Happy Birthday to Albert Scaglione

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Albert Scaglione

Park West Gallery is pleased to celebrate a happy birthday with its Founder and CEO, Albert Scaglione.

Albert turns 77 years old on July 4. He has reinvented the art collecting experience since 1969 by bringing fine art to everyone, but is just as passionate about people. In the past year alone, the Scagliones and the Park West Foundation have contributed to the Prince’s Trust International, Relay For Life, the Forever Wild Foundation, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Best Buddies International.

His mission to bring art to others includes an emphasis on art education. Park West has worked with Turnaround Arts to increase art awareness and education in low-performing schools around the country.

“The idea that I could have this life where I still have the opportunity to work with the artists, educate, bring art to the public…I’m thrilled about that,” he says in a post by T Brand Studio in the New York Times.

The foundation has also helped underwrite museum exhibitions, including:

  • Pop artist Peter Max in “Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming” at the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida.
  • Kinetic artist Yaacov Agam in “The Magic of Yaacov Agam” at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas.
  • Art prodigy Autumn de Forest in “Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues” at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
Albert Scaglione Autumn de Forest Park West Gallery

From left: Dr. Louis Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art; Autumn de Forest; and Park West Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione (Photo credit: Doug de Forest)

Albert’s journey into the art world began at age 16 when he worked at a family art gallery in New Jersey. He saved his money and purchased his parents a work of art, witnessing firsthand the impact art can have on people.

Albert pursued science in school, earning a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University while teaching mechanical sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit. Following graduation, he worked for NASA, but felt the pull of the art world, leading to a decision to switch career paths.

“The defining moment was saying that this is my new career and I see blue skies and good things happening and then decided to walk away from my doctorate and 11 years in Academia,” he says in a Huffington Post article. “I did it cold turkey, took a mortgage on my house and it worked!”

Today, Park West Gallery brings fine art to more than 2 millions collectors on more than 80 cruise ships around the globe.

Join us in wishing Albert a very happy birthday!

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  • Barb Sawyer
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    Happy Birthday, Mr. Scaglione! May the day be filled with more of the beauty and enthusiam you have helped others discover. Thank you for encouraging a more expansive view of the art world, nurturing artists, and connecting artists and patrons.

  • Anita
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    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. I have enjoyed the art auctions on cruises & purchased pieces I love. Thank you, have a great day.

  • Brenda Likes
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    Happy birthday, Mr. Scaglione. I hope you have a fabulous birthday, filled with joy and happiness.

  • Aniska Mitchell
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    Happy birthday Mr.Scaglione!Have a wonderful and blessed day with your family and GOD bless you with many more successful years.

  • Stephen Chadwick
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    Happy Birthday Albert. Trust it will be a positively wonderful day. 🙂

  • Stephen Chadwick
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    Happy Birthday Albert. Have a great day. 🙂

  • Calvin Ladd
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    Happy Birthday Albert, Met You in Bloomington, Mn. late 80’s. I owned the Wayzata Art Gallery, and Jack Cass, and I are Friends for MANY Years. He has lived in Washington State for about the last 19 years. I have been on about 10 cruises and have met many of Your Wonderful Art people on Many Ships. Seems as though many of the managers, end up marrying one of their co-workers. It’s been Great. I’LL be 71 on July 11th, I think We are getting to be Old Critters. Very Best Regards. Cal Ladd.

  • Sue Taylor
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    Happy Birthday Albert!
    You have added so much beauty to our lives! We have been collectors since 2002. Our auctioneers include Maury, Chris, Rob, David, Flip, Jason, John… We date back to when Maury served ice water at the Marriott in Houston. Our last two events were cruising the Med and a visit to Galveston to give Tim Yanke a Texas Flag shirt. Thank you so much for all the good times and a house full of beautiful pieces of art!
    Sue and Jim

  • Bob & Judy
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    Wishing you a most Happy Birthday, Albert, and decades more of the same.

  • Peggy Smith
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    Happy birthday to a sweet man with great vision. I truely hope God continues to bless you and your family for many years to come.

  • Alan Miller
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    Albert, Happiest of birthdays — the best is yet to come. After many auctions, cruises, VIPs, etc. and literally over 100 purchases, I am a richer (and poorer) person whose walls burgeon with beauty.

  • Aileen
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    Happy birthday Albert. I would like to thank you for making my world more beautiful.

  • Ann Quieto
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    A very happy birthday to you, Albert. Keep things going smooth so we can buy more art!

  • Jeanette
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    Happy Birthday. Keep up the good ART!

  • Atanas Kebedjiev
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    Many happy returns of the day, Albert!
    I need to say the Park West Gallery presentations and auctions were the highlight of our cruise. I liked them so much that began to think of a change of career myself, like you did at the time. Have a wonderful 4th of July!
    Atanas

  • David Piske
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    Happy Birthday Albert you are a fine man and your son is following your footsteps. Hope you have many more years ahead
    David Piske

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