Connie Manna

category: Visual, Visual-Illustration,

Contact & Info

Artist Statement

A classically-trained painter, my latest series Growing up Bronx highlights places from childhood/young adulthood. A skewed, dreamlike vision, inspired by memory, emotion and the passage of time, this series was influenced by Federico Fellini’s Amarcord. I continue to augment this series from memories, photographs and various ephemera. I rarely include the human form in my work. This is done by design. When I do, I don’t define gender, age or clothing. By leaving the human form ambiguous, I invite all viewers to see themselves.

Educational Background

BFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC

Teaching Artist Experience

 Paint a Masterpiece a Day is a painting program I created in 2014 for participants for all ages, abilities and levels of experience, from beginner to professional artist. What began as an afterschool art program at the Guilford Art Center for children in grades K-3, expanded to a summer camp offering. Since then, I brought this program to veterans at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport and to Continuing Ed students in Stratford. Currently, I present this program through Westport Continuing Education in CT and in person and over zoom for the Eastchester and Harrison libraries, as well as for individual clients. I also developed a Plein Air program based on this model. It takes place at Sherwood Island State Park and grows in popularity every summer.