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If there is a common thread running through Nick's work, it is an elegance, a paring down of detail and a fascination with organic shapes and tactile quality.
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Phil Schirmer
"Amalgamations of Stone, Flesh and Flower"
Leisure Weekly, 12 October 1989

Poetry in Stone :: Biography

Nick Santoro

exhibitions | grants| commissions | teaching| education

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I have been carving stone and making sculptures for thirty years. During the 1990′s I created a large body of stone, wood and metal sculptures at the old Vermont Marble Company site in West Rutland, Vermont. Carving daily at my studio on the quarry enabled me to experience a vivid connection with the men who had cut and shaped the stone. I learned to appreciate its elemental magnetism for our ancestors and for us. My work is an ongoing effort to fashion physical metaphors from the stone that connect our ancestors to us and our progeny. My art is organic, abstract and elemental.

The ORIGINS show at UCONN, Avery Point, is my effort to convey some sense of the mystery of beginnings and begettings.

Exhibitions

2009 UCONN, “Origins” Solo Show • Avery Point, CT
2001-09 SPA Gallery, “Rock Solid” Stone Shows • Barre, VT
2008-09 Roadside Art Market • Bomoseen, VT
2008 Art and Antiques • Rutland, VT
2008 Polonaise Gallery • Woodstock, VT
2007 New England Garden Ornaments, “Stone Show” • Hardwick, MA
2007 Sculpt Fest • Woodstock, VT
2007 Pegasus Gallery • Queeche, VT
2007 Hudson Art Gallery • Keene Valley, NY
2006 ART HOP • Burlington, VT
2006 UCONN, “Sculpture Walk”, Outdoor Installation • Avery Point, CT
2006 Corscaden Art Barn • Keene Valley, NY
2006 Chaffee Art Gallery, Outdoor Installation • Rutland, VT
2006 SPA Gallery, “ARTS-R-US” Group Show • Barre,VT
2005 Clinton Art Society • Clinton, CT
2005 York Cinema Gallery, “Sculptor’s Eye”, Solo Show • New Haven, CT
2003 Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery, UCONN, Solo Show • Avery Point, CT
2003 York Cinema Gallery, “Divided World”, Group Show • New Haven, CT
2003 Corscaden Art Barn • Keene Valley, NY
2003 Charles Baltivik Gallery, “Garden”, Solo Show • Provincetown, MA
2002-03 Kendall Art Gallery • Wellfleet, MA
2002-03 Caron Art Gallery • Chester, CT
2002-03 Night Owl Gallery • Rutland, VT
2002 SPA Gallery, “Sculptural Paintings”, Solo Show • Barre, VT
2000 Essex Art Association • Essex, CT
2000-03 Shoreline Art Gallery • Westbrook, CT
1999 Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, “B.A.R.E.”, Group Show • Groton, CT
1999 University of New Haven, “Earth Tones”, 2 Artist Show • West Haven, CT
1998 John Slade Ely House, Group Show • New Haven, CT
1998 Artspace • New Haven, CT
1997-99 Gallery M • New Haven, CT
1996-97 Creative Arts Workshop • New Haven, CT
1995-96 Preusser Gallery • Taos, NM
1995-96 Greene Gallery • Guilford, CT
1991, 96 SculptureFest, Carving Studio • West Rutland, VT
1995, 00 Helene Day Art Center, “Exposed” Outdoor Shows • Stowe, VT
1994-95 Roger Williams Park, “Convergence VII.Vffl” • Providence, RI
1994-96 Equinox Hotel • Manchester, VT
1994 Bennington College, “AIDS”, Group Show • Bennington, VT
1993 Castleton State College, “Nubile Earth”, Solo Show • Castleton, VT
1992 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center • Hanover, NH
1991 Vermont Bicentennial Sculpture Garden • Proctor, VT
1991 Sculpture at Habitat • Belmont, MA
1990-07 Chaffee Art Center, Member Shows • Rutland, VT
1990-99 Southern Vermont Art Center • Manchester, VT
1990 Fitchburg Art Museum • Fitchburg, MA
1989-95 Besides Myself Gallery • Arlington, VT
1989-93 Quietude Art Gallery • East Brunswick, NJ
1989 Stratton Art Festival • Stratton, VT
1988-89 Salmon Falls Art Gallery • Shelbume Falls, MA
1988-89 Gallery II • Woodstock, VT
1988-89 Brooks Library Gallery • Brattleboro, VT
1988 Sharon Art Gallery • Sharon, NH
1986 Rockville Municipal Center • Rockville, MD
1983-93 McCrillis Gardens • Bethesda, MD
1983 Pathwork Healing Arts Center • Silver Spring, MD
1982 Newkirk Studios • Washington, DC
1981 Via Gambaro Art Gallery • Washington, DC
1980 Milestone Art Gallery • Washington, DC
1977 Swiss Embassy • Washington, DC
1977 Marguerite Fogel Gallery • Washington, DC
1977 Corcoran Art Gallery • Washington, DC

