STATEMENT AND BIO

“My never-ending quest to make something interesting to look at is aided by the principle of Improvisation, a love of Gesture, investigations of Self, of Space, and a search for the Divine.”

Born in 1972 and raised in West Orange, NJ, Steve Zolin earned his BFA cum laud at Washington University in 1994 and won an MFA Fellowship at Florida State University, graduating in 2005. Between degrees he spent nine years in Santa Fe, New Mexico enmeshed in the art scene there. Married to photographer Robin Noble-Zolin, he now resides in Manhattan where he exhibits regularly.
Zolin was chosen as a featured solo artist at the (E)merge Art Fair in DC in 2012. His work has also been seen at the 24th International Juried Show at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, curated by Susan Kismaric of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Zolin has exhibited widely including exhibitions in New York, Florida, Santa Fe, and Toronto. His most recent solo installation, sponsored by Chashama and The National Endowment for the Arts, explored space, gesture, and movement, and was entitled “Unstraightness.” Career highlights include a 15’ mural for Senator Joseph Lieberman’s home synagogue in Connecticut, and a 35’ musical mural for the main band room of Santa Fe High School. Zolin has executed numerous other commissions including 13’ and 16’ paintings for restaurants in Santa Fe, a 60’ backdrop of Emerald City for a theatrical production of the Wizard of Oz, and three large mobiles for Florida State University. His work is also represented in numerous private collections.

  Education
2011 Art Students League
2005 Florida State University, MFA 
1998 Santa Fe Community College
1994 Colorado College
1994 Washington University, BFA
1989,93 Montclair State College
1988 Rhode Island School of Design
Awards
2014 Special Award, Lightspacetime.com, Open Competition
2011 Honorable Mention, Lightspacetime.com, Cityscape Competition
2010 Commendation Award, Aesthetica Magazine
2009 National Endowment for the Arts Grant, “Unstraightness” Installation in New York City
2005 Graduated cum laude, Florida State University
2003 School of Art and Dance Presidential FellowshipFlorida State University
1994  The Ida L. Cushing Award for Excellence in Painting, Washington University
1994 Dean’s List, Washington University
1987 All-New Jersey Visual Arts Competition Finalist, Rutgers University
 
Publications
2015 Art Voices, “Steve Zolin: Invisible Currents,” feature article by Amir Bey, Spring, 2015 pp. 80-83
2014 Village Connection.  Two different covers and artist profile for New York-based magazine
2012 Studio Visit. A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists Vol 17 pp. 232,233
2010 Art Inspired by Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Monograph  includes Zolin’s “White Motionscape.”  E-book version pending
2009 WMBC News segment. Nicole Israel reporting:  Zolin solo exhibition at Clifton Arts Center, NJ
Clifton Journal.Center Starts Year with New Perspective,” Cindy Grove, 1/2009, in-depth reportage on Zolin’s art
2006 Florida Today. “’Ambitious’ Owner Opens Gallery with a Twist,”11/17, Pam Harbraugh, Opening at Imago Gallery in Melbourne, FL
2005 Tallahassee Democrat. “Best Bets,” 1/2005, upcoming group show at the Progressive Center, featuring Zolin’s work as a Best Bet for that week
2002 Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. “New Jersey Native Creates Mural for Sen. Lieberman’s  Synagogue,” 12/12/02, Dena Goldstein, Zolin creation of Aleph Bet Mural at synagogue of Senator Joseph Lieberman
2001 The New Mexican. “From an Unconscious Soup: If Pablo Picasso Met Dr. Seuss, or if Rene Magritte Encountered the Jetsons,”  11/1/01 by Robert Nott, Zolin’s life as an artist in Santa Fe
2000 Albuquerque Journal North. “Students Whip Up Play,” 4/26/00, Emerald City Backdrop
The New Mexican. “Serious Fun,” 4/7/2000, Commission for Second Street Brewery.
Santa Fe Reporter. “Brew Pub-licity,” 4/5/99, Commission for Second Street Brewery.
1999 Language of Literature, Grade 8, McDougal Littell.  Illustration forBarbara Kingslover Story “High Tide in Tucson.”
La Cocinita Magazine. Illustration for “A Waiter’s Nightmare” by, Gael Hines, Vol.4, No.3
Thirsty Ear Magazine. Illustration for “Is it me or…”, Inaugural Issue
The New Mexican. “Short Order Chaos” Antonio Lopez, 1/15/99; Second Street Brewery Show
1996 The New Mexican.  “Stephen Zolin: Painting the perfect enigma?,” Gussie Fauntleroy, 4/15/96, Two one-person shows at Santa Fe Contemporary Art
1993 Stepping Out. TV Interview. Local Cable Programming,  Zolin’s artwork at Summit Arts Festival