ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
1963 - 1995
D iSpirito immigrated to the USA from Italy as a stone mason and recognized for his architectural works during the WPA Program as well as the well known Utica Train Station. Upon retirement, he pursued his artistry in direct-process stone and wood carving, as well as painting. His works portrayed nature, animals and people in a representational style. He and other American sculptors returned to the direct carving processes and representation in the middle of the 20th century. Among his numerous awards, at age 84 he was awarded a prize for sculpture by the National Academy of Design in NYC. DiSpirito works are found in numerous public and private collections. In 1989 DiSpirito was awarded a Syracuse University Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree. DiSpirito’s works can be seen on campus in White Hall, DePerno Hall, the garden of Gordon Science Center, Clark Athletic Center, Gannett Library, Strebel Center 2nd floor; and on the lawns between White and DePerno Hall and in front of Strebel Student Center. DiSpirito’s records and collections searches are available through the NYS Historical Association.
2001 - Present
W hitefeather professional works are recognized on the national and international level for research and development in non-toxic Serigraphy and Monotypes as well as sensitive images revealing heritage in areas of the First Peoples of America. The research and graduate program work were at The University of Oklahoma School of Art in Printmaking and Native American Art History. Exhibitions, commissions and collaborations, and work with the USSD Art in Embassies Program reveal an intercultural and international orientation. Creative works for UC reside in the CIMIP structure, Offices of the President and Provost, Dean of Students and Campus Dining areas. Course provided by the resident artist include Independent Studies, Art of the First People of the Americas, Art of Nomadic Scythians, and summer travel courses. Whitefeather’s records are available through The University of Oklahoma, The National Museum of Women in the Arts and USSD Art in Embassies Program, US Copyright Office, and Central State Archives Record Room, Tirana, Albania.