Michael Frassinelli Arts


2014 Community of Artists, Juried group show, Danforth Museum, June - August, Framingham, MA

2014        About Face, Juried group show, Gallery 7, February 25th – April 5th, 2014, Maynard, MA

2013       Off the Wall, Juried group show, Danforth Museum of Art, June-August, Framingham, MA

2012       Art-i-Facts and Fiction, One-person show, Wellesley Free Library, July, Wellesley, MA

2012       The Last of the Pianistas, One-person show, ArtSpace Gallery, June, Maynard, MA

2011       Sabbattical Show, Dana Art Gallery, October, Wellesley, MA

2011       Artifacts and Fiction: The Strange Legend of the Pianistas Residency, Performance and Exhibition  Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, January-February, Boone, NC

2010       Member’s Exhibition  Attleboro Arts Museum, December-January, Attleboro, MA

2010       Pianista Ceremonial Masks from the Veneto Collection  One person show, Center for the Arts in Natick, Sept, Natick, MA,

2010       Holliston Mill Artists   Group show, Amazing Things Art Center, May-July Framingham, MA,

2009-10  Icons + Altars    Group Show, New Art Center, Newton, MA November-December,

2009       The Curious Case of the Pianistas   Installation, Ashland Public Library, Oct-Dec, Ashland, MA (Two large pieces on display indefinitely)

2009       Art in the Park  Juried outdoor sculpture exhibit, August-October, Elm Park, Worcester, MA

2009       Alter-A-Tions   Group show, Experimental Art Gallery, July, Salem, MA

2008       Two Person Show,  Amazing Things Art Center, November, Framingham, MA

2008       Material Meditation, Group installation show, New Art Center, Sept/Oct, Newton, MA

2008       Legend of the Pianistas   One-person show, Studio 370 Gallery, February, Holliston, MA

2007       Myth of History: The Unbelievable Legend of the Pianistas, One-person Show, Ashland Public Library Gallery, September 2007, Ashland, MA

2007       The Artists of Holliston Mill: Paintings and Assemblage,  Group Show, Natick Center for the Arts, July-August, Natick, MA

2006-08  Gadgets, Gears and Whirligigs  Group Show (kinetic art) Charles River Museum of Industry, October 2006-November 2008, Waltham, MA

2004       Song of the Pianista  One-person show, Arts and Literature Laboratory, LAB 2 Gallery, April, New Haven, CT

2004       PianoSculptures  One-person show, Dana Art Gallery, Dana Hall School, Feb., Wellesley, MA

2003       Three Person Show Silo Gallery, Nantucket Island School for Design and the Arts, July, Nantucket

2002       Fifth Annual Juried Art Show   Natick Center for the Arts, November, Natick, MA

2002-10  Biennial Faculty Shows   Dana Art Gallery, Dana Hall School, October, Wellesley, MA

1998       One-Person Show  Vulcan Café Gallery, November, Oakland, CA

1994       Three-Person Show   Belcher Studios Gallery, November, San Francisco, CA

1993       Head Game(s)  One-person show, Café Firenze, December, Berkeley, CA

1993       Four-Letter Words  One-person installation, Addison Street Windows, July, Berkeley, CA

1993       The Body Beautiful   Group installation, Studio Z, April, San Francisco, CA

1992       PostMan   Performance/Installation, Vulcan Studios, February, Oakland, CA

1989       Little Wonders   Two-person show, Little Gallery, June, Nantucket, MA

1988       With Child in Mind   Two-person show, Alcove Gallery, June, Nantucket, MA

1987       Black and White   Group show, Main Street Gallery, May, Nantucket, MA

1987-89  Group Shows   Artist’s Association, Kenneth Taylor Gallery, Nantucket, MA



Homer Babbige Library, Storrs, CT (Facing the Future, plaster and wood, on permanent loan)

