' Jim Toia
Jim Toia
Come In From The Cold (Toia)
January 21 - February 27, 2016

Press Release

Jim Toia has cultivated his interest in mushrooms and the physical capture of their spores. His spore drawings are unique examples of his partnership with nature. Decades ago, he saw his first scientific spore print. In a controlled environment, a mycologist allows a mushroom to drop its spores for the purpose of scientific study. Toia’s spore drawings are deliberately executed under less controlled conditions. His manipulations combined with chance occurrences lead to surprising results and unworldly imagery. Only a few of his numerous attempts pass his rigorous standards of approval for his art.

Jim Toia’s process lures you into a world that is seamlessly flowing and alive, but in reality are mushroom spores lying dormant on prepared paper. It is a struggle with nature that often leads to failure. In an uncanny way, the beauty of the drawings becomes almost menacing, akin to tentacles that grab you from the page.

Past Exhibitions


 link to New York Times Review: Jim Toia at NJ State Museum


2015           The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ 

The Pingry School, Warren, NJ

2013           The Gross Center for the Arts, Lawrenceville, NJ

2012            Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Studios of Key West, The Petri Island Project, Key West, FL

2010            Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NJ

2008            Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2006            Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2005            Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004      Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

2002            Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2000            Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

1997            Yearsly Spring Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

1996            The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

1995            Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA

1993            Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ

Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ

1992            Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA

Sculptures S.V.A. Gallery, New York, NY

1991            Public Proof Installation, Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY

1987            Gallery Patisserie, Jersey City, NJ

1986            The Torn Awning Gallery, New York, NY



2018            Human/Nature, Wayne State University, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI

2017             Winterfell, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

2016             Come in from the Cold, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

2014            “Ready or Not” New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art, Newark Museum, NJ             

Mushrooms, Moss and a Movie, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

2013            New Faces, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West FL

2012            Emergence & Structure Traveling Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, MDC Freedom Tower Gallery, Miami, FL, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

2011            Night, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Sticks and Stones, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA

Bloom, Islip Museum, East Islip, NY

2009            DrawingPainting, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Rahway Arts Guild, Rahway, NJ

2007             On Paper, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006            Terrain, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

2005            Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

The Mind of Nature: Structures and Processes: Kerns, Minter, Toia, Taipei Artists’ Village International, Taipei, Taiwan

Digitized: Kerns, Minter, Toia, at the Chen-Lin University Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan,

2004      Temporalscape, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Metamorphosis, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler, Wisconsin

2003      SmART Gallery – Inaugural Group Exhibition, Munich, Germany

The For-Site Foundation- Inaugural Exhibition, Grass Valley, CA

Organics, two person exhibition with Illlia Barger curated by Tricia Fagan, Mercer Community

College, Trenton, NJ

2002            Made by Nature, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY

Artists and the Art of the Book, Traveling exhibition curated by Curlee Holton,

Director of the Experimental Print Institute, Lafayette College

Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica

Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Artists’ Image Resource Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

2001            Selections, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1999            In View of Nature, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

A Book in Hand, Brooklyn Public Library by Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Small Works, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

1998            Drawings, Yearsley Spring Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Drawings On Paper and Off, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA

1997            ArtLink: Miniature Golf Course, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

1996            Il Politecnico XX Arte, Rome, Italy

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Image & Text, Rathbone Gallery, Albany, NY

450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

1995            Buoys, curated by Bill Bace, New York, NY

1994            Art of Italian Americans, Lehman College, White Plains, NY

Beyond Bard, National Arts Club, New York, NY

1993            Artists’ Books and Books about Art, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York

Three Sculptors, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ

1992            Books By Artists, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA

Enigma, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Rituals, The Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York

Breaking Space, A.J. Lederman Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

Range, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

1991            Dreams and Ambiguities, curated by Barbara Green, Spazi Contemporary, MA

1990            Wall Works, curated by Charles Kessler, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ

New Jersey Arts Annual, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

1989            Prints and Multiples, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT

Selections 1989, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT

1988            The Milk Bar, New York, NY

1986            The Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

No Lo Contendere, New York, NY




Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston, TX and Toronto, Canada

