Robert Plumb, a native of Potsdam, New York, was born May 12, 1933. He resided in Hannawa Falls, New York and painted scenes of the
Adirondacks for 25 years. He graduated with bachelor and master of
science degrees from State University College at Buffalo, and studied
at the Albright Art School in Buffalo. A former art teacher, he painted
full time. Plumb was a member of the prestigious American Watercolor
Society and the Central New York Watercolor Society.
Robert Plumb was the recipient of many awards in national and
regional competitions including the American Watercolor Society,
Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art, and Watercolor USA. Plumb
had his work chosen to be exhibited at the Frederic Remington
Museum, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute, Easter States Art Exhibit, Chautauqua Exhibition
of American Art, Rocky Mountain National Park Watercolor Exhibition, American Watercolor
Society, Watercolor USA, State University, St. Lawrence University, Southern Vermont Art
Center, and Center for Music, Drama and Art in Lake Placid.
The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake displays selected works from their permanent
collection. The display, "Watercolors of the Adirondacks," includes Plumb's paintings. At the
time, Plumb was the only living artist whose paintings were exhibited by the museum. For three
years his works were also included in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American
Watercolors in Old Forge, New York.
Robert Plumb was featured in the magazine "Adirondack Life." His paintings have also
appeared in "The Conservationist" and on the cover of Paul Jamieson's book Adirondack
Reader. He produced a photograph for the cover of Bradford Van Diver's book Rocks and
Routes of the North Country, and his photographs have appeared in many publications.
Robert Plumb married Joyce (Jonni) Plumb on June 11, 1956. Robert died on May 12, 1985
at age 52. In December 1985, A Memorial Exhibition was held at the Brainerd Art Gallery (now the Roland Gibson Gallery) at The State University of New York at Potsdam, Jonni was
assisting in the planning of another exhibition, Remembering Robert Plumb, at the time of her death, February 9, 2003. Family and friends joined in completing plans for the exhibition. Over
70 original paintings were lent to the well-received exhibit held September 26- November 2,
2003 at the Gibson Gallery