Education                                                                                                           
 
Ilya Repin State Academy                                                                                          2007 – 2012, 2015-2017
Institute of Painting, Sculpture and ArchitectureSt. Petersburg, Russia           
The Academy, founded 250 years ago, was modeled after École des Beaux Arts in Paris and has maintained its rigorous academic program of representational art with a heavy emphasis on constructive anatomy and draftsmanship. I am the only American accepted to the sculpture department in the last 20 years of this, Russia’smost prestigious Art Academy. 
      Graduated with highest honors after seven-year intensive training in Drawing and Sculpture.
https://www.facebook.com/RTDocumentary/videos/1626827977373805/
 
Bridgeview School of Fine Art Queens, NY                                                                                     2003 - 2007
Continuing Education
Figurative Drawing, Sculpture, and Painting in the tradition of the Russian Academy.
 
The Art Students Leagueof New York New York, NY                                         1990 - 1992 & 2003 - 2007
Continuing Education
Figurative Drawing, Oil Painting, Anatomy. 
 
Repin Academy & Mukhina Academy St. Petersburg, Russia                                        Summers 2005, 2006
Continuing Education
Intensive study in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture.
 
School of Visual ArtsNew York, NY                                                                                              2000 - 2003
Continuing Education
Life Drawing, Oil Painting, Figurative Sculpture.
 
Pratt InstituteBrooklyn, NY                                                                                                           2000 - 2001
Graduate Level Coursework
Graduate Art Therapy Program.
 
Oberlin CollegeOberlin, OH                                                                                                          1992 - 1996
Bachelor of Arts, in Mathematics;Also completed Pre-Medical coursework.  
 
Professional Experience
 
Princeton Academyof Art Princeton, NJ                                                                                     2018-present
Professor
  • Teaching cast drawing, drawing from life, still life composition, sculpting the head, and master copying.
  • Museum tours and daily lecture on anatomy and art history.
https://www.princetonacademyofart.com/instructors/
 
Beaux-Arts AcademyRome, Italy – Salt Lake City, UT – New York, NY – Washington D.C.          2014-2015
Professor
  • Leading drawing tours of major Museums, classical monuments, and architectural masterworks in Rome, Florence, Naples, Siena, Salt Lake City, New York City, and Washington D.C.
  • Teaching cast drawing, drawing from life, still life composition, sculpting the head, master copying, and plaster-casting.
  • Organizing daily drawing/art history excursions during the program’s three months in Italy.
  • Collaborating with the Architecture, Painting, and Art History Professors to refine the inter-disciplinary curriculum we created the previous year in NYC, with a heavy emphases on the mutual interdependence of these sister disciplines
      
Grand Central AcademyNew York, NY                                                                                                    2014
Instructor
  • Teaching full and part time students to sculpt the figure. 
  • Presenting lectures on the Russian Academic tradition.
http://grandcentralatelier.blogspot.com/2014/04/examing-russian-academic-tradition.html
 
http://grandcentralatelier.blogspot.com/2014/04/james-sondows-evening-sculpture-class.html
 
Beaux-Arts AtelierNew York, NY                                                                                                    2013-2014
Instructor
  • Leading drawing tours of museums and outdoor sculptural monuments in conjunction with the art history instructor. 
  • Researching not only the curriculum of the Russian Academy, but also of the premiere fine art high schools in Saint Petersburg where most of the students are trained for many years before the Academy. 
 
Shaarei Shalom Hebrew School Saint Petersburg, Russia                                                              2007 - 2009
Art Teacher
  • Developing and writing school’s art curriculum.  
  • Teaching art classes to students aged 4 – 15 years of age
  • Designing art projects with an emphasis on Jewish Holidays and Festivals 
  • Conducting classes in English and Russian.
  • Developing and leading an art curriculum with intensive weekend-long retreats for students and parents
 
Saint Ann'sSchoolBrooklynNY                                                                         1997 - 2007, Summers 2008 & 2009
Art Teacher, Master Teacher, Associate Teacher, Mathematics Teacher, In-House Tutor                                                                                        
  • Creating multi-disciplinary curricula to develop students' academic and artistic skills, relying heavily                                      on visual arts and creative writing. 
  • Training and supervising associate teachers.  
  • Developing and teaching accelerated mathematics curricula to students in grades 2, 3, and 8.
  • In-house tutor for English, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Teaching students to create multimedia pieces including stop-motion animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzB8ugvC2H0
 
Rubin Museum of ArtNew York,NY                                                                                              2004 - 2007
Educator                                                                                                                                                                
  • Developing art programs exploring the museum’s collection with support of an NEA grant 
  • Administering and implementing semester-long art projects in a variety of public schools in NYC with grades K –12 culminating in an exhibition of the children’s art at the Rubin Museum. 
  • Creating professional development programs for public school teachers about the success of this collaborative model.  
 
