JOHN A. CALABRESE

COSMIC VISIONS

Artist’s Statement: Delicate nuance of value and texture become tools in conveying powerful dramatic statements about earthly beings who are not afraid to feel, ponder, reflect, and pray as they take that one step beyond. The inhabitants of the cosmic atmosphere appear at odds with their surroundings, many of which are specifically named astronomical bodies.  This is the result when  the merely mortal and earthly confronts the awe, mystery and majesty of God’s  heavenly Creations. However, when fragile earthly beauty confronts sublime heavenly beauty, the earthly is reverently and silently humbled.

CURRICULUM VITAE

DR. JOHN A. CALABRESE

2007-2018

EMPLOYMENT

Texas Woman’s University 1981-2017.  Full Professor of Art History, Film History, Aesthetics, Drawing.Professor Emeritus 2017.

EDUCATION


Ph. D.  1980.  Comparative Arts (History of Art, Drama, Literature).  Ohio University, Athens.      Dissertation: “Elements of Myth in Selected Paintings by Paul Klee and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.”
M. F. A.  1975.  Painting and Art History.  Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.
B. A. 1971.  Art, Italian, Philosophy.  Catholic University, Washington, D. C.

Exhibitions of my graphite drawings    
Web Site: johncalabreseart.com


2019
“From the Light of the Silvery Moon: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing,” National Juried Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN.
Hudson Valley Art Association 86th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT.
“Memories,” Roslyn International Juried Art Festival, Roslyn, WA.
“The 2nd Half: 50 and Over,” National Juried Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.
32nd September Juried Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA.
“Expressions,” Marin Society of Artists National Juried Exhibition, San Rafael, CA.
“A Moment in Time” National Competition, Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, Cutchogue, NY. Third Place Award.
Webster Arts’ “Open Theme Annual 2019” National Juried Exhibition, St. Louis, MO.

2018
American Artists Professional League 90th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave., New York, NY.
Merging Visions: Collaborative Poetry and Art Exhibition, Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater Gallery, Lewisville, TX.
BLACK and WHITE National Juried Exhibition, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC. Honorable Mention Award.
SUSPEND, National Juried Exhibition, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.
Hudson Valley Art Association 85th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT.
First Place Graphics Award: Mrs. John Newington Award for Excellence.
Fun House 2018: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, Bizarre, National Juried Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Black and White, Group Drawing Exhibition, North Lake College, Irving, TX.
Faculty Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.
52nd National Drawing & Small Sculpture Juried Exhibit, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX.

2017
Light Out of Darkness, Beatnik Galleries, Sacramento, CA, juried exhibit.
Real People – Faces and Figures, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL, juried exhibit.

2016
6th Annual Armstrong 2D Juried Exhibition, Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA.
Brand 44 Annual National Juried Works on Paper Exhibition, Brand Library, Glendale CA.
Arts in Harmony International Juried Exhibition, Sherburne Co. Gov’t. Center, Elk River, MN.
Arts in Harmony Traveling Exhibition, Blane City Hall, Blane, MN.

2015
Ley Lines Juried Drawing exhibition, Jacksonville State Univ., Jacksonville, AL, October.
Cosmic Visions, Solo Exhibition, Greater Denton Arts Center, Denton, TX, July-September.
Pencil Point Perspectives, Group Drawing Exhibition, Keller Town Hall, Keller, TX. March.
30th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art exhibit, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX, juried exhibit.
Merging Visions: Poetry and Visual Arts, group exhibit, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX.
Bluecanvas.com 52 drawings on exhibit

