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Sarrantonio, Thomas

MFA Painting SUNY New Paltz
Certificate PAFA
MA English U of Penn
BA Biology Fordham


Assistant Professor

Department: Art Department
Office: SAB 224
Phone: (845) 257-2832
E-mail: sarrantt@newpaltz.edu
Website

Office Hours

MR09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
T11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

also available by appointment

Career History

Thomas Sarrantonio studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where his teachers included Wil Barnet and Sidney Goodman. He also holds degrees in Biology and English. His paintings have been exhibited widely and he is the recipient of numerous honors including a Pollock-Krasner Award and a Visiting Artist Residency in Normandy, France. He teaches in the Art Department at SUNY College at New Paltz and lives in Rosendale, New York with his wife and children.

Teaching Interests

Painting
Drawing
Color History and Practice
Art and Nature
Art History (from Lascaux to Last Week)

Research/Creative Activity

The paintings of Thomas Sarrantonio seek to mediate between realms of external perception and internal reflection. They present themselves as meditations on nature and self. Choosing humble, often overlooked subject matter, such as the overgrown grasses at the edge of a field, he attempts to translate the dynamic processes of Nature into the stasis of physical matter on a painted surface. Small works are produced directly from Nature while large paintings are studio productions that utilize memory, experience, imagination and conceptual ideas to negotiate the terrain of contemporary painting. The paintings are offered to the viewer as templates to provoke active participation in the process of seeing and quiet contemplation of the mysteries of consciousness.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

2013 Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship for Artist Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland,
to be completed 2015.
Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.
Art Department Professional Development Grant, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2012 H.V. Hawley Award for Painting, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

2011 Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.
Art Department Professional Development Grant, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2010 Distinguished Artist 2010, Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY.
Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2009 Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2008 UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY New Paltz, NY.
Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.
Art Department Professional Development Grant, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2007 Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2006 Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.

2005 UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY New Paltz, NY.

2004 Creative Research Award, SUNY College at New Paltz, NY.
UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY New Paltz, NY.

2002 Visiting Artist, Summer Painting Program, Prince of Wales Foundation,
Normandy, France.
UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY New Paltz, NY.

2001 UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY New Paltz, NY.

2000 Artist-in-Residence, Platte Clove, Catskill Center for Conservation, Arkville, NY.
Juror’s Award, National Juried Exhibition, Colonie Arts League, Latham, NY.

1999 New York Foundation for the Arts, Special Opportunity Stipend.
UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY New Paltz, NY.
Juror’s Award, Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, Albany Insitute of
History and Art, Albany, NY.

1998 Juror’s Award, Best in Show, The Hudson River and its Communities,
Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY.
1996 Purchase Award, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY.

1995 Purchase Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

1990 Sidney Laufman Award, Woodstock Artists Association, Woodsock, NY.

1989-1990 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Grant to support studio work in Painting.

1986-1987 Thayer Fellowship in the Fine Arts, New York State University Programs in the Arts.

1981 Henry J. Scheidt Traveling Fellowship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Award for advanced Fine Arts students to support Summer travel based on merit of thesis presentation.

1980 Pratt Printmaking Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Louis S. Fine Purchase Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA.

1979 Eleanor S. Gray Prize for Still Life, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

1976-1977 Graduate Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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