 
Exhibitions         
 
Kate Oh Gallery New York, NY                                                                                                                 2020
Solo Exhibition in February
 
Hudson Valley Art Association Old Lyme, CT                                                                                         2019
86thAnnual National Juried Exhibition
 
Hell Gate Arts Bronx, NY                                                                                                                           2019
South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition
 
Vero Beach Art ClubVero Beach, FL                                                                                                         2019
“New Dimensions” 
 
Salmagundi Club New York, NY                                                                                                               2019
“Figuratively Speaking”: An Exhibition of Portraiture and Figurative Art
 
 
It's the Bronx Bronx, NY                                                                                                                            2018
Bronx Art Festival
https://www.facebook.com/james.sondow/videos/10155950501120778/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The American Artists Professional League New York, NY                                                                     2018
90thGrand National Exhibition
 
2 Americans At the Saint Petersburg Academy of Art Saint Petersburg, Russia                                      2018
First solo exhibition of sculpture by an American in the Repin Academy’s 250 year history  
https://news.jeps.ru/lichnaya-istoriya/dzhejms-sondou-evrejskij-xudozhnik-iz-ssha-intervyu.html?fbclid=IwAR3NBOCm22G65R7Pp28aX93LGMcrSdzHlJWw-0H763OtFE6b5ykZ6Dv-Rag
https://spbvedomosti.ru/news/culture/amerikanskie_khudozhniki_v_peterburge/?fbclid=IwAR10v6WFaoh7fR7YuOBvwDOXWGnqFaEXzi5lFDpYJCiyKJ7Z6D2bpBopvFI
 
https://www.facebook.com/james.sondow/videos/10155417941065778/
 
Kate Oh Gallery New York, NY                                                                                                                 2017
“All In One” group exhibition
https://www.kateohgallery.com/aiojames-sondow
 
Repin Academy Saint Petersburg, Russia                                                                       2008 – 2012, 2015-2017
Annual Fall and Winter Exhibitions
 
Union of Artists Saint Petersburg, Russia                                                                                  2011,2015,2016
Annual juried sculpture exhibition
 
Grand Central AtelierBrooklyn, NY                                                                                                        2015                        
Exhibition of Professors’ work
 
Classical Art Conference Salt Lake City, UT                                                                                             2014
Exhibition of Professors’ work
 
Russian Institute of Horse Breeding (VNIIK)RyazanRussia                                        2010, 2011                           
Summer Exhibitions of Equine Sculpture and Drawing
 
MadArts Gallery Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                        20042007           
Annual Fall, Winter, and Spring Exhibitions
 
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Brooklyn, NY                                                        2005, 2006, 2007            
Participated in annual Park Slope Open Studio Tours
 
K-Place Gallery New York, NY                                                                                                                 2005
Group Exhibition
 
Chelsea Art Museum New York, NY                                                                                                        2004                              
Group Exhibition
 
 
Honors
 
The National Sculpture Society New York, NY                                                                                     2019            
Elected Member
 
Hudson Valley Art Association Old Lyme, CT                                                                                         2019
86thAnnual National Juried Exhibition, 
Agop Agopoff Memorial Award for sculpture
 
Portrait Society of America Atlanta, GA                                                                                                   2019
2019 International Portrait Competition, 
Certificate of Excellence
 
Art Renewal Center Port Reading, NJ                                                                                                        2019
14th International ARC Salon Competition, finalist
 
Ilya Repin State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and ArchitectureSt. Petersburg, Russia2017
First and only American to graduate with highest honors and be offered a solo show
 
The National Sculpture Society New York, NY                                                                                        2013                                    
National Sculpture Competition, Gloria Medal
 
The Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts Philadelphia, PA                                                             2005
XXVI National Sculpture Competition, 2ndplace