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Capizzo, Barbara

Capizzo started her gallery on Old South Wharf in 1990. Before that, she displayed her work in a space on Straight Wharf, barely a stone’s throw away. She has become an established figure on the island art scene. Alongside her husband Vito, Nantucket High School’s venerable football coach, her life has been firmly rooted on Nantucket since the couple moved to the island in 1964. She presently exhibits at the Sosebee Gallery on Old South Wharf.

Capizzo received her bachelor’s degree in art from Georgia College and State University. A further year at Ringling College of Art and Design strengthened her ties to architecture through the study of Interior Design. Her master’s degree was obtained from American International College. She taught in the public school system for many years. Capizzo then maintained her own gallery on the wharf for 19 years. The gallery featured Nantucket images by her and four other artists.

A long time interest with the island’s artistic growth can be witnessed by Capizzo’s long involvement with the Artist’s Association of Nantucket where she has served in the past on the board, as President, Administrative Director, and is also a former recipient of the George Smith Award. Other current professional affiliations include charter membership in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., Sarasota Arts Council, and Sarasota Visual Arts Center.