Lucy Rovetto, was born and raised in Jersey City where some of her favorite memories are playing two-hand touch football or manhunt in the street and conducting fake Italian radio interviews on her mother's black Panasonic tape recorder. While attending Jersey City State College, she interned at the Jersey City Museum. In 1991, Rovetto graduated with a BFA, specialization in Printmaking.
"Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she has wings." Victor Hugo
Having her mom's wandering spirit, Rovetto began traveling as soon as she could, spending summers in Provincetown, Ma., then abroad in Italy and Malta. She has lived in *British Columbia Canada, Marysville, Washington and Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa. In South Africa she started Lucys Lemons, a food business selling gluten free, vegan goods to a local cafe, homemade bottled sauces, steak sandwiches, chicken shawarma and limonada out of a make-shift food cart on the street.
"...perhaps the art world prefers painters with a signature style because it makes looking easier. If you assume that style is all that you need to recognize, then you have relieved yourself of the responsibility of examining the painting itself." -John Yau
Rovetto expresses her vision through a variety of medium – drawing, paint, photography, found objects, collage. Her work is figurative, there are human forms, but nothing is meant to be taken literally. Introspective, expressive and provocative, her personal stories and memories invite you to remember your own.
As Visual Arts Coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), she curated “Origins” in 2015, “Identity”, “Vanity” "And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank Art Exhibit" in 2016, “Borderless” and "Fear" in 2017, "Truth", "Resistance" and "Connection" in 2018 and "Privilege" in 2019. The exhibitions she has curated and/or supervised are exceptionally well organized, bringing together an eclectic array of artists and artwork to visually explore the themes of each series, which include theater, film, spoken-word and performance, presented by JCTC.
*Artist Assistant for Anton Smit, a South African sculptor, Gallery Assistant for Point Elliott Art Center in Mukilteo, Washington State, and Art Handler/Installer and newsletter photographer for the Jersey City Museum. She created and conducted AWE (Art as Worship Experience), a series of art workshops for The Go School in British Columbia, Canada and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
ART STUDIO and VISUAL ART COORDINATOR
Cuny TV: Arts in the City
Chicpea: "Happiness" at Merseles Studios
NJ Stage: Identity - JCTC Explores Self & Society
NJ.COM: Jersey City Theater's New Series Explores Society's Effect on Identity
Before Me and After My Time: Angelo Bellobono and Jack Crying Raven Anderson
The Dirt on Jersey City blog: The Dirt on the JCs Art Scene
The Dirt on Jersey City blog: Local Woman of the World: Lucy Rovetto
The Dirt on Jersey City blog: Giving Hope to Local Artist
NJ.COM about "Identity Series" Exhibit
NJ.COM about "Identity" Exhibit Closing
NJ Stage: Explore "Origins" Exhibit
NJ Arts Maven: Vanity Exhibit
NJ.COM about Vanity Exhibit