Studying English literature at Millersville University, Greg Pizzoli minored in Fine Art and first took a screen printing class the last semester of his senior year. He immediately fell in love with the process and has been constructing his life around making work ever since.
After graduating, Pizzoli became an AmeriCORPS VISTA Volunteer and served first as Program Director at Island Arts Center, a non-profit community art center in Newport, RI, and then a second year at the Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple University.
Pizzoli described his time in Rhode Island as a learning experience that taught him a lot about how to keep himself and others motivated to make work. “Printmakers such as James Quigley from Providence, Seripop from Montreal and Zeloot from Den Haag [Netherlands] were all incredibly nice and helpful and their encouragement really kept me going at times,” he said.
Now, Pizzoli is a 2009 MFA Book Arts/Printmaking graduate from the University of the Arts. He has shown work in the Netherlands and Canada as well as San Jose, Chicago, East Lansing, MI, and locally.
In 2009 he exhibited in the 83rd Annual International Competition: Printmaking at The Print Center in Philadelphia as well as at the Athenaeum’s Enchanting Simplicity: Children’s Book Art Past and Present.
His work ranges from the political—a street art project personalizing Philadelphia’s homicide rate with the name, age, race, sex and death date on a sticker that says, “Hello My Name Was,” for all 406 people murdered in 2006—to a quirky review guide of 30 local pizzerias made in collaboration with Ansley Joe called, The Pizza Book: An Illustrated Guide to Philadelphia’s Best and Worst Sites.
Pizzoli likes solving problems, telling stories and making things by hand. “I prefer to have about a million (sometimes more) projects on my plate at once,” he said, “because I find that all the different processes like illustration, design work, printmaking, installations, writing and teaching (to name a few) all inform each other in exciting ways.”
Courses: The Screen Printed Poster, Zine