Russ Cannizzaro is a master artist and designer whose art is found among some of the most prestigious galleries and private, corporate, and museum collections in the world today. In 2014, Russ was selected by the Governor's office for the State of Arizona to design and create the Christmas ornaments for our National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.
Russ also served as the Department Chair for the Fine Arts Department for the Tempe Union High School District (Tempe, Arizona) for twenty years. During his education career, Russ was the two-time recipient of the City of Tempe's Excellence in Education Award and recipient of the William Heir Scholarship Award. Russ received his Associate Arts degree from Mesa Community College, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa University where he graduated with distinction, and his Masters of Education degree from Arizona State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Russ is also a sought-after guest artist and lecturer for the cruise ship industry, working with all 27 cruise lines worldwide. Russ and his beautiful wife Laurie travel extensively, completing 85 trips in the last eight years. It is his travels that inspire his beautiful designs and artwork and expose him to current trends and directions for his award-winning designs.