Dominic Terlizzi

My acrylic cast painting process evolved from years of experiences as a foundry finisher combined with an interest in sculpted bread objects.  My job as a ‘finisher’ was to perfect the surfaces of commissions, sometimes even replicating the fingerprints of artists. After learning various mold making processes, I began to employ them in my own earliest bronze reliefs. Simultaneously I found that a recipe for dough was malleable but direct in telling stories of an imagined civilization. This work liberated me from the history of painting because it allowed me to create a narrative voice from sculpted breads preserved into bronze. Years later, I developed a mold making process that also worked with acrylic paint, which pulled me back into the world of color and reintroduced my work into a painting lineage.

My choices of specific textures are made from base objects. Bread is still a central theme addressing history, recipe, and reproduction in my texture lexicon. Some bread items are made from a family recipe and others are ubiquitous consumables. I expand from bread, to objects found within domestic spaces, and various sundries collected in my travels. If you look closely you will see everything from saltine crackers, to coins to embroidered flags, which are often fractured into chips of color and texture. Each piece is a facsimile of an object in the real world. A proxy for exchange.

My mosaic approach takes a strong position in a conversation about grand gestures and the weight of mark making. Cast paint has allowed me to explore painterly interests while expanding the conversation to include associations with mosaic tile, quilts, and digital pixelation. Increasingly, hybrid and intuitive territories drive my imagery.

Within the last few years public sculpture has emerged as a link between my studio practice and community engagement projects. I completed a thirty-foot tall landmark sculpture in Remington in 2015 as part of Baltimore Promotion of the Arts Transformative Art Prize. My second publicly funded project was completed in 2018, and I am currently working on a third public sculpture for Greektown, Baltimore, which is projected for installation this fall. I look forward to seeing how this two facets of my studio practice can continue to converge.





2008     Master of Fine Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Hoffberger School of Painting

2003     Bachelor of Fine Art
Cooper Union School of Art
Chelsea School of Art and Design UK


Solo Exhibitions:

2017     A Spirit Knows, A Shadow Shows, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


2016     Teacher, Terrault, Baltimore, MD


2014     Aver Vero, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA


2013     ZHYS, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Hillman-Jackson Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Zero Hero Yolo Solo, ICA/Chicken Box, Baltimore, MD


Two and Three Person Shows:

2018     A Minimal Relief, Clemens Behr, Fanny Hellgren, and Dominic Terlizzi, Nevven, Gothenburg, Sweden

Surface Building, Dominic Terlizzi and David Ubias, curated by Lauren Hilyard  Capital One

Headquarters, Mclean VA


2017     Fortune Teller Chatter, Sangram Majumdar, Dominic Terlizzi, and Karla Wozniak, Hilman-Jackson

Gallery, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA


2014     SNAFU!, Sangram Majumdar and Dominic Terlizzi, Platform Art Center, Baltimore, MD


Selected Recent Group Exhibitions:

2019     upcoming: Velvet Ropes, Gifc, Shrine, NY

upcoming: Lobster Dinner, curated by Will Hutnick, Trestle, NY

upcoming: Ways of Seeing, curated by Sarah McCann, Gallery CA Baltimore MD

2018     Piece Work: Rachel Hayes, Cordy Ryman, Dominic Terlizzi, Christine Tillman, Sun You

Silber Gallery, Goucher College, curated by Alex Ebstein

Sour Milk, curated by Ben Quesnel and Christine Stiver, Greenwich, Ct.

Chain Reaction, Painting Center, NY, NY

2017     Art Division: Art Auction and Benefit, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Camp Artscape, curated by Erin Lehman and J. Susan Isaacs, Center for the Arts, Towson University,

Towson, MD 

Artists for Truth, Space Camp Gallery, Baltimore MD

Reel Real, Patrick Gantert, Shannon Goff, Tip Toland, Dominic Terlizzi, and Marc Zajack, curated by

Chase Folsom, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

White on White, Nancy Monk, Dominic Terlizzi, Woods Davy, Stan Edmondson, Mark Posey, Ernst

