B.F.A. (1966), M.F.A. (1968) from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
My professional experience includes teaching art history and
studio art classes at Wayne State University and sculpture at
Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design in
Detroit, Michigan. I also taught sculpture at the Birmingham
Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, Michigan. I have been
a visiting artist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and
at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
My work has been widely exhibited in both the United States
and Europe in such places as The Detroit Institute of Arts; The
Newark Museum; The Tampa Museum; The Smithsonian; The
British Museum in London, England; The Minnesota Museum
of Art; The Council of Cultural Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden;
The Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, Hungary and
The Institute of Culture in Zacatecas Mexico.
Bronze panels produced for the doors of The Church of San Vito
in Maniago, Italy; designed official medallions for The Department
of The Treasury in Washington, D.C.; and created a bronze Christ
figure for the processional cross used at the Silverdome Mass
during the Pope’s visit to Detroit, Michigan.
City of Detroit commissions include: relief sculptures for the Italian Consulate offices; commemorative relief for the Rick Finley United States Drug Enforcement Administration Building; bronze relief for the Law School Building at Wayne State University; bronze sculpture of General Anthony Wayne for Wayne State University’s Centennial Courtyard; triptych for the Italian Heritage Room at Wayne State University; memorial sculpture for The Wellness Health Center; and a nine-foot bronze free-standing relief for the main plaza of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan building in downtown Detroit. Also in downtown Detroit, 29 bronze reliefs for The Labor Legacy Monument in Hart Plaza.
Other Michigan commissions include: twenty panels for the rotunda of the Library and Archives Building of the State of Michigan in Lansing; three panel frieze for the Hidden Valley Recreational area in Gaylord; relief for the Pine Lake Country Club of Orchard Lake; four bronze panels on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King for Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti; two reliefs for the Nardin Park Methodist Church in Farmington Hills; memorial sculpture for Trenton City Hall; and a sculpture for the Livonia Civic Center Library.
Recent Commissions include: The Laurel Art Achievement Award for Wayne State University; 20th Cranbrook Peace Foundation Award; NASCAR 2007 & 2008 Strategic Call of the Race Award for DOW Automotive; 2008 & 2009 Renaissance Awards for Detroit Renaissance; 50th Anniversary Commemorative bronze bell and relief panel for Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.
Awards include: 1991 Michigan Creative Artist Grant; 1996 Arts Achievement Award from Wayne State University; 2008 International Artist Award from Wayne County; and a Knighthood from the Republic of Italy for achievements in the field of art.
Recent Exhibitions: 2008 - SterlingScapesV in Sterling Heights Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit; Midwest Sculpture Initiative at Ella Sharp Museum Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit; Midwest Sculpture Initiative in Tecumseh Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.
2007 - Best of the Best WSU Arts Achievement Award Recipients at Wayne State University; Hot Cast at Michigan Gallery in Detroit; Human Adrian College exhibit; Gray Temples – Works of Twelve Mature Sculptors at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan; Nostalgia – Four European Artists at Neal Davis Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan; Art Round Town Saugatuck Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit; Art from the Motor City in Houghton, Michigan.
2006 – Brighton Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit; Wall to Wall – Survey of Current Regional Sculpture at Flatlanders Art Gallery in Blissfield, Michigan; Midwest Sculpture Initiative in Blissfield Corridor Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. In 2005 – American Medallic Art at Rack and Hamper Gallery in New York; War Requiem – Visual Retrospective of War at Madonna University; XXIX International Federation of Medallic Art in Seixal, Portugal.
Recent Selected Publications:
Nawrocki, Dennis Alan. Art in Detroit Public Places. Third Edition,
Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008.
Coonerty, Ryan. Etched in Stone- Enduring Words From our National Monuments.
Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2008.
Godfrey, Linda S. Weird Michigan. New York: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. 2006.
Labor’s Legacy a Landmark for Detroit. Detroit: Michigan Labor History Society, Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 2005.
An Inspirational Body of Work - The Fine Art of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Detroit: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, 2003.
Delicato, Armando. Images of America - Italians in Detroit. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing Company, 2005.
Pancioli, Diana. Extruded Ceramics. New York: Lark Books, 2000.
100 Selected Works from the Wayne State University Art Collection. Detroit: Wayne State University, 2003.
Videos, Films, Documentaries:
Famie, Keith, Executive Producer. Our Italian Story. Novi: Visionalist Entertainment Productions, 2006. DVD
One-hour documentary and interviews with prominent Italian-Americans in Metro Detroit.
Prusak, John and Vander, Cathryn Producers. Legacy in Bronze. Detroit: Vander Films, 2005. DVD
30-minute documentary on the creation of the bronze reliefs for Transcending the Labor Legacy Monument in Hart Plaza.
Shrines and Homemade Holy Places. Silvio’s Pizzeria. Toronto: Markham Street Films, 2005. DVD
15-minute documentary on the work of visionary artist Silvio Barile.
Detroit Public Television. Art Beat - Art in Public Places. Detroit: Detroit Educational TV Foundation, 2005. DVD
15-minute educational overview on Transcending Labor Legacy monument in Detroit.
