Nicholas Scalise

The Making of an Artist

Nicholas P. Scalise, (1932-2009), was born in Meriden, Connecticut.  He received his art education at Horace C. Wilcox Technical School, Meriden and the Paier School of Art in New Haven (1956-59) from which he graduated with honors.  From 1959 to 1970, Scalise taught commercial and other art forms at the Famous Artists School, Westport, Connecticut.  Since then, his artistic achievements brought him national recognition.  The art of Nick Scalise may be found in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.  Mr. Scalise had more than 30 solo exhibits and was included in invitationals and other shows.  He exhibited at:

The National Academy, New York

The National Art League, New York

The National Society of Painters in Casein, New York

The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio

The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Connecticut

Allied Artist, New York

Adirondack National Exhibit of American Watercolors, New York

American Watercolor Society, New York

The Holyoke Museum, Massachusetts

The De Cordova Museum, Massachusetts

Academic Artist Association, Massachusetts

The New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut

The Slater Memorial Museum, Retrospective Show, 2012, CT

among many others

Mr. Scalise received more than 200 awards in national and regional exhibitions.  These awards included many first prizes as well as 6 medals.  Some of the awards are listed below:


2005 Champion for the Arts (Visual Art), Meriden, Connecticut Arts Council

2000 Portrait Award, Rockport Art Association

1998-99 New Haven Paint and Clay Award, Connecticut

1998 1st Place Connecticut Watercolor Society Award

1997 Hudson Valley Art Association, New York, 66th Annual National Exhibit

1997 Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors, Arts Center, Old Forge, NY,             Pulsifer Award, selected for travel for Museums and Art Centers

1997 West Hartford Art League, Connecticut Open Juried Show, One of Two First               Place Awards

1997 Connecticut Pastel Society Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, Connecticut,             4th Open National  Exhibition, “Renaissance in Pastel” Material Award

1996 National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Arts Center, Old Forge, New York,         Pulsifer Award and selected for National Travel Exhibition

1994 Realism Up Close - National Exhibition, Massey Fine Arts, Santa Teresa, New           Mexico, First Place Award

1993 National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, New York City, 40th Annual           Exhibition Academic Artists Award

1993 Academic Artist Association, Springfield, Massachusetts, 43rd National 

        Exhibition, Academic Artist Award

1992-1993 Realism Up Close - National Exhibition, Massey Fine Arts, Santa Teresa,           New Mexico, Purchase Award and First Place Award

1992 Allied Artists of America, New York City, 79th Annual Exhibition, Moses                   Worthman Memorial Award

1992 The National Academy of Design, New York City, 167th Annual Exhibition, The           Certificate of Merit



Articles about Mr. Scalise and his watercolors and other mediums were featured in the American Artist Magazine (July 1978); North Light Magazine (July/Aug. 1977); the November 1980 issue of the American Artist Diary; The Grumbacher Publication "Palette Talk" (1980) also on it's cover and also 1990-91; Paier College of Art (catalog) New Haven, Connecticut (1990-91-92-93); Who's Who in American Art (1988); Who's Who in the East (1990); Who's Who in Art (1976); American Artist of Renown (1986); Meriden Hall of Fame recognition in the visual arts (1987); Rockport Publishers Best in Oil Painting (1996); Rockport Publishers Best in Watercolor (1997); Rockport Publishers Painting in Light and Shadow (1997); Rockport Publishers Portrait Inspirations, All Mediums (1997); Rockport Publishers "The Best of Sketching and Drawing" (1998) and Others Best in Watercolor, Third Edition (1999); (included in seven Rockport Publishers "The Best of Series"), The Best of Sketching and Drawing (1999)