OCTOBER 15, 2014

Local artist returns to alma mater

ERIE – Visual artist and Erie native Todd Scalise will return to yet another of his almae mater – Boston University – as part of the prestigious university’s largest-ever alumni exhibition.

And when he goes, Scalise – the well-known Mercyhurst Prep grad who recently installed an 8,200 square foot public art piece on his former high school – will take a small piece of Erie lore with him.

“I’ll be exhibiting a portion of the ‘Raccoon Nation’ section of the Erie Art Museum’s Annex Stairwell  Project that I completed in 2012,” Scalise said. “This is the first time this work has traveled out of the region, and I’m proud to expose our area’s rich cultural heritage to a larger audience.”

Scalise graduated from BU with a Master’s Degree in Painting in 1997 before moving to San Francisco to become a muralist in a commercial art company. Since that time, he’s worked in places like Metz, France (creating a mural for one of the inauguration parties for the Pompidou Center), Santa Fe, N.M. (where he designed the Albuquerque Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to actor Dennis Hopper) and of course, his hometown of Erie (the Perry 200 Commemoration logo, the Erie Philharmonic Centennial Mural on the HANDS building, the Downtown YMCA mural, Presque Isle Partnership’s “Best Summer Night” concert featuring Steely Dan, and the aforementioned Stairwell Annex and Mercyhurst Prep projects).

BU’s exhibition will be guest-curated by Detroit native, Yale alum, and Queens, N.Y.-based artist Andrea Champlin.

“My interest is in making this a strong exhibition that will reflect recent shifts in the program and in contemporary art,” said Champlin. “I am looking for new work from accomplished artists who continue to develop beyond graduation. A diverse and forward-looking exhibition will reflect well on the school and on all BU grads.”


Boston University’s College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts’ 60th Annual Alumni Exhibition, “Convergence” takes place from Friday, Oct. 24 through Dec. 14 at the 808 Gallery, located at 808 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Mass. The opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact James Hull at or 617-358-0200.