Robert Andriulli (1948-2023)

Robert Andriulli, Commerical Zone Looming Clouds, 2020, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches. (Image courtesy of Steven Scott Gallery)

Submitted by Lou Schallenberg / Robert Andriulli, 75, of Millersville, PA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on June 6, 2023. Robert Andriulli was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1948. He  served his country as a sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1966-1972 and was honorably discharged before starting his life and career in the arts. 

Andriulli  received a B.A. from William Paterson College of New Jersey in 1975 and an M.F.A. in Painting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1978. He also attended summer fellowship programs at Yale University in Connecticut and Oxbow School of Art in Michigan. Robert Andriulli was a Professor of Art at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has formerly taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. 

Prof. Andriulli had an extensive exhibition record over the past 25 years, which includes numerous shows in Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and several shows locally. Among awards he earned are Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987 and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 1979 and 1985. Prof. Andriulli  also received Artist-in-Residence Fellowships at Yaddo Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts, both in New York State, as well as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar. 

Prof. Andriulli’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections and has been exhibited in solo shows at the Lancaster Museum of Art (1998), the Westmoreland Museum of Art (1988) in Pennsylvania, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland (2001). He participated in numerous group museum shows including the Ogunquit Museum of Art, Maine, Bates College Museum of Art, Maine, and Colby College Museum of Art, Maine. 

In 1994, his first solo show at Steven Scott Gallery was reviewed in the Baltimore Alternative by editor and critic Rawley Grau:

“Robert Andriulli’s landscapes betray a vision of mysterious, fateful forces that seem informed more by dream than by the light of day. This is most clearly evident in a series…that feature enormous, impossible cloud formations. In Autumnal (1992), a huge cloud-ball fills the center of the canvas, catching the pink light of morning as it floats over the peaceful farmland of a Western Pennsylvania mountainside….Majestic and indifferent, it could be an image of divinity or doom….The meteorological battle between light and darkness, energy and matter, space and weight unfolds before us like the conversation of the Olympians.”

Bob is survived by his life companion Marilu Sieber, her daughter and son-in-law Kristina & Tony Page. Siblings Ronald Andriulli (wife Sandy), Joseph Andriulli (partner Jonnie), Rita Hibo (husband Henry) and Gloria Parker (husband Mike). 

All are welcome to join a CELEBRATION OF LIFE for ROBERT ANDRIULLI that will be held Saturday, June 17th from 2-5 PM at Breidenstine Art Building (Sykes Gallery, ground level) of Millersville University, Millersville, PA. 

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