Under the theme of “Carved, Chisled, Cast: Figurative Sculpture,” the Millard Sheets Gallery at the 2002 L.A. County Fair, which runs Sept. 13-29 at Fairplex in Pomona, will feature sculpture pieces from a variety of artists. One of the artists to be featured is Claremont’s own Aldo Casanova.
Casanova was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in painting from San Francisco State University. Following that, he earned his doctorate degree in sculpture from Ohio State University.
In 1958 Casanova was the recipient of a three-year Prix de Rome fellowship in sculpture at the American Academy in Rome. He lived and worked there for eight years as a Prix de Rome recipient and later as a visiting artist and sculptor in residence.
Since 1951 Casanova has taught at numerous schools, including San Francisco State University, Antioch College, Temple University, State University of New York at Albany and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine). Casanova has been teaching at Scripps College in Claremont since 1966.
Casanova’s works have won numerous awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Purchase Award, the Speyer Prize, and two Certificates of Merit from the National Academy and the Lindsay Morris Prize and Tallix Foundry Prize from the National Sculpture Society. He is an elected member of both the National Academy of Design and the National Sculpture Society in New York.
Casanova’s sculptures have been featured in numerous collections, including the Whitney Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Orange County Museum, the American Academy in Rome, the Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA, the Smalley Sculpture Garden of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, the California Institute of Technology and the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Many of his works are also part of many private collections, including those of Joseph Hirshhorn, Hugh Hefner, Julie Newmar, Ernest Bryant, Jack Linkletter and Henri and Jan Taper Lazarof.
Casanova’s work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions. For two