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CV OF ROBERT MANISCALCO

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touchtheskyyoga.comAs an “art spirit” Robert seeks to expand and share his knowledge and experience with others; this outreach includes teaching classes, presenting instructional DVDs, workshops, lectures and demonstrations, entitled The Power of Positive Painting©. As host of the acclaimed TV program, “Art Beat,” which aired for two seasons (2003-2005) on PBS in Detroit, his goal was to make the visual arts more accessible to the people. Robert is also an accomplished actor, director and musician, videographer, Blogger, making connections between a variety of artistic disciplines. As an artist and a humanist, he seeks a meaningful exchange with his sitters, with the goal of creating portraits that express something of the soul of the subject.

FINE ARTIST AND COMMISSION PORTRAIT ARTIST

1979-Present

As a fine artist and commission portrait artist Robert Maniscalco has created and sold over 950 major works of art since launching his career in 1979. These works hang in private and public collections throughout North America. He creates about 12 – 15 portraits every year. He also has created seven themed bodies of fine art, including his latest, The Quench Project. He has won national awards and been widely collected, earning his living exclusively as an artist all these years because of his dedication to the highest standards, his deep love of people and desire to connect; essential qualities not only of a successful portrait artist but of any creative. Robert has created the portraits of many prominent individuals and their families.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE MANISCALCO GALLERY

Responsibilities included Curating of Exhibitions, Marketing/Research, Graphic Design, Communications/Sales, Artist Management, Art Dealer, Art Consulting/Interior Design, Training, Events Planning/Execution, Managing a Custom Framing Business, Community Outreach, Rental of gallery space, Human Resources, Budget/Finance, Sales training. Presenting workshops, demonstrations, classes, Managing Guest Instructors.

Accomplishments:

touchtheskyyoga.comThe Maniscalco Gallery was founded in 1997 by Robert Maniscalco as an exhibition space and contemporary art center representing talented local and international artists, both established and emerging. The MG presented six major exhibitions each year and had become a major gallery venue in Detroit’s burgeoning art scene until the brick and mortar operations closed in 2005. The Maniscalco Gallery was an opportunity to reach out into the community and bring together the art of fine portraiture in the context of a contemporary art gallery. The Maniscalco Gallery hosted critically acclaimed exhibitions and special events like Salons, presenting poetry, song, dance, story telling, monologues, discussion and performance art in the context with the visual arts. Generated extensive media coverage and attention. The MG rose to prominence quickly, with as many as 400 people attending our events. Other special arts events were periodically presented at the MG, such as Wine Tastings, Vernissages, Salons, Poetry/Performance and painting parties. The Maniscalco Gallery also presented extensive Community Outreach Programming, including Fresh Art Festivals, Wine and Art tastings, Charity Auctions as well as special touring exhibits in non-traditional venues such as night clubs, restaurants, parks and private clubs. The Detroit Tasetefest (New Center Area), the Detroit Yacht Club, the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Roostertail are examples of past outreach venues in which the Maniscalco presented programs.

The Maniscalco Gallery Online continues to offer world class portraiture, fine art, art instruction, painting parties, career coaching and workshops, videography services, special events and a speakers bureau. Robert’s play, Vincent John Doe, was presented at the 2018 & 2019 Spoletto Festival in Charleston.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018-9
Uncork Charleston Wine Bar & Gallery, Charleston, SC – TQP

2016
Coastal Community Foundation Gallery, Charleston, SC – TQP

2016
Kairos Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, SC – TQP

2015
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC – TQP

2014
Social Wine Bar, Charleston, SC – NETI

2013
The 827 Gallery, Charleston, SC – NETI

2003-4
Look Galleries – Marshall Fields – 27 works formed a touring exhibition of four Detroit area Look Galleries

2002
Maniscalco Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MI “Italia” series

1999
Maniscalco Gallery, Detroit, MI “Chromo Sapien” series of pastel on velvet

1998
Park Street Gallery, Windsor, Ontario “mini figures in oil”

1997
Lakeview Gallery, New Orleans, LA “Figures and Landscapes”

1995
K&K Design Gallery, New Orleans, LA – “Art for Art’s Sake”

1994
Limner Gallery in Soho, New York City – “Portraits and Departures”

1988
National Bank of Detroit Headquarters, Detroit, MI

1987
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI

1986
Detroit Yacht Club, MI

1986, 83
Scarab Club of Detroit, MI – “Faces of China”

