Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Senior Historian and Curator of Social History at the New York State Museum, explores the life and art of Henry DiSpirito in this virtual lecture originally presented live 1/27/21. DiSpirito (1898–1995) emigrated from Italy in 1921, and found a nurturing home in Utica, NY. A stonemason and bricklayer by trade, he longed to devote his life to art. He found his calling in the direct-carving style of sculpture and became an accomplished painter. He exhibited at the Whitney, MoMA, and SculptureCenter in New York City, and was appointed the first artist-in-residence at Utica College. Through his art, DiSpirito developed a deep connection with students and faculty, as well as the larger community in Utica.
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