2006    MA in Art Education, Buffalo State College
2000    BFA, University at Buffalo, Concentration in Illustration



• denotes solo exhibition

2019 Play/Ground, site-specific immersive installation, Group Show with Keith Lemley, Julian Montague, Torn Space Theater, Flatsitter, Mizin Shin, Sara Di Donato, Ani Hoover, Jozef Bajus, Amanda Besl, Tom Holt, Bethany Krull, Michael Bosworth, Virocode, Nate Hodge, Claire Ashley, Caitlin Deibel, Tara Sasiadek & Marquis Burton, Medina NY

2018    Enough Killing!, Group Show with Robert Longo, Paul Sharits, Joe Orffeo, Gary Nickard, Patty Wallace, Kathie Simonds, Stephen Houseknecht, and Craig Smith, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY

2018    Into Action, Group Show with Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Zoe Buckman, Michael Murphy, Favianna Rodriguez, Hank Willis Thomas, Glenn Kaino, Sage Vaughn, Los Angeles CA

2018    The Dreamer Who Dreams, Group Show with Craig LaRotonda, Maria Pabico LaRotonda, Bruce Adams, Michael Bosworth, A.J. Fries, Christina Laing, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Virocode, Alicia Malik, Buffalo NY

2017    Give Us The Vote, Group Show, ArtsWestchester, sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and Westchester Medical Center, Westchester NY

2017    Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Members Exhibition, awarded Best Topical Piece, Buffalo NY

2017    Blue, Group Show with Chuck Tingley, Ashley Johnson, Christina Laing, Ryan Mis, Alicia Malik, Thomas Webb, and CJ Szatkowski, Buffalo NY

2016    Truth To Power, sponsored by Rock The Vote, Group Show with Banksy, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Michael Murphy, Yolanda Gutierrez, Peregrine Honig, Jeff Soto, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, WK Interact, Aubrie Costello, Brooks Bell, Amber Lynn, curated by Yosi Sergant, Philadelphia PA

2016     Politicon, The Art of Politics, Group Show with Shepard Fairey, SABO, Robert Russell, Tony Pro, Robbie Conal, Aaron Axelrod, curated by Yosi Sergant, Pasadena CA

2015    • Tompkins County Public Library in conjunction with Cornell University, Rhino Toys as part of Streetscapes Revisited, Ithaca NY

2015    Memorial Art Gallery, 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, Rochester NY

2015    Erie Art Museum, 92nd Spring Show, received Juror's Award, Erie PA

2015    Castellani Art Museum, Bring To Light, Group Show, Niagara Falls NY

2015    Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, Rhino Toys Commercials, Buffalo NY

2014    • Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters, RHINO TOYS Holiday Special, New York NY

2014    BoxHeart Gallery, Art Inter/National, International Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh PA    

2014    Burchfield Penney Art Center, Displacement:  Barge Prototype, Group Show with Michael Mararian, Julian Montague, Tony Conrad, AJ Fries, Scott Bye, Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Tom Holt, Katherine Sehr, Shasti O'Leary Soudant, Mark McLoughlin, Jody Hanson, Biff Henrick, Michael Bosworth, Alan Bigelow, Buffalo NY

2014   Studio Hart, Toy Store!, Group Show with Michael Mararian, Robert Hirsch, Ani Hoover, Kurt Treeby, Esther Neisen, Bruce Adams, Gerald Mead, Buffalo NY

2014   • Canisius College, Learn, Buffalo NY

2014      echo:  Art Fair, International Juried Exhibition, Buffalo NY

2014   • Glow Gallery, RHINO TOYS:  New Work by Rich Tomasello, Buffalo NY

2014   Arnot Art Museum, 74th Annual Regional Exhibition, Elmira NY (Juried by James Peck, Curator of Collections, Rockwell Museum of Western Art; Deborah Pokinski, PH.D. Associate Professor & Chair Art History, Hamilton College; Kathrine Page, former Director Spencer Hill Gallery)

2014   Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Artists & Models Affair 25:  True Defective, life-size action figure photo booth installation with photographer Marcus L. Wise, Buffalo NY