2014
Bluecanvas.com 50 drawings on exhibit
29th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art exhibit, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX, juried exhibit.
VAST Annual Membership Exhibit, Denton Arts Center, Lettie Grooms Award.
Emerging Visions Exhibition by invitation, Denton Public Library, South Branch, April 23-May 29.
Faculty Exhibit, TWU Art Galleries, Denton. September.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2013
28th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibit, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX, juried exhibit.
Merging Visions: Visual Art & Poetry Exhibit, Denton Poets Assembly & VAST, Denton Public Library South.
14th Annual Painting, Drawing, Photography, Print Online Juried International Exhibition, upstreampeoplegallery.com
Featured Artist, Owl Cat Press, jjoyharris@owlcatpress.com
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2012
Combinations: TWU Visual Arts Faculty and Guests Exhibition, TWU Galleries, Denton, TX.
VAST Annual Membership Show, Cora Stafford Gallery, UNT, Denton, TX.
The Human Condition Exhibit, Nerv Gallery, Dallas, TX. Group exhibit. 6 drawings.
500XPO 2012, 500 EXPO Gallery, Dallas, TX, juried exhibit.
TWU Faculty Exhibit, Tarrant County College, NW Campus, Ft. Worth.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2011
43rd Annual Arts Exhibit, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Meadows Gallery, Denton, juried exhibit, April 28 - June 3.
6th Annual 125 mile Juried Art Exhibit, Visual Art Society of Texas, TWU West Gallery, June 30-Aug. 5. Merit Award for my drawing “Event Horizon.”
Beth Marie Restaurant, Denton, works on exhibit, Jan. – Nov.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2010
Mood Images: Drawings Inspired by Film Noir, one man exhibit, George Fox Univ., Newberg, OR. Oct. 11 – Nov. 12.
20x20x20 National Compact Exhibit, LSU, Baton Rouge, juried exhibit. Nov. 21-Dec. 17.
Beth Marie Restaurant, Denton, works on exhibit, Sept. – Dec.
TWU Visual Arts Faculty Group Exhibit, East & West Galleries, Visual Arts Building, Denton, Aug. – Sept.
Merging Visions: Collaborative Poetry & Art Exhibition, North Branch Library, Denton, April.
Texas State Poetry Conference, Dallas, my drawing “The Long Goodbye” to illustrate Lesley Eblin’s poem “Sunsets”. July 8-10.
5th Annual 125 mile Juried Art Exhibit, Visual Art Society of Texas, TWU West Gallery, July 9 –Aug. 6.
Black & White in Graphite & Charcoal, 2 person exhibition, North Lake College, Irving, Jan. 7-Feb. 9.
42nd Annual Arts Exhibition, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Meadows Gallery, Denton, juried exhibit, April 22 – May 28.
44th Annual Drawing & Small Sculpture Exhibition, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, juried exhibit, April 9 - May 7.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2009
10th Annual Realism International Online Juried Art Exhibit, upstreampeoplegallery.com
21st Annual Membership Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Meadows Gallery, Denton, Aug. 9-Sept. 3.
Citation 2009 Membership Exhibition, Texas Visual Arts Association, Art Centre of Plano, Aug. 7, -Aug. 29.
43rd Annual Small Drawing & Sculpture Exhibition, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, juried exhibit, April 3-May 1.
Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City. Designed logo for weekly worksheet, March
10th Anniversary Best of the Best Invitational Online International Art Exhibit, upstreampeople-gallery.com
Oxide Gallery, Denton, works on exhibit.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2008
20” x 20” x 20”: A National Compact Competition and Exhibit, LSU Student Union, Baton Rouge, juried exhibit.
10th Annual Realism International Online Juried Art Exhibit, upstreampeoplegallery.com
40th Annual Arts Exhibition, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Meadows Gallery, Denton, juried exhibit.
10th Anniversary Best of the Best Invitational Online International Art Exhibit, upstreampeople-gallery.com
Oxide Gallery, Denton, works on exhibit.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

2007
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, juried exhibit.
9th Annual Realism International Online Juried Exhibit. upstreampeoplegallery.com
Art in the Metroplex, Texas Christian university, Ft. Worth, juried exhibit.
Signature Group Exhibition, Texas Visual Arts Association, 14th Street Gallery, Plano.
2nd Annual 125 mile Juried Art Exhibit, Visual Arts Society of Texas, TWU West Gallery. Strathmore Artist Paper Award.
Faculty Center, Stoddard Hall, TWU, works on exhibit.

Publications/Research Papers Accepted and Presented, Articles Refereed, Lectures

2019

“Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper and Mona Lisa: Why These Masterpieces Deserve a Closer Look.” Lecture for The Bernstein Intercultural Institute, M. E. Blagg-Huey Library, Texas Woman’s Univ., Denton, TX. Aug. 28.
“Notre Dame, Paris: Art History and The Mysticism of Light.” Lecture for The Bernstein Intercultural Institute, M. E. Blagg-Huey Library, Texas Woman’s Univ., Denton, TX. May 15.
Annual Student Art Exhibition, North Lake College, Irving, TX. Juror. April 28.

2017
“The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: How Hitch Lampoons Modern Art in The Trouble with Harry, The International Journal of the Image. Vol. 8, Issue 3.
“The Power of Art: Alfred Hitchcock’s Disturbing Use of Portraits in His Films,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video. June
Turning Radius, A Book of Poetry by Douglas G. Campbell, Professor Emeritus, George Fox University. Book jacket review.
“The Horrific Art Gallery in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho,” Wide Screen Journal. Pending.
“The Power of Art: Alfred Hitchcock’s Disturbing Use of Portraits in His Films,” and “How Hitchcock Lampoons Modern Art in The Trouble with Harry,” Hawaii University International Conference on the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education, Honolulu, HI. Jan. 3-6.