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

AT&T/ Lucent, Basking Ridge, NJ

IC Deal Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Stephen & Naomi Antonakos, New York, NY

The Lands Collection, Beverly Hills, CA

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

The FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City/San Francisco, CA

D’Agostino Collection, Rome, Italy

Philip Bennett Smerling Design, Lenox, MA

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ



2015            State of the Arts, PBS Television, NY/NJ Metropolitan Market

2015            New York Times, Pieces of Nature Preserved as Art, Tammy La Gorce

2015            Times of Trenton, NJ State Museum Jim Toia’s Art, Janet Purcell

2015            Newsworks.org WHYY Philadelphia, Nature Based Exhibit and NJ State Museum

2014            SciArt in Amrica, In the Studio of Jim Toia, Interview by Ed Kerns

2013            Orion Magazine, Life in the Petri Dish, Illustrations Charles Mann

2009             “The Process Principle” by Steve Piccione, Lehigh Valley Style, pg 33-36, September

2006             “Jim Toia at Kim Foster” Art in America Leigh Anne Miller October

2005             Artweek, Alison Bing

2003            “Metamorphosis: Jim Toia” Sculpture, Carol Rosen, May issue

2002            “Made by Nature at Dorsky Gallery” New York Times, Ken Johnson, October 11

2002            “Collaboration with Nature: Jim Toia” NY Arts, Tova Beck Friedman, Summer issue

2002            “Jim Toia: groundwork,” Sculpture, April

2002            “Nature mushrooms into art at Clinton museum,” The Sunday Star-Ledger, Dan Bischoff, March 31

2002            “Finding Meaning in Mushrooms Served Up as Art,” New York Times, William Zimmer, March 24

2002            “Magical Mushrooms,” Time Off, reviewed by Susan Van Dongen, March 22

2001            “Jim Toia,” Sculpture, Erica-Lynn Huberty, January/February

2000            “Jim Toia” New York Times, Ken Johnson, June 23

2000            “Jim Toia” Village Voice, Kim Levin, June 27

1998            New Jersey Network, Artist Spotlight, NJN TV, Trenton, NJ

1997            “Strokes of Inspiration” New York Times, Bill Zimmer, Sept 28

1997            “Manhattan Avant Garde Galleries” Kunstmarket Newspaper, Sept 14

1997            Review: Jim Toia at Yearsly Spring , The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 6

1997            Time Out Magazine, September

1997            Review Magazine, September

1996            “Sculptor Who Collaborates with Nature” New York Times, Vivian Raynor, September 1.

1996            “Sculptor’s Creations are Second Nature” The Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins, August 21.

1996            Cover Magazine – Review by David Gibson, October issue

1994            “Italian Americans Pose Questions about Ethnicity” New York Times, Vivian Raynor, December 25

1992            “Imagery with Surrealistic Accent” New York Times, Vivian Raynor

1988            The Print Collector’s Newsletter, Jackie Brody Vol. XIX, No 4



2012            The Studios of Key West, Key West, FL

2008            Costa Rica Cultural Arts Center, San Jose, Costa Rica

2007            University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, TX

2006            Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan

2005            University of California, San Jose

2003           FOR-SITE Foundation, Grass Valley, California

1999            Drury College, Springfield, IL Artist in residence

1997            Lafayette College, Easton, PA Artist in residence

1994            The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ Artist in residence



MFA        School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

School of Visual Arts Studio Program Urbino, Italy

BA            Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY



Morris Area Council on the Arts Foundation Grant – Morristown, NJ (2005)

AP Kirby, Jr. Foundation, Inc. (2002)

New Jersey State Council for the Art Grant (2001)

Geraldine R Dodge Foundation Grant, Suzanne Zimmer Award (1996)

Merit Award, School of Visual Arts (1992)

Suzanne Zimmer Award, Bard College (1985)