Hailing from Washington, D.C., Richard Webber has been a sculptor/metalsmith for over 40 years. He first studied sculpture at Corcoran College of the Arts and Design in downtown D.C. and moved to New York City in 1984 to continue his studies at the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art.
While working at the Tallix Art Foundry, Webber collaborated with renowned artists Isamu Noguchi, Frank Stella, and Nancy Graves. He has fabricated pieces for New York artists Heidi Fasnacht, Lisa Hoke, Carol Hepper, Michael Lucero, Rebecca Smith, and fashion designer Elie Tahari. For the New York Historical Society's exhibition "Here is New York: Remembering 9/11", Webber created a series of unique mounts for specific World Trade Center artifacts. He has created artifact mounts for the Connecticut Historical Society, in addition to constructing many fossil mounts, skeletal mounts, and sculptural representations for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
In 1994, Webber founded Museum Productions, Inc. Since its creation, MPI has produced numerous sculptures, models, armatures, and mounts for museum and corporate exhibits nationwide. MPI brings together an expert commission of sculptors, artists, and exhibitors to create both large and small-scale projects and exhibitions.
Museum Productions, Inc. is located in the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (http://www.gmdconline.org) in Brooklyn, New York.
Richard Webber and Museum Productions, Inc. have contributed to the following:
2012-15 Ursula von Rydingsvard - Hand hammered copper rendering for Princeton University
2014 Museum of Art and Design - NYC Makers Biennial - Invited participant
2011-12 American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Hall - Restoration
2011 American Museum of Natural History, Hall of Northwest Indians - Restoration and totem mounts
2010-11 New York Historical Society, New York Rising - Portrait and object mounts
2009 Dia Art Foundation - Sea, desert, and tropical dioramas
2009 American Museum of Natural History - Extreme Mammals Exhibit
2009 American Museum of Natural History - Climate Change Exhibit
2008 Sony Wonder Technology Lab - Historical object mounts for NYC headquaters
2008 Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT - Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space
2008 American Museum of Natural History - Horse Exhibit
2007 New York Historical Society - Here is New York: Remembering 9/11
2007 American Express - Historical object mounts for NYC headquarters
2006 San Diego Natural History Museum - Fossil Mysteries
2005 American Museum of Natural History - Darwin I and Darwin II traveling exhibit
2004 American Museum of Natural History - Hall of Ocean Life
2003 Florida Museum of Natural History
1992-95 American Museum of Natural History, Fossil Halls - Renovation