John Caggiano was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors. His education was supplemented by courses at The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1980, drawn to the physical beauty and unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. He travels extensively, both here and abroad, painting on location. This plein aire approach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his bright and colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style. The work is further enhanced by his daring use of a palette knife, enhancing the effects of his brushwork. “Painting for me is the bold and dynamic use of color that infuses life into the subject of the painting. Color is the lifeblood of the painting. Nothing stimulates more than its pleasing harmony, whether strongly applied or toned and tranquil.”

John loves the sea. He has always lived near it and feels withdrawal symptoms when traveling on one of his landlocked painting trips. Although he’s been on an occasional sailing trip, his most intimate experience with Neptune has been as a crew member on a commercial purse-seiner in his youth. He is now more than satisfied to have his feet on dry land, recording the activities of others with brushes and paint.

An artist member of many organizations, Mr. Caggiano has served as President of the Rockport Art Association, and had been a member of its Board of Governors for sixteen years. Both he and his award-winning paintings have made appearances on nationwide television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, on It’s All About The Arts, WBNN’s Boston channel and on international TV, Televisione Italiana- RAI. His art has also been featured in and graced the covers of numerous books, magazines and newspapers such as Marine Art: A Gallery of Marine Art, Monhegan: The Artists’ Island, and The Best of Oil Painting among many others. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and in Artprice.com. He is represented worldwide in many private and corporate collections as well as galleries across the country. John is a regular exhibitor and elected member of Academic Artists Association, Rockport Art Association, Northshore Arts Association, etc., where he has received such awards as the Guild of Boston Artists Award, The Beverly DeMont Memorial Award, the Roger W. Curtis Memorial Award, and the William Meyerwitz Memorial Award, among others.

John Caggiano has maintained a gallery and studio on Bearskin Neck in Rockport since 1981.

A partial list of exhibitions, honors, and awards:

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
 • 1990-2006: Member Board of Governors, Rockport Art
    Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1981-2006: President/Owner, John Caggiano Gallery,
    Rockport, MA
 • 1991-1993: President Rockport Art Association,
    Rockport, MA
 • 1983:  Stage design and painting for Israel Horovitz's
    Gloucester Stage Company
 • 1978-1983:    Stage design and painting for New York
    Off-Broadway Theatres
 • 1978: MFA, Pratt Institute. With Honors
 • 1978: Studio and Forum of Stage Design, NYC
 • 1975: Licensed New York City High School Art Teacher
 • 1973: Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
 • 1973: BA Brooklyn College, Cum Laude with Honors,
    City University of NY
 • 1967: Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, NY
 

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
 • 2000: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1998: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1997: Artist in Residence, Century House,
    Nantucket, MA
 • 1996: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1990: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1987: Essex School System, Sculpture
    Commission, Essex, MA
 • 1986: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1983: Salon des Artistes, Hotel Meridian,
    Boston MA
 • 1983: Blackburn Tavern Gallery, Gloucester, MA
 • 1979: Salena Gallery of Long Island University,
    NYC
 • 1977: Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 


 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2008: 58th Annual Academic Artists Association National
    Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
2007: 28th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition,     Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT
2007:  “Land & Light” Juried Exhibition, Mary Bryan     Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT           
2007: “Capturing Special Places: Art of The Trustees”,     Trustees of The Reservations, The Crane
    Estate, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
2007:  Best of New England, Redbrick Center For The Arts,     Beverly, MA
2007: Nocturne Paintings, The Banks Gallery, New   London,     NH
2007: “Behind Closed Doors – Snowscapes”, Mary Bryan     Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
2007:  “Landscapes For Landsake”, The Banks Gallery,     Portsmouth, NH
2006:  “Finding Your Place: The Art of Essex County”,  
    The Trustees of The Resevations, Castle Hill, Ipswich,     MA                                                                          
2006: “Painting Strawbery Banke”, The Banks Gallery,     Portsmouth, NH 

