James Parlin is a sculptor and a professor of art. He lives and works in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
Parlin was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954. His father was a lawyer and his mother a homemaker. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has two sisters, Ruth, a legal librarian, and Kathryn, an energy conservation consultant.
Parlin studied Religious Thought as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received his MFA in Sculpture from Penn in 1981.
He taught drawing and various three-dimensional studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia for a number of years. He now teaches sculpture and design to undergraduate and graduate students in the Art Department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and is currently serving as the department chairperson.
He shows his work in a variety of regional and national venues and is represented by the Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Parlin is married to Dr. Elisabeth Joyce, a professor of English at Edinboro University. They have two children, Cyrus and Ursula.