SACI Alum, Rosemarie Fiore (Spring 1993) exhibiting at Weatherspoon Art Museum through April 17, 2016

Rosemarie Fiore, Smoke Painting #36, 2013, color smoke firework residue on paper, 40 1/4 x 72 1/4”

Rosemarie Fiore, Smoke Painting #36, 2013, color smoke firework residue on paper, 40 1/4 x 72 1/4”

Rosemarie Fiore (SACI Alumna, Spring 1993) is on a roll. She just recently finished two solo exhibitions, Smoke at Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, and Smoke Eclipse at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles, where she is represented. She was also just selected to be a Teaching Artist in Family Programming in the Department of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has an upcoming exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Her current solo exhibition is Colossus at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC. Since last fall, Fiore has been a Falk Visiting Artist at the University of North Carolina.


Through April 17, 2016

Weatherspoon Art Museum – Located at the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets, Greensboro, NC

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is very pleased to present the exhibition Colossus – Rosemarie Fiore: Falk Visiting Artist. Inventive mechanics, choreographed performance, and chance surprises come together in the work of Rosemarie Fiore. For the past fifteen years, the artist has been painting with colored smoke fireworks. Unlike the gunpowder based explosives frequently associated with the term firework, these silent devices release plumes of bright pigments, rather than colored flames. Fiore crafts tools that both hold the smoke canisters and allow her to contain and direct the particles they release. With small versions of these tools, she can work alone, merely tilting her wrist or bending a finger—to guide the smoke across a sheet of paper. With larger tools, she must enlist multiple people to bend, lift, and pull together.

Regardless of her exact tool and process, Fiore’s paintings result from the combination of direction and chance—she selects the color of smoke canister and steers its release, but variances in heat, air current, and rates of combustion ensure that its marks defy prediction.

“The artist is truly working in partnership with her tools and materials,” says Curator of Exhibitions Emily Stamey, “and the results are stunning.” Stamey also notes that “we are fortunate to be able to present not only these dynamic paintings, but also a selection of the tools Fiore used to create them, and those tools are likewise exciting artworks in their own right.”

Until recently, Fiore’s drawings comprised frenetic arrays of dots and dashes, complex fields of marks with vivacious energy. Her more recent paintings, however, offer quieter compositions—just a handful of circular forms appear to hover and pulse rather than dash and dart. These new works invite a more measured, meditative consideration.

Fiore comes to Greensboro as a Falk Visiting Artist. Since 1982 the UNCG Art Department has partnered with the Weatherspoon to bring nationally and internationally recognized artists to campus through this program. While here, Fiore will work closely with UNCG graduate students and give a public lecture about her work.

Rosemarie Fiore received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She also studied at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Her earliest Firework Drawings were developed at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico; the Smoke Eclipse paintings were created at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; and her newest tool, Colossus, was built here at UNCG with help from Art Department faculty and students.

Rosemarie Fiore, Firework Drawing #74, 2011, lit firework residue on Fabriano paper, 48 1/4 x 59 1/2”

Rosemarie Fiore, Firework Drawing #74, 2011, lit firework residue on Fabriano paper, 48 1/4 x 59 1/2”

Solo and group exhibitions include Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; The Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, NY and The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Art in America, The Village Voice and New York Magazine.

Rosemarie Fiore lives and works in Bronx, NY, and is represented by Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles.

For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at 310.559.5700 or by email at

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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