Montecalvo was raised in Quincy, MA and in 1976 received her BA in studio art with distinction from Emmanuel College of Boston. She was fortunate to briefly study with John Terelak during her student teaching semester.
Her career included a variety of disciplines in commercial art. Mural painting at Children’s Hospital of Boston during her undergrad and post graduate year led her to seek more instruction in paint application in public spaces. After a 3-year apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Sign Painters & Allied Trades, she became the first female licensed sign painter in Boston. In 1981 she began Montecalvo Graphics to provide design, lettering and illustration services to a variety of clients. They included retailers, ad agencies, architects, real estate developers, as well as film and television production companies. In 1986 she received an Emmy Award for her design work on the television film ”I’ll be Home for Christmas”, starring Hal Holbrook and Courtney Cox.
Children’s book illustration became a major focus of Montecalvo during the next fifteen plus years. Her illustrations in the book,” Sofie and the City” were nominated for the Golden Kite Award (Best Picturebook Illustrations) in 2007 and were presented in a solo exhibit at the Danforth Museum of Framingham, MA.
Montecalvo’s different stages of her career are linked by a common thread-each position revealing her penchant for detailed work and honed her appreciation for design and craftsmanship. However, each phase left her yearning for the creativity that she found in her oil painting as an undergrad. Her paintings have been described as “contemporary archeology”. She explores the spaces and physical objects associated with day-to-day life from mid-20th century to present day life in the United States. Specific details of the objects and locations in her paintings evoke stories of what ordinary people do and what they hold dear. There is an “absence of presence”- that humans aren’t physically present, but evidence of their actions and interests is very much the subject. Montecalvo invites the viewer up-close and personal into a world of simple pleasures from the past and present. Her work is shown in national competitions and Sono Fine Art of South Norwalk, CT.
Montecalvo resides in Framingham and can be found painting with fellow artists at the Tripp Street Studios of Framingham, MA.
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