Castagnacci, Vincent

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Vincent Castagnacci Papers

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger XVincent Castagnacci manuscript collection held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

Researchers may also be interested in the Vincent Castagnacci Web Archives.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Michigan and widely exhibited painter with studios in Pinckney, Michigan and Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Vincent Castagnacci digital materials consist of still images, video files, and promotional content related to Castagnacci’s classroom instruction, artwork, and personal influences.

Includes video recordings of Castagnacci giving classroom instruction and interviews, working in and providing tours of his studio, and collaborating with Professor of Music Michael Gould. Also included are Castagnacci’s archived website; photos from Gloucester, Massachusetts and Italy; images of Castagnacci’s sketches, drawings, and paintings; and a promotional slideshow for the opening of the exhibition “Castagnacci: notes from a quarry...” at the River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan.

Vincent Castagnacci was born in Providence, Rhode Island and is a painter with studios in Pinckney, Michigan and Gloucester, Massachusetts. From 1959 to 1962 he studied drawing, painting, printmaking at the Boston Museum School and drawing and sculpture with George Demetrios in Boston and Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Museum School degree program with Tufts University awarded him a BS Ed in 1963. He received a BFA from Yale University in 1964 and continued on at Yale to receive his MFA in 1966. He also pursued occasional studies with Professor Alfredo Barilli in Rome.

While a student at Yale, Castagnacci served as an instructor in basic design at Southern Connecticut State College. From 1966 to 1973, he was an associate professor at Old Dominion University. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1973.

Castagnacci's abstract work - in painting, printmaking and drawing - has been centered in the principle of variational development. Through his art, he articulates a personal geometry and communicates a strong sense of tectonic values. His five-year collaboration with percussionist and composer Michael Gould has most recently produced Into the Quarry, an installation celebrating the convergence of art and music in space and time. In addition, he has lectured and published widely in this country, in Rome at L'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, and at the Gebaudelehre, Technische Universität in Vienna.

Castagnacci has received numerous grants and fellowships from Michigan and other funding sources. In 1980 he was awarded a citation and grant from the American Academy in Rome where he was visiting artist for nine months. In 1999 he was named Arthur F. Thurnau Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts, one of the highest honors awarded to U of M teaching faculty. He also was a Mellon Scholar at Kalamazoo College.

Castagnacci has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both here and abroad. In 1996 Hope College mounted a retrospective exhibit “CASTAGNACCI: Works 1968-1995” which was supplemented by an extensive catalogue.

Text taken from: University of Michigan School of Art & Design, “Vincent Castagnacci” (2010). Retrieved from on February 2, 2011.

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Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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