Frank Federico

I believe that art is as
capricious as nature’s own whims. It is as permanent as the endless striving for universal harmony, but In a constant flux. My technique is varied with mood and empathy for the subject matter or motif.

Nature provides the catalyst — human or otherwise — with this constant flux of rhythms, shapes and boundless energy. Each painting speaks for itself and has a life of its own. I am the stoker of energy, the catalyzer.”
-Frank Federico


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Artists Awards

2002: 2nd Prize, Louisiana Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition; The Great American Art Works Fantastic Award, Pastel Society of North Florida Annual;

2001: Jack Richeson Award, Pastel Society of Painters on Cape Cod International Exhibit; Daler Rowney Gift Certificate, CPS Eighth Annual National Renaissance in Pastel; President’s Solo Exhibit Award, Kent Art Association.

2000: J. R. Reeves Award, CPS Renaissance in Pastels Annual Exhibit; 2nd Prize New England Pastel Society Annual; 1st Prize Watercolor, Artists Academic 50th Annual Exhibition; James G. Saunders Memorial Award, North Shore Art Association Open Juried Show 2000; Hahnemuhle Pastel Paper Award, PSA 28th Annual Open 2000; 2nd Prize, New England Watercolor Society Open Juried Show 2000; Best in Watercolor, Academic Artists Open Juried Show 2000, 1st Prize Watercolor, Academic Artists National, Springfield, MA; Portrait Award Pastel Journal 100 annual, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1999: Best in Show CT Pastel Society Annual Renaissance in Pastels; Honored as Master Pastellist by Pastel Society of America; National Renaissance in Pastel Award; inner Catalog Cover Contest for the IAPS 1999 Convention in Albuquerque, NM; Grumbacher Gold Medal Award, CA Watercolor Assoc 31st National; First prize pastels 199 SCAN Juried Art Show; Kemper Association Architects Award for Design, 1999 West Hartford league Open Juried Show.

1998: Pastel Society of American – 26th Annual Pastel Exhibition – Uschi Grueterich Memorial Award;
Kent Art Association – Kent Fall Show – Best in Show (Pastel);
National Watercolor Society – 8th Annual – Daler Rowney Merchandise Award (also elected signature member);
Piedmont Hall Art Exhibit (Somers, CT ) 1st Prize Watercolor;
Louisiana Watercolor Society Award – Edward Dupont Award;
Society of Creative Artists of Newtown (SCAN) 1st Prize Watercolor;
Rockport Art Association – Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal Award in painting, graphics or sculpture

1997: Society of Pastel Painters on Cape Cod – Landscape Award; Connecticut Pastel Society – B & S Publications Award

Prior to 1997 Mr. Federico has received many outstanding awards including the Bronze, Silver and Gold Grumbacher medals.


Selected Exhibitions

International / National

The National Gallery – Tokyo, Japan National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic

Gallery Vallhall – Stockholm, Sweden Allied Artists of America

Salmagundi Club

Pastel Society of America

New England Watercolor Society

National Watercolor Society


PS Gallery – Litchfield, CT Copley Art Society – Boston, MA

John Slade Ely House – New Haven, CT Greene Art Gallery – Guilford, CT


Current Teaching Affiliations

West Hartford Art League – West Hartford, CT Greenville Arms – Greenville, NY

Rockport Art Association – Rockport, MA North Shore Art League – Gloucester, MA

Selected Articles Publications

Plein Air Painting with a Fauvist Touch, Pastel Society of America Newsletter (April 2000)

A Colorist Approach to Pastel, The Pastel Journal (Nov/Dec 1999)

A Workshop Experience, The Pastel Journal (Nov/Dec 1999)

Odyssey of a Mural’ by Frank Federico

Litchfield Living – Profile of an Artist, September 1994 (cover story)

Forman School 1991-1992 Annual Report

Waterbury Republican-American – Mural Reflects Diversity of UConn Campus – May 1992

The Hartford Courant – UConn Mural Marks Change – June 1992

Gallery Affiliations

Soho Gallery – Branchville, CT Elaine Beckwith Gallery – Jamaica, VT

PS Gallery – Litchfield, CT The Gallery – Burlingame, CA


Selected Corporate Private

IBM – New Orleans, LA Edward G. Robinson

Gulf Oil – Houston, TX Natalie Wood

Hart Development Corp Dick Ebersol & Susan St. James

Brunei M/M Chris Berman

Jack Eckerd Corp. – FL Dr. William Taylor

CT School of Broadcasting

University of CT – Storrs

Gorton Seafood Co – Rockport, MA

YMCA – New Orleans, LA

Detail fromSnow Scene


Street Scene

Selected Signature Memberships

2002: Signature Member Status,

North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester,

National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic
Connecticut Watercolor Society
Connecticut Pastel Society
Pastel Society of America
Allied Artists of America,
Kent Art Association
Degas Pastel Society of Pastel Painters on Cape Cod, Inc.
New England Watercolor Society
Rockport Art Association
National Watercolor Society



Southwestern Louisiana Institute
Loyola University, New Orleans
John McCrady Art School, New Orleans


Cable 5 – Litchfield, CT An Afternoon in Frank Federico’s Studio