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Josette Urso
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: OIL PAINTING AND DRAWING My work is driven by the “real time” energy of life and is made in direct response to my immediate environment. I often work back and forth between urban and natural subjects where the contrasts and cross-fertilizations are cumulative, non-linear, free flowing and interpretive. For me, drawing and painting parallel the act of seeing and are the most direct links to private time with the physical world. As I work, time slows down. My work becomes a record of place; through this process I reflect my inherent energy, spirit and purpose for living, while claiming a piece of this life as my own. Each work is executed in a single sitting. The paintings and drawings are not literal translations, but are intuitive expressions of places observed, considered and re-imagined. _____________________________________________________________________________ COLLAGE I am preoccupied with the problem of information; or its dual nature as nourishment and interference. We cannot live without information, but a surfeit of it can dissipate and dull the attention. In my collages I attempt to achieve a maximal synthesis of focus and disarray. The visual space is highly randomized and highly ordered. The play of visual coincidence creates pleasure, just as it keys us into the generative power of chaos. I want to push the visual matrix to a crescendo just before breakdown, to find, in T.S. Eliot’s phrase, “The still point of the turning world.” There is a gamble involved in this, and my circular arrangements put me in mind of roulette wheels, just as they provide an insight into the spectral nature of consciousness.
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Josette Urso
www.josetteurso.com


GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2014
Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming

2013
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., New York, NY
Art and History Museums of Maitland - Research Studio, Maitland, FL

2010
Loft Nota Bene, Cadaques, Spain

2009
Yaddo, The Alma B.C. Schapiro Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY

2008
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, NY
Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany (Architectural Glass and Mosaic Studio)
Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany

2006
Stock 20, Taichung, Taiwan

2005
Lambent Fellowship Nominee, New York, NY
Full Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2004
American Artists Abroad, Art in Embassies, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2003
Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT

2002
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland

2000
The Basil H. Alkazzi Award, USA
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland

1997
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, NY

1996
CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming

1994
Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Fellowship (Painting)

1993
Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany (VCCA Exchange)

1991
Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France

1990
Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
VCCA, Sweet Briar, VA

1988
Art Matters Inc., NY
Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM), Bronx, NY
Ruth Chenven Foundation, New York, NY

1986 Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida State Arts Council, FL



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Along the Way, Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Non-Stop, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

2015
Treehouse, Markel Fine Art, New York, NY
High Five, Main Window Project Space, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

2014
So Far - Not So Far, Westchester Community College, White Plains, NY

2013
Artist-in-Residence ONE: Josette Urso, Art&History Museums, Maitland, FL
Multiple Choice, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
Recalibrate, Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton, NY
Sense and Nonsense, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Snow Day, Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

2012
Here and Then, 110 Church Street / CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA
Taking Place-Drawings, Gallery 221, HCC, Dale Mabry, Campus, Tampa, FL

2011
Art Wall on Third, New York Public Library, New York, NY
Fifth Avenue Windows, New York Public Library, New York, NY

2009
biT by Bit, Young + Rubicam, New York, NY

2008
Sparkasse Schwandorf, Scwandorf, Germany

2006
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL

2005
Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT
Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

2004
gescheidle, Chicago, IL
Okaloosa-Walton College, Niceville, FL

2003
gescheidle, Chicago, IL

2002
Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2001
Museo de las Americas, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Galerie Industria, Wuppertal, Germany (1998, 1996, 1994, 1992)
Hammond Gallery, Fitchburg College, MA

1999
Rosemont College, Lawrence, PA
Concordia College, Bronxville, NY

1998
Cathy Clayton Gallery, Tampa, FL (1993)
The Forum Gallery, Jamestown Community College, NY (1992)

1997
Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica (Catalog)

1996
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

1995
The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ

1993
University of Tampa, Lee Scarfone Gallery, FL (Catalog)

1990
The Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL (Catalog)

1987
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY (Catalog)



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
The New New, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