2016 “The Architecture of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church,” invitational lecture by Parish of St. Monica, Atlantic City, NJ,
December 18. Church on National Registry of Protected Monuments.
“The Art and Architecture of St. Michael’s Church: Historical and Aesthetic Significance,” Atlantic City, NJ. August 13. Second presentation by request.
“Art of the Matter Part III: How Art Objects and Artifacts Impact Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail, Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest, & Vertigo,” Faculty Spotlight Series, TWU, Stoddard Hall, April 19. 14 attended.
“Fragmented Cinema: Andy Warhol’s Reconstruction as Author.” The Arts Collection Journal. The Image Knowledge Community. Referee. July.
“A Study of Koan Practice of Silence,” The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, The Image Knowledge Community. Referee. June.
“John’s Origin Story: Understanding Die Hard as Film Adaptation of Roderick Thorpe’s Nothing Lasts Forever.” The International Journal of Literary Humanities. The Image Knowledge Community. Referee. June.

2015
“The Art and Architecture of St. Michael’s Church: Historical and Aesthetic Significance,” invitational guest lecturer by St. Michael’s Preservation Society, Atlantic City, NJ, December 13, 2-3:30 pm. 220 attendees.

2014
“The Returning Vet & Film Noir: The Problematic,” and “The Power of Art: How Art Objects & Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes & Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Jan. 10-13. Accepted.
“Art of the Matter: How Art Objects & Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, & Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” Hawaii University International Conference on the Arts, Honolulu, Jan. 4-6.

2013
“Art of the Matter Part II: How Art Objects and Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” TASA Annual Conference, Houston, TX. Oct. 10-12.
“Art of the Matter Part II,” TWU CAS Faculty Spotlight Series, Nov. 21.
“The Power of Art: How Art Objects & Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, & Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” International Journal of Arts & Commerce, August. Accepted for publication.
“The Power of Art: How Art Objects & Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, & Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” Journal of Arts and Humanities, June. Accepted for publication.
“A Pedagogy for 2-Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses,” 4th Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts,Athens, Greece, June 3-6. Accepted.
“Art of the Matter: How Art Objects and Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” CAS Faculty Spotlight Series, Jan. 29. Presented.
“The Power of Art: How Art Objects and Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” and “The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic,” 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Jan. 11-14. Accepted.
“The Power of Art: How Art Objects and Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” Hawaii University International Conferences on Art, Humanities, and Social Studies, Honolulu, January 6-8. Accepted.

2012
“The Power of Art: How Art Objects and Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” TASA Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. October 12-14. Presented.
“The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic,” 3rd International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland, Sept. 14-16. Accepted.

2010
“A Pedagogy for 2-Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses,” 3rd International Global Studies Conference, Pusan National University, Pusan South Korea, June 21-23. Accepted.
“A Pedagogy for 2-Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses,” 1st Annual International Conference on Fine & Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education & Research, Athens, Greece, June 7-10.
“The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic.” TASA Annual Conference, Austin, April 9.

2009
“A Pedagogy for 2-Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses,” 7th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Beijing, China, June 2-5. Accepted.
“The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic.” Faculty Spotlight Series, CAS, TWU, Oct. 13.

2008
“Dialogue in Black and White: The Noir World Depicted in My Graphite Drawings,” TWU Faculty Spotlight Series.
“A Pedagogy for 2-Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses,” 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Art and Humanities, Honolulu.
“The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic,” 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Art and Humanities, Honolulu

2007
“A Pedagogy for 2-Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses,” TASA Annual Conference, Odessa, TX.

Research and Creative Achievements

“Professors Give Advice on How to Survive College.” We Are TWU VLOG. Interviewed by Asiyah Martin. Oct. 7, 2016.
Emeritus College. One of the most popular instructors. Enrollment always the highest 2016.
Emeritus College Newsletter, Featured Professor, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 3, Nov., 2011.
Voted Favorite Faculty Member by Graduating Seniors, Seniors Lunch, May 6, 2011.
George Fox U, Newberg, OR, purchased my drawing “The Haunted” for their permanent collection, 2010.
Listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2010.
Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, TWU Redbud Award festival, 2007.

I belong to the following organizations: The Kimball Art Museum, Patron Membership; American Artists Professional League; Texas Association of Schools of Art; Texas Visual Arts Association; Visual Arts Society of Texas.