Vera Manzi-Schacht is an active exhibiting sculptor/installation artist and art historian. Her artwork, The Memory Palace Chambers, influenced by the ancient Greek memory system, involves natural light, colored gels, video, sound, and life-sized terracotta figurative images. As holders of memory, archetypes, symbols, and personal myth, they become a means for remembering information and forging images. It is of great importance for her to convey her art experience, knowledge, and insights to New York Tech students.

Manzi-Schacht was awarded a 2015 National Endowment in the Arts for her installation, Memory Palace Chamber: Liminality and Luminosity, at the Vanderbilt Mansion, Dowling College, N.Y. For the summer of 2016, she received an art residency in Fiesole, Florence, Italy, where she lectured and had an exhibition of her work. At the 2015 International Art and Psyche Conference in Siracusa, Sicily, Manzi-Schacht was invited to host a panel and also presented her video and artwork. She was a recipient of the Artists and Scholars Visiting Residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and 2009, where she gave a viewing of her video, When the Stars Came Out in Pienza.

Due to her art history research, Manzi-Schacht's essay pertaining to the Irish in Italy during the Middle Ages is included in the pending publication this year of Medieval Travels and Travelers, Real and Imagined: Travel as Transformation.

Manzi-Schacht's commissions include work in Manhattan, Aruba, Chicago, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Manhattan. She has exhibited at the Denise Bibro Art Gallery, Chelsea NY, the Queens Museum, The Islip Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, and Longwood Arts Center. Manzi-Schacht has studied sculpture and art history at FIT, Queens College, and The Circolo School, Pietrasanta, Italy. She is a board member in education of the Sculptors Guild in New York City and creates in her studio in Long Island City, N.Y.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Governors Island Exhibit: Sculptors Guild American Twist. May – September 2016 Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? 14"×16"×14" media: terracotta, wood.
  • Sculptural Interactions: Site-Specific Installation at Dowling College May – December 2015
  • Memory Palace Chamber: Luminosity and Liminality 11'×18'×18' media: natural light, terracotta figurative sculpture, colored gels, paper, wood portal, sculpted reliefs, oil crayon, monofilament.
  • Denise Bibro Fine Arts Gallery, New York City
  • Art From the Boros July – August, 2015 L'Annunciata Tempietto
  • Art History Research: Fiesole, Florence, and Rome, Italy – Summer 2016
  • NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, November 2012: Pentimenti: The Past Emerging—An Art Presentation Vera directed a performance of art, poetry, art history lecture and music. Included was the viewing of the video, The Memory Palace Chamber: When the Stars Came Out in Pienza, edited by New York Tech colleague, Paul Demonte.

Publications

  • Vera Manzi-Schacht's sculpture, Remembrance, is featured in the art history book, Understanding Art, published by Thames and Hudson. This book is part of their Essential Art Series and is being translated into Italian, French, German, and Latvian. Remembrance is a fired terra-cotta sculpture incised with the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. This book will be out on the shelves by late summer.
  • Manzi-Schacht exhibited her sculpture, L'Annunziata, in the CHRGallery - Church of the Heavenly Rest, 5th Avenue and 90th St. NYC. from January to April, 2020.
  • Manzi-Schacht exhibited her terracotta sculpture, Remembrance, at the Denise Bibro Fine Arts Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. January - February, 2020
  • Vera Manzi-Schacht exhibited her terra-cotta sculpture, Liberata, at the Denise Bibro Fine Arts Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. September - October, 2021
  • "The Irish in Italy during the Middle Ages" included in Medieval Travel and Travelers, Real and Imagined: Travel as Transformation, Ashgate Press (pending publication)
  • Art and Psyche in Sicily, L'Universalita dell'arte: tra prevenzione, educazione sanitaria e riabilitazione.
  • The New York Times article by William Zimmer.
  • Creative Time: The Book, 33 Years of Public Art
  • Sveriges TV 1, Swedish television, "Artists Today."

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • ARTS 201 Sculpture 1
  • ARTS 251 Sculpture 11
  • ARTH 101 Art History 1
  • ARTH 151 Art History 11
  • ARTH 201 Art History 111
  • ARTH 111 Introduction to the Arts
  • ARTW 101 Drawing 1
  • ARTD 150 Color Theory 2 D Design
  • ARTD 102 3 D Design 1
  • ARTD 152 3 D Design 11

Professional Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Vanderbilt Mansion Dowling College
  • Installation: Memory Palace Chamber/Liminality and Luminosity
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
  • The Arch at Grand Army Plaza
  • Installation: Violet Seraph
  • PS 1 – Museum of Modern Art
  • Manzi-Schacht was an artist in residence for two years in this prestigious art center.
  • Creative Time
  • The US Custom House
  • Manzi-Schacht, as an artist in residence, installed a 35'×20' natural light installation, Seraph, in a site specific space at The US Custom House.
  • Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University Olean, NY.
  • Manzi-Schacht received a grant for the installation of her one person exhibit.
  • Montclair Art Museum Montclair, NJ
  • Manzi-Schacht exhibited a one person installation, Seraph/Borromini, in the Montclair Museum of Art Rotunda Room, and received an honorarium for her installation

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