2015
Humble Iterations, Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Defining Abstraction, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, FL(catalog)
Stack/File, curator: Ana Torok, Kentler International Drawing Space,Brooklyn
Artists on Site, Weir Farm Trust Anniversary Exhibition, Wilton, CT
Abstraction, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
Snow Bird, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

2014
Purple Mountains, Amber Waves, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Surface Tension, PS209, Stone Ridge, NY
Works On Paper, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Large and Small, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY
Shifting Ecologies, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Big, Fat & Juicy, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

2013
Tracing Experience, curated by Andrea Kantrowitz, Columbia University, NY
Drafted, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Abstract Thinking, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

2012
The Allure of Collage, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
Natural/Constructed Spaces II, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Super Saturated, curated by Kenise Barnes, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
Josette Urso and Joan Grubin, NYIT, Gallery 61, New York, NY

2011
Fresh Paint from Bushwick, curated by Deborah Brown, Standpipe Gallery, NYC
Jersey Bounce, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2010
Painting Paper, curated by Megan Marlatt, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (Catalog)
Ucross: 27 Years of Visual Arts Residencies, curated by Lisa Hatchadoorian,
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY (Catalog)
Utopia / Dystopia, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY
THE MERZBUSH, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY
Looks Good on Paper, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Works on Paper Benefit, Kentler Intern Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY (2009-05)

2009
The O! Show, curated by Katarina Wong, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
Abstract Nature, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Urban Organic, curated by Brian Campbell, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Treasure Chest, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
New Work three artists, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
Its Not Easy Being Green, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Field and Stream, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
Selections from the Edmund W. Pease and Nurak Israsena’s Collection, Aljira, Newark, NJ
Remembering Ruth: 25 Years of Giving, Ruth Chenven Foundation, NY
Amerika trifft Bayern, Kunst und Gewerbeverein, Regensburg, Germany
Josette Urso and Dennis Parlante, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Interludes: Visiting Artists, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA

2007
Works on Paper, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
TINY, curator Bruce Brown, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME
Paved Paradise, Allen Gallery, New York, NY
Have a Seat! The George Beylerian Collection…, Museum of Arts & Design, NYC
Layering Space, Reconstructing Time - Collage, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
On Your Mark, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown, NY
Helen Brough and Josette Urso, Allen Gallery, New York, NY
New York at Night, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2006
The Woods, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
The Maine Landscape, Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine
Artists in Rural Ireland - Ballinglen Arts Found. Concord Art Assoc., Concord, MA

2005
Water, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
One View/Two Visions, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL
NY Metro, curated by Melissa Kuntz, Clarion University Art Gallery, Clarion, PA

2004
NYC, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Home for the Holidays, Kerrigan-Campbell art + projects, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program, Dublin, Ireland
WATERCOLOR, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program, Zagreb, Croatia (Catalog)
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA

2003
Art in Embassies Program, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Catalog)
Art in Embassies Program, Bandar Seri Beawan, Brunei (Catalog)
Abstracting the Domestic Landscape, The Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FL
THE BURBS, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
HALCYON DAYS, Kerrigan-Campbell art + projects, New York, NY

2002
MOVE, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL (1999)

2001
Winter Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program, Ankara, Turkey (Catalog)
Landscape Show, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Sum of the Parts, The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2000
Good Business is the Best Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY (1996, 1990, 1988)

1999
Small Things Come in Good Packages, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

1999
Group Show, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Contemporary Visions, GE, Fairfield, CT
Art in Embassies Program, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

1998
Animal Magnetism, Low. Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Law School, NYC
Collage, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

1997
Hung out to Dry, Steinbaum-Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
Landscape as Metaphor, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ

1996
Group Show, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Federal Reserve Bank, NYC

1995
Lost and Found, Nabisco Foods Gallery, East Hanover, NJ

1994
Conversation Pieces, Madelyn Jordon Gallery, New York, NY

1992
Group Show, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYC (1990,1988) (Catalog: Rizzoli, NY)

1991
Collage Unglued, Center for Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

1990
From the Streets of New York, Seibu Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Two Person Exhibition, Zimmerman-Saturn Gallery, Nashville, TN

