Biography

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 From Here to Uncertainty, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
2015 Nature Made, The Pingry School, Warren, NJ
2013 Tempting Impulse, Tempting Nature, The Gruss Center for the Arts, Lawrenceville, NJ
2012 Everything’s Fine, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Tempting Nature, Tempting Impulse & The Petri Island Project, Studios of Key West, FL
2010 Islands, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Dissolving Gardens, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2008 Knee Deep & Risin’, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
At the Mercy of the Gate, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
2002 Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Yearsly Spring Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
1996 The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
1995 Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA
1993 Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ
Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ
1992 Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA
Sculptures S.V.A. Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Public Proof Installation, Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
1987 Gallery Patisserie, Jersey City, NJ
1986 The Torn Awning Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 Ready or Not, New Jersey Arts Annual, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Summer Dreams, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
Mushrooms, Moss and a Movie, Kim Foster Gallery, NY, NY
2013 New Faces, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
2012 Emergence & Structure Traveling Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, MDC Freedom Tower Gallery, Miami, FL, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
2011 Night, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Sticks and Stones, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Blooms & Bulbs, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA
Bloom, Islip Museum, East Islip, NY
2009 DrawingPainting, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Rahway Arts Guild, Rahway, NJ
2007 On Paper, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Terrain, Kim Foster Gallery, NY
2005 Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Taipei Artists’ Village International, Taipei, Taiwan, The Mind of Nature: Structures and Processes: Kerns, Minter, Toia, Digitized: Kerns, Minter, Toia, at the Chen-Lin University Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 Temporalscape, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Metamorphosis, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler, Wisconsin
2003 SmART Gallery – Inaugural Group Exhibition, Munich, Germany
The For-Site Foundation- Inaugural Exhibition, Grass Valley, CA
Organics, two person exhibition with Illlia Barger curated by Tricia Fagan, Mercer Community College, Trenton, NJ
2002 Made by Nature, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY
Artists and the Art of the Book, Traveling exhibition curated by Curlee Holton, Director of the Experimental Print Institute, Lafayette College
Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica
Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Artists’ Image Resource Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2001 Selections, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1999 In View of Nature, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
A Book in Hand, Brooklyn Public Library by Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works, Kim Foster Gallery, NY
1998 Drawings, Yearsley Spring Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Drawings On Paper and Off, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
1997 ArtLink: Miniature Golf Course, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
1996 Il Politecnico XX Arte, Rome, Italy
Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Image & Text, Rathbone Gallery, Albany, NY
450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Buoys, curated by Bill Bace, New York, NY
1994 Art of Italian Americans, Lehman College, White Plains, NY
Beyond Bard, National Arts Club, New York, NY
1993 Artists’ Books and Books about Art, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
Three Sculptors, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
1992 Books By Artists, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA
Enigma, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Rituals, The Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York
Breaking Space, A.J. Lederman Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
Range, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Dreams and Ambiguities, Curated by Barbara Green, Spazi Contemporary, MA
1990 New Jersey Arts Annual, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
1989 Prints and Multiples, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
Selections 1989, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1988 The Milk Bar, New York, NY
1986 The Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
No Lo Contendere, New York, NY

 

