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Artist Tony Crocetto


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Tony was born in 1954 in Philadelphia, PA. In 1972 he attended Millersville University where he majored in Fine Arts. From 1975 to 1980 he attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he enrolled in a variety of painting studios and became certified as an Illustrator.  While enrolled at University of the Arts he studied under  Philadelphia painter and materials technician Francis Cortland Tucker, who became a friend and mentor for many years. After his formal education, Tony worked as a Graphic Artist and a Freelance Illustrator, but his first love was painting the landscapes he found in and around Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Between 1980 and 1991 he was active in the Philadelphia area art scene, exhibiting in numerous juried art shows and winning several awards. He was invited to become a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, one of the oldest art organizations in the country, and became an active member of their board of directors.  The Sketch Club introduced him to another celebrated Philadelphia artist and long time mentor, William Campbell.
 In 1991 Tony came to Alaska as a seasonal worker in Denali National Park. Here he found new raw material for his subject matter, and began painting intimate scenes of the local landscape. He had his first show in Alaska in 1993 at the McKinley Village Lodge, and in 1994 he served as the first Artist-in-Residence for the Denali Foundation (now called Denali Education Center). Since then he has been exhibiting in Denali Park, Fairbanks, Homer and Anchorage, Coos Bay, Oregon and Philadelphia, PA, and was invited to exhibit in the Netherlands as part of an Alaska/Holland Cultural Exchange that took place in May of 2004. In 2010 he was invited to be the juror of Interior Artisans XXV, the Fairbanks Arts Association's 25th annual Interior [...]

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