Jeanne Risica passed on December 31, 2010. She was an original artist in residence at AS220 in Providence, and worked for the Art Students League of New York. A 1983 graduate of Marlboro College, she studied classical portraiture there with the painter Frank Stout and traveled to Italy, where she began exhibiting paintings of landscapes, figures and portraits as well as more abstract work. She maintained a family home in Castel Di Tusa, Sicily.
For many years, Jeanne collaborated on this and many other pieces with the poet Ron Ottaviano, and by 1995 was represented at the well-known Dillon Gallery in SoHo. Her paintings have been shown in Korea, Venezuela, Italy, Belgium, and New York. She was a recipient of several grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, including a travel grant that brought her to Savannah, Georgia, where she created a mural at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She created a mural as well for Riverside Mills in Providence.
Jeanne was also an avid gardener and tended a flower garden in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood with her friend, Walid Mokh.
Her brother, John, points out that to Jeanne, art was everything. She sacrificed material comfort to pursue painting. Now, proceeds from sales of the paintings she left behind are supporting a cause she championed, empowering young people to develop their creativity. New Urban Arts provides studio, exhibition space, and mentoring for young artists who explore the visual, performing, and literary arts through yearlong free out-of-school programs. In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama presented New Urban Arts with a Coming Up Taller award, the nation's highest honor for the field of out-of-school time arts and humanities programs, particularly those that reach underserved children and youth.
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