BIO: John Belardo was educated as a sculptor at the New York Academy of Art, and the Newington Cropsey Academy of Art and as an apprentice in the studio of Richard McDermott Miller. His work is wide ranging from monumental public installations to digital prototyping and design as well as large-scale ceramic sculpture.  He is currently the Artist in Residence at Chesterwood (historic home of Daniel Chester French). His sculptures and drawings have recently been exhibited at Brookgreen Gardens, Azarian McCullough Gallery, Vytlacil, Lodge Gallery, The Cathedral of St John the Divine, Salmagundi Club, Lyme Art Association and the World Maker Faire at New York Hall of Science.  His work is permanently installed at Georgetown University, Cooperstown NY, and Lehman CUNY. Mr. Belardo’s travel notebook drawings were featured in Drawing Magazine, and he has contributed to scholarly journals on developmental perception.  He recently presented the talk “Piccirilli Studio” at the NSS Annual Conference.  Mr. Belardo won the Gold Medal from the Hudson Valley Art Association. He is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a faculty member at Lehman College CUNY, the New York Academy of Art, Newington Cropsey Foundation Academy of Art, and a visiting scholar for the Institute for American Universities.