COLLECTIONS

  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • AT&T/ Lucent, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • IC Deal Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  • Stephen & Naomi Antonakos, New York, NY
  • Lafayette College, Easton, PA
  • The Lands Collection, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Haines Collection, San Francisco, CA
  • Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
  • The FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City/San Francisco, CA
  • The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N
  • D’Agostino Collection, Rome, Italy
  • Philip Bennett Smerling Design, Lenox, MA
  • Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015 State of the Arts, PBS Television, NY/NJ Metropolitan Market.
2015 New York Times, Pieces of Nature Preserved as Art and the New Jersey State Museum. Tammy La Gorce.
2015 The Time of Trenton, N.J. State Museum Displaying Jim Toia’s Art. Janet Purcell.
2015 Newsworks.org, WHYY, Philadelphia. The Future is Uncertain in Nature Based Exhibit and the New Jersey State Museum.
2014 SciArt in America, In The Studio with Jim Toia, Interview by Ed Kerns.
2013 Orion Magazine, Life in a Petri Dish. Illustrations. Charles Mann
2009 Lehigh Valley Style The Process Principle, by Steve Piccione, , pg 33-36, September
2006 Art in America , Jim Toia at Kim Foster, Leigh Anne Miller October
2005 Artweek, Alison Bing
2003 Sculpture Magazine, “Metamorphosis: Jim Toia” Carol Rosen, May issue
2002 New York Times, “Made by Nature at Dorsky Gallery” Ken Johnson, October 11
2002 NY Arts, “Collaboration with Nature: Jim Toia” Tova Beck Friedman, Summer issue
2002 Sculpture Magazine, “Jim Toia: groundwork,” April
2002 The Sunday Star-Ledger, “Nature mushrooms into art at Clinton museum,” Dan Bischoff, March 31
2002 New York Times, “Finding Meaning in Mushrooms Served Up as Art,” William Zimmer, March 24
2002 “Magical Mushrooms,” Time Off, reviewed by Susan Van Dongen, March 22
2001 “Jim Toia,” Sculpture, Erica-Lynn Huberty, January/February
2000 “Jim Toia” New York Times, Ken Johnson, June 23
2000 “Jim Toia” Village Voice, Kim Levin, June 27
1998 New Jersey Network, Artist Spotlight, NJN TV, Trenton, NJ
1997 “Strokes of Inspiration” New York Times, Bill Zimmer, Sept 28
1997 “Manhattan Avant Garde Galleries” Kunstmarket Newspaper, Sept 14
1997 Review: Jim Toia at Yearsly Spring , The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 6
1997 Time Out Magazine, September
1997 Review Magazine, September
1996 “Sculptor Who Collaborates with Nature” New York Times, Vivian Raynor, September 1.
1996 “Sculptor’s Creations are Second Nature” The Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins, August 21.
1996 Cover Magazine – Review by David Gibson, October issue
1994 “Italian Americans Pose Questions about Ethnicity” New York Times, Vivian Raynor, December 25
1992 “Imagery with Surrealistic Accent” New York Times, Vivian Raynor
1988 The Print Collector’s Newsletter, Jackie Brody Vol. XIX, No 4

RESIDENCIES

2012 The Studios of Key West, Key West, FL
2008 Costa Rica Cultural Arts Center, San Jose, Costa Rica
2007 University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, TX
2006 Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 University of California, San Jose
2003 FOR-SITE Foundation, Grass Valley, California
1999 Drury College, Springfield, IL Artist in residence
1997 Lafayette College, Easton, PA Artist in residence
1994 The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ Artist in residence

EDUCATION

1993 MFA School of Visual Arts NY, NY
1987 School of Visual Arts Studio Program Urbino, Italy
1985 BA Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

GRANTS / AWARDS

  • Morris Area Council on the Arts Foundation Grant – Morristown, NJ (2005)
  • AP Kirby, Jr. Foundation, Inc. (2002)
  • New Jersey State Council for the Art Grant (2001)
  • Geraldine R Dodge Foundation Grant, Suzanne Zimmer Award (1996)
  • Merit Award, School of Visual Arts (1992)
  • Suzanne Zimmer Award, Bard College (1985)

Artist’s statement

“I seek to convey the absolute brilliance of circumstance and contingency. When successful, the viewer becomes aware of the fragility of the moment, realizes the miracle of our predicament, and bends to the fascination of pure experience.”

Toia Summation:

Jim Toia makes work around the world when possible, but his primary and secondary studios are in Northewestern New Jersey and Key West, Florida, respectfully. He sought the hills and valleys of NJ as both refuge from the metropolitan area and for its proximity to the center of the contemporary art world. In Key West he spends time peering into the straights of Florida searching out life below. He is represented by the Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, NY (kimfostergallery.com). He received his BA from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. The many collections that own his work include the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, The NJ State Museum, the AT&T Collection, and the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art and Stamford University to name a few. He is the recipient of a 2000 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant.

Kim Foster Gallery and Jim Toia