Founded by Marie Cavallaro and John R. Cleary in 1999, The Cavallaro and Cleary Visual Art Foundation (CCART) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in support of visual arts. The primary goal is to provide scholarships to talented high school seniors from nine counties of the Lower Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.  Scholarships are determined each spring by a portfolio review of student applicants who wish to continue studying visual arts at their school of choice.  CCART’s primary fundraising efforts have been through solicitation of monetary funds and through special art sale or auction events to which regional professional artists and art students contribute their art.  Previous CCART Arts and Crafts Sales provided participating artists exposure and space to sell their work with 30% of sales dedicated to the scholarship fund.  Thanks to the continued support of artists, art councils, merchants, donors, friends of CCART and the many loyal customers who attended the sales and/or donated their time, talent and money, CCART has awarded over $110,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 per student since it began in 2001. CCART takes pride in its total donations directly funding the scholarships.  The more that is earned from the campaigns, the more the scholarship amounts increase.

Marie Cavallaro
President & Co-founder of The Cavallaro & Cleary Visual Art Foundation
Associate Professor Emerita, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland

John Cleary
Co-founder of The Cavallaro & Cleary Visual Art Foundation
Professor of Art, Emeritus, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Marie Cavallaro has been a professional artist and a professor of art in ceramics and sculpture at Salisbury University for over 35 years.  She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Corning Community College, Bachelor of Science degree in art education from State University College at Buffalo and a Master of Arts degree in fine arts from East Tennessee State University.

A longtime clay artist who, in her own words, “treats clay as her canvas.” Marie is a Fulbright Scholar recipient, and co-founder of the Cavallaro & Cleary Visual Arts Foundation. She has judged for and exhibited in numerous exhibitions both locally and internationally. In 2006 she was recognized on Artworks (Maryland Public Television), a weekly arts series.  Marie has been recognized through awards from the Maryland Board of Regents, Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, and Top 100 Women of Maryland. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award at Corning Community College for her service to young adults on the Delmarva Peninsula through the Cavallaro & Cleary Visual Art Foundation (CCART).

Marie has written two children’s books about baseball, Johnny Nichols, I Want to Play Baseball (2006) and Johnny Nichols: Special Gifts, Special Friends (2014), both illustrated by CCART co-founder John Cleary.

Clay is my choice of medium for creating a diary in images not words. Most of my art is created from travel memories and other life experiences recorded in sketches and photos and then transformed into 3-D clay sculptures. My art reflects the environment which surrounds me - the ocean and its beaches, flowers and tranquil settings. Surprises from a Raku glaze or limited use of colored glazes accents the clay form to reveal its own color. Color is decoration; form is the truth.

John has been a professional artist and educator for over forty years, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University at St. Louis. During his professional career, his keen artistic eye has been required for jurying multiple local and regional art shows, and his artwork has been represented in over 50 U.S. galleries and juried into numerous nationally distinguished exhibitions by such jurors as Howard Fox, Betty Parsons, David Scott, Andrea Pollan, and Patterson Sims, to name a few.  Exhibition spaces include the Butler Institute of American Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Maryland Art Place, and awards include a regional fellowship in painting by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

While Professor of Art, he taught drawing and painting in addition to 2-D and 3-D design and sculpture.  John established the Art Professionals Market at Salisbury University which gathered professional artists to advise students regarding professional opportunities in the fields of visual art.

John has illustrated many publications, most notably the program covers for the 1996 inaugural season of the Delmarva Shorebirds Minor League Baseball Team. These original illustrations are on display at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland. He has also illustrated two children’s books written by Marie Cavallaro, Johnny Nichols, I Want to Play Baseball, (2006) and Johnny Nichols: Special Gifts, Special Friends (2014).

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  P. O. Box 4194
  Salisbury, MD 21803-4194
  tel: 410-546-1068

Special thanks to these loyal supporters:

Webpage Backgound Graphic from Painting by Chris Hill - Scholarship winner & participant in 2012 Arts & Craft Sale Student Retrospective Exhibit

Salisbury Art Space, Salisbury, MD
Salisbury Wicomico Art Council, Salisbury, MD
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury, MD
Art League Of Ocean City, MD
    Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
    Gallery 107/Nanticoke River Arts Council, Seaford, MD
    Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MD
    Worcester County Arts Council, Berlin, MD