Joe Mannino

Professor of Art



Joseph Mannino was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. He received his B.A. degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Mannino’s solo exhibitions include the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia; Montpelier Cultural Art Center, Laurel, MD; BACA/Brooklyn Arts Council, NY, NY; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the International Sculpture Conference Exhibition, Oakland, CA; and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA. He has participated in numerous group shows, including shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Pewabic Pottery, Detroit MI; Southern Alleghenies Museum, PA; Erie Art Museum, PA; Newark Museum, NJ; and Washington Square, Washington, D.C; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; Chautauqua, Institution, NY. He has been awarded large-scale commissions by Carnegie Mellon University and the City of Sacramento. Mr. Mannino’s work appears in the permanent collections of, among others, the City of Palo Alto, CA; the City of Sacramento, CA; the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL; the University of California, Davis, CA; and the Washington State Art Commission, Medical Lake, WA; Pyramid Hill, OH. He has been granted artist residencies at the Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE; Kunstseminar, Metzingen, Germany; Associazione Promozione Iniziative Sociocultural, Sardegna, Italy; the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD; and the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygen, WI. A frequent lecturer, Joseph Mannino has also taught as visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, CA; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA; and Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, Mr. Mannino is presently Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; Associate Head from 2002-2006. He teaches a range of courses including 3-D Media for freshmen; sculpture classes emphasizing the use of ceramic sculpture; as well as Senior Project and the MFA Graduate Studio. Mr. Mannino’s personal imagery employs elements of architecture and the colossus for their symbolic reference to the order, values, politics and ambitions of society. His most recent solo exhibition focused on the interplay of words/meanings and visual representation, as it created a dialogue between large-scale ceramic hands and large photo portraits.

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