About Robert Greenwood

Art Background

Art Background

Bob, as the first recipient of the Ina A. Bolser Scholarship for four years of full tuition, studied art history, painting and sculpture at Dartmouth College, graduating with Highest Honors in the major, in 1963, cum laude, and winning the coveted Alberta Ames Award for Art History, as well as being a Rufus Choate Scholar for three of his four years at Dartmouth. He also was honored with the Marcus Heiman Award in Theatre Arts in 1962. He continued with full-tuition scholarships at the Yale University School of Drama, graduating with High Honors. as an MFA candidate in 1967, in acting, directing and design.

As an art student, he received training from Paul Sample, Richard Wagner, Winslow Eaves, Thomas Huxley-Jones, Gwynneth Holt, Roasti, Max Berndt-Cohen, Robert Rauschenberg, Churchill Lathrop, Lloyd G. McNeill, Ilse Bischoff, Truman Brackett and Donald Judd.

He was in several exhibitions during his time at Dartmouth, and had his first one-man exhibition at the Rogues’ Gallery, in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1966. In May, 2015, and July, 2016, he had a one-man shows at the Galerie Ame-Art du Mile End, Avenue du Parc, Montreal, and in March-April, ,2016, and October-November, 2016, an exhibition at the Sheep River Library, Turner Valley, Alberta. In April, 2018, his newest paintings were on display at Gallery M, in Calgary, Alberta, where he also performed SHAKESPEARE.

His art works are in the collections of Sheila Miller-Manning, Switzerland; Valentina Roman, Romania; Jasenka Ramljak, Croatia; Marcel Tcheili and Ivania Kunzler, Brazil; Carolyn Stanford Adams, Florida; Sharon See, Oklahoma; Ruth and David Kressler, Michigan; Lou Gorman, Vermont; Sandy and Roger Gilliam, Vermont; Susan Bridge, Vermont; June and Leonard LaFlam, New Hampshire; Ruth and Terry DeCotis, New Hampshire; Sheila and Fred Rayer, Alberta; Iris and Don Ferguson, Alberta; Tom Crutchfield, New York; Dana Luebke, Alberta; Sandra Carpenter, Colorado, Eric and Nonie Sundstrom, Calgary, Alberta.

Bob has taught visual, theatrical and sculptural arts in 24 of the 27 countries to which he has travelled with Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance. He continues to teach workshops in the visual and theatrical arts in residencies throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. He has taught professional development to teachers and artists in Western Canada, California, Washington, Idaho, Montana, in Scotland, England, Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Singapore and Iran.

Why I'm Involved in the Arts...

During the Great Depression in the United States, my parents lost everything. My father ended up selling apples in the streets of a small city in New Hampshire and one of the ways Mom and Dad kept warm on the weekends was to go to the Opera House, where for 10 cents they could both sit in the warm theatre and see a vaudeville show, a matinee, a vaudeville show and the evening film.

When I was born in 1941, we didn’t have pre-schools, kindergartens, day-care centers, so as a babe-in-arms, I went to the theatre. I saw people in color doing wonderful things, dancing, singing, telling jokes, doing acrobatics, then they’d get big in black and white on the screen and they’d go on remarkable adventures, get involved in dramatic relationships, in intrigue, battles, love affairs. It was a stunning way to grow up.

So, when I was five, my father asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said, “An actor!” He said, “A lawyer?”, and I said, “No, an actor!” By this time, he had taught me to count using the American flag, counting the stars and stripes and my alphabet, and my parents read to me every night before bedtime. Both of them only had an eighth-grade education and were bound and determined I would go to college. His answer to me was a gift. He said, “How do we do it?” And, I remember I said, “Well, an actor sings and dances and talks.” My parents got me dance lessons with the only dance teacher in our small town of Etna, New Hampshire, a ballroom teacher, who remained a friend for life, and singing lessons with a retired opera singer who was the pianist for a local church. And so began my life in the arts.

I got involved in community theatre, church theatre, singing on a local radio station and in churches by the time I was six, on the 4th of July in the Dartmouth Stadium, in school theatre, college and university theatre, after graduate school, I went to New York City, did five shows, got involved in repertory theatre, got jobs chairing Acting-Directing Programs at the University of Oklahoma and Calgary. And in all that time, I was drawing, painting, designing, writing poetry, creating characters on stage, radio, television. Then, in 1977, I founded Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance, with my partner, Dana Luebke from Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Since then, the company, whose mandate is ‘to celebrate the differences and recognize the similarities among peoples and cultures through timeless stories expressed in the arts of theatre, dance and visual arts in order to expose, confront and challenge our human foibles and prejudices. As Sun.Ergos, Dana and I have taught, performed and done research in twentysix countries on five continents and created sixty-two shows of indigenous, classical, original stories, folk-tales, legends and myths. Our goal has always been to bring as much authenticity of the visual images of each production as possible to enrich and enhance the audiences’ reactions to the stories that illuminate our common humanity.

Why I'm Involved in the Arts...​