MCC Hosts “Vernacular Surrealist” as Part of Ongoing Visiting Artist Series

MANCHESTER, Conn. (October 3, 2019) – On Tuesday, October 8, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Manchester Community College SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, Carl D’Alvia — a sculptor based in New York City and Cornwall, Conn. — will discuss why his work is often described as “vernacular surrealism.” His talk is part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Uncanny and deceptive, his sculptures are both familiar and elusive. Often minimalistic, they hint at figuration but then are obscured by obsessive ornamentation. To view examples of his work, visit

D’Alvia earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Gleichapel in Paris, Operaunica in Rome and many others. He won the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2012. The award supports innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities and is awarded to artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers.

The Visiting Artist Series is sponsored by MCC Foundation.