1989
Image = Color, Henry Feiwel Gallery, New York, NY

1988
Influences of the Untaught,curated by Benny Andrews, The Drawing Center, NYC
Heat Wave, Paul Bridgewater Gallery, New York, NY



SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
The Tampa Museum of Art, FL
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, NY
University of South Florida Museum of Art, FL
The Gulf Coast Museum of Art, FL
Polk Museum of Art, FL
The Deland Museum of Art, FL
U.S. Department of State, Washington,D.C.
Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica
Federal Reserve Bank, NY
Poynter Institute, FL
The Maitland Museum of Art, FL
The Ballinglen Archive, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland
Stadt Schwandorf, Germany



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015
Featured Image, Listings: Snow Bird, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY, The New York Times, Metro Section, Sunday, March 29

2014
Pagnanelli, Ayelen and Erickson, Gail. BRIC Arts Media Featured Artist Interview, August 8

2013
Smith, Roberta. Snow Day, The New York Times, March 7
Chautauqua Literary Journal, Issue 10, UNCW, Wilmington, NC, cover
Mattera, Joanne. Painting in Chelsea, March 2
Chapman, Jessica, Josette Urso, Orlando Arts Magazine, March/April
Condon, Elisabeth. Juicy Paint, February 19
Kerby, Leslie. BRIC Arts Media Short List, February 1

2012
Schilke, JoEllen. Art in Your Ear, WMNF, Live Radio Broadcast, September 7
Voeller, Megan. Josette Ursos Site Lines-The artist's drawings outline a view of her perceptual world in Taking Place, Creative Loafing, August 30
Stern, Melissa. Making the Complex Simple, The Weeklings, June 24
Gomez, Enrico. Jasmine on My Mind, BRIC Arts Media Short List, June 21
Newhall, Edith. Precisely Nowhere, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 17

2011
Critics Picks. Fresh Paint from Bushwick, TimeOutNewYork, August 5
Butler, Sharon. A Different Side of Bushwick, Two Coats of Paint, August 23
Kalm, James. Fresh Paint from Bushwick, Rough Cuts: YouTube, August 20
Hybenov, Katarna. A Touch of Bushwick in Chelsea, Hyperallergic, Aug 17

2010
"Painting Paper," catalog essay by Mike Maizels and Megan Marlatt, McIntire
Department of Art, Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlotesville, VA (Catalog)

2009
"Draw Together Right Now," Megan Voeller, Creative Loafing, Oct.
Essentials of Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, Susan, Nola, WH Freeman & Pub., NY

2008
Drei Frauen und eine Erinnerung an die Naab Mittelbayerische Zeitung, Sept.
Interview with Brian Sherwin, myartspace.com, Feb.
Seeing Green, Ligaya Figueras, Art Calendar, July/August

2006
Desk Diary, U.S. Department of State
Seeing Triple/Intimate Landscapes, Urban Ghosts and Oils Larger Than Life, Megan Voeller, Tampa Weekly Planet, Mar. 15-21
Big Apple in a Small Tableau, Robert Bianchi, Tampa Bay Illustrated, Mar.
Painters Demonstrate Diversity in Style and..., Kevin Costello, Sarasota Herald Trib, Feb.

2005
Abstract Painting:Concepts and Techniques, Vicky Perry, Watson & Guptill Pub., NYC
The Woodlands of Branchville, The Short List, Cathy Ross, Connecticut Magazine, Mar.
Landescapes, Lennie Bennett, The St. Petersburg Times, Feb.
Looking at Art Roundabout, Mark Ormond, Gulfshore Life Magazine, Jan.

2003
The New York Art World, Short List - The Burbs, Lily Faust, Sept.
"City Focus: Chicago. Cutting-Edge Hip to Blue Chip", Margaret Hawkins, ARTnews, Apr.
Domestic Abstractions Helping to ... ", Kevin Costello, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Apr.
"Turkey Embassy Shows American Fiber Art", Jane la Ferla, Fiberarts, Jan./Feb.

