Jim Toia works closely with CaPA fellowship recipients, providing consultation and guidance for their creative endeavors. He helps recruit talented students and fosters connections between them and faculty mentors in the creative and performing arts. A sculptor whose work has appeared in more than 85 solo exhibitions and group shows around the world, Toia has taught a variety of studio art courses at the College. He played a key role in developing the Community-Based Teaching program—in which Lafayette faculty, honors students in art, and visiting professional artists work with area high school and adult art students—and has served as director since its founding in 2001. He holds an M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts and a B.A. from Bard College.