Working with Poets 2001

Robert Qualters
Gestures 1: October 27 – December 8, 2001
performance, paint, paper, audio, clothing, wallpaper, framed prints

The artist transcribes and illuminates the work of other artists with his own intuitions.


Bob Qualters has invited other artists and poets to collaborate with him. Starting with a poem by the poet Neruda, illustrated collaboratively with Jan Beatty, one wall led to another. Poets Jay Carson, Gail Ghai and Sam Hazo provide texts: Qualters transcribes and illuminates the material with his own intuitions. Yet again traces of the studio and the domestic environment are found in the space.

About the Artist

Robert Qualters is a painter, installation artist and printmaker. He holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA and a MFA from Syracuse University. He has taught painting at the State University of New York, Oswego, as well as the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow College, Slippery Rock State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, West Virginia University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Qualters has exhibited in Pennsylvania, New York, California, Maine, and West Virginia. In Pittsburgh, he has had more than 30 solo-artist shows at Borelli Edwards, Concept Art Gallery, Carson Street Gallery, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and many other galleries and museums. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art; the Oakland California Museum of Art; and the Westmoreland County Museum of Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania; as well as in the main offices of PPG Industries, Alcoa, Hillman Company, the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments; and many other corporations, schools, government bureaus, and private collections throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.