Exhibition Archives

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Portrait of the Artist

About the Artist:

Painter and professor of art with over 50 one person shows: eight in NYC. Recipient of Connecticut Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and GE Fund teaching and administrative grants. Awards include: National Scholastic Scholarship; Ranney Scholarship; Cleveland Museum May Shows 1952, 1961, 1965; Purchase Award Indiana Artists; N.S.P.C.A. Kriendler Award at National Academy of Design; Connecticut Salute to Women; Djerassi Foundation three month residency, one of 50 artists to represent Connecticut at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, one of 19 artists invited to the Connecticut Biennial at the Bruce Museum, painting in the collection of the National Museum of Women, Washington, D.C. included in Four Hundred Years of Women Artists exhibit that toured Japanese museums for one year.

Selected Solo and Invitational Exhibitions:

PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT

Director’s Choice, Sivermine Guild Center for the Arts New Canaan, CT

Solo Exhibit, Housatonic Museum of Art.

Invited Artist of the Year, Art Place, Southport, CT

Alberta Cifolelli, A Retrospective, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT

Beyond Flowers, Beyond Landscape, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

Reece Galleries, New York, NY

Altered Spaces, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Cortland Jessup Galleries, Provincetown, MA

Two Artists Exhibit, St Mary’s College of Maryland.

Harmon Meek Gallery, Naples, FL

Connecticut Gallery, Marlborough, CT

Captiva Gallery, Captiva, FL

Kaber Gallery, New York, NY
Noho Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Invitational Group Exhibitions and Projects:

Maine Speaks Out Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Maine Speaks Out Exhibition, Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York, NY

Invited to design and paint cow for NYC COW PARADE 2000

1998 - 1997
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

1998 - 1996
International Print Biennial, Silvermine Galleries, CT

Color, Contrasts and Cultures, Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT

New Landscapes, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT

Into the Garden, 100 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT
Art of Italian Americans, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY

Director’s Choice, Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

Group Show, Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA

National Museum of Women Traveling Exhibit to Japan.
Connecticut Biennial, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

The Natural Image, Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT

A State of Artist, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.
Connecticut’s Best, CT Gallery, Marlborough, CT

The Artist’s Mark, Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Public Collections:

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Reagan Library, Semi Valley, CA (moved from Smithsonian)
Muskegan Museum of Art, Muskegan, MI
Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA
Housatonic Museum of Art (3), Bridgeport, CT
Stamford, CT Courthouse, % for Art Program
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
Cleveland Art Association (2),
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
Bristle Community College, Fall River, MA
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Board of Education, Westport, CT
Westport Public Library, Westport, CT
Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, IN
Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT
Crow Art Partnership, Dallas, TX
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
PepsiCo, Purchase, NY
Xerox Corporation, Stamford, CT
Aetna Insurance, Hartford, CT
Sosa International, Saudi Arabia
Dean Witter, San Francisco, CA
Gray Seifert Inc., New York, NY
Mitsubishi Capital, New York, NY
Creditanstalt, New York, NY
McGraw Hill, New York, NY
Deloitte & Touche, Wilton, CT
General Electric Headquarters, Fairfield, CT and Norwalk, CT
Lansdowne Executive Conference Center, Washington, DC
Nynex Corporation, White Plains, NY
Hartford Financial Services, Hartford, CT
Cooper and Lybrant, New York, NY
Welch, Larson, Anderson and Stowe, New York, NY
General Signal, Stamford, CT
Marketing Corporation of America, Westport, CT
American Ultramar, Mount Kisco, NY
Reichold Chemical, White Plains, NY
Uninam Corporation, New Canaan, CT
Locktite Corporation, Hartford, CT
Aluminum Corporation of America, Pittsburgh, PA
J.Cohn Co., New Haven, CT
U.S. Trust of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Selected Awards and Honors:

