Val Sivilli

Val Sivilli


I am showing this year in a group exhibition with Susan Mania, Cynthia Besselaar, Constance Bassett and David Caan at the John Prall Jr. House in Stockton NJ.

ABOUT The ASSASSIN series and Circus Paintings:  

The ASSASSIN Series began as a little joke – a down-time fantasy where I imagined myself as THAT assassin!   I know full well that I can not be that assassin, yet regardless it remains colorful fantasy. It makes me laugh and cry at one and the same time. First conceived as a series of digital sketches, the paintings are now a power play informing truth to power. The collective awareness of how gender roles define us is widely resonant.   “Assassin 1” references a found photograph of a 19th century sharpshooter most probably employed by a carnival where, historically, women might find a way to express themselves without the impediment of predetermined gender roles getting in the way.   Ever since the alter ego of the jester within the royal court all the way to Cirque de Soleil to the recent demise of Barnum & Bailey, the cacophony of humanity resides within the body of the Circus.  This fascinates me greatly.


I have found myself in the role of Arts organizer and sometimes curator in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Currently and for the past 2 years, I have been working with a unique and amazing team of artists in Hunterdon County. We have created  THAT: The Hunterdon Art Tour.  2017 was our first open studio tour, 2018 is our second year.  Because I raised my children in Frenchtown and have lived through the cultural limitations present in this county, I feel the responsibility to continue to bring the awareness of the pivotal role of the artist to my home. Wonderful things can happen when exposing a community to the power of real art.  This past winter, I co-curated, with Catherine Suttle, and exhibition called “Keepers of the Chroma” at the Center for Contemporary Art, in Bedminster NJ. I teach Color Theory, Drawing, BookArts and Printmaking as an Adjunct Professor of Art at both Raritan Valley Community College and Bucks Community College. I was born in Brooklyn raised on Long Island. My undergraduate studies were done at both SUNY Purchase and Alfred University. My graduate work was at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers. From 1984 to 1991, I was the studio assistant to both Nancy Spero and Leon Golub. You might know me from the now retired Civilian Art.

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