Nailed to the Wall

Nailed to the Wall

November 5 – 30, 2018

The Great Room Gallery
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven

Art has played a very important role in Tony Ferraiolo’s healing because it allowed him to take all the emotions he had bottled up inside, and instead of inflicting this pain on himself, he was able to release it on canvas. The art he has created over the years tells a story of his life, through his gender transition and through his journey to heal old wounds. Some of his work is created very rapidly and spontaneously, while others are carefully executed. But all are representation of emotions revealing openness and pain evident only in the human heart.

This exhibit is a collection of pieces by Tony Ferraiolo as well as by the children he has worked with. That work is captured in Tony’s books Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth and Artistic Expression of Transgender Youth Volume 2. Through the books, take a journey into the lives of transgender youth through their artwork. Tony Ferraiolo will bring you along for an exploration of his work with trans youth, told through the eyes of the youth themselves.

Exhibit Events:

Opening Reception | November 5 | 6:00 – 8:00p

Youth Night at NHPC | November 27 | 4:30 – 6:30p

Trans Awareness Week | Dates to be Announced


See the Work, Buy the Book

The New Haven Pride Center will be selling copies of Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for the duration of the exhibit. A portion of sales will benefit the New Haven Pride Center’s programming. Limited number of copies available.


About the Artist

Tony Ferraiolo is a Life Coach who has dedicated himself to promoting competent and respectful health care for the transgender community by educating providers, advocating on behalf of patients, and training educators on providing a safe and respectful space for transgender children in a school environment. Tony is also the subject of the award-winning documentary A Self-Made Man and the author of the book series Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth.