Benedetta Piantella
Since 2008
Works in Astoria

I was born and raised in Parma, Italy where I studied and pursued my High School Diploma at the Liceo Classico Maria Luigia. In 2000 I decided to move to the US after my participation in the AFS-Intercultura exchange program in 1998 that gave me the opportunity to receive a High School Diploma from Gorham High. In May 2004 I graduated with a BFA from Tufts University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a 4.0 GPA, also attending courses at Harvard, MIT, Berkley College of Music and Massachusetts College of Art. During my years in Boston, I worked as a teacher at SMFA Boston introducing new technologies and equipment in the world of digital photography and light sensitive materials. I also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter and did curate different translations of art-related essays for gallery catalogues and publications. In 2003 I assisted in the preparation of the American Pavilion of the 50th Venice Biennale while working for the MIT List Visual Arts Center of Cambridge. In 2004 I moved to New York City and I am now an adopted NY resident. Since in NY I have worked at the Italian Cultural Institute as a graphic designer and more, while teaching photography after-school programs in Italian and English in an attempt to experiment with different techniques to teach languages to children and adults. I then worked as correspondent/contributor for the Italian local newspaper La Gazzetta di Parma and also as a contributor/editor for the Italian television channel Teleducato. I recently covered the position of Assistant Director at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, coordinating all their cultural events, their fund raising program, creating their promotional material and web presence, as well as managing their building and facilities. I recently obtained a Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, while teaching Lego robotics in elementary schools, writing as a freelance journalist, assisting artists at Eyebeam and pursuing exhibits in New York and Europe. I am also currently working on the opening of a new not for profit organization that will be responsible for the planting of 40.000 trees in Sri Lanka.