FEATURED ARTIST: JIM GALLUCCI #CELEBRATESCULPTURE
Jim Gallucci is a sculptor from Greensboro, North Carolina. He has been a successful artist for the past 30 years and pieces all throughout the world. He has received the Governor’s Award of Excellence and the Betty Cone Award through the United Arts Council. Jim is a former New York resident and has attended both LeMoyne University and Syracuse University. He received an English B.A. at LeMoyne and furthered his education by earning both a BFA and MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University.
The Divine Wind II is the name of his sculpture currently located on our SUNY Oswego campus! It’s made out of stainless steel pipes, sheets, and has a corten steel base. I contacted Jim Gallucci and conducted an interview to receive some more information about his life and the Divine Wind II.
- When did you become an artist? How long have you been making sculptures?
A: Since Oct 23, 1969. He’s been making sculpture for over 30 years!
- Where does your inspiration come from?
A: Everything. My gate inspiration came from a commission I worked on for the Holocaust.
“I use the format of gates and doors in my sculpture in order to give the public access to my art. This interaction is an ‘entry’ for the public to embrace art.” (From his website)
- What is your average day like?
- Up by 5am eating Oatmeal and Black coffee.
- I’ll read the paper, do emails.
- Drive to the studio by 6.
- Begin planning the day for my assistants.
- Line up material orders.
- Staff comes in at 8…
- None stop till 5 working in the shop: designing, solving problems…. Etc.
- How long did it take to make Divine Wind II?
A: About 15 days.
- How did you assemble everything together?
A: We rolled and welded parts. Then began assembly using assistants and a bridge crane.
- Did you have any difficulties or anything you want to highlight?
A: Everything is difficult… If it were easy you would be making this stuff.
- How did your sculpture end up here at Oswego?
A: My work was selected for the campus show. It was selected by Michael Flanagan, the Tyler Gallery Director.
- What are your goals for the future?
A: My goals for the future are to make art for 20 more years.
Interview by Megan Tuohey, Peer Educator