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About Vincent Scilla

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s art school, Vincent Scilla is an accomplished painter, photographer and filmmaker.

Mr. Scilla’s photographs were first exhibited in the Michigan Artists show at the Detroit Institute of Art in 1969.  Houghton-Mifflin, The New York Times and The Village Voice  soon after published his work. Mr. Scilla next turned his attention to experimental filmmaking.  His award-winning films Flyin’ No-Low Altitude and Thunder in the Afternoon were shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Collective for Living Cinema, and numerous other film events.

Since the late 1970’s Scilla has focused on painting. His baseball paintings, combining an isolated figure juxtaposed against a background of advertising, evoke an era before television. His best-known painting Spring Training in the Mountains was included in the international baseball art exhibition Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum and the American Express Corporation and appears in the book of the same name published by Chronicle Books.

In 2005, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio exhibited Vincent Scilla: A Tribute to Baseball’s Black Stars. Other recent exhibitions include Vincent Scilla: Baseball Paintings at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, and Big Women at The National Arts Club, both in 2012. Golf in American Art, in 2007, Spring Training: The Art of Baseball, The Top of the Ninth: The Art of Baseball and More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball, all at George Krevsky Gallery, and a solo exhibit Vincent Scilla: The Art of Baseball at the Art Society of Kingston.

Vincent Scilla’s work has been seen on PBS and ESPN, in print with Gettysburg Review, Art & Antiques Magazine, reviewed in the New York Times by William Zimmer, and included in several books on baseball and baseball related art. His paintings are in private collections, as well as the Butler Institute of American Art, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the United States Golf Association (USGA) Gallery and the Atlanta Braves Ball Club.  Seven of his images were acquired for the newly renovated and redesigned luxury facilities in the legendary Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.  

Vincent Scilla lives in New York City and Bloomington, NY.

BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

2015    Red Room, Blurb

2012    Big Women, Blurb

2011    Sandy Koufax 32@75, Xlibris Books

2011    Baseball: Paintings by Vincent Scilla, Blurb 

2009    The 12th Annual Exhibition of Baseball Art, ePressBooks, San Francisco,                                California

2008    Political Animals: Donkeys and Elephants in American Art, The von Liebig Art

            Center, Naples, Florida

2007    Golf in American Art, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida

2006    Top of the Ninth: The Art of Baseball, ePressBooks, San Francisco, California

2005    More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball, ePressBooks, San Francisco, California

2004    Art of the Game: The Art of Baseball, ePressBooks, San Francisco, California

2003    Series of Baseball, Tennis and Golf Prints, Modernart Editions

2001    Baseball Postcard Box & Golf Postcard Box, Stewart, Tabori & Chang

2001    Baseball: The National Pastime in Art and Literature, Time-Life Books

1997    Baseball: A Fascinating Notebook about Baseball, MQ Press, London

1994    Treasury of Baseball, Publications International

1993    Baseball Glory Dreams, American Heritage

1993    Baseball: A Treasury of Art & Literature, Hugh Lauter Levin

1992    Gettysburg Review, special baseball issue published by Gettysburg College

1990    Baseball, Fawcett Columbine

1987    Diamonds Are Forever...Artists and Writers on Baseball, Chronicle Books

AWARDS, GRANTS AND HONORS

2002    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2002    Honorable Mention, August, Woodstock Art Association

1988    Artist’s Space Exhibition Grant, New York, New York

1977    Artist’s Space Exhibition Grant, New York, New York

1973    Ann Arbor Film Festival Award and national tour

1970    Flint Annual Award Photography, Flint Institute of Art

MUSEUM EXHIBITON

2005    Vincent Scilla: A Tribute to Baseball’s Black Stars, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

2016  Vincent Scilla: Play Ball: Baseball Paintings, Italian-American Museum, New York City

INSTALLATIONS

2008    Fenway Park, Boston, commission for Boston Red Sox Baseball Team, eighteen 20 x 24 inch digital prints on watercolor paper, installed in the Fenway Park luxury suites

2007    New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch, six 20 x 24 inch digital prints on watercolor paper, installed in the lower level reading area

2006   Fenway Park, Boston, commission for Boston Red Sox Baseball Team, eight 27 x 27 inch metal panels with digital printed images, installed in dining rotunda

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2012    Big Women, The National Arts Club, New York, New York

2012    Vincent Scilla: Baseball Paintings, Bergino Baseball Clubhouse Gallery, New York           City

2005    Vincent Scilla: The Art of Baseball, ASK Gallery, Kingston, New York

2004    Baseball: An American Tradition, 4 Star Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana

1997    Turnstile Gallery, New York, New York

1992    Vincent Scilla: Field of Dreams, The Art Gallery, Center for Financial Studies at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

