2010 - present
2010 - present
"He came in through my eyes and through my hands and through my heart. He taught me how to see the form within that stone with my eyes, and how to bring it out of that stone with my hands and most importantly how to give it life with my heart."
from "Eulogy for Peter" Lizbeth Hall, June, 1995
Peter was one of the founding members of the New England Sculptors Association when it was organized in 1948 by a group of sculptors, students and teachers at the Museum School. Two years after the organization was formed, it sponsored the first large, outdoor exhibit of sculpture in New England on the grounds of the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. NESA has had exhibits every year since then, many in several of the leading museums and galleries of the region including:
The New Bedford Museum of Art
The Attleboro Art Museum
The Federal Reserve Bank in Boston
The Worcester Museum of Fine Arts
The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts
The Currier Gallery in Manchester New Hampshire
The DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass.
NESA, with 140+ current members, eagerly reaches out to aspiring student sculptors as well as established sculptors. Its members are selected by jury and work in a variety of media. In addition to creating, showing, and selling sculpture, members are available to consult on all questions regarding sculpture, its acquisition and care, writing commission proposals, restoration, foundry services and public sculpture design. The public has consistently greeted our exhibits with enthusiasm and this success is a testimony to the vision of Peter Abate and the founders of NESA.
In honor of Peter's life and work, NESA sponsors the annual Abate Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, to a student in a sculpture program at one of several New England schools. The scholarship is now awarded on a rotating basis to various schools; previously it had been awarded at the Museum School. We welcome suggestions of schools in New England with accredited undergraduate sculpture programs that might benefit from this scholarship. NESA also welcomes donations in any amount to the Scholarship Fund.
The Peter Abate Memorial Scholarship:
NESA's scholarship program to area sculpture education programs.
H I S T O R Y A N D S C H O L A R S H I P
Peter Abate was an honors graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1930's and went on to become a distinguished sculptor and teacher, winning several national and international awards including the Prix de Rome. His inspired teaching at the Museum School and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass., enabled his many students to live up to their highest potential.