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.