The late August P. Trovaioli was both an educator and an artist. Born in Rome, Italy, Trovaioli enjoyed American and Italian citizenship. He was born into a family who had worked as artists, ceramicists, and conservators for at least four generations. He spent his life restoring art for private collectors and public exhibits, specializing in early American art.
In addition to his interest in restoration, Trovaioli was passionate about education; he helped broaden the education of art to public and private schools across the United States Gulf Coast. Trovaioli was deeply commited to the spread of art through Alabama and served the community as the founding member of the Mobile Art Association, the Eastern Shore Art Association in Fairhope, and the Pine Belt Painters in Jackson. He extended his expertise and talents into Mississippi by forming the Singing River Art Association.
Trovaioli graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was then stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, during World War II. It was here that he met his wife, Iris, and they settled in Grand Bay, Alabama. After the war, he earned a master's degree in education from the University of Alabama. He became a teacher in the Mobile, Alabama, school system, eventually rising to be the supervisor of education and principal of Grand Bay Elementary School. Trovaioli and his wife resided in Grand Bay until his death in 1975.
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