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De Lauro - Spirit of the Lakes sculpture- Courtesy of National Sculpture Society
  De Lauro was born in New Haven, CT, to Italian parents. His parents immigrated to North America from Napoli, Italy. Joe DeLauro attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree and later gained his Master's at the University of Iowa. He is a sculptor, perhaps best known for his work depicting archetypal figures from the far past and the Bible. Much of his work, including crucifixions, pietas, virgins, baptismal fonts, stone reliefs, and stained glass windows have been commissioned by churches, convents, schools, and other largely religious institutions. A Professor of Art, at both Marygrove College and the University of Detroit, in Detroit,
De Lauro - Spirit of the Lakes sculpture- Courtesy of National Sculpture Society   Michigan, as well, Joe DeLauro spent the majority of his career as an educator at the University of Windsor.He came to the University in 1960, where he began Windsor's Fine Arts Department. Through
his efforts as the head of the Department, he gained for the institution its right to grant a bachelor of fine arts degree -- the first privilege of its kind to be granted to an Ontario university. For this accomplishment, he was credited with the founding of Windsor's School of Visual Arts. In his 25-year-career with the University of Ontario, he helped to shepherd hundreds of students through the demanding maze of discipline, taste, and scholarship, and on to their own careers. Joseph De Lauro has achieved a place of honour among the sculptors of many countries of the world. He is not only a great sculptor, but also a person dedicated to the Italian arts and spirit. Professor De Lauro is well known in Windsor for his masterpieces such as the bronze sculpture for Hiram Walker, the plastic statue of St. Gabriele Arcangelo at St. Gabriel Church, the stained glass mural at Windsor Board of Education, three wood sculptures at Holy Redeemer College, the bronze monument at the Jewish Community Centre, a bronze bust of Ron Ianni at the University of Windsor and more. Professor Joseph De Lauro is an artist but, above all, a great persona with a deep humanity dedicated to reviving the Italian art of the centuries.
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