Furniture Major's Work To Tour Nationally

Rowan DiIoia

Furniture maker and current senior at CCA Rowan DiIoia has been selected as one of fifteen “Award of Excellence” winners of the 2017 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - VSA Emerging Young Artists Program. The program recognizes and showcases the work of emerging young artists with disabilities. 

Rowan's work, a beautiful teardrop shaped cabinet, will be featured in a exhibition touring to museums and galleries across the United States. 

“I’m so grateful my work has been chosen by the Kennedy Center to tour the United States. My inspiration for the piece started at home with my love for the waters of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. The Pacific Ocean, Rincon, Red Rocks, Lake Cachuma, First Beach, Hollister Ranch and the many back country streams I’ve swam, fished and played in throughout my life were instrumental in my creating the “water holding drawers” embedded in the teardrop shaped cabinet. Water has shape.”

“A healthy, ongoing relationship with the outdoors has also played a critical role in helping me continue to learn and work with Dyslexia and ADHD. I’ve also worked with an amazing supportive tutor who taught me how to read – thank you Anna Biskner – and inspirational teachers from the VADA academy at Santa Barbara High School and my Professors at CCA,” says DiIoia. 

While completing a BFA at CCA, Rowan is also working to open a combination art collective, woodshop, and storefront. He’s co-founder of Mepco Makers, a ground-breaking makers collective located in downtown Stockton, CA. Working with the Ten Space Downtown Stockton Alliance, he and his partners are also currently transforming a formerly abandoned 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse and hotel into a working production woodshop, educational space, living space and art gallery.

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