Robert Schaefer’s work was selected by Vicki Goldberg for an exhibition in Annapolis, Maryland; Peter McGill for an exhibition in Toledo, Ohio; and Cornell Capa for an exhibition in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was also the recipient of a Special Opportunity Stipend (SOS) Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the East End Arts Council in Riverhead, New York (Long Island’s NorthShore). The money received from this grant paid for the invitations of an exhibition he had at the OysterPond’s Historical Society in Orient on Long Island’s NorthFork. For his SOS Grant he was sent letters of congratulations by State Senator Kenneth LaValle and Representative George S. Hochbrueckner. Robert was selected as a finalist by Photographer’s Forum Magazine (Serbin Publishing) and one of his images was included in their Best of Photographer Issue in 1996.
In June 2013, Schaefer was awarded a month-long artist residency at Can Serrat, which is 25 miles northwest of Barcelona, Spain. During the residency, Schaefer photographed various architectural sites and made digital negatives from the captures. These negatives were used make cyanotype prints using the hot Spanish sun as the required UV light source.
Casa Mila Apartment Block by Antoni Gaudí
Most recently – early August 2014 – Schaefer was one of 55 artists selected by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to attend their Artist Summer Institute 5 Day Residency Program. In October 2014, Schaefer was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Moscow International Foto Awards in the category of Architecture by Professional Photographers. The Award was presented for his series “Architectural Blues” and can be seen at: http://moscowfotoawards.com/winners/zoom.php?eid=10-2408-14