Grace M. Devito- Cotton, Bittersweet and Eucalyptus, Oil, 14 x 22 inches

Grace M. DeVito

Grace Mehan DeVito has spent her life immersed in the art of painting. Her representational realist skills are equally adept at portraiture, figurative, and still life genres. The love of light and form imbue her work with beauty and timelessness, elevating even the humblest of subjects, bearing witness to the beauty of the world.

 

A native of Connecticut, Grace studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, majoring in Illustration. After a decade of working for such clients as The United Nations, Sony, and Pepsico, she left the commercial art field to pursue fine art painting. She studied with Laurel Stern Boeck and honed her skills in workshops with celebrated artists Joshua LaRock, Jeremy Lipking, Michael Klein, Daniel J. Keys, Casey Baugh and Michael Shane Neil. Grace has completed portraits for such clients as Villanova University, The City of Cambridge MA, Univ of North Carolina, and The University Hospitals of Case Western Reserve and many private homes. Her Still Life’s and Figures are sought after by discerning collectors.

 

Grace was included in The Grand Central Atelier’s Still Life Competition 2014 and in the Inspiring Figures Show at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH. She is the recipient of many awards including the Portrait Society of America’s First place Commissioned Portraits, Members Only Competition 2010, and numerous Still Life awards, The 2018 Joseph Hartley Award, The David Leffel Award for Excellence in Painting, Best in Show as well as 3rd Place, and the 6th Annual Plein Air Competition Best Floral in Studio Oct/Nov 2016.

Grace makes her home and studio in Stamford CT.

 

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Education

1987- BFA School of Visual Arts, New York City

2000-2004 – Laurel Stern Boeck

2005 to Present -Workshops with Sarah Lamb, Jeremy Lipking, Michael Klein, Casey Baugh, Michael Shane

Neal, Joshua LaRock, Colleen Barry and Daniel J. Keys

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019- Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition

2018- Portrait Society of America- Honorable Mention for Still Life, Annual Members Only Competition

2018- Salmagundi Club 40th Annual Non-Members Show- Best Oil Painting in Show, Joseph Hartley

Memorial Award

2018- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Invitational Art Exhibition, Nat’l Arts Club, NYC

2016- Portraits Incorporated Gallery New York City, Art of Face, Side Views, & Tonal Grey’s

2016- Portraits Incorporated Gallery New York City, Love Me, Love My Dog

2015- Portraits Incorporated Gallery New York City, Our Great Hope: Contemporary Children’s Portraits

2015- Eleventh Street Arts, NYC, The Still Life Show

2015- Beverly McNeal Gallery, Birmingham Alabama

2015- Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison CT, Still Life Invitational

2015- Portraits North Annual Portrait Show, Lexington MA

2014- Grand Central Atelier Still Life Competition

2014- Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison CT, Still Life Invitational

2013- Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison CT, Still Life Invitational

2013- Portraits North Annual Portrait Show

2012- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Invitational Art Exhibition, Nat’l Arts Club, NYC

2012- Allied Artists of America, 99th annual Exhibition, Nat’l Arts Club, NYC

 

Grace DeVito Selected Exhibitions (cont.)

2012- Portraits North Annual Portrait Show, Lexington MA

2011- Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison CT, Two Person Show

2010- Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown Ohio, Inspiring Figures

2010- Portraits North Annual Portrait Show. Lexington MA

2010- Art Renewal Center, ARC Annual Salon, Still Life Finalist

2009- Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison CT, Group Show, Spring Gardens, Still Life’s, And Landscapes

2009- Art Renewal Center, ARC Annual Salon, Still Life Finalist

2007- Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists Annual Exhibition

 

Selected Awards

Portrait Society of America Annual Members Only Show 2018-Still Life Finalist

Joseph Hartley Award, Salmagundi Club 2018 Non-Members Show

Portrait Society of America Annual Members Only Show 2017- Still Life Finalist

6th Annual Plein Air Competition Best Floral: Studio Oct/Nov

Portrait Society of America Annual Members Only Show 2015- 4th Place Still Life and 5th Place Out of The Box

The David Leffel Award for Excellence in Painting, Best in Show 2011 as well as 3rd place.

American Artist Magazine Cover Contest Finalist 2011

Portrait Society of America’s Annual Members Only Competition 2010, 1st place Commissioned Portrait

Portrait Society of America’s Annual Members Only Competition 2010, 3rd Place Still Life Gold Addy award 2001

Silver Medal Society of Illustrators Annual Show 1998

 

Media

International Artist Magazine Oct Nov 2019 Still Life Finalist

American Art Collector April 2016

International Artist Magazine 99 Oct/Nov 2014 – Elevating the Commonplace

American Painting Video Magazine, Winter Issue 2011, Interview

American Artist Magazine, June 2011

Communication Arts Magazine, 2001, 1998, 1996

Society of Illustrators Annual 36, 38, 40, and 44

 

Selected Collections

New York Yacht Club- Commodore Robert Towse, oil on canvas 24 x 20

Hon. David Maher, Mayor of Cambridge MA, oil on canvas 48 x 30

Hon. Henrietta Davis, Mayor of Cambridge MA, oil on canvas 38 x 30

Dean John Yukio Gotanda- Dean, Villanova University, School of Law, Villanova PA, oil on canvas 40 x 36

Dean Blanton Godfrey- Dean, College of Textiles, N. C. State University. Raleigh NC, oil on canvas 30 x 24

Dr. William McKinney, Pres., Valdosta State University, oil on canvas 44 x 36

Mr. Steven Berk- Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia PA, oil on canvas 48 x 38

Mr. Carl Tiedemann- TIG Advisors New York NY, posthumous portrait oil on canvas 28 x 24

Dr. Cathy Barlow-University of North Carolina Wilmington, Business School, oil on canvas 28 x 24

Dr. Joan Holden – Head of School, St. Stephen and St. Agnes School, Alexandria VA, oil on canvas 40 x 30

Mr. Michael J. Chiaramonte, Chief Executive Officer, MedStar Southern Maryland, oil on canvas 50 x 38

Judge Howard Owens, Fairfield District Superior Court, Bridgeport CT, oil on canvas 38 x 30

Judge Kevin Tierney, Stamford Norwalk District Superior Court, Stamford CT, oil on canvas 40 x 30

Dr. Joan Lonergan- Head of School, The Hewitt School, New York NY, oil on canvas 38 x 32

Mr. Edmund Grant Sr. – Pres. Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven NC, oil on canvas 44 x 36

 

Grace DeVito Selected Collections (cont.)

Dr. Tim Bazemore, Head of School, New Canaan Country School, New Canaan CT, oil on canvas 32 x 26

Mr. Keith and Wendy Wellin- The medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC, oil on canvas 52 x 46

Dr. Oscar Ratnoff- Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland OH, oil on canvas 38 x 32

Dr. Steven Landau- Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland OH, oil on canvas 38 x 32

Foundation for The Carolinas, Charlotte NC

The United Nations

Sony

PepsiCo

The Reynolds Corporation

The New England Coffee Company