Melissa E. Restuccia
600 Main Street
Vestal, NY 13850
Certification BA Art Education K-12
New York: Permanent Certification
Education: State University of New York at Binghamton: New York
1987-1998 Masters in Social Science (3.96 GPA)
Emphasis in Counseling and Multicultural Education
Marywood University: Scranton, Pennsylvania
BA Art Education (3.63 GPA)
School of Visual Arts: New York, New York
Studied Illustration on full scholarship for one year
Keystone College: La Plume, Pennsylvania
Associates of Fine Arts (3.92 GPA)
Experience HIGH SCHOOL ART TEACHER/K-12 Art Chairperson
9/00- Present Vestal High School: Vestal, New York
I am currently teaching in a full-time high school art position. I currently teach International Baccalaureate Art, Studio Art
and Graphic Design- The Graphic Design Course is concurrent with SUNY Broome Community College’s
Art Comm 125 Fastforward Course. I have also taught Ceramics, Sculpture, Senior Portfolio, Drawing and Painting.
2012-Presently PRIVATE STUDIO INSTRUCTOR
Gray Cat Restoration, Vestal, New York
I have a home-based studio/classroom where I teach drawing, painting and mosaic to students grades 7 to 12. I repair and restore religious statuary both in my studio space and on site. Of course, I do my own painting in this space as well.
8/98-12/2003 PART-TIME LECTURER
Marywood University: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Co-taught undergraduate/graduate course called Art and Music in the Elementary Curriculum. Instructed future classroom teachers how to integrate art in their core curriculum. Taught fall and spring semesters.
9/96-6/00 ELEMENTARY ART TEACHER
Whitney Point Intermediate School: Whitney Point, New York
Full-time art teaching position. I taught approx. 400 students in grades three, four and five. Literacy, multiculturalism and historical art periods were incorporated in my daily curriculum.
9/94-6/96 ITINERANT HIGH SCHOOL ART TEACHER
BOCES of Broome County: Binghamton, New York
Provided art instruction to Windsor and Susquehanna Valley High Schools in a shared full time position. Courses taught included: Studio Art, Creative Crafts, Ceramics and Advertising and Illustration.
9/93-6/94 HS/MS LONG TERM ART SUBSTITUTE
Blue-Ridge High School: New Milford, Pennsylvania
Taught 7th-12th grade students art classes that consisted of five upper level courses and two middle school classes.
Honors, Publications, Exhibits:
Showed work at Broome Council Arts Members Show Summer 2019
One Woman Show at Chenango Arts Council Norwich, NY Fall 2017
Currently showing at 213 Cooperative Gallery Member’s Show March 2017
Exterior and interior design of the Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal, NY- design using Photoshop and hands on restoration of statuary 2011-2013
Replicated 5 foot Cyprus Wood 1200 Mid-Century Crucifixion for a private client (2015)
Co-Organized and framed works for retrospective show featuring Al Williamson- A Tribute , Marywood Fine Arts Gallery 2010.
NYSATA Region 4 Art Educator of the Year 2004
• Participant and Organizer of Vestal Staff Art Show 2003 & 2016
NYSATA Region 4 Outstanding Member 2002
EXAMPLES OF MY WORK
A review of past works and commissions
Please browse my paintings, prints and commissioned restoration pieces. These examples span the past six years.
CROW TALKS AND WINGED WHISPERS
I always like to keep my work fresh and creative, and Nature and Nurture in Oil Paint is a prime example of my inspiration to stay relevant and innovative. Creating this collection was a blast, and I pushed my artistic abilities to the limits. If you'd like to see more, be in touch or come to one of my exhibitions.
FLIGHTS OF FANCY
The Mobile World observes human nature in day to day life. Through this collection, I attempt to provide a fresh set of eyes through which to critically observe what is now thought of as common elements of life. I invite my fans to question and redefine their assumptions about society in order to become more connected in an increasingly disconnected world.
Religious & Secular Statuary
Human Closeness is my most recent collection. The series focuses on several elements that I have been extremely interested in over the past few years. It is often the case that our most natural and erotic desires are reflected from nature. Through this collection, I attempt to use art as a unique and creative tool with which to explore different levels of realities.
To see individual works and most current pieces please browse my shop and "projects" area.