“Teachers and students, both are artists, but with more or less practice. I like sharing my knowledge and experience. With tools I impart the wisdom of my grandfather who said in my youth, ‘let the tool do the work.’ Tools are extensions of the hand and therefore the mind. Making ideas visible and well‐crafted is essential to building confidence and seeing the excellence of one’s work. Effective design is essential to clarifying the message or content of the work. Form or composition carries the meaning. Design is finding a balance of technical, formal and conceptual goals. It is important to me that students can witness their achievement, reflect on it, and therefore recognize the soundness of their choices. One learns best by experience. Learning then engages a challenge to one’s perception of what is effective.”

John Ventimiglia approaches his work from the sculptural traditions of design and craft. His works may resemble ancient buildings, historic sites, and shrines or games. Folk art has caught his attention for its immediacy and sincerity. He works mostly with old wood, preferring its history to mingle with his inspiration. The diversity of processes and craft skills that he combines to make a piece also incorporates a variety of processes such as: woodworking, metals cast, and welded, plaster modeling and casting. His recent work includes several commissions employing Hebrew and Armenian letters as structural forms to commemorate cultural histories and traditions. Recently his bronze cast Armenian Alphabet Apples From Heaven was dedicated at U.C.Berkeley. John earned his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art and has been awarded emeritus status at MECA, having taught here for the past 43 years.


● Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture scholarship recipient

● Fellowship at Rinehart School of Sculpture

● Kotz Residency at Chateau de Rochefort‐en‐Terre, France

● Work collected by Portland Public Library and the Portland Museum of Art


John travels to Europe annually and enjoys French and Italian culture, gardens, chateaux‐forts, history, and antiquities.