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Debranne Cingari (photography)

BIOGRAPHY

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Having a strong and successful background in photography, I've stepped out of my comfort zone to explore exciting new media.  While an element of photography is ever present in my work, I have brought new life to my images through assemblage.

Drawing inspiration from various muses, my creations are primarily ignited by curiosity, whether from an overheard conversation, a discarded object, an experience while traveling the world, or even a dream.  A life-long collector, my love of objects has led me to introduce assemblage to my photography, a marriage that has sparked an intriguing new series of work. Combining images photographed throughout my travels with my collection of mysterious artifacts, I painstakingly create my assemblages by welding, drilling, screwing, gluing, and sewing to create magnificent compositions.

My pieces come to life as collections of locks, keys, tools, machine parts, records, book pages, bindings, and hundreds of other found objects take form as a city skyline against the dramatic backdrop of sky and sea.  As you explore the composition you are drawn into a scene filled with surprises as it conjures visions of a city full of life, and each object invites you to wonder about its history.

EDUCATION:
Endicott College, Associates in Advertising, Beverly, MA
Sacred Heart University, Bachelors of Science Media & Masters in Education, Fairfield, CT
Private Instruction in Photo Transfer technique with Steve Sonshine 1999,
Studied under Bruce Hudson, Julie Wilson, Arthur Rainville,
Paper Making, Photo Transfers, Book & Box Making, Creative Arts Workshop of New HavenNew Haven, CT
Studied with Luciana Nottiurni in mosaic, Ravenna, Italy

EXHIBITIONS:
The Kinsey Institute Gallery: : The Taste of Seduction , Bloomington, IN
ART HAMPTONS., Long Island, NY
Constructions and Self portraits. RED DOT Fair , Miami, FL
Constructions: RED DOT, Miami, FL
Cavalier Gallery LLC., New York, NY
Cavalier Galleries Inc. Group, Nantucket, MA
Cavalier Galleries Inc. : Self Images, Greenwich, CT
B.E.L. Gallery, 2-person show with Alan Fontaine, Westport, CT
Passions Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Henri Bendel: Art with a Heart, New York, NY

JURIED EXHIBITIONS:
Shubert Theater Gallery: Women’s Art Show, 2nd place award winner, New Haven, CT
Disney’s Epcot, Honorable Mention, Orlando, FL
Discovery Museum, Honorable Mention, Bridgeport, CT
Sacred Heart University Gallery, Fairfield, CT
Bernhard Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
Sackler Gallery, Stamford, CT
Print Making Council, Somerville, NJ
Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT
National Women’s Music Festival, Muncie, IN
Texas Artist Museum: 10th Annual National Photography Contest, Weathered VII (2004), Port Arthur, TX
Salmagundi Art Club, NYC Invitational Contemporary Exhibition, Sunday Read (2004), New York, NY
Spectra National Photography Triennial, Seduced (2004),
58th Annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Salmagundi Masters Exhibition, New York, NY

COLLECTIONS:
The Kinsey Institute, 202 photographs, Bloomington, IN
Cantor Fitzgerald, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Public throughout the US
HQ Global Workplace Corporate Headquarters, Westport, CT
Lesbian & Gay Community Center, New York, NY
Public throughout the US

MEMBERSHIPS:
American Society of Media Photographers   
Ilford Professionals
National Press Photographers                                   
Canon Professionals
Graphic Arts Center of Norwalk, CT              
Nikon Professionals
New Haven Arts Council                                
Kodak’s Promise of Excellence

AWARDS:
2010, 3rd Prize Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in the Salmagundi Club's Special President's "Collage & Mixed Media" Exhibition, Tree Hugger
2010, Merit Award - The Bank, at the Salmagundi's Annual Photography & Graphics Exhibition
2005, Philip Isenberg Award, Snow FlakeSalmagundi Art Club, New York, NY
2004, International 2004 Spider Award - The Womb, Published in their 2005 promotional calendar
2004, Presidents Award The Womb - Salmagundi Art Club, NYC, Annual non Juried Summer exhibition
2004, John N Lewis - Fallen with ExhaustionSalmagundi Art Club, NYC, Annual Members Photography and Sculptors Exhibition
2002, Marilyn at Rest, Second Place, Women’s Work: 2nd Annual Women’s Art Show, Shubert Theater Gallery, New Haven, CT
2002, Seduced, Honorable Mention, 22nd Annual Spring Photography Contest, Photographer’s Forum Magazine
2001, Seduced, 4th Place Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual
2000, The Encounter, Honorable Mention Photographer’s Forum, Best of Photography Annual
1999, Enchantress, Honorable Mention, Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual
1994, Admirer, Honorable Mention, Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual
1987, Storefront, Honorable Mention, Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual

PUBLISHED WORKS:
Photographers Forum Best of Photography Annuals (1987, 1989, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Portraits in Clay, sculptor and author Peter Rubino
The Family Doctor, author Lynn Dodson
Henry Will Account Bill, author Donald L. Fennimore
Plants, Pills & Potions, author Lynn Dodson

PUBLISHED COLLECTIBLES:
2000, Millennium Calendars, “Intimate Moments” 
2000, Millennium Calendars, “Debranne Cingari”
1999, Calendar Intimate Moments 
Exclusive Greeting Card Lines & Limited Edition Posters

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Landmark Academy, Wilton, CT
Long Lots Elementary School, Westport, CT
Riverfield Elementary School, Fairfield, CT
Mill Hill Elementary School, Southport, CT