Person Exhibition

CELEBRATING THE TUG BOAT - 2010
Mystic Maritime Gallery - Mystic Seaport, CT

17th ANNUAL MARITIME EXHIBITION - 2010
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

MARITIME HERITAGE IN ART - 2010
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez
Cortez, FL
Two Person Exhibition

MYSTIC INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic Seaport, CT
1989 through 2013

5-Venue ASMA Exhibition - 2008 thru 2009
Chase Riverfront Center of the Arts, Wilmington, DE;
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Oxford, MD;
Noyes Museum, Atlantic City, NJ;
Spartenburg Museum of Art, Spartenburg, SC'
New Bedford Museum of Art, New Bedford, MA

ASMA NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
• Baltimore Historical Society, Baltimore, MD - 1989
• Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA/Cummer Art Museum,
Jacksonville, FL - 1997/1998
• Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, DE - 2001
• Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL - 2004



SAVE THE BAY EXHIBITION
• Gallery On Merchants Square, Williamsburg, VA - 2004

MID-ATLANTIC MARITIME FESTIVAL ART SHOWS
Easton/St. Michaels, MD • 1993 through 1998

NORTHWEST MARINE ART EXHIBITIONS
Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA - 2002, 2004, 2006

ASMA REGIONAL EXHIBITIONS
• US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, LI, - 1993
• New Jersey State Aquarium, Camden, NJ - 1994
• Independent Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA - 1997
• ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL - 1999
• Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowac, WI and the
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN - 2010

• Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, GA - 2013

CHARLESTON MARITIME FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS
Charleston, SC - 1993, 1994

AVIATION ART EXHIBITIONS
Pensacola Naval Air Museum, Pensacola, FL - 1993/95

CORPUS CHRISTI, THEN AND NOW
Corpus Christi Art Connection - 1992

TEN YEARS OF COAST GUARD ART
Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY - 1991

 

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