My name is Val Sivilli. I am a Painter.
Let me tell you a little bit about me …
I am originally from Brooklyn, a huge Italian tribe, moved to Long Island (white flight) and then moved back Brooklyn again (struggling artist). I currently reside in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, (great place to raise a family). On a good day, I can be found playing my accordion somewhere, yet I tend not to stray too far from the banks of the Delaware River in Western New Jersey.
I am an adjunct Professor of Fine Art.
I teach in the Visual Arts Department at many Universities, Colleges and Art Centers (CV) Since 2003, I have taught at both Bucks and Raritan Valley Community Colleges. I currently teach studio classes both online (via Canvas) and face2face. My current roster of courses include Color Theory, Drawing 1&2, 2D Design, Screenprinting, Book Arts, Monoprinting & Relief. These days, I am building ‘The Civilian School of Art’. It will combine my experience as an art foundation educator and small business entrepreneur into a series of courses delivering excellent and accessible artistic skills in a virtual and affordable environment.
I value civic engagement through the visual arts.
After a 2-year run as the director the coop, The Steamroller Gallery, I adopted Civilian Art as my identity as a T-shirt and graphic designer. While living and working in Frenchtown, New Jersey, I became totally immersed in my community by engaging in the local schools, youth, and professional organizations through a large variety of locally produced art related projects, exhibitions, auctions, youth projects and civic associations. Civilian’s graphics became the face of many of Frenchtown’s events including Riverfest and Bastille Day. As the founder of The Hunterdon Art Tour – THAT, a self-guided tour of artist studios throughout Hunterdon County, I served on the board until 2021 branding and creating all of THAT’s graphics.
A few of my Mentors …
During my 2 years as a Graduate Student at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, I both taught Screenprinting and was the head of the Printshop. Antonio Frasconi was my mentor at SUNY Purchase. Val Cushing and Wayne Higby guided me through ceramics at Alfred University with Jesse Schefrin and John Wood as my printmaking instructors. Between undergrad and graduate school, I lived in NYC traveling and working with both Leon Golub and Nancy Spero printing Leon’s etchings at the The Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
Owner/Operator of Civilian Art
Owner/Operator/ Educator of The Civilian School of ART