Albert Paley


One noted architect stated that the “allure of Albert Paley’s art comes through its intrinsic sense of integration of art and architecture.” Paley is the first metal sculptor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects; it is the institute’s highest award to a non-architect. 

Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works.  Notable examples are: the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany; a plaza sculpture for AT&T in Atlanta, GA; a sculpture and plaza for Adobe Systems in San Jose, CA; a major entrance rotunda gate for the state courthouse in San Francisco; the main entrance gate for the Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; as well as, a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester, NY.  Works recently completed include: a pair of entrance sculptures for the Columbia Public Library, Columbia, MO; exterior archways for the town of Perry, IA; Sentinel, a monumental plaza sculpture for the Rochester Institute of Technology, Paley’s largest work to date; and, the ceremonial archway Animals Always, at the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park.

Works by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, England and The British Museum, London.

Broadly published and an international lecturer, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.  He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, and St. Lawrence University, in Canton, NY in 1997. He holds and endowed chair at the Rochester Institute of Technology.