Carmelo is credited with having developed the technique of applying color to the traditional black and white medium scratchboard. Carmelo loves the total control the medium provides him and its unusual e ects. With painstaking attention to detail, Carmelo adds layers of color to the scratchboard, which seem to sparkle in the light like little diamonds or jewels. By trial and error he has developed his own technique for mixing color and types of paint. “There were no instructional courses in this technique,” Carmelo says.
Carmelo’s biggest artistic goal is to take scratchboards to the
limit. Some think he already has, as he is often considered one of the best in the field, but Carmelo expects more from himself. Carmelo claims he’s not even close to what he hopes to ultimately accomplish, as his work continues to reach new heights in artistic excellence.Carmelo Ciancio’s success story provides something of an inspiration to those of us with grand reveries: “Every swan that so dreams, someday spreads its wings”.
Honors and Accomplishments
Artist of the Year – Maryland Wildlife Artists Exhibition 1983 – 1986
Artist of the Year – Annapolis Wildlife Art Exhibition, Annapolis, MD, 1985
Artist of the Year – Chesapeake Wildfowl Exposition, Baltimore, MD 1987
Maryland Host Artist of the Year – So. MD Wildlife Exhibition, Waldorf, MD 1989 – 1990
1991 Governor’s Award for significant contributions to wildlife conservation programs in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.
1991 Significant Contributor – Quail Unlimited and the Ru ed Grouse Society
Artist of the Year – Chesapeake Wildlife Art Exhibition, Dunkirk, MD 1994Wildlife
Artist of the Year – Accokeek Foundation – 1993-94
Artist of the Year – Patuxent Wildlife Art Exhibition, Clinton, MD 1994
Wildlife Art News and Inform Art magazines – Featured artist
U.S. Art magazine – “Warrior among self-published artists”
CAWL Art Show 2013, 1st Place Drawing, 2nd Place Drawing
CAWL Art Show 2013, 1st Place Watercolor, 2nd Place Watercolor
CAWL Art Show 2013, 2nd Place Mixed Media
CAWL Art Show Most Popular Award, CAWL Art how, 2009/10
1st Place Drawing, CAWL Art Show 20093rd Place Drawing, CAWL Art Show 2010
Art Director, Voice of America
Art Director, International Broadcasting Bureau, Radio Marti, Worldnet, Radio Free
MultiMedia Art Director, Department of Housing and Urban Development