Metal sculptor Jerome Harris Parmet first “engaged” with the intriguing liquidity and malleability of metal 62 years ago as a Bachelor of Fine Arts major at Syracuse University. He took a sculpting course one semester that lingered as a dream all the more than 40 years he planned and designed corporate interiors in NYC, apprenticing at the original firms in that then new field and then as Principal of his own architectural interior design firm. At retirement in 1997, his unquenchable need to express and explore translated into planning, designing and fabricating steel sculptures, notably shapes, rhythms, occasionally kinetic, sometimes with junk yard cast offs, often with fresh mild metal.
But first he immersed himself in a new education: not only the art of blacksmithing, welding, bending, manipulating steel and steel objects but energetic exposure to known sculptors who taught others their unique methods. This included months at Westchester Arts Workshop in White Plains, NY under Leslie Dor; two semesters at Purchase College; classes at Silvermine School of Art working with David Boyajian and later Bob Perucci, plus 6 more years at David’s studio in New Fairfield, CT. As well, he outfitted his own studio with bending machines, tools, acetylene and welcomed students to his workplace.
Jerome’s outdoor pieces gained acceptance in various competitions: to name a few, Chesterwood, MA “New Fish, Blue Fish” was a favored piece; “Intersections” and “Coming Togethe ... view more »