[Boston, MA ::: b. 1986 - New York, NY]

NIKKI ROSATO earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2013. Prior to studying at SMFA, Rosato received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. Rosato’s work has received multiple awards, including the 2008 A.J. Schneider Award. Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, as well as at numerous art fairs including VOLTA 10 in Basel, Switzerland for Art Basel, artMRKT San Francisco, Texas Contemporary, Miami Project for Art Basel Miami Beach, and the Seattle Art Fair.

In 2013, Rosato’s work was featured in Lovin’ it, Symbol and Contradiction at the Bromer Art Collection in Roggwil-Kaltenherberg, Switzerland as well as Mapping the Way at Walford Mill Crafts in London. In 2014, Rosato received the Blanche E. Coleman award. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, The Harvard Review, Canadian Geographic, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Hi-Fructose New Magazine.

The visual aspects of a road map are remarkably human. A map is a symbol of a living, breathing, moving body—the land is just as alive as we are. A map’s lines carve the pathways for the rhythms and movements that undulate across the surface of the earth.

As we move though life, the places we inhabit and the people that we meet alter and shape us into the person that we are in the present day. I am interested in the idea that a place I visited as a child has affected the outcome of the person that I am today.

In my work, I explore the complexities of human relationships and the love affair that we have with place. I find inspiration in how we map our own personal space and how those lines become blurred and modified when we form relationships others. 


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2013        MFA     School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University 
                           Studio Arts
2008        BA        University of Pittsburgh
                           Studio Arts, History of Art and Architecture (Summa Cum Laude)

2014        Blanche E. Colman Award
2013        Tufts University Graduate Travel Grant (Switzerland)
2012        Solo Exhibition Award, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
                Montague International Travel Grant (Italy)
2011        Graduate Merit Scholarship: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2010        Graduate Merit Scholarship: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2008        AJ Schneider Award 
               Office of Experiential Learning Small Grant

2015         Merged, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013         Cut, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
                Catch and Release: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA
                Connections, Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA