Grit: Paintings by Rabecca Signoriello Opening Reception October 20, 5-6:30 pm
Grit: Paintings by Rabecca Signoriello

High art and blue collar come together in Grit, featuring paintings by Rabecca Signoriello and opening on October 20 at Rockport Center for the Arts.

Signoriello’s work is as a direct response to her personal experiences working in the construction field. “When you work in a road crew, it’s amazing to see how many motorists stare at you. Whether people are stuck in traffic or on a long boring drive… you are entertainment to them.” 

Signoriello states that while people tend to look away when she looks back at them, this series forces the visual confrontation.

“It’s interesting to see these clearly modern day figures, in their neon yellow vests and hard hats, rendered in a style reminiscent of the Dutch Renaissance,” says Curator, Elena Rodriguez. “We see workers so often on the side of the road or at construction sites, but never in a gallery setting. This is a really unique exhibit.” 

The show also features smaller paintings of the happenings of everyday work life on a construction site. These working scenes are overlooked and avoided because they are filled with noise, chaos, danger, and rigor. In Signoriello’s paintings, the viewer is invited to examine the space, because it is safe, ordered, and quiet.

Grit, opens Saturday, October 20 at Rockport Center for the Arts, with a public reception from 5 to 6:30 PM. The exhibition will run through November 17. 

Signoriello is Rockport Center for the Arts’ sixth Artist-in-Residence. In conjunction with her solo show she will set-up a working studio at the Art Center for a month.  Art patrons will be able to visit her, observe her during studio practice, and learn about her medium and technique. While here, she will also lead and engage the community and students at Rockport-Fulton High School in a public art project.  Mural panels will be installed at the Art Center after it has been completed.

“We are committed to the beautification of downtown Rockport. Integrating Signoriello’s extensive mural background to engage our community to accomplish a public art project made sense when we invited her to come to the Texas coast,” states Luis Purón, Executive Director. “Something beautiful will be created.”

The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible through a generous and anonymous contribution. The program invites artists for time and space away from their typical environment and obligations. It provides artists from other parts of the world, time and space for presentation, production, reflection, and research. The program is a cultural and humanities benefit to the communities of Rockport and Fulton. Prior artists that have participated in residencies are Ellen Heck (2016-North Carolina), Bob Lockhart (2015-Kentucky), Diane Pike (2014-North Carolina), the team of Judith Selby and Richard Lang (2013-California) and Ewoud de Groot (2012-Holland).

Signoriello comes to Texas from Northwestern Pennsylvania. In 2004, she started Signoriello Studios, specializing in murals. In 2011, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art while studying under several noted contemporary painters including: Vincent Desiderio; Steven Assael; Margaret Bowland; and Jenny Saville. Her works are in important private collections in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Germany and Monte Carlo- Monaco. She obtained an undergraduate degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

Admission to the Art Center is always free and open to the public.