National Scholastic Scholarship
Mary Suggett Ranney Scholarship
Cleveland Institute of Art Fifth Year Award
State of Ohio Scholarship, KSU
Nuovo Aurora Society Scholarship
Cleveland Museum of Art May Show Awards: 1951, 1962, and 1965
Purchase Award, Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Visiting Artist, Festival of Arts,
Pennsylvania State University
Kreindler Award, NSPAC, National Academy of Design
Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Art and Teaching Grants
NEA teaching grant for an Alternative High School
GE Fund for Visiting Artist Grant
Connecticut Salute to Women, Bridgeport, CT YWCA
Djerassi Foundation Residency, Woodside, CA


“Renaissance of a City,” by Larner, Library of Congress

“Westport’s Hometown Artists,” Staples High School, Westport Library

“Alberta Cifolelli,” Sacred Heart University Video Department, Fairfield, CT

“Visiting Artist Program,” Fairfield High School, Fairfield, CT

“Distinguished Dialogue,” Erie Public Schools, Erie, PA

Selected Bibliography 1982 - 2001

Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, New York Art Review, An Encyclopedia of 20th Century North American Women Artists, 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century.
Westport Magazine
, May 2001.

Alberta Cifolelli, A Mediterranean Brush on Southern Connecticut, by Margaret Barnett

Art and Antiques, March 2001, Gallery Watch

Cifolelli Key Note Address, PA Educators Newsletter, Jan 2000.

Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, Collection Committee.

Flowers and More, Chronicling a Real Expansion of Vision, by William Zimmer, New York Times, June 20, 1999.

Alberta Cifolelli’s Biophiliac Paintings, Nature All The Way, Catalog essay by Donald Kuspit, 1999.

Alberta Cifolelli, Catalog essay by Deborah Frizzell, 1998.

SHU presents, Beyond Flowers, Connecticut Newpapers, February 1998.

Color, So Much the Essence of What Happens in Painting, by William Zimmer, New York Times, December 21,1997

Lush Landscapes at 100 Pearl, Hartford Courant, July 13, 1995.

Italian American Exhibit, by Vivien Raynor, New York Times, December 25, 1994.

Painting with Passion, by Carol Katchen, Northlight, 1994. (hard cover)

An Encylopedia of 20th Century North American Women Artists, a Biographical Dictionary, Heller and Heller, 1993.

A Personal Journal: Art and Quotes by Women, Running Press, 1992.(hard cover)

Connecticut Biennial Displays Diversity, by William Zimmer, New York Times, April 14, 1991.

Alberta Cifolelli, Catalog essay by Nancy Hall Duncan, Bruce Museum March, 1991

Full House Gallery at Marborough, by Vivien Raynor, New York Times, June 17, 1990.

Four Hundred Years of Women Artists, Catalog by the National Museum of Women in the Arts,” 1990.

Artist Worth Watching: Alberta Cifolelli, by Margaret Barnett, MD Magazine, March, 1989.

The Natural Image, by Dorothy Mayhall, Catalog essay, March, 1989.

A State of Artists, Catalog essay, by Ellen M. O’Donnell, Director of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, March, 1987.

Art and Artists, by Mary Ward, Manhatten Spotlight Magazine, September. 1987.

Alberta Cifolelli, Catalog essay for Stamford Museum of Art Exhibit, by Virginia Mann, Executive Director of Collections, Chicago Institute of Art, 1987.

Guild Artists Explore Spaces and Spheres, by Philip Eliasoph, Southern Connecticut Newspapers, October, 1984.

Castle Gallery Thinks Italian, by Kathie Beals, New York Times, September 23, 1983.

Beyond Theory at Castle Gallery, by William Zimmer, New York Times, October 10, 1982

Alberta Cifolelli, by Jacqueline Moss, Arts Magazine, April, 1982


Four-year Diploma in Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art

BS Art Education, Kent State University

MA, Video and Communication, Fairfield University

All art by Alberta Cifolelli is ©Alberta Cifolelli/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. No part of this publication may be duplicated without the written permission of the Artist and The Housatonic Museum of Art except for brief quotations and reproduction for the purpose of reviews and promotional materials.