October 19 - December 18, 2009

Anita Riggio, "Smack Dab in the Middle" (©Putnam,2002). Used with permission.


Anita Riggio, “Smack Dab in the Middle”
(© Putnam, 2002). Used with permission.

A Celebration of Anita Riggio

Dodd Research Center Gallery
Curator: Terri Goldich

A Celebration of Anita Riggio is the inaugural exhibit in the new Roger L. Crossgrove Exhibit Series, honoring Emeritus Professor of Art Roger Crossgrove. Roger has been a highly visible and active participant in Connecticut’s arts community for many years, a long-standing member of the Libraries’ Exhibitions Committee and a generous donor to the UConn Libraries. The series will focus on exhibits that feature the work of his former students and current colleagues.

Anita Riggio is the author of a number of children’s books and the illustrator of many more for other authors. In addition to working as an illustrator for the Hartford Courant, Riggio has served as a courtroom artist for WVIT, a teacher at the American School for the Deaf, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s graduate Creative Writing Program. She recently adapted her 1994 work, Beware the Brindlebeast, for the National Theatre of the Deaf ’s Little Theatre of the Deaf 2007-2008 tour.

Anita Riggio attended the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where she received her BA in 1974, and earned her MFA at the Vermont College of Norwich University in 1999. She is the recipient of many awards, and her work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, the Creative Arts Workshop, and Every Picture Tells a Story. She lives and works in Wethersfield, Connecticut. For more information about her, please see www.anitariggio.com.

Ms. Riggio will be appearing at the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair on UConn’s Storrs campus, November 14-15. See www.bookfair.uconn.edu for the schedule.