Robert Emmons is a poet, philosopher, and sculptor who has collected art for most of his life. Emmons has been a corporate CEO, international consultant, university professor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the author of seven books including five books of poetry, the first of which was published in 1973. He recently published Six Thousand Sunrises, which focuses on the value of an active, involved lifestyle. Emmons presents an interesting prescription for a sensitive engaged life that combines the artistic with the pragmatic.
Emmons has lately explored his own artistic creativity as a sculptor of contemporary bronze pieces while working in the studio of Aris Demetrios. The titles of some of Emmons’ sculptures are: Going Places, Homage to Marini, Matriarch, The Egyptian, Rushing Home, and The Hunter.
Emmons also completed a three month tutorial with Rob Bodem, director of the sculpture program at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Emmons created Impressionist works in bronze titled Hope and Nude while working in Florence.
Emmons explores all aspects of the human form, and his sculptures celebrate its beauty and diversity.
Despite his many careers, Emmons has always found time to support the arts. He served for several years as chairman of the Florence Academy Board, of which he remains a director.
Emmons was president of the board of trustees of Santa Barbara Museum of Art where he continues to serve on the investment committee. He and Christine funded the Emmons Gallery in the museum. The gallery opened in 1998 and is devoted to the art and artists of California.
The Emmonses have also funded art centers at the Marymount Academy and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara.