Robert Copskey graduated from Kent State University and the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He is nationally known for his work as a figurative sculptor and received the highest awards for excellence in figurative sculpture from the National Sculpture Society, winning the President's Prize and the John Gregory Memorial Prize. Copskey's sculpture "Lynn" and the "Pugilist" were selected for the National Sculpture Society's 58th Annual and Centennial Exhibitions. Several prominent commissions include the Baltimore Basilica, our nation's oldest basilica designed by Benjamin Latrobe and John Carroll; Teamsters Union Headquarters, Washington, D.C.; College of Notre Dame; and the Army Corp of Engineers.
His teaching experience parallels his professional career as a figurative sculptor, having taught at Montgomery College in Maryland and currently the Maryland Institute College of Art. He feels a debt of gratitude to carry on this noble art form of figurative sculpture training and to pass along the knowledge and skills of the great figurative sculptors. Copskey explains, "My teaching experience has been a most rewarding dialogue between student and teacher. There is never a day lost when I am teaching." He continues to teach figurative sculpture at MICA, now in his 18th year.