Rialto Center for the Arts

Aurora RobsonAurora Robson is a multimedia artist known predominantly for her transformative work intercepting the waste stream. A Canadian, Robson was born in Toronto in 1972 and has lived and worked in New York for the past two decades. Robson grew up in Maui, Hawaii.


Her work has been featured in Art in America, Art & Antiques, the cover of Green Building + Design magazine and many other publications. She is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture, a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize and numerous other grants and awards.


A “subtle yet determined environmental activist”, Robson has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and public spaces. She earned a B.A. in visual arts and art history at Columbia University, and was the Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Scholar/Artist for 2012/13.


She is currently focusing on the development and implementation of a course she has designed called “Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream” which she recently taught at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. It is a course designed to increase environmental stewardship and form effective partnerships between art students, academic institutions and clean up organizations. Robson has also taught photography, welding, and sculpture in NYC. She gives lectures and talks around the country about art and her philosophy. Robson is the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris. When Robson isn’t working, she can be found contemplating and enjoying the universe with her husband and young daughters in their home in New York.

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