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Vincent Castagnacci: Notes from a Quarry

May 16, 2020 — Aug. 2, 2020


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This spring, the Cape Ann Museum will present a special exhibition of works by contemporary artist Vincent Castagnacci. Notes from a Quarry will focus on Castagnacci’s drawings and paintings from the mid-2000s to the present, pulling in earlier works that reflect the strong influence Cape Ann has had—and continues to have—on the artist. A well-known teacher as well as an artist, Castagnacci’s earliest Cape Ann-inspired works date to 1978 and reflect the strong influence the natural beauty of the area’s landscape has had on his work. 

Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Castagnacci studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and with George Demetrios in Boston and Gloucester in the early 1960s. In 1964, he earned a BFA from Yale, and two years later an MFA from the same institution. It was through his work with Demetrios that Castagnacci came to know and love Cape Ann. For the past 40 years, the Castagnacci family has owned property on the backside of the Cape, looking out over Folly Cove and abutting property once owned by Demetrios and his wife, Virginia Lee Burton, and used as the headquarters of the Folly Cove Designers. The neighborhood, from Folly Cove’s rugged shoreline, out to Halibut Point and up into Dogtown, has provided Castagnacci with boundless inspiration. 

Castagnacci began teaching art while a student at Yale, working at Southern Connecticut State College. He moved from there to Old Dominion University and since 1973 has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan. He has received numerous citations and awards over the course of his career including from the American Academy in Rome (1980). Castagnacci is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.

(above) Vincent Castagnacci, 26.XII.15-25.II.16 Halibut Point Variation #9. 2016. Acrylic/ash on cotton duck (34 x 40 in.). Promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum.
Selected images from the exhibition, click to enlarge.


(left) 23.V-25.VI.08, charcoal pencil/black ash/acrylic on paper (26 x 40 1⁄4 in.), University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan; (center) 5.VII-12.VII.18 (Remembering George Inness), 2018, acrylic/black ash on cotton duck (18 x 24 in.), Collection of the artist; (right) 21-31.X.19, 2019, acrylic on cotton canvas (18 x 24 in.), Collection of the artist.

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