Michael Pellettieri has been teaching at the Art Students League since 1977. He has lectured at Pratt Institute and Kalakshetra Academy (India), and has taught printmaking at Columbia University. He says: “The search for a visual idea begins with a visual experience. The idea ruminates and evolves with a life of its own. As an instructor, I am interested in exploring this creative route together in an atmosphere of structure and discovery.”
Mr. Pellettieri studied at the League with Edwin Dickinson, Joseph Hirsch, Robert Beverly Hale, and Harry Sternberg. He has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the CUNY, School of Arts and Sciences, and an M.A. from Hunter College. He studied printmaking at The New School with John Ross. While a League student, he won three scholarships, including a U.S. State Department Grant to study in India.
Among his awards are two from the Audubon Artists; the Strathmore Award, Boston Printmakers; a Mitchell Fund Award, 1985; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 1988; and the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation Award. Other awards include a Robert Conover Award in 2000 and a Burr Miller Award in 2002, both at SAGA exhibitions; and several purchase prizes, including those from the University of Mississippi and the University of North Dakota.
His most recent exhibitions were at: the Butler Institute of American Art: Midyear Exhibition; The Old Print Shop: Featured Exhibition of Paintings and Prints (2014); The Old Print Shop: 130th Anniversary; the Art Students League of New York: Instructors and Contemporary Printmakers
(2005); The Old Print Shop: Prints and Watercolors (2004); the New-York Historical Society: Impressions from New York (2004); GOGA: Impressions From the League (2003); the Art Students League of New York: Retrospective, Paintings and Prints (2002); UBS Paine Webber Art Gallery: A Century on Paper; Prints by Art Students League Artists, 125th Anniversary (2002); the New-York Historical Society: Up On The Roof (2001); The Old Print Shop: Contemporary Artists (2001); and Seton Hall University: Italian-American Printmakers (2001).
He was a professional consultant for, and appeared in, the film about Currier and Ives lithographs, produced by WVTA Educational Television, Vermont, in 1976.
Mr. Pellettieri is represented in the collections of the Newark Art Library; the DeCordova Museum; the American Medical Association; Kidder, Peabody & Co., New York; the Ben Goldstein Collection; the Franz Greierhass Collection; Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina; the University of North Dakota; the New York Public Library; the Dave and Reba Williams Collection; the Library of Congress; and the National Gallery.