b. 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Tom Palazzolo attended the School of the Art Institute where he studied photography and painting and exhibited with the Hairy Who. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the same institution in 1965. That same year, he began making films. He became involved with a few Chicago collectives presenting experimental film, such as the Floating Cinematheque and the Center Cinema Co-op. In 1970, he received a grant from the American Film Institute.
Palazzolo is represented in the film collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In addition to his very successful film-making career, Palazzolo has continued to photograph and paint. He has taught film at the School of the Art Institute and is an associate professor in the Department of Human and Public Services at the Richard J. Daley College, where he teaches art history and photography.
Palazzolo lives and works in Oak Park, Illinois.
Venus of North Avenue Beach, 1966
Gelatin silver print
6 1/2” x 9 3/4”
Gift of the artist