2014   Big Orbit Gallery, 23rd Annual Members’ Exhibition, received Juror’s Award, Buffalo NY (Juried by Anna Kaplan, Director of BT&C Gallery, former Curatorial Assistant Albright-Knox Art Gallery) 

2014   Buffalo Arts Studio, 118th Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show, received 2nd Place honor, Buffalo NY (Juried by Ann Welles, Director of Exhibit A Gallery, Corning NY)

2014   • Campos Gallery/, Rich Tomasello: Transition, Buffalo NY

2014   Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, A Mid-Winter’s Draw, live drawing rally and fundraiser, Buffalo NY

2014   464 Gallery, eVolution, Group Show with Max Collins, Paul Klonowski, Marissa Lehner, OGRE, Tara Sasiadek, Dana Saylor, David Tarsa, Chuck Tingley, and Thomas Webb

2013   • Daemen College, Innocence Lost: New Work by Rich Tomasello, Amherst NY 

2013   University at Buffalo, Fight Club:  Politics, Law, and Art, Group Show with Guerilla Girls, Kurt Treeby, Carol Leigh, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Michael Beam, Regina Jose Galindo, Pussy Riot, Mariko Passion, Jennifer Gradecki, Derek Curry, Keven Adams, Without Sanctuary, Department of Visual Studies Gallery,     Buffalo NY

2013   Erie Art Museum, 90th Annual Spring Show, Erie PA (Juried by Alexis Rockman)

2013   Memorial Art Gallery, 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, Rochester NY (Juried by Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

2013   echo:  Art Fair, International Juried Exhibition, Buffalo NY

2013   Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, A Mid-Winter’s Draw, live drawing rally and fundraiser, Buffalo NY

2012   The Affordable Art Fair, 7W New York, 464 Gallery Booth, New York NY

2012   • 464 Gallery, BREED:  Solo Exhibition, Buffalo NY 

2012   City of Night, Silo City, site-specific installation in the Marine A grain elevator, Buffalo NY

2012   Carnegie Art Center, Recent Acquisitions: Selections from the Gerald Mead Collection, N. Tonawanda NY

2012   Main ST(UDIOS), Seeing Black and White, Group Show with Nelson Bradely, Jody Hanson, Shasti O’Leary Soudant, Mark McLoughlin, Amy Greenan, Gerald Mead, Fotini Galanes, and Chuck Tingley, Buffalo NY

2012   Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Artists Among Us II, Members’ Exhibition, Buffalo NY

2011   echo:  Art Fair, International Juried Exhibition, Inaugural Fine Art Fair, Buffalo NY (Created live painting, proceeds of piece went to the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Fund)

2011   • 464 and Blink Galleries, RHINOCEROS:  Solo Exhibition, Buffalo NY 

2011   Gallery on Main, Synergetic, Group Show with Chuck Tingley, Marcus L. Wise, Matt Grote, and Mary Grace Ohrum, Niagara Falls NY

2011   464 Gallery, Inkorporated:  Power, People, and The City, Two-Man Show with Mickey Harmon 

2010   Western New York Artists Group, Art Dialogue Gallery, 19th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition (Juried by John Massier, Visual Arts Curator at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center) Buffalo NY

2007   University at Buffalo, Music is Art Live, Television Episode

2004   Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Area Artists Collection, Buffalo NY (Juried by Louis Grachos, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery)  

2003    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Area Artists Collection, Buffalo NY (Juried by Louis Grachos, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery)

Published Work

2017    Buffalo Black Book, Issue #2, "Studio Symbols", Buffalo NY

2015    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, "MAG Exhibit Celebrates Regional Artists", 7-26-15

2014    Buffalo Spree Magazine, "Toying With The Darkness:  Art of Rich Tomasello", 7-22-14

2011     Nomad Buffalo Magazine, Issue #5, published War, Buffalo NY

2010    Nomad Buffalo Magazine, Issue #4, published Rhinoceros 2, Buffalo NY



Teacher (front cover of The Public), 3-7-18

Buffalo Artists Take Over an Abandoned Department Store in Honor of David Lynch, The Buffalo News, 1-19-18

The Hub Los Angeles, Arts and Music Festival Focuses on Social Justice, 1-11-18

Artists Tackle Topic of Voting Rights in America, Hudson Valley News Network, 9-26-17

