about the artist
Robert Weiss was born in Galveston, Texas in 1983. He moved to Dallas to attend Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts. After Graduating high school, he moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art to study Painting and Printmaking. After receiving his BFA in printmaking, Robert relocated back to Texas where he taught painting, drawing, film and ceramics at Ball High School in Galveston. Robert, along with his students at Ball High School, created a film titled Ike: A Documentary The Story of A torn City Rebuilt by Everyday Heroes. The film reveals the devastating and catastrophic effects Hurricane Ike impacted Galveston with and the incredible resilience of the community following. During that time he was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Teacher of the Year Award from Galveston Independent School District for his notable work on the documentary and with the students. Following his 5-year teaching career in Galveston, Robert then went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University in New York where he studied painting and drawing under Jerome Witkin. During that time he worked as an Associate Professor of drawing for 2 years. Today, Robert currently teaches film at the Episcopal School of Dallas while continuing to work on his own short narrative films, documentaries and paintings. During his summers he works on collaborative film projects in France and attends artist residency programs with an emphasis on painting and drawing. Robert is co-founder of Exposition Gallery, an independent gallery that presents works by contemporary artists in historic Exposition Park.