About the Artist
Local artist Tom Ferraro was commissioned to design, construct and install ten public art pieces in 2012 and five more in 2013 which serve as the Let’s Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport trail markers. Tom is a professional artist/painter and is currently the co-director of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association. He serves on the design committee of the Erie Downtown Partnership and is actively involved in Erie County’s CultureSpark initiative. He has worked as an artist in residence for the Erie School District, the Penncrest School District and is an adjunct instructor at Mercyhurst North East; and has exhibited extensively in regional and national shows including work recently shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and various galleries in New York City. He holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Miami and has also studied at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League of New York.
Tom’s work deals with the emotional impact of color and shape and their relationship to objects in the world around us. He uses personal images to reflect a contemporary view of his time, and has said, “As an artist, I am attempting to interpret my view of the world and share them thru my visual imagery while at the same time continually absorbing images from my world in order to shape the basis of my art.”