[Washington, DC ::: 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 a 2014 Blanche E. Colman Award, and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2017 her work was included in Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire, and in Temporal Gestalt at Clemson University’s Lee Galley in South Carolina. In 2016, Rosato had a solo exhibition, titled Inbound, at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Canadian Geographic, Art New England Magazine and Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art 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. 



A Map of Me

By Joel Dowshen


We sat on the couch,

My grandson and I,

Reading, chilling,

Talking about the

Spectacular sculptures of

Human forms

From painstakingly cut

Maps we had just seen.

I looked down

And saw him gazing

Away from Harry Potter

To the back of my


Resting gently

On his leg.

He started moving

A slender, slightly grimy


Very gently for a

Six year old,

Over the veins,

The wrinkles,

The scars


On my hand

Now entering its

Eighth decade.

It was as though

He discovered an

Old map,

And was intent on

Finding where

The Roads and rivers

Flowed and intersected

Even beyond the edge.

It energized me

Remembering doing the same

With my Grandmother’s


A hand sculpted with the

Ache of dislocation,

Of struggle,

Of work,

Of rebuilding,

And ultimately of

Nurturing, joy and love.

That hand has been my guide.


With his smooth, soft hand,

He’s found

A map of me.


Inspired by Nikki Rosato: Inbound.


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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


2017          Object, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016          Inbound, Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2015         Merged, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013         Cut, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA



Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

Temporal Gestalt, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Cut Up/Cut Out, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA (traveling)

Exchange x JFG, Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin, Germany


If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

34, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA


Miami Project Art Fair (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery), Miami FL

Paper, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Mark of the Feminine, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA


VOLTA10 Art Fair (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery), Basel, Switzerland

Miami Project Art Fair (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery), Miami, FL

You Are Here, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

Lovin’ it, Symbol and Contradiction, Bromer Art Collection, Roggwil, Switzerland

Mapping the Way, Walford Mill Crafts, London, UK