Vera Manzi-Schacht

Adjunct Professor

Old Westbury Campus:
Midge Karr Fine Arts Center
Room 200
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Manhattan Campus:
New Technology Building
16 W 61st St.
9th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Phone OW: 516.632.1309
Phone MA: 212.261.1796


  • MFA Hunter Graduate School, City University of New York
  • BA Queens College, City University of New York
  • AAS Fashion Institute of Technology

Areas of Scholarly and Artistic Interest

  • As a sculptor working with both natural light environment-installations and terracotta life sized figurative work, Vera is completing the portal of the Memory Palace Chamber to be exhibited at The Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, in September.
  • Continuing research in art history concerning the Irish Masons, Saints and Sculptors in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna from the 6th to the 12th Centuries.
  • Continuing research in hagiography and art history concerning the cult of St. Wilgefortis, the bearded, crucified, female saint.

Career Summary

Since Hunter Graduate School, where she received the Shuster Grant for outstanding thesis, Professor Manzi-Schacht has exhibited as a sculptor in museums, galleries and public spaces. Her work has developed from the use of soft material (paper, monofilament, gels) in her natural light sculpture-environment installations, The Seraph Series, incorporating her terracotta figurative sculptures. Since this is site specific work, her artist in residences at both PS1 Center for Contemporary Art – MoMA, the U.S. Custom House New York City, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and The International School of Art in Todi, Italy. were helpful in the development of these concepts.

In continuing her education since graduating from Hunter, Professor Manzi-Schacht has studied at the National Academy of Art, the New York Academy of Art, The Sculpture Center, the New University/Parsons School of Design and in Pietrasanta, Italy. She has taught sculpture and art history at The Sculpture Center and New York Institute of Technology. She has also taught and guided students in France (following the French section of the Romanesque pilgrimage road, Santiago de Compostela, and the prehistoric caves of Font-de-Gaume and Pech-Merle) as well as in Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, Italy. She has also worked as a stylist/textile designer in the fashion industry.

She continues the process and development of her sculpture in her studio: IS1, located in Long Island City.

Selected Exhibitions

  • “Portal of the Memory Palace Chamber,” The Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, September 2004
  • “One Person Retrospective, Manzi-Schacht,” The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure, New York, January-February 2000
  • “Light Exhibit,” The Islip Museum, Islip, New York, January-February 1999
  • “173rd Annual Exhibit,” The National Academy Museum of Fine Art, New York, New York, March-April 1998
  • “Seraph/Borromini,” The Montclair Museum of Art, Rotunda Room, Montclair, New Jersey, January 1993
  • “Luce,” Crisafulli/Accademia dell’Arte, Catania , Italy, 1990
  • “Selections,” Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, New York, 1990
  • “Stair and Seraph” Arsenal Exhibit, Central Park Department of Parks, New York, New York, December January 1987
  • Longwood Arts Gallery, South Bronx, New York, January 1986
  • "Five Sculptors", Grand Army Plaza Arch, Brooklyn, New York, September October 1985
  • "On and Off The Wall", New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, New York, November 1981
  • "Artists' Documentations, Workbooks, Drawings", Queens Museum, Queens, New York, March 1980
  • "Diverse Trends, N.Y. Artists", Columbia University, New York, New York, November 1980
  • “Seraph in Ultra,” Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Art Gallery, Stony Brook, New York, September-October 1980
  • "Queens Museum Juried Exhibition", Queens Museum, Queens, New York, 1979
  • "Small Work", Nobe Gallery, New York, New York, April 1979
  • "One person Exhibition - Manzi-Schacht", Campione Building, New York, New York, March 1979
  • "Custom and Culture", US Custom House, Bowling Green, New York, New York, Creative Time Inc., July August 1977
  • "A Month of Sundays" PS1, Long Island City, New York, October 1976
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