Peppino Gino Mangravite

(Italian-American, 1896 - 1978)

Peppino Gino Mangravite, painter, lecturer, lithographer, writer and teacher, was born in Lipari, Italy in 1896. He immigrated to the United States at the age of fourteen with his father, settling in New York City. He had already completed six years of study in Italy at the Scoule Techiniche Belle Arti. Once here he studied at Cooper Union, Broadmoor Art Academy with John F. Carlson and the Art Student's League in New York with Robert Henri. The so-called romantic artist was deeply involved in teaching art and got his first teaching position at the Hansen School of Fine Arts in New York in 1918. During the summer in the 1920s Mangravite ran several art camps in the Adirondacks for both children and adults. In 1926 he moved to Washington D. C., where he taught at the Potomac School for two years. Mangravite was drawn back to New York where he continued to teach at Sara Lawrence College, Cooper Union, the Art Students League and Columbia University. He spent a year as the head of the art department at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and taught for two years at the Art Institute of Chicago. Concentrating on "the subtleties of human relationships," Mangravite helped define the American Scene movement, which dominated the contemporary American art scene between 1927 and 1945. The multi-talented artist contributed articles to numerous publications including, The Arts, Progressive Education, and American Magazine of Art to name a few. The College Art Association's Committee for the Study of the Practice of Art Courses asked Mangravite to serve as chairman from 1943-44. Mangravite passed away in Westport, Connecticut in 1978.

  • Studied
  • Scoule Techiniche Belle Arti, Italy
  • Art Students League with Robert Henri
  • Cooper Union
  • Broadmoor Art Academy with John F. Carlson
  • Member
  • Board of Directors of Artists Equity Association, New York
  • Century Association
  • American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers
  • Salons of America
  • Exhibited
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1930-49 (15 times), (prize, 1942)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, 1932-1959 (15 times)
  • World's Fair, New York, 1939
  • National Academy of Design, 1947
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, 1929-1962 (19 times), (Alice McFadden Eyre Medal, best print)
  • Washington Water Color Club
  • Venice Bienniale, Italy, 1938
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Golden Gate Exposition, San Francisco, 1939 (gold medal purchase prize)
  • Architecture League of New York, 1955 (silver medal for mosaic design)
  • Frank Rehn Gallery, New York City, 1970s
  • Nebraska Art Association
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Institute
  • Society of Washington Artists, 1926-27
  • Corcoran Gallery, biennials, 1930-53 (10 times)
  • Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926 (gold medal)
  • Woodmere Art Gallery, 1943
  • Salons of America, 1922-24
  • Society of Independent Artists, 1921-22, 1928, 1930
  • New York City, Washington D. C., Chicago, Colorado and California (48 solo exhibits)
  • Articles
  • "The American Painter and His Environment," 1935
  • "Aesthetic Freedom and the Artists' Congress," 1936
  • "Relation of Creative Design to an Education in the Humanities," 1952
  • "The Art of a War Poster”an Index to American Taste," 1957
  • "Dante Through Three Artists' Eyes," 1965
  • References
  • Smithsonian Archives of American Art
  • Mallett, Index of Artists International-Biographical
  • Gruskin, Painting in the U. S. A.
  • Passantino (ed.), The Eye of Duncan Phillips, A Collection in the Making
  • Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
  • Soria, American Artists of Italian Heritage 1776-1945
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, National Academy of Design, 1901-1950
  • Baigell and Williams, Artists Against War and Fascism / First American Artists' Congress
  • Berman and Wechsler, Realism and Realities, The Other Side of American Painting 1940-1960
  • Soby and Miller, Romantic Painting in America
  • Carnegie Institute, Survey of American Painting
  • Baur, Whitney Museum of American Art, Catalogue of the Collection
  • O'Connor, The New Deal Art Projects An Anthology of Memoirs
  • Reese, American Prize Prints of the 20th Century
  • Pearson, Modern Renaissance in American Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Exhibition of American Painting From 1860 to Today
  • Falk (ed.), Annual & Biennial Exhibition Record of the Whitney Museum of American Art 1918-1989
  • Work
  • Encyclopedia Britannica College
  • National Museum of American Art
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina
  • Phillips Memorial Gallery
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Governor's Mansion, Virgin Islands (mural)
  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Massachusetts
  • Telfair Museum of Art, Georgia
  • Workers' Chapel, St. Anthony's Shrine, Boston (mosaic mural for the main altar)
  • Burchfield-Penney Art Center, New York
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • Michael C. Carlos Museum, Georgia
  • Museum of New Mexico
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Awards
  • Guggenheim Fellowships, 1932 & 1935
  • Works Progress Administration mural commissions
  • "History of Transportation," United States Post Office, Hempstead, New York, 1933
  • "Americans at Rest and Play," United States Post Office, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1935
  • Positions
  • Director of the Art Department / Teacher, Sara Lawrence College
  • Teacher, Cooper Union
  • Teacher, Art Students League
  • Art Director / Teacher, Colorado Springs Art Center
  • Teacher, Hansen School of Fine Arts
  • Teacher, Potomac School
  • Teacher, Columbia University
  • Teacher, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chairman, The College Art Association's Committee for the Study of the Practice of Art Courses
  • References Continued
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
  • Pagano, Contemporary American Painting, The Encyclopedia Collection
  • Dunbier (ed.), The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
  • Steiner, The Art Students League of New York, A History (Teachers)
  • Marling, Wall-to-Wall America, A Cultural History of Post Office Murals
  • Cook, John F. Carlson and Artists of the Broadmoor Academy
  • Falk (ed.), The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago 1888-1950
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-68, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Dawdy, Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary
  • Marlor, The Society of Independent Artists Exhibition Record 1917-1944
  • Shapiro, Art for the People, New Deal Murals on Long Island
  • Park and Markowitz, New Deal for Art
  • Hall, Eyes on America, The United States as Seen by Her Artists
  • Cheney, Modern Art in America
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Half a Century of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shalkop, A Show of Color, 100 Years of Painting / Pike's Peak Region
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Painting Today, 1950, A National Competitive Exhibition
  • Watson, American Painting Today
  • De Young Memorial Museum, Exhibition of American Painting
  • Benezit, Dictionnaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs Et Graveurs