September 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The show will be up at KISH Bank’s Expect More Store during the month of September
“I like to think that my paintings reflect who I am and my passions and experiences. The art and culture of Italy where I grew up, music, nature, kindness, curiosity, freedom of expression—these are forces and values that mold my creative process.”
Marica Tacconi was born and raised in central Italy, in the region of Umbria, and grew up in a bilingual family—her mother is American and her father is a native of Umbria. At the age of 7 she began piano lessons and eventually music became the focus of her professional life. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan) with a double-major in piano performance and music composition. At Williams College (B.A.) her interests shifted to the more academic side of music, which led to a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University.
A State College resident and at Penn State since 1998, she’s a Distinguished Professor of Musicology and Art History. Her scholarly interests center on Italian music before 1700, especially the music of Florence and Venice. She continues to play the piano, and enjoys composing music and improvising at the keyboard. Her paintings and photographs have been awarded prizes sponsored by local organizations.