A local artist is among 15 artist-educators who will share $83,500 in scholarships from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund. The fellowships are awarded to artists enrolled in graduate education to pursue a teaching career in the arts.
Christopher Seminara of Warwick will pursue a master of arts in teaching at Rhode Island College (RIC).
Applicants for Cirino fellowships must be Rhode Island residents/artists who need financial assistance to acquire education toward a master’s or doctorate in order to pursue a teaching career in the arts. Applicants may be degree candidates in one or more aspects of the arts and in one or more of the arts disciplines.
Antonio Cirino was a prominent Rhode Island artist, author and instructor for whom more than 90 years of dedication to the arts was not enough; upon his death, his estate established the $800,000 Cirino Fund at the Foundation to offer fellowships for aspiring art teachers.
Born on March 23, 1889 in Serino, Italy, Cirino came to the United States when he was 2 years old. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and later joined the faculty in 1912, where he taught for nearly 40 years. He also taught at Columbia, Illinois State and Indiana Universities. He was a prolific oil painter and was honored by the Salmangundi Club of New York City, the Rockport (M.A.) Art Association and the Providence Art Club.