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Title Patsy Santo Papers
Creator Santo, Pasquele (Patsy)
Other Creators Janis, Sidney
Kuhn, Walt
Santo, Violetta
Fels, Tom
Dates of Creation 1938-2006
Scope & Content The Pasty Santo Papers include printed and manuscript material by and relating to Bennington folk artist Patsy Santo. Manuscript material includes extensive correspondence with artist Walt Kuhn and Sidney Janis as well as correspondence with various galleries and museums showing and acquiring Santo's work. There is also printed material such as exhibition catalogs or invitations to openings for shows that include Santo's paintings. A brief journal from Santo's wife describes a trip to New York City at the time of an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings mentioning Santo or exhibits he was included in. Several full issues of the Art Digest, Art News and Time Magazine include full length articles on either Santo or his mentor Walt Kuhn.

Letters and memos from the 1990s between Violetta Santo and lawyer Eugene Clark describe matters relating to the artist's estate and his children's efforts to register copyright for his paintings. There is also license related material from several companies that published some of his work in the form of prints or cards.

There is one folder of photographs of paintings, most in black and white, but some in color, by Patsy Santo. A few show Santo himself painting or posing with paintings.
Administrative/Biographical History Pastsy Santo was born in Corsano, Italy December 25, 1893. At the age of 20 he came to the United States and worked a variety of jobs in Albany, Hoosick Falls, and Greenwich, New York. In 1917 he married Irene White and the couple settled in Bennington, Vermont where they had two children, Violetta and Carl. Santo chose house painting as a career, but also painted murals and small pieces for family and friends.

His first publicly displayed work was at the State Fair in Rutland in 1937, where it caught the eye of artist Walt Kuhn. Kuhn encouraged Santo to pursue art and advocated for him at galleries in New York City. Kuhn helped Santo get his first one man show at the Marie Harriman Gallery in 1940 and he was later invited to be included in a show "Unknown American Artists" at the Museum of Modern Art by Sidney Janis. Janis later included him in his book "They Taught Themselves." Most of his scenes depict Bennington area landscapes.

His work was often shown with other "modern primitive" folk painters such as Grandma Moses. He was included in exhibits and the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney, the Corcoran, the Berkshire and Bennington Museums and a show organized by the Smithsonian Institution that traveled through Europe. He was a member of the Southern Vermont Artists Association.
Related People Santo, Pasquele (Patsy)
Janis, Sidney
Kuhn, Walt
Search Terms Southern Vermont Art Center
Credit line Gift of the Patsy Santo Trust
Catalog Number 2010.1.2
Containers Clippings, 1960-1979
Clippings, 1980-2007
Biographical Information
"Who's Who" Material 1940-1962
Irene Santo Journal of New York City trip, 1940
Clippings, 1938-1949
Clippings, 1950-1959
German Clipping with translation and print of "Ready for Battle," 1954
Clippings, undated
Correspondence, 1940-1949
Correspondence, 1950-1959
Correspondence, 1960-1969
Correspondence, 1970-1975, undated
Sidney Janis Correspondence, 1939-1942, undated
Kuhn Correspondence, 1938-1939
Kuhn Correspondence, 1939
Kuhn Correspondence, 1940
Kuhn Correspondence, 1941
Kuhn Correspondence, 1942
Kuhn Correspondence, 1943
Kuhn Correspondence, 1944
Kuhn Correspondence, 1945
Kuhn Correspondence, 1946-1949
Kuhn Correspondence, undated
Obsolete Correspondence from Tom Fels, 2001-2002
Violetta Santo Correspondence, 2004
Legal and Eugene Clark Correspondence, 1990-1992
Copyright Registration, 1990-1991
Copyright Matters, Frames Plus Agreement, 1991
New York Graphics Society Statements, 1975-1991
American Artists Group, 1944-1958
Bennington Museum, 1991-1992
Berkshire Art Association, 1954-1971
Canajoharie Gallery, 1995
Carnegie Institute, 1943-1949
Faragil, 1947-1969
Galerie St. Etienne, 1951-1967
Harriman Gallery, 1940-1942
Museum of Modern Art, 1939-1941
Plum Gallery, 2002
Smithsonian Correspondence, 1954-1955
Southern Vermont Arts Center Exhibition Catalogs, 1938-1973, 2001
Tyringham Galleries, 1946-1955
Vermont Council on the Arts, 1972-1973
Wood Art Gallery, 1961, undated
William MacBeth, 1942-1947
Whitney Museum of American Art Correspondence, 1944-1983
Wingren-Barlow, 2003
Miscellaneous Exhibits, 1942-1977
Christmas Cards
"The Yule Log" photos and clipping, 2006, undated
Calendar Connecticut Mutual, 1951
Painting Catalog Cards, undated
Data Paintings Sold, 1942-1967
The Art Digest, 1940-1941
Miscellaneous Periodicals, 1941-1963