Face Up and Focus: Mimi Aloia Self Portraits and Assemblages
The College of Staten Island Library Archives is proud to present Face Up and Focus: Mimi Aloia Self Portraits and Assemblages. Aloia has donated journals to the Archives covering 45 years, in which she reflects on her life on Staten Island and travels that inspired her work as an artist, poet, and writer.
A graduate of Richmond College (B.S., cum laude, 1978), with a focus on studio art, Aloia studied in the NYU Masters studio art program in the 1980s and has been active in community arts organizations for decades in New York and Palm Beach. She instructed continuing education classes at Wagner H.S. in pressed flower art and oil painting for 15 years. In 1995, she began teaching classes in painting and creative writing for the United Federation of Teachers, retiring in 2009. Over her artistic life, Aloia has frequently exhibited at public galleries.
In 1994, Aloia received a grant to publish an illustrated poetry book, Diary Patch Works, inspired by journals of a 19th century Staten Island farm woman. Aloia has published additional poems and prose, which included her cover art and drawings, including Mi Dilly Dilly and Mi (2002) and My Father's Fish (2013), and is currently working on a novella, The Odalisque.
The wife of Tom Aloia (deceased) and mother of Thomas Aloia, II, and Dean Stedman Aloia, Mimi Aloia has six grandchildren.
October 6, 2018 — November 9, 2018
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM
College of Staten Island
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