2000
"Really Unreal," Leon Nigrosh, The Worcester Phoenix, Nov.

1999
"Inspired Artistry in a Show of Collage," Victoria Donohoe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mar.

1998
New American Paintings, Michael Lash, Open Studios Press, Feb., No. 14
Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age, edited by Ella Shohat, forward by Marsha Tucker, MIT & The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

1996
"Urso in Control of Familiar & Fantastic," Joan Altabe, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, May

1995
"The Message in the Media," Phyllis Braff, NY Times, Apr.

1994
"Passages: Josette Urso's Mind Garden," catalog essay by Robert Mahoney, Mar.

1993
"Josette Urso," J. Murphy, Art Papers, Atlanta, July/Aug.

1992
"Well Known Artists Join the Crowd ...,"Vivien Raynor, NY Times, June
The Rocker, Bernice Steinbaum, Rizzoli International Publications, NY

1991
From 5 Choreographers 13 Works," Jennifer Dunning, NY Times, Apr.
"Brutalit Hinter der Oberflache," Sc., W-Zeitung, Wuppertal, Germany, Dec.

1990
"Elements of Style," Mary Ann Marger, St. Petersburg Times, Mar.

1989
"The New Age of Corporate Art," Bonnie Barrett Stretch, ARTnews, Jan.

1988
"Four Young Artists Take a Variety of Paths," Phyllis Braff, NY Times, Dec.

1987
"A Show of Balance," Karin Lipson, New York Newsday, Dec.

1986
"Kunst Schlagt Brucken," Karen M. Erdtmann, Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger, Nov.
"A Juried Show that Explores the Contemporary," Phyllis Braff, NY Times, Nov.


SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016
Instructor, Cooper Union, School of Continued & Professional Studies, New York, NY (1998 - present)
Visiting Artist Brooklyn Museum ArtXchange, Brooklyn, NY (2015, 2014)
Visiting Artist Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

2015
Adjunct Instructor, Westchester Community College, White Plains, NY

2010
Visiting Artist, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Instructor, Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Program, Vietri Sul Mare, Italy
Visiting Artist Workshop, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
Visiting Artist Workshop, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
Master Artist Workshop, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL (2000)

2009 Visiting Artist, Painting Seminar, Chautauqua School of Art, New York
Visiting Artist, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
Instructor, Il Chiostro, Florence, Italy

2008
Visiting Artist, MFA Program, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Panelist, Studio Art Session: Contemporary Collage, College Art Association, Dallas, TX
Panelist: ATOA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2007
Visiting Artist, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
Lecture, Nova Scotia College of Art&Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Visiting Artist, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Instructor, Art New England, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 1999)
Master Artist Workshop, The Arts Center, Orange, VA

2006
Master Artist Workshop, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Fl (2004, 2002)

2005
Visiting Artist, Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL
Lecture, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

2004
Visiting Artist, Reyum School of Art, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Lecture, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2000
Studio Talk with students from Drew University, Madison, NJ

1999
Studio Talk with students from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada

1998
Visiting Resident Artist, Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD
Advisory Committee, Ruth Chenven Foundation, New York, NY (3 years)
Visiting Artist, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY (1992)

1996
2-D Grant Advisory Committee, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD

1994
Instructor, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
Costume Design, Sean Curren & Kathy Wildberger for Dance Theater Workshop
and MOMA Family Festival, New York, NY

1990
Instructor, The Art Center, 92nd Street YMHA, New York, NY (1988 - 1990)
Instructor, Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY (summers 1985 - 1990)
Instructor, Union County College, Cranford, NJ

1988
Panelist, Influences of the Untaught with Benny Andrews, The Drawing Center, New York, NY



EDUCATION

MFA, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (Painting)
BFA, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (Drawing)



 








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