Barbara Scavotto-Earley is an award winning artist who sculpts in clay, steel and wire. She is noted for her figurative commentaries and parodies of human behavior. Scavotto distributes her passion for Art among students of all ages and sculptures of all sizes. Her home and studio are located in Enfield, CT.
Scavotto’s work surveys themes of humankind which are topped off with witty titles. Her bodies of work include SINce My Last Confession, Humans Being, aMUSEments, pARTy hats and parTIES and SITuations. SITuations, her most recent survey of occupied seating and postural non-verbal dialects zooms in on locations and circumstances surrounding or affecting human beings. These acts, events and conditions are continuations of her universal portraiture of people and the language of their bodies. A humorous hodgepodge of body types, gestures, activities, attitudes and behaviors create casual and amiable parodies which may remind the viewer of personal experiences. The sculptures are topped off with titles inspired by her frequent use of puns which append a twist or spice to a humdrum happening.
Watermark Gallery in historic N. Stonington Village, The Schumacher Gallery at Westover School in Middlebury, UCONN’s Babbidge Library, Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery at Loomis Chaffee School and Artworks Gallery in Hartford, have hosted recent solo exhibitions. Group shows in CT include Real Art Ways, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Norwich Arts Council Gallery, Essex Art Association, Artspace Gallery, and Artwell Gallery – in MA, New Bedford Museum and Museum of Fine Art, and in NY – Kennedy Gallery, Salmagundi Art Club, Atelier 14, SoHo’s New World Art Center and Gallery Art 54. Barbara is the recipient of numerous awards including two Individual Artist Fellowship Grants from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and The National Association of Women Artist’s Medal of Honor for Sculpture and Amelia Peabody Memorial both in NYC. Her sculpture is featured in “500 Figures in Clay, Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form” by Sterling Publishers, “Best of America: Sculpture Artists and Artisans” by Kennedy Publishing, The Art Guide and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. A recent sculpture “Double Dreams” was designed for The Cradle Project in the historic Lofts Building in Albuquerque, NM.
Scavotto earned her teaching degree at Southern CT State University and studied in graduate programs at Wesleyan Univ. and Univ. of CA. She acquired her welding skills at Baran Institute of Technology. Scavotto’s interests in Art and Archaeology have inspired travels to Italy, British Columbia and the Southwest USA where she excavated Ancient Puebloan ruins. Since 1998, Scavotto has directed ARTBEATZ workshops in her Enfield studio. She has served as a resident artist in numerous schools in NY, MA and CT, juror for exhibitions and CT Scholastic Art Awards and coordinator of community projects in the Greater Hartford area. Annually, she presents workshops for the CT Association of School’s “Arts in the Middle” program at University of Hartford. Scavotto serves as Treasurer of CT Women Artists, and is also affiliated with New England Sculptor’s Association, National Association of Women Artists in New York City, International Sculpture Center, Norwich Arts Council Gallery and CT Academy of Fine Arts. She is also a member of Real Art Ways and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.
“The terminologies of the human form constitute the heart and soul of my sculptures. These corporal voices of humanity, from the individual to the collective fascinate me and stimulate figurative narratives. I am enthralled by human nature and the prodigious spectrum of diversity, uniqueness, mystery and universality. I am grateful for this enormous reservoir of resources and the robust yet graceful fellowship between human form and spirit. My sculptural stories are inspired by personal experiences, relationships, everyday observations and psychological issues. They are communicated thematically through the marvelous attitudes, behaviors, postures and gestures of the body - of humans being. The contrasting processes of modeling soft clay which hardens when fired and shaping hard cold steel, pliable when heated are alluring to me. My sculptures eulogize humanity and a global body language of stories. They convey my playful creative desires to be in communion with the universe, the festival of life and this very moment…”
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