Michele LiCalsi


Visiting Assistant Professor History of Art and Design mlicalsi@pratt.edu 718.636.3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 2


B.A., M.A., Institute of Fine Arts with Certificate in Art Conservation, New York University.


Michele LiCalsi graduated from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and has also studied at the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students' League, and the National Academy of Design. She has enjoyed a longstanding career as an artist, art conservator, and teacher. She has been a conservator of frescoes in the Parma Cathedral, Italy, of archaeological objects in Sardis, Turkey, of 18th century stucco reliefs by Clodion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and of objects from the Culin and Egyptian collections of The Brooklyn Museum. Michele has taught courses at the National Academy of Design in drawing and painting (including fresco and egg tempera) with an emphasis on expression through color. She is currently Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Trevor Day School, where she teaches drawing and painting, stained glass, and mosaics. In addition, she gives an annual lecture/hands-on workshop at the Cloisters on the technology of fresco painting. At Pratt, she teaches Looking at Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This course gives students a rare opportunity to examine works of art in person from multiple perspectives, including the consideration of aesthetics, historical context, curatorial decisions, artistic technique, and the history of preservation. The intimate group allows for dynamic discussion and the exchange of ideas between students with diverse backgrounds. Michele is an artist working in the figurative tradition with a specialty in portraiture. She has traveled throughout Europe studying the Old Masters. Her art reflects the deep influence of the work of these great artists. Besides accurately recording her subject's outer appearance, Michele's particular interest remains in sensing the inner self, allowing us to perceive a person's character, rather than merely recognizing his or her likeness. Her training as an artist, art historian, and art conservator, lends a broad range of knowledge and experience to her studio courses, lectures, and seminars.