Robert’s Mission


As an “art spirit” Robert seeks to expand and share his knowledge with others through a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences which express our common humanity. He does this through his fine art and portraiture, sharing his knowledge as a teacher, presenting instructional DVDs, classes and workshops, lectures and demonstrations and through his writing. His most recent book is entitled, The Power of Positive Painting©. As host of the acclaimed TV program, “Artbeat,” which aired for two seasons (2003-2005) on PBS in Detroit, his goal was to make the visual arts more accessible to a wider audience. Robert is also an accomplished actor, director and musician, videographer, Blogger, finding connections between a variety of artistic disciplines




As a fine artist and commission portrait artist Robert Maniscalco has placed over 1,200 major works in private and public collections throughout North America, since embarking on his career in 1979. He also creates about 9 – 12 commission portraits a year. He also has created several themed bodies of fine art, including his latest, The Quench Project. He has won national awards and been widely collected, earning his living exclusively as an artist through all the ups and downs in the art market over his forty years as a professional, because of his dedication to the highest standards, his deep desire to connect in a meaningful way; essential qualities not only of a successful portrait artist but of any creative.


Responsibilities included Curating of Exhibitions, Marketing/Research, Graphic Design, Communications/Sales, Artist Management, Art Dealer, Art Consulting/Interior Design, Training, Events Planning/Execution, Managing a Custom Framing Business, Community Outreach, Rental of gallery space, Human Resources, Budget/Finance, Sales training. Presenting workshops, demonstrations, classes, Managing Guest Instructors.


The Maniscalco Gallery was founded in 1997 by Robert Maniscalco as an exhibition space and contemporary art center representing talented local and international artists, both established and emerging. The MG presented six major exhibitions each year and had become a major gallery venue in Detroit’s burgeoning art scene until the brick and mortar operations closed in 2005. The Maniscalco Gallery was an opportunity to reach out into the community and bring together the art of fine portraiture in the context of a contemporary art gallery. The Maniscalco Gallery hosted critically acclaimed exhibitions and special events like Salons, presenting poetry, song, dance, story telling, monologues, discussion and performance art in the context with the visual arts. Generated extensive media coverage and attention. The MG rose to prominence quickly, with as many as 400 people attending our events. Other special arts events were periodically presented at the MG, such as Wine Tastings, Vernissages, Salons, Poetry/Performance and painting parties. The Maniscalco Gallery also presented extensive Community Outreach Programming, including Fresh Art Festivals, Wine and Art tastings, Charity Auctions as well as special touring exhibits in non-traditional venues such as night clubs, restaurants, parks and private clubs. The Detroit Tasetefest (New Center Area), the Detroit Yacht Club, the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Roostertail are examples of past outreach venues in which the Maniscalco presented programs.

The Maniscalco Gallery Online continues to offer world class portraiture, fine art, art instruction, painting parties, career coaching, photography and videography services, gallery consultation, curating, art juror, special events coordinator, art consulting/sales – see speakers bureau


2022 “Power of Positive Painting” Exhibition at VAF in Canton MI

2022 “Quench” at Grosse Pointe Art Center GP War Memorial

2018-20 Charleston Southern University – Featuring TQP

2018-20 Uncork Charleston Wine Bar & Gallery, Charleston, SC – TQP

2016 Coastal Community Foundation Gallery, Charleston, SC – TQP

2016 Kairos Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, SC – TQP

2015 North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC – TQP

2014 Social Wine Bar, Charleston, SC – NETI

2013 The 827 Gallery, Charleston, SC – NETI

Look Galleries – Marshall Fields – 27 works formed a touring exhibition of four Detroit area Look Galleries

Maniscalco Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MI “Italia” series

Maniscalco Gallery, Detroit, MI “Chromo Sapien” series of pastel on velvet

Park Street Gallery, Windsor, Ontario “mini figures in oil”

Lakeview Gallery, New Orleans, LA “Figures and Landscapes”

K&K Design Gallery, New Orleans, LA – “Art for Art’s Sake”

Limner Gallery in Soho, New York City – “Portraits and Departures”

National Bank of Detroit Headquarters, Detroit, MI

Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI

Detroit Yacht Club, MI

1986, 83
Scarab Club of Detroit, MI – “Faces of China”

