The Artist Behind the "Look" of the Passport Program
Whether we're meeting with colleagues or handing out passports at community events, the feedback being received by LMO! planning team members is the same - "The graphic art for the Let's Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport is amazing! Who's the artist?" The artist is Erie native Todd Scalise.
Todd is a visual artist with a passion for applying his artwork onto almost anything. Developing “application for art” is the basis of his professional work. Todd says that "his hand-drawn graphic art is possessed of an inventive sensibility, a sensibility that is highly accessible and utilized in all manner of applications."
After spending time in the southwest and abroad, Todd has returned to Erie while developing a four-story interior mural and branding project for the Erie Art Museum entitled HIGHERGLYPHICS. He spent 2010 in Europe, where he exhibited textiles in Paris, licensed his helmet designs in Amsterdam, and painted a 50-foot mural at one of the inauguration parties for the new Pompidou Center in Metz. Previously, he served in higher education for institutions in Pennsylvania and New Mexico and further distinguished himself by receiving two Heinz Endowments and three artist residencies. In 2009, Todd appeared on a TV mini-series to discuss his unique approach to making and marketing his art. Later that year, he designed The Dennis Hopper Lifetime Achievement Award in Independent Film, which was included in Mr. Hopper’s permanent art collection. Since studying painting in Rome during the early nineties, Todd constructed and exhibited an elaborate body of artwork – his art graced The Andy Warhol Museum and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as well as galleries in New York City and Santa Fe; and has appeared in several national magazines such as The Progressive for Howard Zinn, Juxtapoz, and Parade.
Todd's other current projects in Erie include overseeing the art direction for the Erie Reader and the Erie Brand merchandise, and much of the art direction for the Perry 200 Commemoration.
As the director of the graphic art for the passport program, Todd has done an amazing job creating designs that move us.