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 Calogero Salvatore "Charlie" Scibetta  (1898 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: New York / Italy      Known for: landscape, portrait, and European scene painting, teaching

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Calogero Charlie Scibetta
"Delaware Park, Bflo, NY" (1 & 2)
oil on canvas board, 13 x 16" each, signed lower right each

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Calogero “Charlie” Salvatore Scibetta (Italian-American, 1898-1931) was a painter, commercial artist and teacher, primarily known for his oil paintings of landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, scenes of Western New York, Italian & Spanish landscape & coastal scenes, as well as watercolors.  He was born in Montedora, Sicily, to parents Salvatore and Carmela (née Scime) Scibetta.  In 1903, the family immigrated to the United States, and they settled in Buffalo, NY.  Scibetta had two younger brothers who were also accomplished painters and muralists in the Buffalo area; Angelo Charles Scibetta (Italian-American, 1902-1962) who later worked for the Hollywood film industry as a set decorator and art director in Los Angeles, CA, and Pascal “Pat” Scibetta (American, 1909-1992).  He also had a cousin in Buffalo who was a successful painter & muralist by the name of Pascal J. Scime (American, 1906-2000).
 
Scibetta’s early education was at Buffalo School No. 2.  He won a scholarship to study art at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts under Florence Julia Bach and David Urquhart Wilcox, and landscape painting with Otto Henry Schneider.  He won a scholarship to further his studies at the Art Students’ League in New York City under Frank Vincent DuMond, George Brandt Bridgman, William de Leftwich Dodge, Joseph Pennell, Charles Wheeler Locke, Edward Penfield and Walter Biggs.  Scibetta also studied with the Tiffany Foundation, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, and with J. Ihrlick (unknown, -) at The Cooper Union School of Art for commercial design.  Scibetta taught composition classes at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts as well as privately.  From 1921-23, he was an assistant landscape instructor to Otto H. Schneider (American, 1865-1950), at the Art Students’ League of Buffalo, NY.
 
Calogero S. Scibetta’s work is always conspicuous, wherever it appears. He gets a sparkle and brilliance in his work that is shear inspiration…While the work of many artists is pleasing in some respects, only a few of them can handle paint to make the most complete use of its possibilities as, for example, Scibetta does.” [1]- Carl Bredemeier (1926)
 
Scibetta was a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, The Arts Club of Buffalo, the Guild of Allied Arts, the Art Students’ League, the Tiffany Foundation, and The Cooper Union.  He exhibited regularly in local shows with the Buffalo Society of Artists, had solo and group shows with The Arts Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo School of Fine Arts, as well as exhibitions in the New York City region with The Art Students’ League, the Society of Independent Artists, The Tiffany Foundation at Oyster Bay, an exhibition at the Tiffany Art Center, and The Cooper Union Art School. He won several prizes to include; Fellowship Prize (1924) with the Tiffany Foundation, Honorable Mention (1926) with the Buffalo Society of Artists, Second Prize (1926) The Arts Club of Buffalo, several Honorable Mentions in exhibitions with the Buffalo School Fine Arts, and a Cary Cash Prize.
 
In May of 1926, he took part in the Booth Tarkington’s one-act comedy play entitled Travelers, given by the Buffalo Arts Club at The Playhouse in Buffalo, NY, and was also head of their Decorations Committee.  Scibetta’s character ‘La Sera’ was a villainous-looking but entirely innocuous Sicilian guide. The play gave Scibetta a chance to show something of caliber in a character part, and he was the hit of the production.  He maintained his studio at 73 West Eagle Street in Buffalo and resided at 211 Tacoma Avenue, just north of Delaware Park in the city. Scibetta worked for over thirteen years as a successful commercial artist before he died in 1931.
 
Chronology:
 
1898- Born, December 8, to father Salvatore Scibetta and mother Carmela (née Scime), Montedoro, Sicily, and had two younger brothers who were also accomplished painters and muralists; Angelo Charles Scibetta (Italian-American, 1902-1962) and Pascal “Pat” A. Scibetta (American, 1909-1992). Also had a cousin Pascal J. Scime (American, 1906-2000) who was also a successful painter and muralist in the Buffalo, NY area.
 
1903- Family immigrated to the United States and settled in Buffalo, NY.
 
Circa late 1910’s-early 20’s- Won a scholarship to study art at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts with Florence Julia Bach and David Urquhart Wilcox, as well as studying landscape painting with Otto Henry Schneider, Buffalo, NY.
 
1921-23- Assistant landscape instructor to Otto H. Schneider (American, 1865-1950), Art Students’ League of Buffalo, NY.
 
1922- Was on the Students’ Council of the Buffalo School of Fine Arts, Buffalo, NY.
 
1923- Won a scholarship to study at the Art Students’ League in New York City, where he studied with Frank Vincent DuMond, George Brandt Bridgman, William de Leftwich Dodge, Joseph Pennell, Charles Wheeler Locke, Edward Penfield and Walter Biggs.
 
