Rosemarie Fiore

Rosemarie Fiore’ s “Smoke Painting” Performance
MOCA Jacksonville

Inventive mechanics, choreographed performance, and chance surprises come together in the work of Rosemarie Fiore. For the past fifteen years, she has been painting with colored smoke fireworks. For this performance, Fiore used a tool on view in the MOCA Jacksonville exhibition, Call & Response, for a community demonstration at Space 42. January, 2018


Arts & Ideas: A Q&A with artist, Rosemarie Fiore
January 26, 2018 // by Caitlin Swindell
Artist Rosemarie Fiore performed at Space 42, using The Quad Axel, a tool that allows her to create smoke paintings - two of which are currently on view at MOCA Jacksonville in Call & Response: Reinterpreting MOCA Jacksonville's Permanent Collection. We asked her to share her process as an artist with us.
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville                  
A Cultural Institute of the University of North Florida
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202


Rosemarie Fiore's Smoke Painting

MOCA Jacksonville, FL
Saturday, January 27, 2018 // 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Space 42 at 2670 Phyllis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Event Description
Inventive mechanics, choreographed performance, and chance surprises come together in the work of Rosemarie Fiore. For the past fifteen years, she haspainted with colored smoke fireworks. At this MOCA Jacksonville signature event, Fiore will perform her technique using the handcrafted tools currently on view in the Museum's exhibition Call & Response.

This event is free and open to the public.
Register      HERE
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville                  
A Cultural Institute of the University of North Florida
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Group Exhibition

Reinterpreting MOCA Jacksonville’s Permanent Collection

OCTOBER 21, 2017 - APRIL 1, 2018
In 2016, the Museum adopted a new thematic collecting strategy that celebrates and guides the direction of the Permanent Collection. As it supports a wide array of art-making practices, the six themes explore “Art as Social Commentary,” “The Evolution of Mark-making,” “Material as Meaning,” “New Media,” “Process and Object Relationship,” and “(Re)presentation.” The exhibition Call & Response unveils these collecting areas to the community for the very first time. To illustrate their ongoing relevance in contemporary dialogues, MOCA Jacksonville invited a handful of artists to engage with the collection and participate by either the creation a new work of art or presenting an existing piece for inclusion in the exhibition. By doing so, the Permanent Collection acts as a springboard for artists to respond in a variety of ways and media-from sharing new work inspired by the Permanent Collection's themes and then placing them in conversation with one another.

Invited artists: Olaf Breuning, Adrian Esparza, Rosemarie Fiore, Carly Glovinski, Beth Lipman, Willy Le Maitre, Luke Murphy, teamLab, Norwood Viviano, and Brigitte Zieger
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
A Cultural Institute of the University of North Florida
333 North Laura Street  
Jacksonville, Florida 32202  


Visiting Artist: Rosemarie Fiore
  • Lecture
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Six distinguished Visiting Artists and Writers visit the residency per month. Each Visitor offers a public slide talk or reading, and is available for a private studio visit/writing conference with residents working in their medium/genre.

Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, VT 05656, USA 802-635-2727

Group Exhibition

 June 30- September 10, 2017

The exhibition is co-curated by Williamson Gallery director Stephen Nowlin and Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff, in association with New York Historical Society Curator of Drawings Roberta J.M. Olson and Lick Observatory artist and curator Anthony Misch. In addition to works of contemporary art by Lita Albuquerque, Russell Crotty, Stephen Dankner, Rosemarie Fiore and Jacqueline Woods, as well as historical paintings by Howard Russell Butler (1856-1934), the exhibit will include astronomical artifacts from the Lick Observatory and Carnegie Observatories, historical artifacts sourced from the Huntington Library, and projections from NASA sources.

ArtCenter College of Design
Hillside Campus
Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery

1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Book Release

Fiore, a 2002 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Fellow, is included in the book
Artists to Artists: Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Volume 2 (2002-2016), released in November 2016.


Catalog Interview for "Skillshot, The Collaborative Art of Pinball", with Mark Porter, director of Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, 2016.

Book Release

  • Fiore's "Good-Time Mix Machine Scrambler Paintings" project is featured in:

    Problems and Provocations, Grand Arts 1995-2015 
    by Stacy Switzer (Editor), Annie Fischer (Editor), Margaret Silva (Foreword)
    Grand Arts, a contemporary art project space in Kansas City, MO, quietly but radically tested the limits of institutional and artistic support for nearly two decades. In helping more than 120 national and international artists realize projects considered too difficult, provocative, or complex to attract funding and support otherwise, the gallery achieved insider fame and deepseated respect as a bastion of generosity and risk. Now, as its final endeavor, Grand Arts gamely interrogates its values, methods, outcomes and legacies in Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995–2015―an indispensable source book on creativity, collaboration and what it takes to realize a major work of contemporary art.
    The volume documents 30 key projects from Grand Arts’ previously unexcavated history, by artists such as Alice Aycock, Patricia Cronin, Rosemarie Fiore, Ellie Ga, Alfredo Jaar, Isaac Julien, Annie Lapin, Laurel Nakadate, Filip Noterdaeme, William Pope L., Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Emily Roysdon, Tavares Strachan and the Propeller Group. Recent annotations and previously untold stories by artists and collaborators complement an archival deepdive of photographs, artist proposals, sketches, notes, internal documents and items of private correspondence.
    Essays by Pablo Helguera, Iain Kerr, Gean Moreno, Emily Roysdon and Rob Walker explore the models, practices ethics, and futures of art institutions, and a critical study conducted by the research studio RHEI identifies and describes Grand Arts’ distinctive model of support.
    Part retrospective, part how-to guide, Problems and Provocations actively leverages Grand Arts’ past to engage problems of theoretical and practical interest to cultural producers moving forward― and serves as essential reading for today’s artists, students, curators and all those interested in tales of unpredictable ventures in the world of contemporary art.
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Arts (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692625534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692625538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches


"Colossus: Smoke Eclipse Scroll",  Performance
The Weatherspoon Art Museum Uncg
January 2016

UBS Art Collection

"Smoke Painting #38", 2013 and a full set of works from the Dieu Donne 2015 benefit edition "Smoke Painting Eclipse" are now part of the UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland.
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