Italian-American artist brings storied heritage with western PA ties to exhibit

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BY: Corinne Coulson

Architect and artist Guglielmo Botter began drawing with an ink pen at age five, had his first solo art exhibition in Italy at age 11, won a national drawing competition in Rome at age 13, and at age 14, his sketch of his birthplace, Treviso, Italy, was made into a national postage stamp. Now in 2018, Botter brings his drawings, along with paintings by his late mother, Lyù Da Cortà Fumei, to Penn State New Kensington’s Art Gallery starting Aug. 1.

Botter, who received his degree in architecture from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Venice, carries on the work of many artist family members. “My family is important in the art field because for three generations, they [Girolamo, Mario and Memi Botter, the last my father] saved and restored frescoes in all the region of Veneto starting in 1890,” explained Botter.

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