1984
Art and Ambience, Novi, MI

1983
Henry Ford Estate, Grosse Pointe, MI

1983
Collector’s Art Gallery, Rochester, MI

1982
Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS AND AWARDS:

2017 Damned Exhibition – Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI – Juried

2017 Spoletto – Riverfront/City Gallery, Charleston, SC – Juried

2017
North Charleston Arts Festival- Honorable Mention

2016
Buckham Gallery – Flint Water Crisis, Flint, MI – TQP

2016
Greater Flint Arts Council – Michigan Invitational, Flint, MI – TQP

2016
North Charleston Arts Festival, First Place, N. Charleston, SC

2015
Mary Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC

2015
Maniscalco Family Retrospective, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

2015
Redux, Story Night – featuring The Quench Project, Charleston SC

2014 Redux, Story Night, Charleston SC

2014 Gibbes Museum, CAD Expo, Charleston SC

2014 ARTFIELDS – Winner of Portrait Competition, Lake City SC

2014 Jailbreak, Charleston, SC

2012 Anne Worsham Richardson Gallery– new works

2005-2007 Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC

2005-2007
Ambient Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MI

1997
New Orleans Art Association XVIII National Juried Exhibition, LA James Leblanc Merit Award

1996
Artist Guild Unlimited 33rd Annual, Morgan City, LA – Best of Show & Honorable Mention

1995
Fourth Annual Westbank Art Guild National Competition, LA – Best of Show

1994
Salon International, Jackson, MS – Honorable Mention

1992
Sarasota Art Fair, FL – Best of Show

1987
Scarab Club Gold Medal Show, Detroit – Honorable Mention

1986
Palette and Brush, Warren, MI – Honorable Mention

1984
Michigan Advertising Arts Exhibition, Detroit, MI – Honorable Mention

SELECTED WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS, TEACHING

2018-9
Summerville Art Guild – Portrait Painting Demo/Worhshop, SC

2017
Mt Pleasant Art Guild – Portrait Painting Demo/Worhshop, SC

2016
Charleston Southern University – Adj. Prof. Drawing /Painting class

2016
Seabrook Island Art Guild – Portrait Painting Worhshop, SI, SC

2014
Chapin County Art League – Portrait Painting Worhshop, Chapin, SC

2007-16
Gibbes Museum of Art – Charleston, SC – Portrait painting workshop

2007-15
Charleston Artist Guild – Charleston, SC – Portrait painting demonstration and workshop

2005-08
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center – Birmingham, MI – Advanced Portrait workshop

2005
Adult Learning Institute – Farmington, MI – multidisciplinary presentation

2005, 07
Self-Employment for the Arts Conference (SEA) – Chicago, IL – Being a Professional Artist Today

2004
Associated Creative Artists – Dallas, TX – demonstration

2003
Atlanta Portrait Society, Atlanta, GA – Portrait painting demonstration

2001
Edsel & Elenore Ford House, GP, MI – Plein Air Workhsop

2000
Renaissance Shop, Raleigh, NC “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

1999
Warren Tri-County Arts, Warren, MI Judge Prestige Art Show

1998-00
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

1995
Plymouth Community Arts Council, MI – “Artragious Fest” Featured artist/workshop

1995
St. Bernard Art Guild, LA – “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

1995, 96
Metairie Art Guild, LA -“Power of Positive Painting” lecture/demonstration

1994 –
New Orleans Art Association, LA -“Power of Positive Painting” lecture/demonstration

1987, 96, 97
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

1987, 96, 97
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

1986 & 01
Scarab Club of Detroit, MI – two day portrait workshop

1986
Downriver Council for the Arts, Dearborn, MI – guest speaker “Being an Artist Today”

1985, 08
Lakeside Palette Club, St Clair Shores, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

1984
Lakeshore High School, St Clair Shores, MI “Career Night” speaker

1983
Romeo Art Guild – portrait lecture/demonstration

SELECTED ADJUDICATION, CONSULTATION AND CLINICS PRESENTED:

2015,6,7
Artfields Portrait Competition, Lake City, SC – Juror

2003
Grosse Pointe Hunt Club – Facilitated Fundraising Art Auction

2001-03
Detroit Yacht Club Detroit, MI – Facilitiated “Fresh Art Fest.” and art auction