Art and Ambience, Novi, MI

Henry Ford Estate, Grosse Pointe, MI

Collector’s Art Gallery, Rochester, MI

Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI


2023 First Place Signiture Show Charleston Artist Guild in CHARLESTON, SC, for The Long Shoreman

2023 First Place in Oil and Drawing, Berkley Art Guild Annual, Berkley County, SC, for Perhaps Love and Thelonious Monk 

2022 Honorable Mention in the MOJA FINE ART EXHIBITION AT CITY GALLERY IN CHARLESTON, SC, for Procession 

2021 Coastal Carolina Fair in the Fine Arts Exhibition Charleston Award (best in Show) for Beacon of Hope

2021 Our Rivers, Our Lakes Exhibition at Grosse Pointe Art Center – Best of Show for Quench

2021 Juror’s Award for Painting in the MOJA Fine Art Exhibition at City Gallery in Charleston, SC for A Father’s Love

2021 Virginia Beach MidAtlantic “H2O” Juried Exhibition – Award of Merit for Beacon of Hope

2017 Damned Exhibition – Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

2017 Spoletto – Riverfront/City Gallery, Charleston, SC – Juried

2017 North Charleston Arts Festival- Honorable Mention

2016 Buckham Gallery – Flint Water Crisis, Flint, MI – TQP

2016 Greater Flint Arts Council – Michigan Invitational – TQP

North Charleston Arts Festival, First Place, N. Charleston, SC

2015 Mary Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC

Maniscalco Family Retrospective, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

Redux, Story Night – featuring The Quench Project, Charleston SC

2014 Redux, Story Night, Charleston SC

2014 Gibbes Museum, CAD Expo, Charleston SC

2014 ARTFIELDS – Winner of Portrait Competition, Lake City SC

2014 Jailbreak, Charleston, SC

2012 Anne Worsham Richardson Gallery– new works

2005-2007 Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC

Ambient Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MI

New Orleans Art Association XVIII National Juried Exhibition, LA James Leblanc Merit Award

Artist Guild Unlimited 33rd Annual, Morgan City, LA – Best of Show & Honorable Mention

Fourth Annual Westbank Art Guild National Competition, LA – Best of Show

Salon International, Jackson, MS – Honorable Mention

Sarasota Art Fair, FL – Best of Show

Scarab Club Gold Medal Show, Detroit – Honorable Mention

Palette and Brush, Warren, MI – Honorable Mention

Michigan Advertising Arts Exhibition, Detroit, MI – Honorable Mention


2022 Portrait Painting Workshop Crooked Creek Art League, Chapin, SC

2022 Portrait Painting Workshop VAF, Canton, MI

2018-19 Creative Arts Mt Pleasant. Drawing instructor for teens.

2018-9 Summerville Art Guild – Portrait Painting Demo/Workshop, SC

2017 Mt Pleasant Art Guild – Portrait Painting Demo/Worhshop, SC

2016-19 Charleston Southern University – Adj. Prof. Drawing /Painting class

Seabrook Island Art Guild – Portrait Painting Worhshop, SI, SC

2014 Crooked Creek Art League – Portrait Painting Workshop, Chapin, SC

Gibbes Museum of Art – Charleston, SC – Portrait painting workshop

Charleston Artist Guild – Charleston, SC – Portrait painting demonstration and workshop

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center – Birmingham, MI – Advanced Portrait workshop

College for Creative Studies – Detroit, MI – Adjunct Professor of Drawing

Adult Learning Institute – Farmington, MI – multidisciplinary presentation

2005, 07
Self-Employment for the Arts Conference (SEA) – Chicago, IL – Being a Professional Artist Today

Associated Creative Artists – Dallas, TX – demonstration

Atlanta Portrait Society, Atlanta, GA – Portrait painting demonstration

Edsel & Elenore Ford House, GP, MI – Plein Air Workhsop

Renaissance Shop, Raleigh, NC “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

Warren Tri-County Arts, Warren, MI Judge Prestige Art Show

Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

Plymouth Community Arts Council, MI – “Artragious Fest” Featured artist/workshop

St. Bernard Art Guild, LA – “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

1995, 96
Metairie Art Guild, LA -“Power of Positive Painting” lecture/demonstration

1994 –
New Orleans Art Association, LA -“Power of Positive Painting” lecture/demonstration

1987, 96, 97
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

1987, 96, 97
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

1986 & 01
Scarab Club of Detroit, MI – two day portrait workshop

Downriver Council for the Arts, Dearborn, MI – guest speaker “Being an Artist Today”

