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biography of Virgil D. CANTINI (1920)

Birth place: Italy

Addresses: Pittsburgh, PA

Profession: Painter, sculptor

Studied: Carnegie Inst. Technol., BFA, 1946; Univ. Pittsburgh, MA, 1948.

Exhibited: Assoc. Artists Pittsburgh, 1945-1970; World's Fair, Brussels, Belg., 1958; Pittsburgh Int., Carnegie Mus. Art, 1961, 1964 & 1967; solo shows, Westmoreland Co. Mus. Art, 1962 & Pittsburgh Plan for Arts, 1962, 1967 & 1971; Pittsburgh Plan for Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, 1970s. Awards: Guggenheim fel., 1958; Pope Paul VI Bishop's Medal, 1964; Davinci Medal--Ital. Sons & Daughters Am., Cultural Heritage Found., 1968.

Member: Assoc. Artists Pittsburgh (pres., 1962-1964); Arts & Crafts Ctr. (v. pres., 1955-1957); Pittsburgh Plan for Arts; Col. Art Assn. Am.; Am. Crafts Coun.

Work: Wichita Mus. Art, Kans; Carnegie Mus. Art, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Westmoreland Co. Mus. Art, Greensburg, Pa.; Hillman Libr., Univ. Pittsburgh, Pa.; Point Park Col., Pittsburgh, Pa. Commissions: New Horizons & Skyscape (sculpture), Joseph Horne Co, Pittsburgh, 1964-1965; Man (sculpture), Grad. Sch. Pub. Health, Univ. Pittsburgh, 1966; three sculptures & two tapestries, Hillman Libr., Univ. Pittsburgh, 1969; Joy of Life (fountain sculpture), Urban Redevelop. Authority Pittsburgh, 1969; Skyscape (enamel mural), Oliver Tyrone Co., Pittsburgh, 1971.

Comments: Preferred media: enamels. Positions: v. pres, Pittsburgh Coun. for Arts, 1968-1970. Teaching: Chmn. dept. studio arts & prof. sculpture, drawing, painting & design, Univ. Pittsburgh, 1952-.

Sources: WW73; Dorothy Sterling, article, In: Am Artist (1952); Helen Knox, article, In: Pitt Mag (1964); Lloyd Davis, article, In: Appalachian (1967).


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