1991    Pitching & Fielding (No Hitting), Union Square Gallery, New York, New York

1988    Union Square Gallery, New York, New York

1977    Rizzoli Gallery, New York, New York

1977    Collective For Living Cinema, New York, New York

1975    Borders Bookshop Upstairs Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1974    Collective For Living Cinema, New York, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015    Baseball As Art, Cleveland Council for the Arts,  Shelby, North Carolina

2014    Baseball World in Tokyo, Sakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013    Artist’s Tribute to Italian Americans in Baseball, Convivio Center San Diego        California

2013    Fore! Images in Golf Art,  Myrtle Beach Museum of Art,  Myrtle Beach South Carolina

2011    Play Ball, Lancaster Mueseum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2010    Sandy Koufax 32@75, Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Commack, New York

2010    Art of Baseball, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois

2009    12th Annual Exhibition of Baseball Art, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California

2008    Political Animals: Donkeys and Elephants in American Art, Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida

2007    The Art of Baseball, The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Commack, New York

2007    Spring Training: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California

2007    Golf in American Art, Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida

2006    The Fifteenth Annual Roundtable Exhibit, National Arts Club and Westwood Gallery, New York City

2006    Baseball & the Blues, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2006    Top of the Ninth: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco,                    California

2005    More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California

2004    Art of the Game: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco,        California

2002    August, Woodstock Art Association, Woodstock, NewYork

2000    Viva El Beisbol, Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair State University, New Jersey 

2000    Spectra Digital Arts, New York, New York

1999    Turnstile Gallery, New York, New York

1996    Stealing Home, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1995    The American Pastime in Paint: Baseball on Canvas, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra   University, Hempstead, New York

1995    Touching All Bases, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1994    Glories of the Game: The Art of Baseball, Safeco Corporation, Seattle, Washington

1993    Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, New York

1992    Eternal Spring: America’s Love Affair with Baseball, Maxwell Davidson Gallery,

New York, New York  

1991    Extra Innings, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1990    Legends of Baseball, Sports & Entertainment Gallery, Venice, California

1990    Top of the Ninth, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1989    Diamond Gold, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York

1989    Grand Slam, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1988    Seventh Inning Stretch Revisited, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1987    Diamonds Are Forever...Artists and Writers on Baseball, New York State Museum, Albany, New York. Traveled nationally and internationally through May 1990

1987    Home Game, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1986    Line Drives, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York

1984    Postal Art, Contemporary Museum of Art, Ibiza, Spain

1981    Marie Pellicone Gallery, New York, New York

1977    Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1972    Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1971    Flint Annual, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan

1970    Flint Annual, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan

1969    Michigan Artists Show, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Preview”, Gallery Guide West Coast Edition, April 2006

Crispin Kott, “The boys of spring: paintings of Vincent Scilla liven April at ASK Gallery”, Kingston Times, March 31, 2005

“Paintings of African American baseball players at Library”, Kingston Times, January 27, 2005

“Batman”, Indianapolis Monthly, August 2004

S.I. Berry, “Take Vincent Scilla out to the ballgame and he’ll paint it”, The Indianapolis Star, August 6, 2004

"Stealing Home", Sports Collectors Digest, September 27,1996

Thomas C. Ford, "Play Ball: The Art of the Big Game Has Never Been More Popular", Art & Antiques, May 1994

George Vecsey, review of Baseball (Fawcett 1990), New York Times, February 7,1993

Mike Shannon, “Art show adds spice to baseball’s HOF weekend", Sports Collectors Digest, Sept18,1992

William Zimmer, review of exhibit, The New York Times, March 15,1992

“The ‘Fine Art’ of Baseball”, The Sporting News, 1989 Baseball Special

Jonas Kover, “Art makes it’s pitch", Sunday Observer-Dispatch, July 23,1989

Ann Sargent Wooster, review of exhibit, Seven Days, Oct 5,1988

Jim Kaplan, “Bats, Balls, Beaux Arts: An art exhibit on the national pastime is on a road trip”, Sports Illustrated, Sept 14, 1987

R.D. Heldenfels, “Exhibit at state museum to blend writers, artists baseball and art”, Schenectady Gazette, September 12,1987

SELECTED PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Nao Kudo, Tokyo, Japan

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club, Boston, Mass

Atlanta Braves Baseball Club, Atlanta, Georgia

Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York

Gary Player, Naples, Florida

USGA Golf House, Far Hills, New Jersey

United States Sports Academy, Daphne, Alabama

New York Public Library, Mulberry St. Branch, New York City

Brown Brothers & Harriman, New York, New York

Cooper Hewitt, New York, New York

Larry Lucchino, Boston, Massachusetts

Stephen Milman, Pratt Island, Connecticut

Gary Gersh, Beverly Hills, California

Jay Tarses, Los Angeles, California

Nao Kudo, Tokyo, Japan

EDUCATION

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.F.A.

Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts, Detroit, Michigan

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

 

Born, Ann Arbor, Michigan