Tricia Zimic

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Urban Owl, 2011 Stoneware, Oil Paint, Teak 21' X 12' X 10' © copyright tricia zimic
Fight or Flight, 2011 Oil On Canvas 24 X 48 © Tricia Zimic
Uprising, 2010 Oil On Canvas 48 X 60 © Tricia Zimic
Lost-N-Found, 2009 Oil On Canvas 24 X 36 © Tricia Zimic
Manifold Bat, 2011 Stoneware, Wire, Steel Manifold, Oil Paint 16 X 12 X 7 © Tricia Zimic
Pier Pressure, 2009 Stoneware, Oil Paint 21 ¾ X 24 ¾ 4 © Tricia Zimic
Tree Snag, 2009 Porcelain, Glaze, Acrylic And Oil Paints 21 ½ X 19 © Tricia Zimic
Choice 1, 2011 Porcelain, Stoneware, Found Object 12¾ X 7½ Diam © Tricia Zimic
Fox's Quandry, 2008 Stoneware, Glaze, Oil Paint, Found Metal 21 ½ X 17 ½ X 5 ½ © Tricia Zimic
The Source, 2008 Stoneware, Acrylic Paint 16 X 13 ½ X 3 ¾ © Tricia Zimic
The Home of the Brave, 2011 Stoneware, Glaze 17½ X 25 © Tricia Zimic
As It Is, 2011 Oil On Canvas 32 X 30 © Tricia Zimic
Quick Facts
Glen Cove, Long Island, New York
nancy drew realism, illustrator, nancy drew illustrator, bas-relief, glazed tile, public artist, conservation artists, Endangered species painting, pack rat, ecology, wildlife artist painting, school mural, wildlife art, bird art, wildlife artist, new jersey art, bobcats, urban decay, graffiti, oil paintings on canvas, New Jersey Artist, new jersey state museum, indigenous animals, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, Wildlife Painting, narrative art, animals figurative, contemporary urban art, endangered-species, oil painting, urban art, wolves, birds, ceramic panels, short eared owl, found objects mixed-media, conservation art, porcelain sculptures, lost habitat, bears, reliquaries, wall sculpture, red headed woodpeckers, population collapse, parsons school of design, Black Bear, tree snag bats, foxes, raptors, loggerhead turtles, wren, owls, panels, american eagle, nature, essential life, modern art, falcons, pipping plovers, habitat, Natural, aesthetically beautiful art, amphibians, Mammals, blue spotted salamander, clay, Fiberglas, suburban sprawl, sculpture
Artist Information

My art is a narrative statement on our environmental impact that highlights the juxtaposition of native wild animals surviving in urban areas. I have worked many years as a re-forester and see the devastation that can happen when things go awry with nature. I have seen animals trying to survive in the most unlikely places; birds nesting in high tension towers, salamanders making homes in beer cans, bears, coyote and bobcat roaming in urban yards -- all victims of urban sprawl.

After researching the endangered status of each animal, I sketch my thoughts on paper and decide whether I will sculpt or paint my subject. I sculpt with high-fire porcelain or stoneware from blocks of clay, adding and subtracting as I go. I use my hands, slab roller, extruder, carving tools, including wood fragments or shells to create shapes and textures. The permanence of clay allows me to feel that I am immortalizing each animal in three dimensions.

I paint what I cannot create in clay. Coming from an illustration background, I use this opportunity to tell a story or set a mood more deeply in my paintings. Showing fight scenes among native and non-native birds, the rush of a pack of wolves running through city streets or a bobcat roaming through an abandoned building -- all have an impact that far outreaches the boundaries of sculpture. To me, these pieces are as fragile as the true animals and remain a record of what we have with us today but may lose tomorrow.



Homeland, Speakeasyart, Boonton, NJ 2013

Essential Life, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2011

Wild Urbania,The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Ithaca, NY, 2010

Recovery New Jersey: Wild Habitat Renewal,New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ, 2010

Recovery New Jersey: Wild Habitat Renewal,Essex Environmental Center, East Hanover, NJ, 2009



Members Exbition, Hunterdon Art Musuem, Clinton, NJ 2013

Drumthwacket,New Jersey’s Governors’ Mansion, Princeton, NJ 2013

BiologicLimner, Hudson, NY, 2013

From Plate to Paper: The Art of Printmaking,Monmouth University, Lincroft, NJ, 2013

Wild Things: Animals in Art, View, Old Forge, NY, 2012-2013

Urban Landscapes, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ, 2012-2013

Harnett Biennial of American Prints, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2012

Café X,1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ, 2012

23rd State Juried Exhibition, Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Island Heights, NJ, 2012

Annual Members’ Show 2012, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ, 2012

Carry the Sky: Birds in Art, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 2012

Fauna, Flora and Feathers, Gallery1978, Maplewood, NJ, 2010

Heart Show, Summit Medical Center, Summit, NJ, 2010

Summer Show, Summit Medical Center, Summit, NJ, 2009

Transformations: New Jersey Craft Annual, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2007

Nancy Drew Sleuths' 8th Annual Convention, Lancaster, PA



Maplewood Middle School, Maplewood, NJ The Academy Interior lobby entranceway mural (80 sq.’)

Jersey Animal Coalition,South Orange, NJ The Rescued, Lobby entranceway mural (15 sq’)

New Jersey Fencing Alliance, Maplewood, NJ entranceway mural (6 sq’)

Camp Unirondack Lodge,Lowville NY (Adirondacks), wildlife entranceway mural (2 sq’)



Dube, Ilene, A Modern Day Horror Story, As if Painted by Audubon,U.S. 1, January 11, 2012

Tobin, Nancy, West of Chelsea: Tricia Zimic, The Locals, The New York Times, November 2, 2009

Cover Art: Anthropology Now-Department of Anthropology, Montclair State University, December 2009

Around Town, Clay Cool,Millburn Magazine, May 18, 2008 

Curran, Phillip Sean, Decking the MMS Halls with Art,News Record, November 16, 2006

Hayden, Tara, Zimics’s Work Finds Shelter at the JAC,News Record, January 26, 2006



AFC Conservation Artist Award, 2012



Dragonfly Gallery,Oaks Bluff, MA Avid Tile,Clinton, NJ

The Tenth Muse, Maplewood, NJ The Vernon Gallery,Prague, CZ



New Jersey State Museum,Trenton, NJ Private Collections: France,

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ South Africa, New York, New Jersey 



Parsons School of Design (NYC)  

Art Students League (NYC)

Visual Arts Center (NJ)



Attended: La Meridiana International Center for Ceramics in Tuscany with Beth Cavener Sticher

(September 30- October 13, 2012)

Hosted: Sculpting Workshop, Old Forge, NY



Carter Jones

Maurice Sendak

Peter Sayak

Frank Giorgini

Marguerite Brennan



• Salmagundi Club • Arts Council of Princeton

• Artist for Conservation, Signature Artist • National Counsel on Education for the Ceramic Arts

• American Craft Council • New Jersey Historical Society

• New Jersey State Museum • Museum of Modern Art

• The Sierra Club • New Jersey Audubon

• The Nature Conservancy • Defenders of Wildlife

• South Mountain Conservancy, 

  Member, Board of Directors


Wildflower Sculpture Park

Founder- Established 2012


ILLUSTRATION (1987-1996)

Children’s Books

•Avon Books    • Books on Tape    • Simon & Schuster


Movie Posters

• Bantom Books      • Scholastic Books  

• Berkley Books      • Tor Books

• Disney Films         • Troma Films

• Publications International                 

• Viking Penguin




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