• 2005-2006: "Land & Light" Invitational Exhibition,
    Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • 2006: "Find Your place: The Art of Essex County"
    The Crane Estate, Castle Hill, Trustees of
    Reservations, Northeast Region, Essex, MA
 • 2006: " Chairs For Children" Invitational, Painted
    Adirondack chair to benefit Pathways For
    Children, Gloucester, MA
 • 2005: "Impressionist Painting In The Tradition",
    The Benheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT
 • 2005: "Artists For A Cure", Twelve Regional
    Artists Benefit For Cancer Research,
    Hamilton, MA
 • 1996-2005: Academic Artists Association,
    National Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
 • 2004: "Lobster Landing" Invitational, Painted
    lobster sculpture to benefit Pathways For
    Children, Gloucester, MA
 • 2003: Streets and Cityscapes Exhibition, Cavalier
    Galleries, Greenwich, CT
 • 2002: Paintings of Gardens and Garden Sculpture,
    Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
 • 2001-2004: "Land & Light and Sea" Invitational
    Exhibition, Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery,
    Jeffersonville, VT
 • 1999: Hudson Valley Art Association, 68th Annual
    National Juried Exhibition, NY
 • 1999: Small Painting Exhibition, Mary Bryan
    Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • 1998-2000: "Land & Light" Invitational Exhibition,
    Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • 1998: Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition,
    Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT
 • 1998: First Annual Small Picture Exhibition, Mary
    Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • 1998: Three Artists Exhibition, Stoehof Inn,
    Stowe, VT
 • 1997: Invitational Exhibition, Mary Bryan Memorial
    Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • 1997: 20th Annual Salmagundi Club, National
    Juried Show, NYC
 • 1996: Invitational Exhibition. Celebrating the
    Landscape Painter in Jeffersonville, Mary Bryan
    Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • 1992: Monhegan Artists: The New Generation,
    Gallery-By-the-Sea, Port Clyde, ME
 • 1991: 14th Annual National Juried Show,
    Salmagundi Club, NYC
 • 1991: Hudson Valley Art Association, 62nd Annual
    National Juried Exhibition, NY


 HONORS & AWARDS:
 • 2008: Bernard Corey Memorial Award, Academic Artists     Association, Springfield, MA
 • 2008: Juror, Swampscott Arts Association, Inc. Spring
    Exhibition, Swampscott, MA
 • 2007:  Juror, 30th Annual Magnolia Arts festival,
    Magnolia, MA
 • 2007: Juror, Lynnfield Art Guild, Spring Exhibition,
    Lynnfield, MA
 • 2007: Exhibition Jury, Rockport Art Association,
    Rockport, MA
 • 2005: Beverly A. DeMont Memorial Award, North
    Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
 • 2003: Listed in Who Was Who in American Art,
    1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America.
    Peter H. Falk, ed. 3 vol. Madison, Conn.: Sound
    View Press, 1999.
 • 2003: Listed in artprice.com (adec.com). The
    World Leader in Art Market Information
 • 2003: Juror, Middleton Arts Association,
    Middleton, MA
 • 2003: Roger W. Curtis Memorial Award, Rockport
    Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 2001: Guild of Boston Artists Award, Academic
    Artists Association, Springfield, MA
 • 2000: William Meyerwitz Memorial Award, North
    Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
 • 2000: Juror, Annual Art Exhibition, Middleton Arts
    Association, Middleton, MA
 • 1999: Juror, Rockport Art Association,
    Rockport, MA
 • 1999: Juror, 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Reading
    Art Association, Reading, MA
 • 1999: Honorable Mention, Academic Artists
    Association, National Juried Exhibition
 • 1998: Juror, Annual Member Show, Danvers Art
    Association, Danvers, MA
 • 1997: Visiting Artist in Residence, Century House,
    Nantucket Island, MA
 • 1997: Award for Excellence in Any Medium,
    Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1996: Juror, Member Show, Marblehead Art
    Association, Marblehead, MA
 • 1995: Charles Gordon Marston Award, Rockport
    Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • 1994: Juror, Fall Member Show, Marblehead Art
    Association, Marblehead, MA
 • 1991: Juror, Fall Members Show, Copley Society
    of Boston, Boston, MA
 • 1990: Juror, Reading Art Association, Reading, MA
 • 1988: Juror, 25th Annual Member Show, Reading
    Art Association, Reading, MA
 • 1987: Painting Jury, Rockport Art Association,
    Rockport, MA
 • 1983: Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant
 • 1977: Pratt Institute Fellowship

 MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS:
 • 2007: Featured Artist, New Hampshire Summer Colonies:     Dublin and Cornish, Blue Tree, LLC,
    Portsmouth, NH               
 • 2007: Cover paintings for Rockport VISITORS’ MAP & GUIDE,     Rockport, MA Chamber of Commerce
 • 2007: Featured Artist, “Moving On Down”- Redbrick Arts     Center, The Salem News, Do North
    Section, Christine Gillette: Features Editor.

 • 2004: Cover Painting for Nantucket Island, 2004
    Travel & Lodging Information Booklet
 • 2004: Featured Artist, "It's All About Arts",
    WBNN TV, Boston, MA, Hosted by Glenn Williams
 • 2003: Interview, Programma Zoom, "Nel Covo
    degli Artisti di Stefano Salinbeni", RAI Radio and
    Televisione Italiana (RAI Corp.net)
 • 2000: Featured Artist, The Wichita Register,
    Autumn 2000, Wichita, Kansas
 • 1998: Marine Art - a gallery of marine art,
    Rockport Publishers Inc., Gloucester, MA
 • 1997-1998: Four Cover Paintings, The Little
    Phone Book Yellow Pages, Inc., Shamrock
    Publishing Co., Wakefield, MA
 • 1997: Featured Artist, Floral Inspirations,
    Rockport Publishers Inc., Gloucester, MA
 • 1996: Featured Artist, The Mountain Villager,
    Stowe, VT
 • 1995: Featured Artist, Monhegan. The Artist
    Island, Down East Books, Camden, ME
 • 1995: Featured Artist, Best of Oil Painting,
    Rockport Publishers Inc., Rockport, MA
 • 1993: Featured Artist, The Inquirer and Mirror,
    Nantucket, MA
 • 1992: Featured Artist, Good Morning America
    Show, ABC Network
 • 1990: Cover Painting for the 150th Town of
    Rockport Annual Report, Rockport, MA
 • 1990: American Artists: An Illustrated Survey
    of Leading Contemporary Americans:
    American Reference Corp.

WORKSHOPS & DEMONSTRATIONS:
 • Beverly Art Association
 • Braintree Art Association
 • Canton Art Association
 • Chelmsford Art Society
 • Durham Art Association
 • Foxboro Art Association
 • Greater Lynn Arts and Crafts Association
 • Guild of Beverly Artists
 • Haverhill Art Association
 • Leominster Art Association
 • Lynnfield Art Guild
 • Marblehead Art Association
 • Middleton Arts Association
 • Milford Artist Guild
 • Nashua Art Association
 • North Shore Arts Association
 • Norwich Art Association
 • Norwood Art Association
 • Reading Art Association
 • Rockport Art Association (annually)
 • Rotary Club International, Rockport, MA

COLLECTIONS:
 • Bank of America, (MBNA New England): Camden and
    Belfast, ME
 • Bank of America, (MBNA America): Wilmington, Delaware
 • The Firestone Collection
 • Cambridge Executive Enterprises
 • Playspaces International, Inc.
 • Christian Family Counseling Services
 • Papa Gino's of America, Inc.
 • NYNEX Corporation Collection
 • McDonald & Evans, Braintree, MA

AFFILIATIONS:
 • Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
 • Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
 • North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
 • Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery
 • Boothbay Harbor Arts Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, ME
 • United Scenic Artists Local 829
 • Redbrick Arts Center, Beverly, MA
 • International Society of Marine Painters

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
 • The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth & New London, NH
 • The Brigham Galleries, Nantucket, MA
 • Courtyard Gallery, Mystic, CT
 • Crane Collection, Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA
 • John Caggiano Gallery, Rockport, MA
 • Lorica Artworks, Andover, MA
 • Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island, ME
 • Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
 • Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunk, ME
 • Objects & Images Fine Art, Bronxville, NY
 • Polanaise Art Gallery, Woodstock, VT
 • Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA

 • 100 Main Street Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT 

 

 

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