Vincent Campanella
(1915 - 2001)

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Vincent Campanella
Point Match
14th Street, NYC

oil on canvas
1945
10" x 14"

Biography
Courtesy of Tura Campanella Cook, daughter

January 9, 1915 - December 23, 2001

Abstractionist and landscape painter known for watercolors and oils of Wyoming, New York and Maine.  
• Shown in galleries and museums during the 1930s through 1950s, with retrospective of his work in 1995 and 2007.
• WPA artist in Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1939, founder of the Rock Springs Art Guild, started the first art classes for adults in Sweetwater County, and ardent supporter of the School District’s art collection.
• Taught art from 1940 to 1980 at the University of Wyoming, Columbia University, Kansas City Art Institute, and Park College.

Group exhibits 1933 - 1956:

American Watercolor Society 1933, 1944-47; Brooklyn Museum 1934, 1946-47, 1955; Roerich Museum 1935; Whitney Museum 1939, 1946, 1949; San Francisco Museum 1939, 1941-42, 1947-48; Denver Museum 1939, 1941, 1946; New York World's Fair 1939; Carnegie Institute 1941, 1947; Art Institute of Chicago 1941, 1948; Pennsylvania Academy 1941, 1947; San Diego Museum 1941; Metropolitan Museum of Art 1941; St. Louis Museum 1942; Corcoran Gallery 1945, 1947, 1949; Colorado Springs 1945, 1950, 1955; Rehn Gallery 1945-52; University of Nebraska 1946, 1948-49; Philadelphia Museum 1947-48; Seattle Museum 1947 ("Critic's Choice" NY Times ); Indianapolis Museum 1947; Wildenstein Gallery 1948; Encyclopedia Britannica "Ten Western Painters" traveling show 1948; University of Illinois 1948; Virginia Museum 1948; Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1948; San Francisco Palace Legion of Honor 1950; Boston Museum 1952; "International Watercolor Exhibition: Washington DC, Paris, Tokyo" 1956

One-Man shows 1934 - 1955, and 1995:

8 th Street Playhouse and Leonardo da Vinci Art School Gallery 1934; Contemporary Arts Gallery 1935; Wyoming state-wide tour 1940; Rehn Gallery 1946-55; University of Tennessee and Kansas City Art Institute 1949; U.S. Army Command School (Ft. Leavenworth) 1950; University of Knoxville 1951; University of Nebraska 1952; Kansas City University 1953; Mulvane Museum (Topeka) 1954; Park University and Hunter College 1995; Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (retrospective) 2007.

Permanent Collections (acquired 1947-1950):

Newark Museum, University of Knoxville, Toledo Museum, Memphis Museum

Reviews from the 1940s:

"Vincent Campanella ... concerns himself only with painting problems. The subject is landscape and this is reduced to its simplest elements. Jutting rocks and hills become a series of interlocking planes stretching across the canvas, into the middle distance and off into space. Low-toned modulations accentuate the austere beauty of a landscape that has little in its favor save the majesty of its structure."   Helen Carlson, NY Sun

  "Some of the canvases at first glance invite comparison with work by Marsden Hartley, but only at first glance.   These big-boned semi-abstract landscapes are uncompromisingly Campanella's and no one else's.   'Miner,' 'Laramie,' and 'Front Street' especially are what advertising jargon terms 'stoppers.'" Howard DeVree, NY Times

  "Vincent Campanella, having a one-man show this week at Rehn's, I haven't seen around since WPA Art Project days, as I recall it.   He's come a long way since then.   He's developed a painting personality which is, for one thing, definitely his own, and, for another, extremely expressive." Emily Genauer, NY Post