Current Residence - New Jersey

Sol Studio Grant Recipient

EMILY JOST

I am a jersey city-based artist interested in combining my narrative paintings with different textile production techniques. In my most recent works, you can see my handmade textile pieces whether it be crochet, weaving, or knitting with painted figures incorporated. As most artists know, the time and money it takes to create a single piece could be astoundingly high. As a young artist receiving the money to do what you love is the greatest dream come true. Not only does my grant pay for my textbooks for the university, but it also pays for a lot of my supplies, such as paints, brushes, yarn, and anything else I need. I am granted access to studio spaces for a couple of months out of the year which gives me the perfect environment to experiment with my craft. But most importantly just to have someone who believes in my artwork as much as I do I a big motivator to me and my work, I am beyond grateful.

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Artist

Jada Fabrizio

Jada’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries, throughout the New York metro area as well as in cities all over the country. Her work appears in a wide variety of publications including Musée Magazine, Split Rock Review, Chaleur Magazine, Pikchur Magazine and High Shelf Press. Jada studied at the School Visual Arts, The International Center for Photography, SUNY New Paltz and the Munson Proctor Art Institute.

Ms. Fabrizio’s work makes good use of her experience with many disciplines, taking the form of set building, sculpture, and photography. Jada loves to tell stories and is interested in telling them in all sorts of ways. Her work can be thought of as documentary, but only if you are documenting a dream or the subconcious.

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Artist

Grace Ramsey

Grace Mikell Ramsey lives in New Jersey and is an Assistant Professor of Art at William Paterson University where she teaches painting and drawing. She received an M.F.A. in Painting from Tulane University in 2012 was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award that year. In 2014 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant. Her work has been shown nationally, including at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Art Gallery, and the Art Fair 14C Juried Show in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her work has been published in the Oxford American, Artvoices, Arkansas Life, The Idle Class, and Momma Tried.

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Artist

Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf’s work encompasses sculpture, installation, and drawing. Wolf received individual fellowship grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the NJ State Council of the Arts. He was a recipient of the Power of Art Award, personally presented to him by Robert Rauschenberg, at the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

 

Wolf’s exhibitions include a solo show at the Sculptors Guild Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. His sculpture Sanctum was highlighted at Monica King Contemporary, in Tribeca, in their Wish You Were Here series in MKC’s “Grotto.” Other recent shows included in I’m Your Venus at Bee in the Lion gallery, Defining Form at The Untitled Space, in Manhattan, and Inversions at RIVAA Gallery on Roosevelt Island. 

 

His architectural installation Sanctuary was the inspiration for an exhibition of the same name at the Orlando Museum of Art. Wolf has been an adjunct professor at William Paterson University and Kean University and teaches at the Visual Arts Center of NJ. 

 

Wolf will be showing work with Monica King Contemporary at the upcoming Intersect Chicago: SOFA art Fair this November.  

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Artist

Heidi Curko

Heidi Curko was born on Shelter Island, NY, and resides in Hudson County, NJ, where she has been a practicing artist since the 1990’s. Her drawn gestural works and paintings are deeply evocative, reflecting her “inner landscape” in a similar way that her earlier images of waterscapes and atmospheric scenes reflect mood and emotion. Her work has been shown in NYC at the Walter Wickiser Gallery, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Galleria 360 in Florence, Italy. Additionally, she has been represented at Aqua Art Miami and the Affordable Art Fair, Milan.

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Artist

Sandra DeSando

My artwork flows freely onto panel boards and paper. I have spent decades devoted to the study of the beauty, destruction, and the sacredness of the land. My artwork is about being invited by the trees to have conversation about how the world began. In my stay at ESKFF Heidi Curko and I are working in collaboration. Our lives changed at the beginning of Covid 19. The isolation and stress impaired our art making process. We intend to reconstitute that part of us that frees our being to become whole again.

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