Helen Temple Cooke Library, Wellesley, MA

Various private collections



University of Connecticut   1982-1986

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art



Art Teacher, Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA  2002-Present

Visual Art Department Chair, 2010-Present

Gallery Director, Dana Art Gallery, Dana Hall School, 2006-Present

Scenic Designer-in-Residence,   Shotgun Players, Berkeley, CA 1993-2001, 2006

Instructor/Staff, Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts, Nantucket, MA  1986-89



2012    McQuaid, “Gallery Pick of the Week”, “G” Magazine, Boston Globe, June 21


2011    Ohnesorge, Lauren, “History in the Key of Art”, Mountain Times, North Carolina, January 27.


2009    “Art in the Park”, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Video from Art in the Park installation, Worcester, MA (Archived at: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player /bcpid18865679001?bclid= 52446015001&bctid=30481392001


2009    Bergeron, Chris, “Eclectic Artists Bring Park-Goers Together in Worcester,” Arts and Entertainment, Sun, August 19. (Archived on-line)


2009    Featured on “Wake Up and Smell the Poetry” HCAM, Hopkinton Cable program, Artist’s talk, February 21st. (archived at: http://www.hcam.tv/series/wakeup/video.shtml - 47:16)


2008    Bergeron, Chris, “Great in 2008: The Region’s Best Arts and Entertainment”, MetroWest Daily News, Arts and Entertainment, Sunday, December 28, pp. C1-C3. (Archived on-line)


2008    Bergeron, Chris, “Framingham Artists Push Painting, Sculpture to the Edge”, MetroWest Daily News, Arts and Entertainment, Sunday, November 2. (archived on-line)


2008    Taylor, Denise, “Exploring the Material World” The Boston Globe, People and Places, September 18. (Archived on-line)


2008    Stockman, Hope, “Material Meditation”, Artscope Magazine, September/October Issue, pp. 20-21.


2008    Bergeron, Chris, “Living in a Material ‘Whirl’ “, MetroWest Daily News, Arts and Entertainment, Sunday, October 5. (archived on-line)


2008    Zeldes, Edith, “Michael Frassinelli Blends Life Into Tribal Art”, Journal Inquirer (North-Central Connecticut), April 2 (archived on-line)


2008    Kelly, Joyce, “Salvaging Tribal History”, Holliston Tab/MetroWest Daily News, Local, February 6 (archived at: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x532329445)


2007    DeJong, Larry, Library Exhibit, WACA-TV, interview, September (Excerpt archived on-line)


2004    Birke, Judy, “Old Pages and a Player Piano are Reused, Recycled, Revived”,  New Haven Register,  April, 18, 2004 (Archived on-line)



2011               Artist-in-Residence, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, January

2009, 2011    Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Program, Johnson, VT. July

Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Program, Johnson, VT. March



2012    Honorable Mention, Pianista Mandala, Off the Wall, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA

2009    Third place for Best in Show, Pianista Observatorium, Art in the Park, August, Elm Park Worcester

Resume / Bio

Artist Michael Frassinelli was born in Hartford, CT in 1964. He studied art at the University of CT, with a focus on design and sculpture, receiving his BFA in 1986. He has been a prop maker, set designer, mask-maker, free-lance artist and ship’s carpenter, and has worked with a variety of people, from The San Francisco Ballet and Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theatre, to a German production company and a Balinese mask-carver. Although he has worked in a variety of art mediums over the last 30 years, his recent work centers around sculpture made entirely out of piano parts. His work has been shown previously in California and Connecticut, and recently in various galleries around the Boston area. He has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and was an Artist-in-Residence at Appalachian State University in January of 2011, performing and creating a large-scale installation based on the “Legend of the Pianistas” series. Among other accolades, he was listed in the MetroWest Daily News’ “Year in Review” issue as one of the “10 Best in Arts and Entertainment for 2008.” In  2011 two figurative pieces and a large dwelling from the Pianista series were purchased by the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum in Orlando, Florida. Frassinelli teaches at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he is Chair of the Visual Arts Department and Director of the Dana Art Gallery. He lives in Holliston, MA in an old farmhouse with his wife and young twins.