Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Art/Art History

Additional Title

Director of the Studio Arts Program

Research Interests
  • Process and creativity
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Drawing
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Physics
  • Geology
Research Summary

From an early age, Professor Latiano has been both captivated and unnerved by the complexity and scope of our natural world. This fascination has shaped his artistic practice, which centers around the perception of time, space, scale, and our ability to abstractly place ourselves within the larger universe around us.

Prof. Latiano is drawn to how our relatively short life spans affect the way we perceive time, and how the context of the present shapes how we interpret the past and predict the future. Scientific fields that symbolize the passage of time, such as geology, physics, and evolutionary biology, are commonly employed as catalysts in his work. His artwork weaves between science-fact and science-fiction, alluding to the more elusive qualities of our environment, and our own uncertain future on this planet.

Prof. Latiano’s installations explore labor, impermanence, and fragility. Site‐responsiveness and architectural-integration are vital to his practice, appropriating the pre-existing structure of the site as part of the artwork. He strategically focuses on the physical boundaries of his artwork, challenging the lines between where the art ends and the exhibition space begins. The act of building is central to both the final work and his creative process, and much of his artistic practice is dedicated to methodic material manipulation. He is rarely satisfied with things that take him a day to build, and has his best ideas when he is neck-deep in a difficult fabrication problem.

Although Prof. Latiano’s artwork requires a large physical presence in its construction, conceptually, the works hinge on fragility and impermanence. The lifecycles of his individual works have become crucial to his practice. The art exists for the duration of its exhibition, and then it does not. There is an unsettling bite to that impermanence, but also intense weight and beauty.

  • M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Mount Royal School of Art
  • Certificate in the College Teaching of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • B.A., Studio Art, Moravian College
Areas of Expertise
  • Creative process
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Professional Practice
  • Art Theory
Honors and Awards

Provost Innovation Fund, Merrimack College
Bunting Teaching Fellowship in Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art
Moravian College Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Mary Sawyers Baker Prize
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, through partnership with School 33 Art Center
Daniel W. Tereshko Memorial Prize in Studio Art

Professional Experience

Jonathan Latiano received his BA in Studio Art from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvanian in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Jonathan has exhibited in numerous solo and group public art exhibitions in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and London England and his work has been featured in local, national and international art publications. Jonathan’s artistic and teaching practices have earned him multiple honors and awards including the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in Art, Moravian College’s 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the 2016 Bunting Teaching Fellowship in Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Jonathan maintains his studio practice in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves as the Director of the Studio Arts Program at Merrimack College