Charlottesville sculptor John Rubino served 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 is 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.

Rubino visited and collected ideas and concepts from the Learning Village students. After approval from the committee and many long hours of research, design, and artistry, the sculpture was unveiled in 2017.

The residency was generously funded in part by the St. Anne's-Belfield School Arts Boosters as well as by a gift from the estate of Carolyn Sanders '48.


The Making of "Engage"

Artist-in-Residence John Rubino was commissioned to create a new sculpture for the Learning Village.

The finished sculpture was installed in the Chandler Courtyard
on Oct. 20, 2017.