Pier Consagra

Pier Consagra

Fellow: Awarded 2014

Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Pier Luigi Consagra was born in Rome, Italy, where he lived until attending Rhode Island School of Design, and then Brown University. Following graduation from Brown, Pier showed with the Jamie Wolff Gallery on the Lower East Side of New York City. He received an NEA and two NYFA awards—the first for painting, the second for sculpture—while showing in SoHo with Barbara Toll Fine Arts and then the Holly Solomon Gallery, with whom he published a catalogue. Pier’s work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions and has been reviewed and appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Paris Review, Art in America, and Town & Country, along with other publications. Pier taught at Columbia University from 1992 to 2005, and as a visiting artist at Bard College, Bennington College, Cooper Union, and Pratt Institute, among others. He helped start and ran a drawing workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2005 to 2009, where he also created and lectured on the “Vertical Wheel,” a historical overview of the figure's cyclical patterns from the museum’s permanent collection. Pier has served on panels based on varying subjects, including American Folk Art Museum: Discussions on Adolf Wolfli; CAA New York on drawing; New York Academy of Art: Final Review.  

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