Frank Ferraro is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, working individually and collaboratively in painting, sculpture, video, site-specific installation, sound-art, theater and writing. His visual work has appeared and featured in local and international publications ( Musicworks Canada, ARTES magazine, UK ) reviews have described Ferraro’s sculptures as “exceptional”. In 2002, he was the acting art director for the Junction Dance Theatre. The second of two JDT projects, Forget/Everything, was voted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the top ten most visually stunning stage sets of 2003.
In 2004 he developed the Sonic Bridge project, an investigation of the urban soundscape. The success of his investigation led to a commission for a sound sculpture at the Homestead public library and he was invited to be the featured artist WYEP’s radio show Allegheny Front
His collaborations with composer and performance artist Stephen Pellegrino (4 Quarters, Calling Mr. Conrad, gravity+grace) were performed as part of the Three Rivers Arts festival, First Night and Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland OH. In 2009, he wrote produced and co-directed The Heinz-funded (gravity + grace) featuring original music by performer/director Stephen Pellegrino at The Hillman Performing Arts Theater, which chronicled his ongoing battle with Parkison’s Disease. An excerpt of (gravity + grace) re-stage titled “What About Me” was performed in 2011 at the August Wilson Center as part of TENacity, Sprout Fund production honoring the best works of the past decade.
In 2012 he collaborated with artist Carolyn Speranza’sn a video installation at the JCC Gallery, were they created Too Shallow for Diving: The 21st Century is Treading Water.
Mr. Ferraro is also a filmmaker. His first full-length documentary Wine & Dust (2012) was part of the Three Rivers Film Festival and also can be seen on WQED’s Filmmakers Corner. His current project is a short film on the internationally known prog/rock band Crack The Sky. ( Other Films by Mr. Ferraro include 100% Slim – A profile of local country singer Slim Forsythe, The Screen Test featuring Adrienne Wehr)
Mr Ferraro’s story of an artist living with Parkisons was told by Marie Caruso, founder of Bodiography ballet company in 2013,
( Left Leg, Right Brain the Frank Ferraro story at the Byham Theater) He also writing a book on using Art as a way overcoming a disability titled Til Death Do Us Part.
Mr. Ferraro continues to paint and create sculptures in addition to his sound, video and theater projects and has received grants from the Heinz Endowments, Sprout Foundation, Pa Council for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, The McKinney Foundation and The Fine Foundation.