Grants

2008 Adolph Gottlieb Foundation • New York, NY
2008 Artist Fellowship • New York, NY
2002 Vermont Community Foundation • Middlebury, VT
1996 Joseph Albers Foundation • New Haven, CT
1994 Vermont Council on the Arts • Montpelier, VT
1993 Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts • New York, NY
1993 Barbara Carris Foundation • Rutland, VT
1993 Artist Fellowship • New York, NY
1992 Adolph Gottlieb Foundation • New York, NY
1991 Rutland Chapter 2 Grant • Rutland, VT
1991 Mortimer Proctor Fund Grant • Proctor, VT

Commissions

2002 Linda Williamson • Toronto, Canada
2002 Romerein Family • Toronto, Canada
2001 University of New Haven • West Haven, CT
2000 University of New Haven • West Haven, CT
1999 Dr. Gary Heller • West Haven, CT
1999 Dr. Nancy Carriuolo • West Haven, CT
1999 Mr. Roland Bixler • West Haven, CT
1996 Mrs. Jean Lament, Foote School • West Haven, CT
1995 Mr. Louis Spaventa • Santa Barbara, CA
1994 Dr. Tom Smith • Castleton, VT
1993 City of Providence • Providence, RI
1993 Mrs. Melody Ishihara • Tokyo, Japan
1992 Dr. Richard Nathan • Luino, Italy
1992 Mrs. Ernst Nathan • Providence, RI
1992 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center • Hanover, NH
1991 Dr. William Abdu • Hanover, NH
1989 Dr. Stanley Goldberg • New York, NY
1988 Rev. Robert Grattorati • Charlton, MA
1987 Mr. Gabe Heilig • Takoma Park, MD
1986 Dr. Karl Keller • Kensington, MD
1985 Dr. Herbert Moskovitz • Washington, DC
1983 Dr. Dana Czpansky • Takoma Park, MD
1982 Mr. Wayne Rhodes • Washington, DC
1980 Dr. Richard Nathan • Luino, Italy
1979 Ms. Chris Tandy • Portland, OR
1977 Mrs. Susan Cooper • Washington, DC
1977 Dr. Marguerite Fogel • Washington, DC

Teaching

2008-09 Bomoseen Studio • Castleton, VT
1993-03 West Rutland Studio • West Rutland, VT
1997-99 New Haven Studio • New Haven, CT
1997-99 Guilford Handcrafts Center • Guilford, CT
1996-98 Creative Arts Workshop • New Haven, CT
1996 The Foote School • New Haven, CT
1996 West Rutland School • West Rutland, VT
1994 Chaffee Art Center • Rutland, VT
1991 Proctor Elementary School • Proctor, VT
1990 The Carving Studio • West Rutland, VT

Education

1976-77 Corcoran Art School • Washington, DC
1996 University of Iowa, BA Literature • Iowa City, IA