John Ventimiglia, Professor
John T. Ventimiglia received an MFA (1967) from Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhinehart School of Sculpture Fellowship and a BFA (1965) from Syracuse University School of Art. Professor Ventimiglia has also been a recipient of a fellowship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and a recipient of an artist residency at Chateau de Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, France. He is represented in private and public and private collections including the Portland Public Library, Portland Museum of Art, The Cedars Care Center, Portland, ME; and Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.
"I make sculpture that looks like toys, but approach it in the sculpture tradition of design and craft," his work statement begins. Professor Ventimiglia's work can resemble ancient buildings, historic sites, and shrines; folk art has caught his attention for its immediacy and sincerity. He works mostly with old wood, preferring its history to mingle with his own inspiration. Mixed materials, collected and found elements can figure in. He expresses an interest in the diversity of processes and craft skills that combine to make any one of his pieces. "I think through my eyes and hands," Professor Ventimiglia continues, in that same work statement. "I intend my sculpture to be touched. I want people to feel the surfaces, open doors and play."
MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhinehart School of Sculpture Fellowship
BFA, Syracuse University School of Art
Sculpture Faculty - John Ventimiglia