1985, 08
Lakeside Palette Club, St Clair Shores, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

Lakeshore High School, St Clair Shores, MI “Career Night” speaker

Romeo Art Guild – portrait lecture/demonstration


Artfields Portrait Competition, Lake City, SC – Juror

Grosse Pointe Hunt Club – Facilitated Fundraising Art Auction

2001-03 Detroit Yacht Club Detroit, MI – Facilitiated “Fresh Art Fest.” and art auction

1987 – 80 Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI – portrait lecture/demon

1986 & 01 Scarab Club of Detroit, MI – two day portrait workshop


2015 Artfields Portrait Competition, Lake City, SC – Juror
2003 Grosse Pointe Hunt Club – Facilitated Fundraising Art Auction
2001-03 Detroit Yacht Club Detroit, MI – Facilitiated “Fresh Art Fest.” and art auction
2002 Comerica Tastefest – New Center/Detroit, MI – Facilitated Main Art Gallery Exhibition
2002 St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce/MACAA – Facilitated Sessions and Developed an Action Plan for their Arts Mentoring Project
2002 ArtServe Michigan – Selection committee for 2002 Governor’s Awards
2000 Art in the Park – XX – Halmich Park, Warren, MI
2000 Art at the Lake – Venetian Festival, St Clair Shores, MI
1999-2000 Detroit Festival of the Arts – in Detroit’s Cultural Center, Detroit, MI
1999 Prestige Art Show – Warren Tri-County Arts, Warren, MI


Power of Positive Painting – a full color how to draw and paint method
Quench – a full color book about The Quench Project and Robert’s vision quest in Haiti
Out of Darkness – a documentary short on Robert’s trip to Haiti in 2014
Pointe of Art – an inspirational collection of art tips and essays focusing on making art, creativity and other arts related subjects
The Portrait – a value-based painting system – Liliedahl Video Productions
ArtBeat, Season one and two, produced by WTVS PBS Detroit
2005 The Fishfly – debut novel published by PublishAmerica, Inc
1997 Power of Positive Painting – Instructional Video about painting a portrait
1996 Authentic Sports – Illustrations for upscale Tee-shirts
1994 New York Doctors Guide – Cover portrait of “Samantha”
1987 Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra – Color poster “Giselle”
1984 Grosse Pointe Theater – Five full color Program Covers
1982 – Samples of published Illustrations upon request, including posters, Ads, storyboard, courtroom sketching, book illustration,

1997-04 Subject of over 45 newspaper/magazine articles, radio and TV interviews. See Media Links for more complete links. Highlights include:

News Now, interview on Fox 2 about his new book
Lowcountry Live, featured artist, actor
2009 The Oprah Winfrey Show
2008 The Today Show (NBC) Presented portrait to the Lindsay family
2007 Post & Courier “High Profile”
2005 Detroit News “Color Grosse Pointe painter successful: Maniscalco known for his portraits”
2000 Detroit Free Press Profile on “Face to Face,” exhibition of portraits by Van Gogh@DIA
2002 Grosse Pointe News – Pointer of Interest
1998 Crains Detroit “Fame in a Frame” profile of top Detroit portrait artists
  Real Detroit Weekly – voted Detroit’s “Most Artist Friendly” Gallery
1996 The Oakland Press “Capturing Life on a Canvas”
1995 WWNO Public Radio Spring Festival – interviewed about the state of the arts in N.O.
1995 Gambit – New Orleans Weekly “Best Bets” – featured artist
1994 New York Daily News “Picture this: Recent Portraits”
1991-94 New York Magazine “Sales and Bargains” – featured
1994 Manhattan Arts International “Artists in the ’90s” profile
1994 New York Doctors Guide “Immortality, Can we Live Forever?” – feature
1993 Detroit Free Press “If it weren’t for…” – feature
1982 Detroit News “Faces of China” – feature


Adj Prof. Drawing/Painting & Theatre Charleston Southern University
Drawing to 6-18 year olds – Creative Arts of Mt Pleasant
Painting and Drawing – Maniscalco Studio
2013-15 Paint with Wine Painting Adventures – Maniscalco Studio
2009-10 N. Charleston Cultural Arts Department – Artist in Residence
2006-7 Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Association (portraits in oil)
 2001-3 College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Adjunct Faculty-Illustration Dept, Fig. Drawing
1999 – 00 University of Detroit, Art Appreciation to Bachelor candidates
1998 –06 Maniscalco Gallery, Detroit: various classes in drawing & painting
1995-6 Arden Cahill Academy, Gretna, LA K-8th art classes (6 week residency)
1995-6 Dixie Art Supply – New Orleans, LA (portraits in oil)
1985-6 Omni Arts in Education of Detroit, Michigan (inner city outreach)
1984-87 Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Michigan (portraits in oil & Acting)
1985 – 6 Grosse Pointe Theatre, Michigan (acting technique)
1983-84 Grosse Pointe South – GP Public Schools, Michigan (marching band director)
1982- 3 Detroit Public Schools, Michigan (music)


1997-05 Maniscalco Gallery, Curator and Executive Director (See mission, above)
2003-05 Art Beat,Art Beat, host of this arts magazine on PBS in Detroit, profiling over 36 visual artists and reaching up to 75,000 viewers every time it aired, twice a week, the highest viewership of a locally produced show in WTVS history.  Responsibilities included writing/editing, researching, interviewing artists, fact checking, direction, co-producing, logistical, planning.
2001-06 Inside Art – Host and producer over 60 Episodes, focussing on local arts & culture, for WMTV-5 Cable TV in Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods, MI Responsibilities included writing/editing, researching, interviewing artists, fact checking, direction, co-producing, logistical, planning.
2005 The Fishfly – debut novel published by PublishAmerica, Inc
1997 – 2004 Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities – Responsibilities included fundraising, heading a 12 member board, directing programming, motivating volunteers to execute innovative programming, building coalitions between arts and Social Service agencies, Executing programs.
Accomplishments during Presidency (2000-2003), included establishment WCCAHH as a 501(c)3, increased annual budget from $8,000 to $65,000, created and expanded programs, including Artists Among Us Exhibition (a creative collaboration between poets, musicians and artists), Fresh Art Project (artists painting au plein air, followed by a live “fresh art” auction), Wayne County Recognition Awards, Compilation of History for publication, Building of a public art collection in Wayne County and created Detroit Artist Network to create directory and reduce redundancy between arts organizations in Wayne County, designed Arts Mentoring projects. ARTnerships include collaborations with COTS, St Vincent DePaul, and the Warren Conner Development Coalition.
2001-02 Youth on Stage – Presenting ongoing acting/coaching to young actors, Grosse Pointe Theatre, Grosse Pointe, MI – Also, Acting classes for adults and children at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
1998-99 Great Lakes Sweet Adolines, conducted dynamic seminar-releasing organic singer within
1996 The Power of Positive Painting, created a comprehensive instructional video on portrait painting airing on NOETC, Acadian Public Access – Educational TV stations and sold as a video through American Artist Magazine.
1996 Musica da Camera, New Orleans – Sing with this award winning early music ensemble, recording on the Centour label.
1987-94 Actor and Director in over 40 award-winning New York stage and regional film, television and theatre productions. See separate “theatre” resume.
1991-93 New Renaissance Chamber Artists, New York City – Lead actor and Development Director for this contemporary music/theatre ensemble. Generated over $28,000 in grants (including NEA) and commissions for new works and performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall and Baltimore’s First Night Festival. Also, through The Juilliard School Outreach Program – Created, presented and taught “new music” and story telling to grades K-6, 300 students per assembly.


1978-1983 Bachelor of Music and Fine Art, Orchestral Performance & Music Education (Certified Educator, K-12 in fine art and music) Paul Schaller School for Clarinet – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
1989-1991 Circle in the Square Professional Acting Certification – New York City (See acting resume)


Charleston Artist Guild
Board of Visitors – Wayne State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts 2003-05
Grosse Pointe Theatre, Board of Directors – Public Relations Chair 1999-2000
Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities, Past President (see “Arts Related Activities” above)
Scarab Club of Detroit, Board of Directors
National Portrait Society
DIA – Founders Society & Friends of Modern Art
ArtServe Michigan – served on Governor’s Arts Selection Committee
Detroit Artists Market
Grosse Pointe Arts Council
Grosse Pointe Art Association
Mack Avenue Business Association


1979-83 Apprenticeship – Studio of Joseph Maniscalco
1995 Study with Ausaklis Ozoles at New Orleans Academy of Art
1993 Study with Harvey Dinnerstein at The Art Students League
1983 Michigan Certification in Fine Art Education: Wayne State University

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