Cantu, Matt. Silvio: a Story about Art and Pizza. Detroit: Vander Film Production, 2004. DVD
30-Minute documentary on the work of untrained folk artist Silvio Barile.
Adult Learning Institute (ALI), Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington Hills, Michigan. These are some of my Favorite Things; The Forces of Nature on Art; Art of The Untrained: Wonderful Visionaries and their Works;
Patrimonio - 100 Years of Italian Art in Michigan; Italian Funerary Sculpture and Architecture; Public Art in Southeastern Michigan; Personal Work – An Artist’s View.
Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) - Wayne State University, Lectures at Institute of Retired Professionals, Alfred Taubman Jewish Community Center, Oak Park, Michigan. Is Public Art Important?; Art of The Untrained: Wonderful Visionaries and their Works; The Labor Legacy Monument; Art Salutes Labor.
The Toledo Club, Toledo, Ohio. The Beauty of Art.
Wayne State University, Department of Art & Art History, Detroit, Michigan. ETHNICITY AND ART - Forces Which Shape Creativity ; Patrimonio - 100 Years of Italian Art in Michigan; Dante Alighieri Society - Italian Influences on Michigan Artists.
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Detroit, Michigan. The Influence of Italian Sculpture on Contemporary Art; The Artist Looks at Art: The Figurative Tradition and 20th Century Art (Four Lectures, Department of Education).
Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin Department of Art, Madison, Wisconsin. Twentieth Century Considerations in Figurative Sculpture; The Tradition of Monumental Sculpture in Italian Art.
Rotary Club of Livonia, Livonia, Michigan. The Human Condition in Art.
Baldwin Public Library Lecture Series, Birmingham, Michigan. Figurative Traditions in 19th and 20th Century Art; Naives & Visionaries - Art & Architecture by The Untrained; The Renaissance: An Artistic View of Detroit & Florence.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan. Michigan State Library and Archives Building Art in Lansing Michigan.
Brevard Art Center and Museum, Melbourne, Florida. My Philosophy of Art.
Ringling Art School, Sarasota, Florida. Art and Creativity.
Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan. Apocalypse Re-Collected. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), Birmingham, Michigan. View of Toledo; Historical Survey 50th Anniversary Exhibition; Frank Cassara – A Life in Art; Contemporary Michigan Sculpture; Peter Gilleran – The Art of a Lifetime; Electra Stamelos – Past & Present; Donato Mancini; 40th Anniversary Exhibition.
Detroit Artists Market (DAM), Detroit, Michigan. Draper Hill; Romantic Allegory.
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. L’Avventura Artistica – Artists Under the Italian Influence.
Wayne State University, Community Arts Gallery, Detroit, Michigan. Patrimonio – 100 Years of Italian Art in Michigan. Sponsor: The Italian Consulate of Detroit.
Belian Art Center, Troy, Michigan. Viaggiatori – Luoghi e Gente – A Photographic of Italy by Michigan Artists; Omaggio – Tribute to Five Italian American Artists.
Michigan Gallery, Detroit, Michigan. Carbonari; Apocalypse; Ed Fraga – Drawings & Paintings; Sheldon Iden & Jim Nani – Two Artists from John R.; George Hriczik – Paintings; Untrained Artists; Three Perspectives – Three Italian Artists along with Trio Doppler from Rome, Chamber Ensemble, concert & exhibition.
Focus Gallery, Detroit, Michigan. Flanders Revisited.
Selected Juror of the following Exhibitions:
Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw,
Michigan. Regional Biennial Sculpture Exhibition.
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. 88th Annual Toledo Area Artists Show.
University of Toledo, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, The Museum of Art, Toledo,
Ohio. Student Biennial Exhibition.
City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair Juror.
State of Michigan, ART SERVE, Southfield, Michigan. State Creative Artists Grant
State of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan. Very Special Arts.
Shain Park, City of Birmingham, Birmingham, Michigan. Art In the Park Awards Juror.
Michigan School Systems, Troy, Southfield, & Pontiac, Michigan. Scholastic Art Awards.
Center for Creative Studies - College of Art & Design, Detroit, Michigan.
State of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.
Conference Panel Member:
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Guest Lecture Series - Panel Member.
Art and the Marketplace.
State of Michigan Art Serve, Center for Creative Studies – College of Art & Design,
Detroit, Michigan - Panel Member. Business and Art.
Exhibition Committee Member – Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), Robinson
Gallery; Detroit Artists Market.
Board Member – Detroit Artists Market; Michigan Gallery; Convivio, University of
Michigan; NOI Foundation.
Committee Member – Midwest Aids Prevention Project (MAPP); Friends of Belle Isle
Fundraising for Restoration of Dante Alighieri Sculpture; Wayne State University,
Department of Art Alumni Committee; Michigan Historical Museum, Tommaso Juglaris,
Painter of State Capital Dome; Detroit Artists Market Fundraiser Silvio’s Galleria Delle
Belle Arti & Historical Sculpture.
Art Advisor – Midwest Aids Prevention Program (MAPP); St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher
Center, Art Share Fund Raising Auction; Hospice of Michigan Fund Raising Auction;
Kolo Charities Fund Raising; Turning Point, Inc. Fund Raising Auction.