Scheidegger, and Randy West, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Recollected, Cade Gallery, Anne Bouie, Karen Fitzgerald, Vin Grabill, Nara Park, Dominic Terlizzi,          and Stewart Watson, curated by Teddy Johnson and Lindsay McCulloh, AACC, Arnold, MD

2016     Faculty Exhibition, Towson University, Towson, MD

Faculty Exhibition, Decker Gallery MICA, Baltimore, MD

Paint is a Thing, curated by Beth Parker, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

From Here, curated by Zach Searcy, Flourescent Gallery Knoxville, TN

Always Already Here, Vol. 2, curated by Joshua Bienko of Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Gallery Protocol,

Gainesville, FL

UTK AIR Biennial, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Aliza Nisenbaum, Caitlin Keogh, and Dominic Terlizzi,

Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN



2019     Spruce Up Grant, Greektown, Baltimore, MD

2018     Belle Foundation Grant

Spruce Up Grant, Remington, Baltimore MD

2013     PNC Transformative Grant



2016     Artist in Residence at University of Knoxville Tennessee

2010     Triangle Workshop



2018 Painting/Poetry: Pre-Verse at St. Charles Projects, book foreword

2015 Tommy Dahlberg, exhibition publication interview
2009 Justin Storms, ‘Whaletopia’ book foreword
2009 White Hot Magazine, January, Lisa Cooley Fine Arts, Alan Reid
2008 White Hot Magazine, October, Guild and Greyshkul, Stan Vanderbeek



2018    SourMilk: The Soul of a House, Oct 24th 2018, by Alexandra Hammond

Götenborg Posten, A Minimal Relief, August 24th 2018, by Sara Arvidsson

Mid-Day, ABC2 News, Feature: St. Charles Projects, Dominic Terlizzi, and David Humphrey

Inertia, Conversation between Amy Boone McCreesh, Curtis Miller, and Dominic Terlizzi

Bmore Art Journal, Issue 5: Beauty, Conversation between Cara Ober, Carolyn Case, and D. Terlizzi

Artillery Magazine, Caroline Larsen and Dominic Terlizzi, Jan 3rd 2018, by Annabel Osberg,

2017    New American Paintings, South vol. 130, curated by Veronica Roberts

2016    UTK AIR Biennial exhibition catalogue, foreword by Jered Sprecher

2015    New American Paintings, South Vol. 118, curated by Dominic Molon

2014    BmoreArt, Picks, Events Oct 15-18

City Paper, SNAFU!, preview, Oct 14th, by Dana Holgerson

Title Magazine, Dominic Terlizzi at Vox Populi, Jan 13th, by Jacob Feige

2013    BmoreArt, Zero Hero Yolo Solo, Interview with Jascha Owens

Baltimore Examiner, ‘Neighborhood Spirit’ September 17th, Alexandra Lopez deHaro


Selected Curation:

2019     Rainbow of Chaos, Jennifer Coates, Jeffrey Kent, Peter Makela, Jeremy Stenger, Shonah Trescott,

2018     Limoncello, Mary Anne Arntzen, Tom Burckhardt, Sangram Majumdar

Zone, David Humphrey

Salad For Everyone, Phil Hinge, Nick Irzyk, Jennifer Sullivan

2017     Pre-Verse, June Culp, Joshua Bienko, and Delphine Hennelly in Conversation with Grace Hartigan

The N-Word, Peter Williams

Street Light, Leigh Ruple

2016     Whet-Stone-Hone, Cindy Cheng and Rubens Ghenov


Selected Recent Lectures, Guest Critic:

2018     Artist Lecture, SCAD, Savannah Georgia

Artist Lecture/Guest Critic, American University, Washington DC

Artist lecture, Shanghai Jiao Tung University and PI Art, Shanghai, China

2017     Studio Talk, Sangram Majumdar, Painting Course, M.I.C.A. Baltimore, MD

Roundtable, Bard Simon’s Rock, with Sangram Majumdar and Karla Wozniak, Great Barrington, MA

Artist Lecture, Cibo, Pudong, Shanghai, China

Guest Critic, University or Business and Economics, Beijing, China

Artist Lecture, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

Artist Lecture, Fujian Preschool Education College, Fuzhou, China