Joseph Salerno

Joseph Salerno is a painter who lives and works in Johnson, Vermont. He received his BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Indiana University. He has been on the faculty at Johnson State College since 1991. Salerno has received several faculty grants and attended the Fine Arts Work Center, the Stonington Painters Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center. He has received a fellowship for “Aspects of Realism” Symposium and Workshop in La Napoule, France, and two study grants to Florence Italy.

Amy Lilly, in her SevenDays review of ‘Dark Woods’ at the Vermont Studio Center wrote: “These works capture not nature per se but a kind of abstraction of presence. Seen from a distance, certain trees appear to be grounded in, perhaps, a yellow-green ground cover or rust-red drifts of leaves, but up close there is no such particularity. The trunks vary from vaguely shadowed to completely flat; some bisect the painting like stripes. In these, often, the bar of darkness between two trunks appears to emerge as a third column, a negative-space presence in itself. It is rare to see a show that so finely balances abstraction and figuration, falling into neither category unequivocally.”

Selected Exhibitions include:

Solo Exhibitions:
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Vermont Metro Gallery @ BCA Center, Burlington, VT
Julie Heller East, Provincetown, MA
Julian Scott Gallery, Johnson State College, VT
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
Cooler Gallery, White River Jct. VT
The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT

Group exhibitions:
Strange Paradise, 2015, curated by Steven Harvey, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
National Juried Exhibition, Jed Perl, juror, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
In Our Nature, Erikson Fine Art, Comfort Farm, Stowe, VT
Outside Art: Plein Air+, Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA
25th Annual Art at the Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne VT
A Certain Light, Julie Heller East, Provincetown, MA
Reflections on Basin Harbor, Basin Harbor Club, Panton, VT
Landscapes, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Winter Selections, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
Small Works, Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
Particular Places, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Emerging Artists, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Contemporary Realism, Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia, PA
Eight Artists From Vermont, Galerie Horace, Sherbrooke, Quebec
52nd National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH