Charlottesville sculptor John Rubino will serve as the St. Anne's-Belfield School Artist-in-Residence for the 2016 – 2017 school year, working with students to create an artwork that captures their stories and emotions about the School. The result will be an outdoor sculpture permanently installed in the Chandler Courtyard of the Learning Village.
Rubino, a University of Miami (Florida) graduate who also studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, has been a celebrated artist himself since he was a child, showing his first works at New York's Mari Galleries when he was just 15. Today several of his free-standing sculptures stand in IX Park, while other works are represented in private collections across the nation as well as in public installations in the northeast.
In September and early October, Rubino visited and collected ideas and concepts from the Learning Village students. Throughout the fall he engaged in the process of designing the sculpture that he presented to a committee in December 2016. After approval from the committee, Rubino shifted to the creation of the sculpture in 2017 and the unveiling will take place in fall 2017.
The residency has been generously funded in part by the St. Anne's-Belfield School Fine Arts Boosters (STAB Fab) as well as by a gift from the estate of Carolyn Sanders '48.