Concetta Maria Scaravaglione


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Sculptor. A figurative artist specializing in depictions of women, she worked in many media, including stone, wood, and welded copper. Born in New York, she trained at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and elsewhere before studying direct carving in 1924 with Robert Laurent. In the 1930s she executed several pieces for the federal art projects, and in 1947 she was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome, which allowed her to spend three years abroad. Her teaching career at several institutions culminated in a fifteen-year period at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Upon her retirement 1967, she settled permanently in New York. Characteristically life-size or larger, Scaravaglione's sculptured women often are accompanied by children or animals. Forms are generalized into simple volumes that modernize traditional concerns for composition and structure. The dignified tenor of her work reflects an unsentimental appreciation for varied human experience.

Subjects: Art.

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