|MCC Alumni Hall of Fame
Peter Monacelli ’73
President and CEO,
Monacelli Enterprises, Inc. and
Adjunct, Visual and Performing Arts,
Monroe Community College
Nominated by Anthony Leuzzi, Kathleen Farrell and Jeffrey Bartkovich, Ph.D.
Peter Monacelli was a 26-year-old life insurance salesman when he decided to take art history classes at MCC’s Alexander Street Campus. He credits the college with changing his life and shaping the person he is today: a skilled craftsman, artist, musician and educator.
Peter, by trade, is a carpenter. Through his specialty construction company, Monacelli Enterprises, Pete has been involved with many downtown Rochester renovations, including converting Lewis General Tire and Walting Collision into the Little Theater and renovating the rehearsal space for the Bucket Dance Theater. In his early days as a business owner, Pete would get up every morning at 5 a.m. to paint for a few hours before going to work and then teaching at MCC until 10 at night.
He has had numerous group and one-person art shows since the early 1970s. His commitment to the arts is demonstrated in his gallery showings and his volunteer work for nonprofit agencies. He has been recognized and is respected as a “patron of the arts.” After earning his associate degree from MCC, he earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in studio arts from Empire State College. He taught art as an adjunct at MCC in 1988, returned in 1996 and was promoted to adjunct assistant professor in 2003. His wife, son, son-in-law, grandson and granddaughter have followed in his footsteps by attending MCC.