resume

education
MFA 2004 The University of Texas at Austin
BFA 1997 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

professional experience
2012 - present Associate Professor, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
2006 - 2012 Assistant Professor, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
2004 - 2006 Adjunct Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin
awards / residencies
2015 CRETA, Rome, Italy
2014 SÍM, Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavík, Iceland
SĺM, Berlin
CAMAC, Centre D’Art, Marnay Art Centre, Marnay France
Lieighton Artist Colony, Banff Centre Residency, Banff Canada
2011 Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting
Summer Research and Artistry Grant (Japan), Northern Illinois University
2010 Summer Research and Artistry Grant (Iceland), Northern Illinois University
SIM, Residency, Association for Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland
2008 Jentel Foundation Resident, Banner, Wyoming
Ragdale Foundation, Artist in Residence, Lake Forest, Illinois
2007 Resident, Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts, Miramonte, California
2005 Residency Fellow, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
Artist Residency, Chateau de La Napoule, La Napoule, France
2001 Kelly Fearing Endowed Fellowship in Painting
Elizabeth McGoldrick Endowed Fellowship in Painting
1992 Castiglione Fine Arts Award
solo exhibitions
2015 You Are Here, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago
Frutti, Fiori e Frammenti, CRETA, Rome, Italy
2013 Yard Dweller, Art Palace, Houston, Texas
2012 Soil, Coil, Trefoil, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
Mystery Spot, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL
The Smalls, Hartmann Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
2011 6th Alexander Rutsch Award Exhibition, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York
Groundcover, Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
2010 Majestic!, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago Illinois
2007 Cool Sticky, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with Sabina Ott, Light Blue and the Same Red Makes a Change, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, Illinois
2006 Seismic Shift, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
group exhibitions
2016 Who Cares for the Sky? With Sabina Ott, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2015 (I’d Like to Suggest) LINGER ON, organized by Anna Kunz, Chicago, Illinois
Pattern Recognition, co-curator with Steve Ciampaglia Jack Olson Gallery, NIU, DeKalb, Illinois
Roots, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, Illinois
Luck of the Draw, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
2014 Random, Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland
Above and Below, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
I’m Jealous of Your Failures, Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, Illinois
2012 Malin Kong, Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
A View From There, with Carrie Cook and Sonja Berg, Art Palace, Houston, Texas
2011 Island- Twenty Two Artists Responding to Iceland, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan and CAVE, Detroit, MI
Then Again, Maybe Not, with Michelle Wasson and Richard Kooyman, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Subject: Object, Curator, ebersmoore, Chicago, Illinois
Black at Heart, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois
Placeholder, E & W Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Ambiguous Object, Cantanker Magazine Exhibition, Pump Project Space, Austin, Texas, Curated by Cook & Ruud
InVisible: Hiding in Plain Sight, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, Illinois, Curated by NIU Drawing Faculty Karen Brown
2010 Perceiving Place, with Corinne Ullmann, Josephine Halvorson, and Mike Glier, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
ReVision, Katzen Center for the Arts, American University, Washington, DC
Skipti/Swap, Association for Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland
Ah-Wilderness, ebersmoore, Chicago, Illinois
Texas National, Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, Juror: Judy Pfaff
2009 StArt, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles, California
AbstWACKtion!, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, Illionis. Curated by Frank Trankina
Gimme Baby Robots, traveling exhibition curated by Michael T. Rea, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago
2008 Art Chicago, with Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Somewhere, Elsewhere, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Prospect, Creative Research Lab, Austin, Texas, Juror: Jade Walker, Director, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, Texas
Bitchin., Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois, curator
ArtChicago, with Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Of, On, And About Paper, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California, Jurors: Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett, Editors. Art on Paper magazine
Built and Grown, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007 Faculty Biennial, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, Illinois
Zg Summer Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Curators: Meg Sheehy and Myra Casis, Co-owners, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
50th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, New York, Jurors: Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Directors, Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
House and Garden, a collaboration with Michelle Wasson, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois
Paimiatki, Akademia Sztuk Piknych w Katowicach, Katowice, Poland
Biennial 24, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana, (Merit Award) Jurors: Meg Sheehy and Myra Casis, Co-owners, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2006 School of Art Faculty Biennial, Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University
Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Jupiter Hotel, Portland Curator: Arturo Palacios, Director, Art Palace Austin, Texas
Red Hot, Red Dot, Women and Their Work, Austin, Texas
Wild and Bushy, Volitant Gallery, Austin, Texas Curator: Hana Hillerova
Luck of the Draw, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas Curator: Diane Barber, Visual Arts Director, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
On the Horizon: Nina Rizzo & Stephanie Wagner, Art Palace Gallery, Austin, Texas
2005 Casket Factory .05, at The Dallas Coffin Co., Dallas, Texas, with Art Palace Gallery, Austin, Texas
New Texas Painting, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
Curator: Diane Barber, Visual Arts Director, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Jupiter Hotel, Portland,Oregon, Curator: Arturo Palacios, Director, Art Palace, Austin, Texas
Texas Biennial, Dougherty Arts Center (venue), Juried Show, Juror.s Choice Award, (catalogue)
Sisters Show, Fresh Up Club, Austin, Texas, Curators: David Bryant and Peat Duggins, Directors Fresh Up Club, Austin, Texas
2004 Cha Cha Cha, Wormhole Gallery, Miami, Florida, Curator: Pepe Mar, Wormhole Gallery, Miami, Florida
Stray Show, Chicago, Illinois, Fresh Up Club, Austin, Texas, Curator: David Bryant, Co-Director, Fresh Up Club, Austin, Texas
22nd Annual National Small Works Competition, Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, New York, Juror: Katharina Rich Perlow, Director, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, New York
2003 Austin Powers, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston Texas, Curator: Sally Sprout, Houston, Texas
Seven From Austin; Recent Post Pluralist Painting, Landmark Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas, Curator: Elizabeth Joblin, Director, Gallery 107, Austin, Texas
Superstring, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, Texas
Italart Center Show, Italart Center at Santa Chiara, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
2002 New American Talent 17, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas, Juror: Kathryn Kanjo, Executive Director, ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas (catalogue)
Jacket, Creative Research Lab, Austin, Texas, Curators: Merchant Adams, Atteqa Ali, Lynn Boland, M.A. Candidates, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin
The Unrestrained Creativity, Art and Charity, Finesilver Building, San Antonio, Texas, Curator: David Freeman, Editor In Chief, Voices of Art
bibliography
2015 B. David Zarley, Nina Rizzo: Environmental Impact, New American Paintings Blog
http://www.newamericanpaintings.com/blog/nina-rizzo-environmental-impactst
Philip A. Hardigan, Seeing Art For the Trees, Hyperallergic August 7, 2015
http://hyperallergic.com/228242/seeing-the-art-for-the-trees/
2011 Verfhond Colophon, "A Thousand Living Painter - Disclosing Contemporary Painterly Painting", http://a1000livingpainters.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/nina-rizzo/, Amsterdam, Holland
Cook & Ruud, "The Ambiguous Object", Cantanker Magazine, 3rd Edition, January 2011
2010 Chris Smith, Majestic! at Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago Art Magazine, April, 8, 2010
Chicago ArtNews - Featured, http://www.chicagoartmagazine.com/2010/04/nina-rizzo-at-linda-warren-gallery/
Petrified Log, oil on panel, 12" x 12" 2010, (image published), "Chicago Gallery News", Volume 25/Number 2, April - August 2010
http://www.centerstagechicago.com/art/articles/must-see-art.html, May, 2010
2007 Rachel Fumari, "Luscious Stains in Paint", New City, October 11, 2007
2006 Salvador Castillo "Nina Rizzo and Stephanie Wagner, On the Horizon, Art Palace", Bout what I Sees, http://salvadorcastillo.wordpress.com/2006/02/ ., March 20, 2006
Dorothy Meiburg, "On the Horizon at Art Palace", .might be good (website), mightbegood.org, March 10, 2006
2005 Caitlin Haskell, Interview, "Three Hours of Road Trip Tunes", .might be good (website), mightbegood.org/mbg, October 29, 2005
Elaine Wolff, .Digitally Induced Angst and Sensory Overload", San Antonio Current, March 10, 2005
"Brushed with Greatness", Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin-American Statesman, March 8th, 2005
"Des Artistes Inspires Ont Ouvert les Portes du Chateau", Stephan Dudzinski, Nice Matin, 22 fevrier, 2005
"Un Grand Cru d.Artistes, en Residence au Chateau", Stephan Dudzinski, Nice Matin, 17 fevrier, 2005
2004 New American Paintings South West Edition 2004, Number 54, Volume 9, Number 5, Juror: Lynn M. Herbert, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
2003 New American Paintings M.F.A. Annual 2003, Volume 8, The M.F.A. Annual, December 2003, Juror: Lawrence Rinder, Curator of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
J. Marcus Weekley, "Seven From Austin: Recent Post Pluralist Painting", Artl!es, Number 39, Summer 2003, 86
Charlotte Cousins, "A Collaborative Process", Art Notes, Spring 2003, 13
K-EYE News Austin, Arts Story, Austin, Texas, September, 7, 2003
J. Marcus Weekley, "Seven from Austin", Hub Stuff, Lubbock, Texas, August 2003
selected collections
  • Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Illinois
  • Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ritz Carlton
  • ebersmoore, Chicago, Illinois
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Art Palace, Houston, Texas
  • Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, International
  • Buzz Spector, Ithaca, New York
  • Neil Goldberg's Cirque
  • K & W, Chicago, Illinois
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
artist registries
  • White Columns, New York, New York
  • Texas Artist Registry, ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas
  • Creative Research Laboratory,Austin, Texas
  • The Drawing Center, New York, New York