biography of Pietro MONTANA (1890-1978)

Birth place: Alcamo, Italy

Addresses: NYC; Rome, Italy

Profession: Sculptor, painter, teacher

Studied: Cooper Union Art Sch. (dipl.); George T Brewster.

Exhibited: PAFA Ann., 1919-20, 1924, 1930-36, 1943-48; NAD Ann., New York, 1921 & 1931 (Elizabeth M. Watrous Gold Medal for sculpture); NSS Ann., New York, 1923-(Herbert Adams Mem. Medal & Citation for Service to Soc.,1962); Rome, Italy, 1930 (solo); All. Artists Am. Ann., New York, 1932-49 (prizes, 1938, 1942, 1949); Hudson Valley AA Ann., White Plains, NY, 1937-53 (prizes, 1945, 1950-51, 1953); AAPL, 1947, 1955.

Member: NA; NSS (fellow; mem. council); All. Artists Am. (treas., 12 years); Artist's Fellowship (treas., 4 years); Hudson Valley AA

Work: Alliance, OH; St. John's Cemetery, NY; Am. Numismatic Soc., NYC; Radio City, NYC; East Providence. RI; Brookgreen Gardens, SC; Ft. Worth, TX; Blessed Eymard Seminary, Hyde Park, NY; Mus. Risorgimento Italiano, Turin, Italy; mon., Heisser Square, NYC; Freedom Square, NYC; Ninth St. & Fifth Ave., NYC; Governor's Island, NY; Georgia Mus. Art, Athens; St. Anthony's Shrine, Boston; Starr Commonwealth Mus., Albion, MI; Hickory Mus. Art, NC. Commissions: "The Dawn of Glory" (war mem.), comn. by people of district, Highland Park, Brooklyn, NY, 1924, mem. to Jose de Diego, gift of Oscar Bravo, Mayaguez, PR, 1935; mem., Sicily, Italy; Stations of the Cross, Fordham Univ., New York, 1947-52; garden sculpture in botanical garden, Norrvikens Tragardar, Basted, Sweden, 1954; four saints for Shrine Immaculate Conception, Wash., DC, comn. by Kennedy, Walsh & Kennedy, Architects, 1959.

Comments: Teaching: instr. sculpture, Master Inst. Arts, New York, 1931-34; instr. painting & sculpture, Fordham Univ., 1947-52.

Sources: WW73; WW47; The Work of Pietro Montana," Nat. Sculpture Review (summer, 1970); Falk, Exh. Record Series.