Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) alumnus Salvatore Schiciano (MFA 2010) has been named assistant director of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City. This distinguished midtown gallery has been an important participant in the New York art scene since its inception. The gallery was founded in 1950 by Tibor de Nagy and John Myers and quickly earned a reputation for establishing emerging artists, including Carl Andre, Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, and Fairfield Porter, among others. The gallery became a salon for artists and poets and exhibited collaborations between them. The gallery published early volumes of poetry by the major New York School poets John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara. Today the gallery specializes in paintings and works on paper, and has continued its involvement in poetry. The gallery represents the estates of many notable artists, such as Rudy Burckhardt, Biala, Nell Blaine, Shirley Jaffe, and Jess.
After receiving his MFA in Painting from SoVA in 2010, Salvatore moved to New York City to work at a prominent gallery specializing in African American art. He later joined the leading framing gallery, Eli Wilner, and also worked as a fine art painter for a private historic residence. He is thrilled with the opportunity to apply his skills and experience to his new role at one of New York’s veteran art galleries.
The education Schiciano received at SoVA has been a critical factor in his success. Penn State’s interdisciplinary environment and cross-departmental opportunities allowed him to broaden his professional and intellectual character. Exposure to courses in art history, art theory, and comparative literature has provided a strong foundation that is essential for working at a gallery with such an extensive history in literature as well as art. Salvatore’s experience with teaching classes in the arts, as well as his participation in exhibition installations on and off campus, helped to develop his multi-tasking and problem-solving abilities. Most importantly, the mentoring he received from the faculty and staff at SoVA helped prepare him to become an active member of the fast-paced contemporary New York City art scene.