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Local Sculptor Serves as St. Anne's-Belfield School Artist-in-Residence
Charlottesville, Va., Oct. 21, 2016 – 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.
“When we began planning for this residency last fall, we took recommendations on a number of artists whose work might be appropriate for an educational environment,” said Kim Cox, grades Kindergarten through three and seven and eight visual arts teacher.
“We were really looking for someone who would take ideas and work with the kids in a way that made them feel invested, so that they would end the year knowing what the creative process is like and that it can be different every time.”
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. He is now beginning the process of designing the sculpture that he will present to a committee in December 2016. After approval from the committee, Rubino will shift to creation of the sculpture in the new year. Monthly progress videos will be presented to students.
“I’ll be visiting John’s studio throughout the whole year, hopefully a few of our Upper School art students will get involved as well. We will document the entire experience,” said Cox.
“In late May or June we hope to unveil the sculpture at an Art Day celebration. Our wish is for the sculpture to become a regular part of students’ everyday lives.”
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.
St. Anne’s-Belfield School is a co-educational preschool through grade 12 day school of 900 students and more than 120 faculty and staff, with a boarding program in grades 9 through 12. Seventeen countries are represented in the student body, with 40% of families receiving financial aid. More information may be found at www.stab.org.