Family, scholars of Virgil Cantini discuss late artist’s legacy

Nov 21, 2020 548

BY: Charlie Taylor

Anyone who has studied in front of the brightly colored, geometric hanging rugs in Hillman Library, or taken the escalators past the massive mosaic in Posvar Hall, knows the “everyday” art of Virgil Cantini. The Pittsburgh-based sculptor and founder of Pitt’s studio arts department made over a dozen public works of art on campus and throughout the City.

Cantini was also the subject of “Art Every Day: Virgil Cantini,” a Zoom webinar on Wednesday night. The roundtable discussion featured members of his family and two scholars of his work — Melissa Marinaro, director of the Italian American Program at the Heinz History Center, and Brittany Reilly, a member of Preservation Pittsburgh’s board of directors. 

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