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Christine Palamidessi
Grandmothers | Public Sculptures by Christine Palamidessi | Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston
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Grandmothers - Public Sculptures

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Grandmothers created by Christine Palamidessi is a Public art (permanent installation) in Boston MBTA. Made with granite, erected 1996 with 168x36 inches. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Arts on the Line program is the first of its kind in the United States and has become the model for similar drives for public art across the country. Boston's MBTA station, Jackson Square, on the Orange Line.

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Christine Palamidessi
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Christine Palamidessi studied with mask-makers and cartapesta artisans in Venice, Rome, and Lecce, Italy. Her breastplates have been on exhibit in Boston’s State House and galleries in Boston, Washington DC, Woodstock, Vermont, Pittsburgh, and galleries in Tel Aviv, Otranto and Spongano, Italy. Her work is held in collections in Europe, the United States, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Palamidessi is a published novelist. THE VIRGIN KNOWS and THE FIDDLE CASE are both available online, and as ebooks, and in libraries. She, along with Carol Albright, are editors of the book AMERICAN WOMEN, ITALIAN STYLE. For 12 years she taught writing and Ethnic Literature at Boston University.

“Grandmothers,” her memoir, is engraved on a granite monolith and installed as public
art at Boston's MBTA station, Jackson Square, on the Orange Line.

Palamidessi's awards include the Barbara Demming Award for Women Artists, an UrbanArt award for public art, a Dante Alighieri Fellowship, BAU Institute residency, and Mass MoCA residency.

Palamidessi is a long-time Iyengar yoga practitioner and yoga teacher.