Venezuelan-American artist and educator Corina S. Alvarezdelugo was born in Valencia, Venezuela. She studied at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, had formal art training with Venezuelan painter and sculptor Luis Alvarez de Lugo, and earned a BFA in studio art with Honors and Distinction from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, while raising her three children. She is currently a Lesley Art + Design MFA in Visual Arts candidate at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a Strauch-Mosse Merit Scholarship.
Ms. Corina, as her students call her, has years of experience working in different media and techniques that her students benefit from, including drawing, painting, mixed media, fiber art, printmaking, and 3D design sculpture and installation. Her artwork has been shown in galleries and museums in South America, the Caribbean, and in the USA, including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. Ms. Corina’s work has been published in numerous publications and has been featured on Spotlight on the Arts on Connecticut Public Television (Piece nominated for an Emmy award). She has won awards from major organizations in Connecticut and New York, as well as an artist-in residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a Merit-based Grant. She was also a 2019 artist-in residency at RUC (Residency for Contemporary Artists) in the Italian Alps, EU.
What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?
The energy I felt when I first visited. Seeing the students able to be themselves and they all seemed to have found a niche here at Walker’s. It reminded me of my all girls high school back in Venezuela and the lifetime friendships I made then, that I still keep. Also, the smiles and cordiality of EVERYONE I met that first time. I felt welcomed, I felt at home.
Who is your biggest female role model? Why?
My maternal grandmother. Having lost both her parents by the age of 15, she took her younger sister under her wing. She was able to accomplish everything she put her mind to do. Always bringing happiness to everyone around her through music (she played the piano and the accordion) and food (as a good Italian.)
What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?
In high school, it was Biology, but also Geology as well as making experiments in the Biology and in the Chemistry labs. Since I have memory I have always been very artistic, therefore, I enjoyed every opportunity to draw, paint, construct, and/or experiment, and Biology and Chemistry gave me that outlet. Dissecting a cow’s eye, measuring and mixing to see what happened, drawing the parts of a flower or a cell, building a 3D rendition of the planets going around the sun… these are some of my most fonds memories of that time.
What other roles do you hold on campus?
Director of Galleries, Residential Faculty Member, Afternoon Arts Concentration Mentor
What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?
Being able to teach girls and to give them the tools they’ll need to prepare them for the world ahead.
Please list any notable publications on which you are author or co-author:
Professional Website: http://justcorina.com