Roberge, Celeste

Roberge, Celeste


Celeste Roberge was born in Biddeford, Maine. She maintains a studio in South Portland.  She is Professor Emerita, University of Florida where she was Professor of Sculpture in the School of Art + Art History and Head of the Sculpture Area for twenty-two years. She received a MFA degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, BFA from the Maine College of Art, and BA in Sociology from the University of Maine. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1979. In 2008, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maine. 

Celeste Roberge has received numerous awards and fellowships. In 2013 she was an artist-in-residence at the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler, Inc. in Wisconsin. In summers 2010, 2011 and 2017, she continued her current research into seaweed as a resident artist at the Baie Ste. Marie-Jenny Family Compound in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia sponsored by the Maine College of Art. In 2008, she held the William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts where she conceptualized the Granite Sofa project. She was a resident artist at SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2007.  She has received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She was awarded a Research Foundation Professorship by the University of Florida from 2004-2007.  She is the recipient of two Florida Individual Artists Fellowships.  She was a Fellow in 1988/89 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 1979 she received the first Bernard Langlais fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. During her tenure at the University of Florida, she received generous support and numerous research grants from the College of the Arts. 

Celeste Roberge’s sculptures are included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Harn Museum of Art, Jackson Laboratories, Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, the University of New England, MacPage, Inc., Kohler Inc., the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, and in numerous private collections across the country. She has received commissions for temporary outdoor sculpture installations at Expo2000 in Germany, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, FL, the City of Coral Springs, Florida, and the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Celeste was a resident artist at Monson Arts in November/December 2018. She has been selected to attend The Arctic Circle Art/Science Expedition in June 2019.