Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Corliss Cavalieri

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Philadelphia, PA
MacDowell fellowships: 2020

Corliss Cavalieri studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) and Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA), earning B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees respectively. He has exhibited within the tri-state area of New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. In Philadlephia he has exhibited at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery, and was a member of the co-operative space Zone One, where he exhibited as well as curated exhibitions. Regionally, Mr. Cavalieri has shown his work at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art; he was a member of 55 Mercer Street Gallery in New York, exhibiting regularly for 12 years. His work has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Baltimore, Washington (D.C.), Philadlephia, and Pittsburgh.

He was an exhibiting artist in Philadelphia’s 40th “Wind Challenge” Exhibition program of 2017-18, and has attended residencies at the: Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Can Serrat in Spain, Jentel Residency (WY), and was accepted to the Auvillar Residency in France for 2016.

His work is held in public and private collections, and he has worked in arts administration in various capacities as both director or curator at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Mangel Gallery, Port of History / Civic Center Museum, and Rutgers University-Paul Robeson Galleries. While at MacDowell, he created paintings for an exhibit at 1241 Carpenter. The large canvasses were created in total or begun in part during his time in residency and reflect his ongoing exploration of drawing and large-format painting as an inquiry into the human condition. The works' imagery and handling retain an ethereal and mystic sensitivity through a form-making abstraction that Cavalieri uses in interpreting the world around him.



Corliss Cavalieri worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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