Concetta Scaravaglione

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Concetta Scaravaglione
Concetta Scaravaglione, American sculptor, 1900-1975.jpg
Born 1900
New York
Died 1975
New York
Nationality American

Concetta Maria Scaravaglione (1900 – 1975) was an American sculptor. She is known for her architectural sculpture as well as for works produced for the WPA.


Scaravaglione was born in New York in 1900 to a recently arrived Italian American family. She was the youngest of nine and because of that she was allowed to take up the unusual ambition for her family of becoming an artist. She attended free classes although she was sent home from one class because there was only one girl who wanted to attend.[1] She worked by day and studied in the evenings at the Art Students League where she studied with Boardman Robinson and direct carving Robert Laurent.[2] She won the Rome Prize which funded her education at the American Academy in Rome.[3]

She taught and developed her work which became more abstract. She taught at the New York University, Black Mountain College, Sarah Lawrence College and Vassar College.[3] In 1949 she exhibits at the 3rd Sculpture International exhibition in Philadelphia.

Scaravaglione died in New York. There is a sculpture of her at the Smithsonian by Eugenie Gershoy.[3]

Selected work[edit]

Scaravaglione’s works can be found:[4]


  1. ^ "Italian American Woman Artists p.4 from American Artists of Italian Heritage, 1776–1945, A Biographical Dictionary, Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 1993, Regina Soria)." (PDF). Baltimore's Literary News. Sep–Oct 2001. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer, ‘’American Women Sclptors’’, G.K. Hall and Co., Boston, 1990 p. 268-69
  3. ^ a b c "Concetta Scaravaglione". Smithsonian. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System". Retrieved 26 February 2015.