Jim Toia makes work around the world when possible, but his primary and secondary studios are in Northewestern New Jersey and Key West, Florida, respectfully. He sought the hills and valleys of NJ as both refuge from the metropolitan area and for its proximity to the center of the contemporary art world. In Key West he spends time peering into the straights of Florida searching out life below. He is represented by the Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, NY and Lucky Street Gallery in Key West, FL. He received his BA from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. The many collections that own his work include the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, The NJ State Museum, the AT&T Collection, and the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art and Stamford University to name a few. He is the recipient of a 2000 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant.