Portsmouth Abbey Fine Arts teacher Kevin Calisto has just opened an exhibit of his work in the McGuire Fine Arts Center on the School campus.
Called On:Time, the collection of works were created by Mr. Calisto between September and December of 2012 while teaching at Portsmouth Abbey. The recurring theme of the pieces -- done with a combination of acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite, and India Ink on paper -- is time, specifically relating to daily schedules and the landscape.
"Routine is an installation representing my morning schedule," explained Mr. Calisto. "I tracked the distance from my apartment on campus to the art building with string, marking significant times along the way.
"The Rift Series is a body of work that was created under a controlled setting. For 24 days, I completed a drawing everyday for the duration of one minute. With such a busy schedule, this series brought a disciplined approach to my studio practice and an inspiration for some of the larger pieces.
"As an artist and teacher, I have developed an attraction to visually representing time, schedules and routines," he said. "I continue to create these fictional landscapes, capturing the fluid rhythms of time."
The exhibit is up from January 3-30. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 8am-4:30pm. The Opening Reception will be held Thursday, January 17, from 5pm-7pm. The entire School community and public is welcome to attend.
Kevin Calisto was born and raised in Bristol, RI. He graduated magna cum laude in 2009 from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, with a BFA in Art Education and Painting. He studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where he extended his knowledge of art in printmaking and art history. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Kevin worked as a gallery assistant and a K-12 fine arts teacher. Returning to Rhode Island after graduating, he enrolled in the graduate program in Fine Arts at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, from which he graduated from in May 2012 with a MFA in drawing.
Kevin is a working artist with a studio on Portsmouth Abbey's campus.
He finds that his studio work directly relates to problem solving in the classroom. Kevin seeks inspiration from his students on a daily basis,
and they provide him with new and original ideas for his own work. It is Kevin's passion to not only teach art but, for his students, to appreciate fine art in their daily lives.
For a closer look at Kevin's personal artwork, please visit his blog site: http://kevincalisto.blogspot.com.