Syracuse University Magazine

On Exhibit


Extraordinary Art

Artist Vincent Giarrano G’85 is having an extraordinary year. Giarrano’s City Girl is on display in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as part of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013. The painting was one of 48 finalists selected out of more than 3,000 entries submitted for the exhibition, which opened in March and runs through February 23, 2014. In April, Giarrano learned another of his portraits, Aureta Thomollari at Fashion Week-NYC (16 x 20 inches, oil on linen), was chosen for the BP Portrait Award 2013 exhibition, which will be held at the National Portrait Gallery in London from June 20 through September 15. It was one of 55 works chosen from 1,969 entries in the world’s foremost portrait painting competition.

Giarrano, who earned an M.F.A. degree in sculpture from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, began his career in illustration. After many years as a comic book artist for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, he transitioned into fine art in 2000. Now, his contemporary realist works show in galleries across the country and the world, including New York City and London (see Giarrano lives in Connecticut with his wife, Kathleen Dunn Giarrano G’85, and their two children.

“It’s unbelievable to be included in these two prestigious exhibitions at the same time,” Giarrano says. “Both portraits are about narrative, which is a strong element in all my work.”