Donald Gialanella

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Donald Gialanella was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. At the age of 19 the sculptor moved to New York City where he attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. During this time, the late 1970s, Cooper Union established a reputation for being one of the most prestigious universities to study art and sculpture. This was due to the stellar faculty that Gialanella studied under. Among his teachers were Jim Dine, Vito Acconci, Kenneth Snelson, Hans Haacke, Charles Simonds, and Louise Bourgeois.

Gialanella received a BFA, Magna cum laude, and was awarded the Elliot Lash Memorial Prize in 1979. After graduation he served as an apprentice to sculptor Louise Bourgeois for two years, helping her prepare for her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Gialanella is known for his witty, figurative sculptures and recycling awareness assemblages – clever and imaginative interactive installations that build upon the artist’s Emmy-winning experience in animation design.

Among the highlights of Gialanellas’ prolific career are numerous public sculptures, including recent projects commissioned by The Dali Museum, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, The City of Pompano Beach, FL, Marriott International, Temple B’nai Israel, Fenimore Art Museum, NY, Baptist Health Hospital, Jacksonville, Fl, The City of Riverside, MO, Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, The City of Boynton Beach, FL, The City of Jacksonville, FL, Arrow Electronics, State University of New York, Delhi, and The City of North Port, FL.

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