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Artist's Statement, Curriculum Vitae

In Esther Grillo's surrealistic body of work, the human form is unified visually through a mix of media, the inventive use of trompe L'oeil as well as physically by high intensity heat. Melted glass, cooper and glaze are fused into frozen images fixed into the encompassing welded steel. Far from minimalist attitudes, the work is inclusive, a dynamic case of multimedia offering multi-message.

Her three dimensional assemblages range in size from the intimate hand held scale, into human proportions and finally expanded to monumental indoor and outdoor installations.

Selected One Person Exhibitions:
"9/11 Roxbury Memorial," 37' X 6' X 1', collaborative sculpture, Roxbury, Queens, NY 2006
"Monarch Landscape," 70' X 14' mural, NY Parks Department, Rockaway, NY 2002-3
"Esther A. Grillo," Sculpture and Installations, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, The Lawrenceville School, NJ 2001
"The Deep," 65' X 14' mural, NY Parks Department, Rockaway Park, NY 2000
"Surf’s Up," 70' X 14' mural, NY Parks Department, Rockaway Park, NY 1999
"Mythical Cavern," 65' X 14' mural, 'Wave' structure, Rockaway Park, NY 1998
"The Fallen," 14 Sculptors Gallery, Inc., New York, NY 1990
"Esther Grillo: Her Psyche," Payne Gallery, Moravian College, PA 1990
"Meltdown," Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University, PA 1988

Selected Group Exhibitions:
"6th Annual Exhibit 2016", Akin Library & Museums, Pawling, NY. In & outdoor sculpture, 2016
"InkSplash", Rockaway Artists Alliance, Studio 7,Gateway National Recreation Area, NY, 2009-16
"Oh Sit", High Bridge Park, New York, NY, 2015
"Sculpture for New Orleans", Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, 2008-to the Present
"Salem Art Works: Outdoor Sculpture," 19 Cary Lane, Salem, NY. 120 acre art park. 2007-10
"Speaking to Power," Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ 2007-8
"Alumni Exhibition: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Brooklyn College," Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2005
"ARTSplash," Indoor and outdoor sculpture, Rockaway Artists Alliance, GNR Area, Fort Tilden, NY, 2003, 2013-14
"Urban Air Forms: Queens," Outdoor and Indoor sculpture, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, NY, 2002
"Women’s Works: A Retrospective of Public Artists in NYC Parks, 1967-2001," Arsenal Gallery, 2001
"From the Streets of New York," Loft Gallery Space, Ikebukuro, Japan 1991
"Queens Museums Juried Annual ’87," Queens, NY 1987

Grants, Awards, Scholarships:
Precita Eyes National Mural Award, San Francisco, CA 2005
Mural Grant, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce 2000
City Parks Foundation Grant 1999
Queens Community Arts Fund 1997
MTA/Creative Stations Grant 1992
Graduate Fellowship Award for Sculpture 1981, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY 1981

Public Collections:
Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Park, NY
Brooklyn College Art Collection, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University, PA
United Federation of Teachers, New York, NY
New York City Artist Teachers Association/United Federation of Teachers (NYCATA/UFT)

On the Wall, Four Decades of Community Murals in NYC, illustration 2008
Best of New York: Impressions in Continuity, First Edition, Sorrell Communications, Inc. p.175 2002
Sculpting Clay, by Leon I. Nigrosh, p.6, illustration 1991

Selected Review/Publications/Lectures/Media:

   2015 1010 WINS radio news, interview, Surf's Up, mural, 2015
   2003 Jerome L. Sherman, Her Art Is New Wave, Newsday, June 10, 2003, p. A55
   1999 Lisa L. Colangelo, New Life for Bus Shelter, Daily News, Your Neighborhood, September 23, 1999, p. QLI 1
   1999 Queens Council on the Arts, Surf’s Up Mural, Guide to the Arts, and Entertainments, Events, September 23, 1999
   1998 NY 1 Cable, "Artists from the Rockaways" 1998
   1987 Ester Grillo, Meltdown, Ceramic Monthly, magazine, Vol. 35, No. 1, January 1987, pp. 34-35
   1986 Susan Koslow, Esther Grillo, Arts Magazine, magazine, Vol. 61, No. 1, September 1986, p. 112
   1988 Esther Grillo, Fantasied Garden Revealed, Ceramics Monthly, magazine, December 1988, p. 64 & 66
   1983 Ruth Butler, Esther A. Grillo, Ceramics Monthly, magazine, December 1983
   2016 Panelist:Rockaway Artist Alliance (RAA), NEA grant for Forbidden Fruit, Street Art in a National Park, NY 2016
   1999 Queens Council for the Arts, 1998, 1999

MFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY – Cum Laude 1981
BFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY 1977