As the founder and director of the Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Maestro Anthony Visco
offers his expertise in designing and fabrication of liturgical art as well offering his
classes and workshops to both groups and to individuals.
Upon graduation from the University of the Arts, he received Fulbright–Hayes Grant to
travel and study in Florence Italy, where he began his studies of the Florentine school of
art and architecture and their study of the classical. In 1975, he was awarded
the Elizabeth T. Greensheilds Grant for figurative sculpture and has received the
coveted Arthur Ross Award in both 1984 and again in 1996 for sculpture within a
classical architectural setting. In 2014, National Sculpture society awarded him the Henry
Hering Memorial Medal.
His many commissions include The Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Church in
Philadelphia. At the request of His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke he did the Via
Crucis in bronze relief for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI where
he also made the large bronze Guardian Angel of the Unborn in the shrine’s memorial to
the unborn there. Visco’s sculptures, murals, and reliefs adorn the National Shrine of
Saint Rita of Cascia also in Philadelphia. His triptych reliefs at the Catherine Pew
Memorial Chapel in Bryn Mawr, PA along with his bronze doors for the Church of Saint
Stephan Martyr in Washington, D.C. are heralded as having resurrected the art of
pictorial relief both in the United States and Europe. In 2012 he completed the bronze
doors for Saint Stephan Martyr Church in Washington, DC.
His studio courses in both sculpture and mural painting evolve from experience and
knowledge of having studied classical art and architecture. Visco’s understanding of the
relationship of art and architecture serve the greater community is evident in all his
commissions as well as in his teaching methods of teaching classical figure composition,
mural painting, sculpture and relief. At the request of Madame Ambassador Callista
Gingrich, Visco’s work is currently on display at the Embassy of the United States to the
Holy See in Rome Italy.