Samuel Nigro

Fellow: Awarded 2007

Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada


Since 1995, New York-based artist Samuel Nigro has explored the breaking of stone in sculpture, video, performance, writings, and drawings—and most recently (and with the help of a Guggenheim Fellowship) with large blocks of granite.

Spring 2012, Nigro launched i heart uniqueness – i heart infinity to explore the overlap of math and art. His methodological framework investigates art as an epistemological manifestation from the interaction of three distinct pressures: agency (and the drive for authenticity of gesture and autonomy of thought), contingency (and the crisis of representation through the infinite regression of causality), and strategy (and the clash of competing claims of authority over representations).

Samuel Nigro received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago (1999), a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame’s Great Books Program (1992), and studied engineering and the pre-medical sciences at the University of Michigan.