Nicholas Jacob Rispoli is an artist living and working in NYC and Saudi Arabia. He received his BFA from Manhattanville College and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2010 where he became a Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Art Nominee. During his time at the Academy, he was also awarded his first artist residency at La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón located in the La Romana, Dominican Republic. He later revisited the institution in 2013 to teach Ceramic Sculpture and complete his second artist residency. Nicholas has taught at several institutions throughout New York, including Pace University, The Harlem School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, and the New York Academy of Art’s Continuing Education Department. As a visiting artist, Nicholas has worked with the Museum of Art and Design, Bronx Council on the Arts, La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón and Manhattanville College. From 2014-2016, Nicholas curated exhibitions for Window Studio located in Brooklyn. At Window Studio, he collaborated to earn Brooklyn Arts Council grants for the project in 2015 and 2016. In addition to being on faculty with the New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA) Visual Arts Program since 2012, Nicholas became the Assistant Artistic Director in 2016. He is currently represented by Paul Calendrillo NY where his show Conversations with Strangers will open in November 2018.