Robert C. Koepnick, sculptor and art instructor at the Dayton Art Institute, was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 8, 1907. He studied sculpture at the School of the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) and under renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Milles at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. From 1934-1974, he taught sculpture at DAI, except during World War II, when he used his sculpting abilities to design personal equipment for the Army Air Corps at Wright Field in Dayton. He also served as head of the Sculpture and Ceramic Department at DAI from 1936-1941 and 1946-1974.
Koepnick is known for his modern perspective on ecclesiastical art, and many of his works appear as architectural elements on churches and professional buildings throughout southwestern Ohio as well as around the United States. He worked in a variety of media, including terra cotta, ceramics, bronze, aluminum, and marble.
In 1974, Koepnick was awarded the title "Emeritus" at Dayton Art Institute, and in 1995 he received the honorary degree Doctor of Humanities from the University of Dayton. Koepnick passed away on July 20, 1995. This collection includes photographs and sketches of many of his pieces, as well as correspondence related to commissioned work.