Raúl Acero

Professor Emeritus
Art Department

Photo of Raúl Acero

Areas of Expertise

  • Sculpture
  • Ceramic Art


M.F.A., Ceramics, Ohio University

B.A., Fine Art, S.U.N.Y at Fredonia



Born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in New York City, Raúl is a sculptor and ceramic artist with expertise in a variety of materials and processes including carving, casting, welding and woodworking.

Raúl's artwork is in a number of public and private collections, including the Instituto de Cultura San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Luis Ferrer Foundation, the Asheville Art Museum and the Coron Collection. He is a recipient of the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence award, a New York State Council on the Arts Artist Award and an Asheville Arts Alliance Award.

His work has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently at the Museo de Arte in Ponce, Puerto Rico,  the Martinez Gallery in Troy, New York, and the Limner Gallery in Hudson, New York. He is represented by the A. Cueto Gallery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is presently updating his book "Making Ceramic Sculpture," Lark Press 2000, and working on a book on contemplative art.

Courses Taught

ART 145 Introduction to Sculpture

ART 140 Introduction to Ceramics

ART 245 Intermediate Sculpture

ART 495 Senior Projects


Chair, Associate Professor of Art The Sage Colleges, Albany, New York

Chair, Associate Professor of Art Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

Instructor, Clay Metal Fibers Department, Parsons School of Design, New York City

Assistant Professor of Art, Universidad Inter-Americana, San Germán, Puerto Rico

Independent Studio Artist, Owner Studio 212, Brooklyn, New York

Chief Faculty Consultant Advanced Placement Reading

AP College Board Consultant 


  • Making Ceramic Sculpture, Lark Press 2000

  • Ceramics: Art and Perception "A Time Remembered" The Art of Agustín de Andino

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Vision Award Grant: The Sage Colleges

  • Leadership Award: The Sage Colleges

  • Visiting Artist: The Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland College Institute of Art

  • Jean Ritchie Fellowship: Appalachian College Association

  • Artists Grant: Asheville Arts Alliance

  • Cultural Specialist Award; Artist in Residence: National School of Fine Arts, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

  • Artist in Residence: Studio Museum in Harlem

  • Artist Fellowship Award: N.Y.S. Council on the Arts

  • Artist in Residence: Greenwich House Pottery, New York City

Invited Presentations

  • Oracle Ceramics Association: Oracle, Arizona - Workshop
  • Opalka Gallery: Albany, New York - Artist Talk

  • Asheville Art Museum: Asheville, NC - Artist Talk

  • Herbert Ryman Living Masters Program: Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

  • Casa Candina: San Juan Puerto Rico - Workshop and Presentation

  • Roslyn Museum of Fine Art: Roslyn, New York - Artist Presentation