Anita Riggio, “Smack Dab in the
(© Putnam, 2002).
Used with permission.
A Celebration of Anita Riggio
Dodd Research Center Gallery
Curator: Terri Goldich
A Celebration of Anita Riggio is the
inaugural exhibit in the new Roger L.
Crossgrove Exhibit Series, honoring
Emeritus Professor of Art Roger
Crossgrove. Roger has been a highly visible
and active participant in Connecticut’s arts community for many
years, a long-standing member of the Libraries’ Exhibitions
Committee and a generous donor to the UConn Libraries. The
series will focus on exhibits that feature the work of his former
students and current colleagues.
Anita Riggio is the author of a number of children’s books and the
illustrator of many more for other authors. In addition to working
as an illustrator for the Hartford Courant, Riggio has served as a
courtroom artist for WVIT, a teacher at the American School for
the Deaf, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s
graduate Creative Writing Program. She recently adapted her 1994
work, Beware the Brindlebeast, for the National Theatre of the Deaf ’s
Little Theatre of the Deaf 2007-2008 tour.
Anita Riggio attended the Hartford Art School at the University of
Hartford, where she received her BA in 1974, and earned her MFA
at the Vermont College of Norwich University in 1999. She is the
recipient of many awards, and her work has been exhibited at the
Society of Illustrators, the Creative Arts Workshop, and Every
Picture Tells a Story. She
lives and works in
For more information
about her, please see
Ms. Riggio will be
appearing at the Connecticut
Children’s Book Fair on
UConn’s Storrs campus,
November 14-15. See
www.bookfair.uconn.edu for the schedule.