Peppino Mangravite (1896-1978)
Where: Town Street
Mangravite was born in Lipari, Italy and studied at the Scoule Techniciche Belle Arti before relocating to New York in 1914. In New York Mangravite studied at Cooper Union and the Art Students League.
In 1918, Mangravite began his teaching career as an assistant teacher at the Hansen School of Fine Art in New York. During the 1920s he ran a summer school in the Adirondacks, and briefly moved to Washington, D.C. during the academic year from 1926-1928 to teach at the Potomac School, before returning to New York. Over the course of his teaching career Mangravite was on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Cooper Union, the Art Students’ League, and Columbia. Additionally, Mangravite spent the 1937-1938 academic year at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, as department head, and the 1940-1942 academic years at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mangravite maintained a working studio throughout his teaching career. He exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, and won several awards for his work. Mangravite was active in the New Deal art program. He painted murals for the Department of Labor in Washington and for post offices in Hempstead, New York and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Among other mural commissions, Mangravite painted a mural in the Governor’s Mansion in the Virgin Islands, which he was brought back to sign several decades later.
Mangravite moved to Cornwall in 1958 with his wife, where they maintained a large garden and he worked on some of his monographs. Mangravite died in Cornwall in 1978.
Image from the Collection of the Cornwall Historical Society