I was born in Philadelphia in 1942 into a multi generational household of immigrant Calabrians escaping the serfdom and poverty in that forsaken part of Italy. The culture they brought burned in us and we followed a pious pagan faith and held a naïve reverence towards art making.   

With its sense of history and autonomy, "Italy-imagined"  became an integral aspect of my self identity. By the age of seven my needlework skills were budding. As a young girl, my mother ordered a kit from the CAN YOU DRAW from a magazine ad  so I worked on the mail order art course. The family encouraged my interest in art, and by twelve I started studying with the Sr. Mary Frances, one of the nuns at the elementary school who was raising funds for her heart surgery. By the time I was sixteen I was taking the el to Fleisher twice a week for evening classes in Croquis and Life Painting. Painting and sculpture at PAFA and some Psych classes at Temple University. 

A notably active visual artist and independent curator for over fifty years, I have exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the USA and abroad. I am an autodidactic artist who has won awards and citations from the City of Philadelphia as well as the City of Florence, Italy. She was awarded residencies in S. Stefano in Sessanio, Abruzzi; in Scarlino, Tuscany and the Vermont Studio School,USA.

     My work  has been recognized for color and energy of composition. Influenced by the works of Paul Klee and Cy Twombly, I remains particularly interested in the creative impulse of mark making and universal pictorial motivations in signs and symbols.  My present work with "lines" is a synthesis of these particular elements of artistic faith.

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

CFEVA, AT SONESTA Philadelphia, PA

CENTER FOR EMERGING VISUAL ARTISTS SELECTED MEMBERS EXHIBIT, Philadelphia, PA

BIVALVE ARTS CENTER, BIVALVE, NJ

BLUE MT. GALLERY ANNUAL CURATED GROUP SHOW, CHELSEA, NYC

SNOWFLAKES, Art Space,  Philadelphia, PA

SEEING RED, Heavy Bubble  Art Space, Philadelphia, PA

 

2016

Second State Press 2016 PORTFOLIO EXCHANGE, Philadelphia, PA

SIX   Invitational.  Curated by Barbara Sasson, Da Vinci Art Alliance

JAMES DUPREE GALLERY, Celebration of Color

SUNDANCE FILM HQ, NYC

JED WILLIAMNS STUDIO, PHILA, JAN 2016

2015

MEMBERS INVITATIONAL , DA VINCI ART ALLIANCE, 

Second State Press 2016 PORTFOLIO EXCHANGE, Philadelphia, PA

POPE UP, curated by Leslie Kaufman, Globe Dye Works,  Philadelphia, PA

SOUTH TOWER COLLECTION,  Parkway Towers, 20th and Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

SECOND STATE PRESS OPEN PORTFOLIO, CRANE ARTS, Philadelphia, PA

PPAC MEMBERS ANNUAL, CRANE ARTS, PHILADELPHIA, Philadelphia, PA

WATER ON THE WALL, Invited 2 person at GALLERY 1816 Philadelphia, PA

150 YEAR BRIDGE, ITALIAN AMERICAN ARTISTS, The Crane, Philadelphia, PA

HERSTORY IV, RRCA, Millville, NJ

ENVISIONING THE DECAMERON, Smile Café Gallery, 1ST place in showawarded by Karen Saillant, Director International Opera Co.

ITALY ETCHINGS, THE CLAY COLLEGE, MILLVILLE, NJ

PHILAGRAFICA 2010,  Da Vinci Art Alliance, Phila.

MARKS REMARKS, RRCA

ROMEO E GIULIETTA, 1stplace in show, Da Vinci Art Alliance

10 by 10, INLIQUID, THE CRANE, Philadelphia, PA

BLOCK PARTY, RRCA, Millville, NJSCARLINO RESIDENCY, Grossetto, Italy

FROM MY WINDOW, Smile Gallery, Phila., PA

THE F WORD, 2008Smile Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

GARDENS AND RIVERS, 2007 Bartram’s Gardens, PA

ILLUMINATION/REFLECTION, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

DESIGN PHILADELPHIA, DANE DÉCOR, PHILADELPHIA, PA

TERRA INCOGNITA,  RRCA, Millville, NJ

SEXTANTIO, RESIDENCY ABRUZZI, ITALY

CROSS POLLINATION, Bartram’s Gardens, Philadelphia

MYTHS, RELIGION, SYMBOLS, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia

HSD GALLERY ARTISTS, HSD Gallery, Millville, NJ

SOUTH JERSEY CLAY, The Clay College, Millville, NJ

CUT IT OUTLOVE IN, Print Collaborative at Fleisher Art Memorial, Feb, 2006

THE OYSTER PLATE, The Clay College, Millville, NJ

MIXED PARALLELS, 4 ARTISTS Da Vinci Art Alliance

WORD, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, July 2005

INHERITED MEMORIES, HSD, Millville, NJ

MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION, DaVinci Art Alliance 

ARTISTS OF THE CLAY STUDIO,  University of San Juan, SJ, Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON SQUARE SHOW, Philadelphia Sculptors, Washington, DC 

CARNIVALE   AL CAPODANNO FIORENTINO, Sala Bruneleschi del Palagio di Parte Guelfa di Firenze, Italia

5to Ciclo de Conferencias y Seminario sobre la Ceramica, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagues, Puerto Rico

BIENNALE D’ARTE CONTEMPORANAE DI FIRENZE, Fortezza di Basso, Florence, Italy

SEPTET, St. Joseph’s University Gallery, PA

PORCELAIN 2001, Esmay Fine Arts, Rochester, NY

STORY OF SEVEN: FRINGE FESTIVAL, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA 

COUPLETS, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia

 ECHOES OF THE ESTUARY, Folklife Center Gallery, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ

ANNUAL INVITATIONAL, Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

ART OF POURING, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

IDENTITY, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

THEORIES OF RELATIVITY, Hopkins House, Camden, NJ

VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

ISTITUTTO POLACCA, Rome, Italy

NATIONAL MUSEUM, Warsaw, Poland

NUOVA GALLERIA STATUTO, Florence, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

FLAGS INVITATIONAL, Pavilion Galleries, Burlington, NJ

WCA AT BLUE MOUNTAIN GALLERY, NYC

GOLD MAIL ART INTERNATIONAL,  Mashrabia  Gallery,  Cairo, Egypt

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ARTISTS OF PHILADELPHIA, Brussels, Belgium

SIZE ISN'T EVERYTHING, Nexus Foundation for the Emerging Arts, Philadelphia, PA

INVITATIONAL, Art Association of Harrisburg, PA 

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION EXHIBIT, Erector Square Gallery,

New Haven, CT

SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY ARTISTS, Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

GALLERY IO, Washington, DC

MUSE GALLERY, Philadelphia, PA

THE PRINT CLUB, Philadelphia, PA

THE SKETCH CLUB, Philadelphia, PA

WOODMERE MUSEUM, Germantown, PA

CHELTENHAM ART CENTER, Cheltenham, PA

ABINGTON ART CENTER, Abington, PA

 

STUDIES

 

The Clay Studio

Temple University  

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Fleisher Art Memorial