Mark Moak, professor of art, 406.657-1094,
RMC Media Team, 406.657.1105,

Artist of peace visits and lectures September 15 at RMC

BILLINGS, August 27, 2014 – Rossella Vasta, artist of international renown, will give a free public lecture on Art, Spirituality, and Peace at 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 15, in the Fortin Education Center Auditorium at Rocky Mountain College. She will also lead class discussion in an RMC art seminar.

Vasta’s art has focused on knitting together the three themes of her lecture. She directs the Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy (near Perugia and Assisi), where RMC students have studied on art programs abroad. 

“Rossella is an amazingly energetic and vibrant person,” said Professor of Art Mark Moak. “Perhaps due in part to her proximity to Assisi, she is a devotee and scholar of St. Francis. Her commitment to peace is also seen in much of her art.”

Vasta is an artistic contributor to the Table of Silence, a collaborative performance involving art, dance, and music that has commemorated the tragedy of 9/11. She flies to Montana from a September 11th performance of the Table of Silence in NYC. That performance art piece sets 100 impeccable white-toned places for 100 dancers who twine through the variety of lived experience. Artists are responsible to “set the table” for our understanding.

Renowned Umbrian painter Vasta took first prize in the 2003 Biennial of Florence. She began exhibiting in 1981 and has shown her work in galleries from Poland and Japan to the Chautauqua Institute and American University in the United States.  

Vasta makes a practice of combining her spiritual and artistic beliefs. She commits to charitable works through her Arts Sustainability Projects, which assist a school and farm in the Ivory Coast, among other projects, and support a healthcare center in Citta della Pieve, Italy.

In 2014, RMC students commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, by hosting a campus forum of Ground Zero volunteers from the American Red Cross, helping with a “Red, White, and Zoo” event in Billings, and learning from Vasta to examine perspectives of art for peace.