Frances Violante

Mailing Address: 22 Niantic River Road, Waterford, CT 06385
Cell: (914) 261-3381

A Brief Resume

Frances Violante earned a Master’s Degree in interior design with concentrated studies in art from the University of Connecticut. As a graduate student she won a national award for her innovative rug designs. For many years, Ms. Violante owned and operated a successful interior design firm in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She completed advanced graduate studies in geriatric design from Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. Having studied sculpting at both the University of Hartford and Art Life Studio in Port Chester, New York. Frances honed her creative talents through several intensive courses sculpting marble in Carrara and Pietrasanta, Italy. Her work has been exhibited in Westchester County, NY and numerous towns throughout Connecticut.

Frances was one of 9 artists, from a pool of 501 entries, to receive an Honorable Mention Award in 2020 for her sculpture “Unfurled” from the Slater Museum at Norwich Free Academy. She received a Second Place Award for Marble sculpture from the Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, New York City; one of the oldest art societies in the United Staes. In addition, she received numerous awards from The Society of Connecticut Sculptors exhibits at Lyme Art Association.

Ms. Violante is president of the Society of Connecticut Sculptors. She is a Member of Lyme Art Association, Connecticut Women Artists, Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, Guilford Art League, and the Society of Mosaic Artists. She was owner of W Fine Art Gallery, Niantic Ct, which exclusively featured the work of established and emerging female artists domestically and internationally.

Her work is representational as well as abstract. She works in clay, stone, and marble with castings in bronze. She has continued her work in mosaics and has completed numerous mosaic reliefs.

Artist’s Statement – Frances Violante

Sculpture to me is an opportunity to integrate shapes, form, movement, and textures to evoke an emotional reaction from the viewer. One of my goals is to marry the physical aspect of the sculpture with the surrounding negative space. The purpose of my efforts is to stir the creative imagination and to add a personal interpretation when possible. I encourage the viewer’s eye to travel around the piece, to feel the movement and structure incorporated into the sculpture.

The viewer should not be afraid to touch the piece, but to appreciate and enjoy the rhythm and tactical feel, especially from marble and stone.