1924- Exhibited, group show, Tiffany Foundation (Fellowship Prize), Long Island, NY.
 
1926- January-February, exhibited, group show, “The Thirty-Second Annual Exhibition of The Buffalo Society of Artists”, Honorable Mention for the oil painting “Sagamore Hill” (loaned by Martin Griffith), Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright Knox Art Gallery), Buffalo, NY. Spring, exhibited, group show, “Second Annual Exhibition of the Arts Club of Buffalo”, paintings included “A Study” (Trees), won Second Prize ($25) for his crayon sketch “A Wood Interior”, “Leonese Peasants (Study of a Sorolla)”, “Early Summer”, and “Heavy Clouds”, 669 Main Street made available by courtesy of Arthur Victor, Buffalo, NY. May of 1926, he took part in the Booth Tarkington’s one-act comedy play entitled “Travelers”, given by the Buffalo Arts Club at The Playhouse in Buffalo, NY, as the character ‘La Sera’ (a Sicilian guide). Was executive of the painting division of the Buffalo Arts Club, Buffalo, NY.
 
1931- Died, unknown location.
 
Exhibited also: Buffalo Society of Artists, annual and ‘Thumb-Box’ exhibitions (unknown dates), Buffalo, NY; The Art Students’ League (unknown dates), NYC; The Arts Club of Buffalo (solo & group shows, unknown dates), Buffalo, NY; Buffalo School of Fine Arts (solo shows, unknown dates), Buffalo, NY; Society of Independent Artists (unknown dates), NYC; Tiffany Exhibition at the Art Center (unknown date), NYC; The Anderson Gallery, (unknown date & location); The Cooper Union (unknown dates), NYC; The Tiffany Foundation at Oyster Bay (unknown dates), Long Island, NY.
 
Prizes/Awards: Won scholarship to study at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts as well as receiving several Honorable Mentions in some of their exhibitions (unknown dates), Buffalo, NY; Won scholarship to study at the Art Students’ League (1923), NYC; Fellowship Prize (1924), Tiffany Foundation, Long Island, NY; Honorable Mention (1926) for the painting “Sagamore Hill”, Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY; Second Prize of $25, “Second Annual Exhibition of the Arts Club of Buffalo”, for the crayon sketch “A Wood Interior”, Buffalo, NY; Cary Cash Prize, (unknown date & location); Second Prize, Buffalo Arts Club annual exhibition (unknown date), Buffalo, NY.
 
Memberships: Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY; Guild of Allied Arts, Buffalo, NY; The Arts Club of Buffalo, NY; Art Students’ League, NYC; Tiffany Foundation, Long Island, NY; The Cooper Union, NYC.
 
Associations: Was executive of the painting division of the Buffalo Arts Club, and was head of the Decorations Committee, Buffalo, NY; Partner of the Buffalo Advertising Artists, Buffalo, NY.
 
Collections: Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Burchfield-Penney Art Center, donation of two paintings from the Scibetta/Ferrari Estate Collection (2010), Buffalo, NY; The Cooper Union, NYC; Art Students’ League, NYC.
 
Publications: Buffalo Sunday Express, Picture Page, “Calogero Scibetta found the inspiration for this colorful thing in Sagamore Hill”, one image, Section Two, Page 2 (unknown month & day), 1926; The Buffalo Artists’ Register, by Lee F. Heacock (editor), and article “The Arts Club’s Second Annual Exhibition”, by Carl Bredemeier, as well as an exhibition article which included an exhibit list of artists & paintings, “The Buffalo Society of Artists”, Pgs. 81, 83, 87-88, 91, 173, 176-77, & 391, edition limited to 1,000 copies, 1926; The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005, by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, editor at AskArt.com, 2005.
 
(Rewritten in parts & compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, 01/2011, www.meibohmfinearts.com, Sources: Too long to list here and may be viewed on our website or furnished upon request.)


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted January 2002, is from Jay Ferrari, a relative of the artist.

Calogero "Charlie" Scibetta, 1898-1931, landscape and portrait artist and scenes of Western New York and Italian and Spanish scenes

Education: Buffalo School of Fine Arts, with Florence Bach, Urquhart Wilcox, Landscape with Otto H. Schneider.  Arts Students League, New York, instructors included Frank DuMond, George Bridgman, William Dodge, Joseph Pennell, Charles Lock, Edward Penfield and Walter Briggs.

Exhibited: Buffalo Society of Artists, The Arts Club of Buffalo, one-man shows at Buffalo School of Fine Arts, Society of Independent Artists, Tiffany exhibition of NY, The Anderson Gallery, The Arts Students League, and Cooper Union.  The Tiffany Foundation at Oyster Bay, NY.

Honors: Tiffany Foundation fellowship Prize 1924, scholarship Arts Students League, scholarship and honorable mentions Buffalo School of Fine Arts, Cary cash prize, instructor in landscape with Otto Schneider 1921-23 at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts. Member Tiffany Foundation, Guild of Allied Arts, Buffalo Society of Artists.


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