Carmine John Palermo Memorial


Carmine John Palermo

Family, friends, artists and art lovers lost Carmine John Palermo on January 25, 2021, at the age of 89.  He was married to Louisa Marie for 65 years before her passing; leaving four children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as part of his legacy.

Carmine was a Renaissance Man: before World War II, as a pre-teen, he was one of the first graffiti artists in NYC.  His canvas was black tarred streets and his medium was white chalk.  Knowing snow or rain would wash away the art work, he felt there was no permanent harm being done.

He attended Fordham University and earned a BS in Pharmacy, then becoming a Registered Pharmacist.  He owned the “Block Drug Store” in NY’s East Village for 35 years.

In his early 30’s he again immersed himself in art.  His creations spanned realism and abstraction, landscapes and portraits.  He won many art awards and was recognized for his artistic creations. Because of his many artistic accomplishments, Carmine was named an “Honorary Member” of Audubon Artists, Inc. at the Salmagundi Club.  This distinction is the highest level of achievement within the organization.  He was an Audubon Artists “Elected Member” for 40 years and always provided inspiration.

To celebrate Carmine’s dedication to art, Audubon Artists is establishing the Honorary Carmine J. Palermo Memorial Award.  The Award will be bestowed during the Annual Exhibit to an outstanding artist, excelling in the Graphics medium.   Donations toward this Award can be made using the Audubon Artists website. If  you prefer, checks made payable to Audubon Artists, Inc., with a notation referencing Carmine, can be mailed to Vincent Nardone, President, Audubon Artists, Inc., 3 Lamb Road, Brick, NJ 08724.

We are saddened to have lost Carmine.

To make a donation in Carmine’s name please click on the Donation button below.