Size: 2.5 linear feet
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This collection contains correspondence to and from Lawrence Calcagno, invoices of sold art works, manuscripts by L. Calcagno, gallery information, inactive accounts, photographs of Lawrence Calcagno and sketches, newspaper clippings, magazines that include an article about L. Calcagno, gallery catalogs, pamphlets announcing shows and exhibitions, awards, biographical sketches, and miscellaneous.
Lawrence Calcagno was born in San Francisco, California on March 23, 1913 to Vincent and Anna de Rosa Calcagno. Lawrence grew up on a ranch near the Big Sur in California. Without any formal education, Lawrence started drawing and painting as a child on this ranch. Lawrence acted in various "Little Theaters" and worked as a radio announcer in Los Angeles. He also had a small part in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with Charles Laughton.
Lawrence Calcagno entered the Army around 1943. During his service in the Army Air Forces, he won awards for his drawing. In 1945, his art work was displayed in two galleries; one in New Orleans, Louisiana and another in Galveston, Texas.
Calcagno served in the Army for three years until the end of WWII. After he left, he studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco from 1947 to 1950. His contemporaries at this school were Clyfford Still, Mark Tobey, David Park, and Mark Rothko.
In 1950, Lawrence Calcagno left the States for Europe. He studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris and at the Academia degli Belle Arte, Florence, Italy. He returned to the U.S. in 1955 and opened his first one-man show at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York.
From 1955 to 1969, Larry Calcagno worked as an instructor of art at various institutions. From 1955 to 1956, Calcagno worked as an assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama. From 1956 to 1958, he taught at the Albright Art School of the University of Buffalo. From 1958 to 1959, he was a visiting artist in residence at the University of Illinois. In 1960, he was a part-time teacher at New York University. He did not teach again until 1965. He was a professor of painting at the Carnegie Institute Tech. until 1968. From 1968 to 1969, Larry was a visiting artist-in-residence at the Honolulu Academy for the Arts.
Lawrence Calcagno had his work shown in 41 one-man shows including the Ulrich Museum in 1979 and he has work in over 24 permanent collections including the Ulrich Museum.
Lawrence has received three residence fellowships; from the Ford Foundation Humanities Program in 1965, Macdowell Colony in 1967 to 1968, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 1972 to 1973. In 1945, Larry was awarded the 2nd drawing prize at the National Gallery of Art. Larry Calcagno has been featured in numerous articles in newspaper and was featured in Time magazine on October 17, 1955. Lawrence Calcagno was one of the first artists whose work abstracted the environment.
Acquisition: Acquired by Martin Bush
Processed by: TGT, 11-20-1991; JEF, 10-28-1998