MY RESUME

Melissa E. Restuccia

600 Main Street

Vestal, NY 13850

607-768-8424

merestuccia@vestal.k12.ny.us


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.

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CROW TALKS AND WINGED WHISPERS

Paintings

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.

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FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Prints

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.

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RESTORATION COMMISSIONS

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.

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MUSINGS

In the Universe

Ballpoint pen on recycled book- a response to Covid-19 Quarantine.

To see individual works and most current pieces please browse my shop and "projects" area.