Artist, Teaching Artist
Tom Ferraro is an Erie, Pa. based artist, painter, teacher and public art advocate. He is a teaching artist and has served on the board trustee for Erie Arts and Culture from 2014 thru 2020. In his studio, Tom primarily works in oil on canvas creating paintings that address issues of identity and social interaction. He art focuses on identity between the personal influences of his inner self with the complexities of contemporary society.
Tom has worked as a teaching artist for the past twelve years. He has worked in over a dozen schools spread over five counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania. In 2012, he teamed up with artist, Edward Grout, to create “The Looking Glass Art Project,” a program designed to engage various community groups with visual stories and experiences from their lives that lead to the development of public art projects. The Looking Glass Art Project has worked with various school and community agencies focused on life long learning opportunities for populations ranging from ages 3 to 92.
The Looking Glass Art Project has been involved in over 20 public art projects since 2012. The work of the Looking Glass Art Project can be seen in public buildings and outdoor spaces throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Tom has won numerous awards for his work in various juried competitions. In 2012, Tom received the inaugural Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year award at the annual Fall for the Arts Awards presented by Erie Arts and Culture. In 2016, Tom was honored at the Erie School District annual Partnership for Public Education as a “PEPS Star” for his contribution to art education in the Erie district.
A complete biography and information on the artist can be found on the artist’s websites: