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Vince Torano

Professor of Art
Painting Area Coordinator

M.F.A. in Painting, Ohio University 
B.A. and M.A. in Painting, California State University at San Diego


K2136 South Kohrman Hall
(269) 387-2461


414 Park Trades Center www.vincetorano.com

Vince Torano is an associate professor of art at Western Michigan University. He has been both graduate program coordinator and painting area coordinator since 2000. Prior to becoming associate professor in 2004, Torano was an assistant professor at WMU, starting in 1997. As associate professor, he has also headed up the Graduate Program Study Abroad to Florence, Italy. From 1995 to 1997, Torano was an assistant professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. He has an MFA in Painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received his MA and BA degrees in Painting from California State University at San Diego.  As an artist, Torano has exhibited at, among others, The San Diego Museum of Art; Art Source Gallery in Boise, Idaho; The Liturgical Art Guild in Columbus, Ohio; The Adler Gallery in Coburg, Ore.; The University of Texas at Tyler; The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn.; The New Space Gallery in Los Angeles; and The Limner Gallery in New York City. As an academic, he has given lectures at Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va.; Shawnee Sate University in Portsmouth, Ohio; Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.; and at Central Washington University.  Among his many awards and honors, Torano has received a Best of Show from Gallery 510 in Decatur, Ill.; Second Place at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Height, Ill.; sabbatical, faculty and provost development awards from WMU; a fellowship to The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Va.; a J. William Fulbright Research Fellowship grant to paint in?Florence and Rome; and a Japan Studies Institute, Kawakawa Fellowship from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Torano's works can be found in the private and public collections of various individuals and at New Space Gallery in Los Angeles and Western Michigan University.