"If This Art Could Vote" featuring my pieces Breathe, I Can't, Teacher, and Student, The Huffington Post, 7-9-16

Breathe, I Can't review for the Memorial Art Gallery Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, "Regional Range and Reach", Rochester City Newspaper, 8-5-15

Breathe, I Can't and artist interview for the Memorial Art Gallery Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, "MAG Exhibit Celebrates Regional Artists", Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 7-26-15

Pipe Bomb! & Girls Gas Mask reviewed in the Erie Reader, Erie PA, "Erie Art Museum 92nd Spring Show", 5-13-15

Erie Art Museum 92nd Spring Show review, Erie Times-News, Erie PA, 4-25-15

Rhino Toys Interview, "A closer look: Rich Tomasello's 'Rhino Toys'", The Buffalo News, 8-6-14

Rhino Toys Preview, "Toying With The Darkness: Art of Rich Tomasello", Buffalo Spree Magazine, 7-22-14

PIPE BOMB! review in Big Orbit Members’ Show, Artvoice, 2-27-14

Innocence Lost Review, “Beautiful Gas Mask”, Artvoice, 11-14-13 

Innocence Lost Preview, “Artist Rich Tomasello Makes Slick Packages for Dark Ideas” Buffalo News Gusto, 10-24-13

Members’ Show at Big Orbit, image and review of gun control piece Teacher/ Student, Artvoice, 2-14-13

BREED Review, Artvoice, 3-15-12

BREED Preview, “A View of Violence”, Buffalo News Gusto, 3-9-12

echo:  Art Fair Interview, Buffalo Rising Online, 7-5-11

Rhinoceros Preview, “On His Own”, Buffalo News Gusto, 3-25-11

Rhinoceros Interview, Buffalo Rising Online, 3-21-11

Professional Organizations

Buffalo Society of Artists, Exhibiting Member

Professional Experience

2003- Present    Art Educator, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union-Free School District


Gerald Mead Collection, Buffalo NY

Wade Stevenson Collection, Buffalo NY

Elizabeth Licata and Alan Bigelow, Buffalo NY

Francisco Hernandez, Buffalo NY

Nancy Spector and Genero Degrazia Collection, Buffalo NY

John Fatta Collection, Buffalo NY

Cori Wolff and Matthew Grote Collection, Buffalo NY

Damon Morey Law Firm, Buffalo NY

University at Buffalo, Bio Behavioral Department, Buffalo NY

Awards and Honors

2018 Wow Award, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Juried by RoCo Executive Director Bleu Cease)

2017    Best Topical Piece, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo NY

2015    Runner Up, Manifest Justice, Los Angeles, CA (Juried by Shepard Fairey, Russell Simmons, Carol Wells)

2015    Finger Lakes Lecture Series, artist lecture, Memorial Art Gallery, 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibtion

2015    Juror's Award, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA (Juried by Jo Farb Hernandez, Director of the Thompson Art Gallery)

2014   Juror’s Award, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo NY
(Juried by Anna Kaplan, Director of BT&C Gallery and former Curatorial Assistant Albright-Knox Art Gallery)

2014   2nd Place, 118th Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo NY
(Juried by Ann Welles, Director of Exhibit A Gallery, Corning NY)

2012    2nd Place, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Beyond the Barrel, Niagara Falls NY
(Juried by John Massier, Visual Arts Curator of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center)

2012   2nd Place, Art Dialogue Gallery, Modern Member Show, Buffalo NY
(Juried by Cori Wolff, Artistic Director of Buffalo Arts Studio)

2011    2nd Place, Carnegie Art Center Member’s Exhibition, North Tonawanda NY
(Juried by Beth Pederson, Former President of the Buffalo Society of Artists)

2011   Best of Show, 1st Annual Main Street Music and Art Festival, Niagara Falls NY (Juried by Gerald Mead and Dorothy Fitzgerald)

2011   Merit Award, Buffalo Niagara Art Association Spring Exhibit, The Kenan Center, Lockport NY

2003  1st Annual Dean’s Award, Art Education Juried Art Show, Buffalo State College
(Juried by Gerald Mead)

1998    First Place Comedy, Squeaky Wheel Video Festival, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society