Full Resumé

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s art school Vincent Scilla is an accomplished painter, photographer and filmmaker with a career spanning the past forty years.

Beginning as a photographer, Mr. Scilla was first exhibited in the prestigious Michigan Artists show at the Detroit Institute of Art in 1969. Houghton-Mifflin, The New York Times and The Village Voice to name a few soon after published his work. Tiring of the static image, Mr. Scilla next turned his attention to experimental filmmaking. His award-winning films Flyin’ No-Low Altitude and Thunder in the Afternoon have been shown at such well-recognized venues as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Collective for Living Cinema, and numerous other film events.

Since the late 1970’s painting has taken center stage in Mr. Scilla’s career. His baseball paintings, combining an isolated figure juxtaposed against a background of advertising, evoke an era before television. These strong works of baseball art have caught the eye of collectors and galleries alike. A major painting Spring Training in the Mountains was included in the international baseball art exhibition Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum and the American Express Corporation and appears in the book of the same name published by Chronicle Books.

In 2005, in celebration of Black History month, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio mounted an exhibit Vincent Scilla: A Tribute to Baseball’s Black Stars, showcasing Mr. Scilla’s paintings of black baseball players. The exhibit ran from February through April 2005. In 2007 the Butler acquired one of Mr. Scilla’s paintings Santa Fe for their permanent collection.

The recent show, Golf in American Art, at the Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center February 2007, featured two of Mr. Scilla’s recent golf paintings. Additionally Mr. Scilla’s paintings were included in recent shows, Spring Training: The Art of Baseball, The Top of the Ninth: The Art of Baseball and More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball, all at the prestigious George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. In 2005, Mr. Scilla had a successful solo exhibit Vincent Scilla: The Art of Baseball, at the ASK Gallery in Kingston New York. Seven of Mr. Scilla’s images now grace the newly renovated and redesigned luxury facilities at legendary Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

In New York City, where Mr. Scilla resides, he has been exhibited at Maxwell Davidson Gallery, had two successful solo exhibits at Union Square Gallery and a solo exhibit at Turnstile Gallery, featuring work from his book BASEBALL published by MQ Publications of London. Mr. Scilla’s work has also been included in group shows at Baseball Hall of Fame and Gallery 53 in Cooperstown, New York, Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University, Hofstra University, Fairfield University (solo show), Sports and Entertainment Gallery, Venice, California, Rizzoli Gallery and Safeco Corporation in Seattle.

In the media, Mr. Scilla’s work has been seen on PBS and ESPN, in print with Gettysburg Review, Art & Antiques Magazine, reviewed in the New York Times by William Zimmer, and included in several books on baseball and baseball related art. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art; Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown; United States Golf Association (USGA) Gallery and the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves Ball Clubs.

Most recently, Modern Art Editions of London and New York produced a suite of prints based on Mr. Scilla’s baseball, golf and tennis images. In 2001, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, NYC published two boxed sets of Mr. Scilla’s images in a GOLF POSTCARD BOX and a BASEBALL POSTCARD BOX. Mr. Scilla is a recent recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

2012 Big Women, Blurb.com
2011 Sandy Koufax 32@75, Xlibris Books
2011 Baseball...Paintings by Vincent Scilla, Blurb.com
2009 The 12th Annual Exhibition of Baseball Art, EpressBooks San Francisco, California
2008 Political Animals: Donkeys and Elephants in American Art, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida
2007 Golf in American Art, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida
2006 Top of the Ninth: The Art of Baseball, EpressBooks, San Francisco, California
2005 More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball, EpressBooks, San Francisco, California
2004 Art of the Game: The Art of Baseball, EpressBooks, San Francisco, California
2003 Series of Baseball, Tennis and Golf Prints, Modernart Editions
2001 Baseball Postcard Box & Golf Postcard Box, Stewart, Tabori & Chang
2001 Baseball: The National Pastime in Art and Literature, Time-Life Books
1997 Baseball: A Fascinating Notebook about Baseball, MQ Press, London
1994 Treasury of Baseball, Publications International
1993 Baseball Glory Dreams, American Heritage
1993 Baseball: A Treasury of Art & Literature, Hugh Lauter Levin
1992 Gettysburg Review, special baseball issue published by Gettysburg College
1990 Baseball, Fawcett Columbine
1987 Diamonds Are Forever...Artists and Writers on Baseball, Chronicle Books

AWARDS, GRANTS AND HONORS

2002 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2002 Honorable Mention, August, Woodstock Art Association
1988 Artist’s Space Exhibition Grant, New York, New York
1977 Artist’s Space Exhibition Grant, New York, New York
1973 Ann Arbor Film Festival Award and national tour
1970 Flint Annual Award, Flint Institute of Art

