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Dr. John Calabrese
Professor of Art
Department of Visual Arts
Program Area: Art History

Professional Preparation
Ph.D. - Comparative Arts, Ohio University
M.F.A. - Painting, Pratt Institute
B.A. - Art, Catholic University

Dr. John Calabrese teaches art history courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He is also a successful artist known for detailed pencil drawings inspired from Film Noir classics.


Dr. John Calabrese Artwork

All works are graphite on paper.
a. 'Altar of Dreams' / 2008
b. 'The Temptation of Saint Antony' / 2009
c. 'The Moon Goddess' / 2002
d. 'Zero Time' / 2009
e. 'High in the Jovian Air' / 2009
f. 'Never Let Me Go' / 2004
g. 'The Glass Web' / 2008
h. 'The Blue Madonna' / 2001
i. 'The Silent Scream' / 1988
j. 'Exorcism' / 1995
k. 'The Unforgiven' / 1990
l. 'Out of the Past' / 1998
m. 'Nightmare' / 2001
n. 'The Window' / 1997

Events and Accomplishments

TWU Art History Professor Dr. John Calabrese is included in the 2015 Keller Texas Graphite Pencil Art Group Exhibit with five other artists.  The exhibition will be up from March 2 through the 26 and will have an Opening Reception Thursday, March 12 from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Dr. John Calabrese will have work in the upcoming 2014 - 29th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition at the Irving Arts Center. The show will be May 7th to June 10th. For more information: Irving Arts Center

Presentation at "The College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Spotlight Series".  He will lecture on Art of the Matter Part II: How Art Objects and Artists Impact on Characters, Scenes, and Plots in Films of Alfred Hitchcock. The lecture will take place in Stoddard Hall, room 308 from 12:25-12:55 on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

John Calabrese's works "Heart of the Matter", "Little Girl Lost", "Solar Wind", "The Magnetic Field (Concerto for Emily)" and "This Island Earth" have been selected for the “14th Annual Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition” presented by Upstream People Gallery. The exhibition will debut worldwide on November 1, 2012 at

Dr. John Calabrese has had papers accepted at 5 conferences for the upcoming year. 'The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic' / Third International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland & Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 6-8, 2013; 'The Power of Art; How Art Objects and Artists Impact upon Characters, Scenes and Plots in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.' / Texas Association of Schools of Art Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 11-14, 2012 & Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 6-8, 2013.;'A Pedagogy for Two Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses' / Fourth Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, Athens, Greece.'

Dr. John Calabrese was accepted into the 500XPO 2012 at 500X Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The exhibition was juried by Aaron Parazette, nationally known artist from Houston, TX.

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