As an internationally renowned artist, Professor Rimer Cardillo exhibits his artwork all over the world. He recently participated in the international biennial "Barro de America" in Venezuela and plans to take part in similar shows in Yugoslavia and Brazil this summer. It is this experience, combined with his passion for printmaking and concern for environmental and cultural issues, that he brings to the classroom.
With the help of his students, Cardillo recently completed the installation of the largest public artwork on campus; a mural on the Humanities building spanning 60 feet in length and 17 feet tall. The mural, which took five years to complete, comprises 1,000one-foot square tiles that were designed and printed on campus by Cardillo and his printmaking students. The images in the mosaic are primarily Central American, and include images of a tree, turtle, dogs, birds and goddesses.
The mural's theme reflects Cardillo's abiding concern for the relationship between environment and culture. He worries that the sudden growth of new construction in the regiondoesn't reflect the natural landscape of the Hudson Valley, so he worked with the land surrounding the mural, making sure to incorporate even the smallest detail; a tree that was already there.
"I wanted to connect students with nature," said Cardillo.
Cardillo's recent works have highlighted his commitment to the preservation of the unique environment of the Hudson River Valley and the ecological system of the Shawangunk Mountain ridge that overlooks our campus.
Interests: art, spending time with his family, and the preservation of environments and cultures.
Inspired by the work of the artists Joseph Beuys and Doris Garcia, printmakers from Japan, medieval European artwork, and the cultures of the Incas and Mayans.
Why New Paltz? Professor Cardillo has had a long-standing interest in the environment of the mid-Hudson region.