MUSEUM EXHIBITON

2005 Vincent Scilla: A Tribute to Baseball’s Black Stars, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2005 Vincent Scilla: The Art of Baseball, ASK Gallery, Kingston, New York
2004 Baseball: An American Tradition, 4 Star Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana
1997 Turnstile Gallery, New York, New York
1992 Vincent Scilla: Field of Dreams, The Art Gallery, Center for Financial Studies at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
1991 Pitching & Fielding (No Hitting), Union Square Gallery, New York, New York
1988 Union Square Gallery, New York, New York
1977 Rizzoli Gallery, New York, New York
1977 Collective For Living Cinema, New York, New York
1975 Borders Bookshop Upstairs Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1974 Collective For Living Cinema, New York, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 Play Ball, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2010 32 @ 75, Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Commack, New York
2010 Art of Baseball, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois
2009 The 12th Annual Exhibition of Baseball Art, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California
2008 Political Animals: Donkeys and Elephants in American Art, Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center,
Naples, Florida
2007 The Art of Baseball, The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Commack, New York
2007 Spring Training: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California
2007 Golf in American Art, Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida
2006 The Fifteenth Annual Roundtable Exhibit, National Arts Club and Westwood Gallery, New York City
2006 Baseball & Blues, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2006 Top of the Ninth: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California
2005 More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004 Art of the Game: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California
2002 August, Woodstock Art Association, Woodstock, NewYork
2000 Viva El Beisbol, Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair State University, New Jersey
2000 Spectra Digital Arts, New York, New York
1999 Turnstile Gallery, New York, New York
1996 Stealing Home, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1995 The American Pastime in Paint: Baseball on Canvas, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
1995 Touching All Bases, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1994 Glories of the Game: The Art of Baseball, Safeco Corporation, Seattle, Washington
1993 Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, New York
1992 Eternal Spring: America’s Love Affair with Baseball, Maxwell Davidson Gallery,
New York, New York
1991 Extra Innings, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1990 Legends of Baseball, Sports & Entertainment Gallery, Venice, California
1990 Top of the Ninth, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1989 Diamond Gold, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York
1989 Grand Slam, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1988 Seventh Inning Stretch Revisited, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1987 Diamonds Are Forever...Artists and Writers on Baseball, New York State Museum, Albany, New York. Traveled nationally and internationally through May 1990
1987 Home Game, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1986 Line Drives, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, New York
1984 Postal Art, Contemporary Museum of Art, Ibiza, Spain
1981 Marie Pellicone Gallery, New York, New York
1977 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1972 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1971 Flint Annual, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan
1970 Flint Annual, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan
1969 Michigan Artists Show, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Preview”, Gallery Guide West Coast Edition, April 2006
Crispin Kott, “The boys of spring: paintings of Vincent Scilla liven April at ASK Gallery”, Kingston Times, March 31, 2005
“Paintings of African American baseball players at Library”, Kingston Times, January 27, 2005
“Batman”, Indianapolis Monthly, August 2004
S.I. Berry, “Take Vincent Scilla out to the ballgame and he’ll paint it”, The Indianapolis Star, August 6, 2004
"Stealing Home", Sports Collectors Digest, September 27,1996
Thomas C. Ford, "Play Ball:The Art of the Big Game Has Never Been More Popular", Art & Antiques, May 1994
George Vecsey, review of Baseball (Fawcett 1990), New York Times, February 7,1993
Mike Shannon, “Art show adds spice to baseball’s HOF weekend", Sports Collectors Digest, Sept 18,1992
William Zimmer, review of exhibit, The New York Times, March 15,1992
"The ‘Fine Art’ of Baseball", The Sporting News, 1989 Baseball Special
Jonas Kover, “Art makes it’s pitch", Sunday Observer-Dispatch, July 23,1989
Ann Sargent Wooster, review of exhibit, Seven Days, Oct 5,1988
Jim Kaplan, "Bats, Balls, Beaux Arts: An art exhibit on the national pastime is on a road trip", Sports Illustrated, Sept 14, 1987
R.D. Heldenfels, “Exhibit at state museum to blend writers, artists baseball and art" Schenectdy Gazette, September 12,1987

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Italian American Museum, New York City
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Boston Red Sox Baseball Club, Boston, Mass
Atlanta Braves Baseball Club, Atlanta, Georgia
Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York
USGA Golf House, Far Hills, New Jersey
United States Sports Academy, Daphne, Alabama
New York Public Library, Mulberry St. Branch, New York City
Brown Brothers & Harriman, New York, New York
Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York, New York
Gary Player, Florida
Larry Lucchino, Boston, Massachusetts
Stephen Milman, Pratt Island, Connecticut
Gary Gersh, Beverly Hills, California
Jay Tarses, Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION

1971 B.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts, Detroit, Michigan
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1949 Born, Ann Arbor, Michigan