March 27, 2009

Painter Neysa Grassi to present lecture

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The School of Art and Design welcomes painter Neysa Grassi to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on April 2.

Grassi will deliver a lecture, “Losing and Finding,” beginning at 7 p.m. in the University Museum Auditorium, in Faner Hall.

Grassi earned a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 1973. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous prestigious awards and to see her work appear in group and solo exhibitions particularly in her native northeastern part of the United States.

Grassi’s work also is part of several distinguished collections, including The Ballingien Archive in Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland; Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain; the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Fla.; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few.

Grassi was recently part of exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of the Fine Arts, the Plum Gallery in Williamstown, Mass., and the Céide Interpretative Center in Ireland. Her recent solo exhibits include the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, University of Delaware and the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pa.

Grassi earned a residency at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain in 2007. She earned fellowships from The Ballingien Arts Foundation in Ireland, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Painting, among other awards.

For more information about Grassi, visit and find her under “artists.”

The Visiting Artist Program in SIUC’s School of Art and Design brings artists of various media to campus for workshops and lectures. The Fine Arts Activity Fee funds this program.