Michael Frassinelli, Visual Arts Department Head and Dana Art Gallery Director, was chosen by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in partnership with Golden Artist Colors as one of three artist-educators to travel to upstate New York for a two-week GOLDEN Educators Residency from July 24-August 7.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for my artwork nationally, although I am fully aware that there are many other dedicated and talented and deserving teachers and artists who never get recognized,” Frassinelli said. “Practically, it will be a wonderful opportunity to work on my paintings, meet with the other artist-educators, and experiment with some new materials and techniques during the residency. The following year, the Foundation sponsors an exhibit of work that the artists created during the residency, so I’m looking forward to that in 2020.”
Frassinelli was chosen through a competitive juried process. He included pieces from his May 2018 show, The Pianista Traveling Museum, which was the culmination of his “Legend of the Pianistas” series that began in the Dana Art Gallery in February 2004. His candidacy for the residency was also supported by the many Dana Hall students who received regional and national 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including D. Lu ’24 who earned a Gold Medal for her painting, Back in Time. Frassinelli and Lu received their awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, June 6.
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