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Joseph Campanella Cleary New Artist-in-Residence

By Eric Ford - Burlington City Arts
January 23, 2009 - 6:11 am

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Burlington, Vt. — Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce Joseph Campanella Cleary as the new Artist-in-Residence at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts.

He will be at the Firehouse Center from January 1 through February 28, 2009, and invites the public to visit the studio on the 4th floor during First Friday Art Walk on February 6 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., and selected Saturdays from 12 - 5:00 p.m. for the duration of the residency. There will also be a closing reception February 27, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

During Cleary's residency, he will be creating the design for a geometrically integrated five-piece modern mandolin family, from cello to piccolo range, based on his "Due" model mandolin and inspired by the aesthetics and geometry of classic Italian violins. The objective of this project is design based, using traditional graphic media in large format drawings and pattern making.

This project is supported by a Creation Grant from the Vermont Art's Council and the NEA. Joseph is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Minor in Music and Geology. He is the owner of Campanella Strings in Burlington, and was the recipient of a Creation Project grant from the Vermont Arts Council in 2005.

The FCVA Artist-in-Residence program was created in 2004 to invigorate the dialogue between artists and the viewing public in downtown Burlington. Artists are invited to submit a proposal for the available residency periods, which range from one to three months in duration.

During this time, artists can use the studio at the Firehouse as well as BCA's clay, photography, and printmaking studios. The resident also works with Burlington City Arts staff to offer a workshop, lecture, or special project that engages the public in his/her creative process.

Previous participants include David Kearns, from Johnson, VT. Kearns worked in the fourth floor studio during the winter of 2008, and teaches art at Johnson State College. Other past residents include Lucinda Mason, Catherine Hall, Clark Russell, Tove Ohlander, Randy Gaetano, and Leslie Fry.

The Firehouse Center Artist-in-Residence program is an important part of Burlington City Arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call (802) 865-7166 or visit their web site.

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