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Foundation Awards $83,500 for art education through the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund
By Lauren Paola / August 19, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Fifteen Rhode Island artist-educators will share $83,500 in scholarships from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund. The fellowships are awarded to artists enrolled in graduate education to pursue a teaching career in the arts.

Antonio Cirino was a prominent Rhode Island artist, author, and instructor for whom more than 90 years of dedication to the arts was not enough: upon his death, his estate established the $800,000 Cirino Fund at the Foundation to offer fellowships for aspiring art teachers.

Born in 1889 in Serino, Italy, Cirino came to the United States when he was two years old. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and later joined the faculty in 1912 where he taught for nearly 40 years. He also taught at Columbia, Illinois State, and Indiana Universities. He was a prolific oil painter and was honored by the Salmangundi Club of New York City, the Rockport (MA) Art Association, and the Providence Art Club. His impressionistic work of New England landscapes is exhibited in public, private, and national collections and galleries.

First-time Cirino Award winners include:
  • Tiffany Cabral of Providence, to pursue a master of fine arts at School of the Museum of Fine Arts;
  • Heather Constantine of Charlestown, to pursue a master of arts in teaching at Rhode Island College (RIC);
  • Adam Ferbert of East Greenwich, to pursue a master of arts in teaching at RIC;
  • Vanessa Gilbert of Providence, to pursue a master of fine arts at Brooklyn College—CUNY;
  • Joshua Harriman of Cumberland, to pursue a master of fine arts at School of Museum of Fine Arts;
  • Peter Scartabello of East Greenwich, to pursue a master of arts at the University of Rhode Island (URI);
  • Christopher Seminara of Warwick, to pursue a master of arts in teaching at RIC;
  • Kelly Stoddard of East Providence, to pursue a master of arts at Indiana University;
  • Cuong Sy of Cranston, to pursue a master of fine arts at University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth; and
  • Christine Warren of Providence, to pursue a master of music performance at URI.
  • Renewals of their Cirino Awards were granted to the following:
  • Richard Anatone of Lincoln, to pursue a doctor of arts in music performance at Ball State University;
  • Leah Edelman-Brier of Providence, to pursue a master of fine arts in art photography at Syracuse University;
  • Anne Lagace of Pawtucket, to pursue a master of music in music education at URI;
  • Adam Mastoon of Barrington, to pursue a master of fine arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and
  • Amanda Ouellette of Manville, to pursue a master of arts in art history at Boston University.
Applicants for Cirino fellowships must be Rhode Island residents/artists who need financial assistance to acquire education toward a masters or doctorate in order to pursue a teaching career in the arts. Applicants may be degree candidates in one or more aspects of the arts and in one or more of the arts disciplines.

The next application deadline for Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund fellowships will be in spring 2014; see a full list of scholarships offered through the Rhode Island Foundation.
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