Kristin Casaletto’s artwork charts an aggressive exploration of the ethics and politics of class, gender, race, and citizenship in a super power nation. Her art springs from an impulse to draw, both as a means of contemplation and of action. The work, often monumentally scaled, fuses high-art media and techniques (painting, printmaking, drawing…) with less orthodox materials and methods (food, insects, found objects, sound, sculpture, collaboration…) to function as parables for a secular age. Her artwork draws on history and allegory as it re-contextualizes icons embedded in American culture to create richly nuanced observations of twenty-first-century life.
MFA, Painting with further emphasis in Printmaking, Western Michigan University
MA, Art History, Michigan State University.
Graduate Art History, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy.
BFA, Drawing, Ball State University, Honors College.
BS, Physics, Ball State University, Honors College.
Premonition, Collins Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.
The Past Is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA.
Parable, New York Public Library, Muhlenberg Branch, Chelsea, New York, NY.
Parable, New York Public Library, Chelsea branch, New York, NY.
Parable, Muhlenberg Library, Chelsea, New York, NY.
Made in America, Green Chalk Contemporary Gallery, Monterey, CA.
Kristin Casaletto, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina, Aiken.
Kristin Casaletto, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA.
Voices & Visions: Kristin Casaletto’s Imagery as Social Commentary, GCSU Art Museum, Milledgeville, GA.
88 Square Feet: The Art of Large-Scale Woodcut, The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA.
Woodcuts, Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta, GA.
Red Earth Soliloquy: Ruminations in Print, The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA.
Mississippi Voices: Stories and Visions of the South, Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, MS.
Unnamed Sources, M.FA exhibition, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
Fortune Five Hundred, installation, WMU.
Project Relocating Hope, installation, WMU and Florence, Italy.
Leaving Limbo: Works on Paper, Terryberry Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.
Some Works, Courthouse Gallery, Muncie, IN.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Juror: Karen Hampton.
In Between, Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI.
Haunt, The Standard, Grand Rapids, MI. Juror: Michele Bosak, director, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art.
Boston Printmakers’ Traveling Flat Files, SGCI, San Juan, Puerto Rico (April).
In Between, Studios, Inc., Kansas City, MO.
In Between, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE.
91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI.
Past & Present, Frames Unlimited, Grand Rapids, MI.
In Between, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA,
The Art Party, Green Chalk Contemporary, Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA
Party for Democracy, Green Chalk Contemporary, Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.
Boston Printmakers’ Traveling Flat Files, Southern Graphics Council International, Dallas, TX.
Printing Arts fair, Museum of Printing, Havermill, MA and Boston Print Fair, Cyclorama, Boston, MA.
Voices, Green Chalk Contemporary, Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey. CA.
Good & Mad, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
ArtPrize X, Collins Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.
Methodical, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, MD (first prize).
Group Show, Georgia Cyber Authority, Augusta, GA.
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Includes NickCave, Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, et al; curated by Katie Knight. Traveling to Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, 1/17 to 6/2, Union Station Museums, Ogden, UT, June 15 to Sept. 3, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, 10/5 to 12/30.
Awakening, Green Chalk Contemporary Gallery, Carmel, CA.
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO.
2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Athica, Athens, GA. Juror: Annette Cone-Skeleton, director, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art, Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN. Juror: Eric Avery.
Sense of Place, Honorable Mention, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA; Juror: Michael Rooks, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, national show traveled to Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, CUNY, New York, NY, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA.
Group Show, Sechrest Gallery, Highpoint University, NC.
Pushing the Press: Printmaking in the South, organized by Georgia Museum of Art with the Lyndon House Art Center, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, GA; Curated by Didi Dunphy.
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Living Arts, Tulsa, OK.
Fighting the Fires of Hate, UC Gallery, University of Montana, Missoula, MA.
Artist Activist, Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta, GA.
Annual Invitational, Green Chalk Contemporary Gallery Monterey, CA.
One, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY.
Lo Spirito in Volo, Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI.
Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate, Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History museum, Redmond, WA.
Joseph Campbell: The Artst’s Way,collaboration with The Joseph Campbell Foundation, Opus Archives, Celadon Arts at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA; Curated by Gail F. Enns.
34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition,Bradley Art Galleries, Peoria, IL.
Joseph Campbell: Nature, Myth & Art, Monterey Airport, Monterey, CA.
Woman, Town 220 Gallery, Madison, GA.
Woman Made,Redbird Gallery, Columbia, SC.
Brilliant Art Show, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.
ONE, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.
2nd National Etching Exhibition, New York Society of Etchers, National Arts Club, New York, NY.
Visual Politics: Art and the American Experience, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA.
Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
XLG: Living Large (two-person exhibition), Town 220 Gallery, Madison, GA
2nd National Print Show, Noyes Center for the Arts and One Horse Press, Evanston, IL.
MAPC Juried Members Exhibition, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO.
New Acquisitions of Works on Paper, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA.
Tempting Equilibrium, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
The Road to Equality: The 1961 Freedom Rides (two-person show with Libby Bailey), Greyhound Bus Station/Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery, AL.
XLG, Town 220, Madison, GA.
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Project Fellows Exhibition, EFA Project Space, New York, NY.
Prints: Now in 3D, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
Dream Prints/Mad Printers, Morris Museum of Art Education Gallery, Augusta, GA.
ASU Art Faculty Invitational, Hudgens Center, Duluth, GA.
(S)edition: Prints as Activism, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.
Delta National Small Prints Exhibition Purchase award, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Salon des Refusees, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT.
Generation (two-person show), The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA.
IconData 2009, Global Virtual Museum of Contemporary Graphic Art, SMGT, , April 2009-April 2010.
Sognando la Realta, Mya Lurgo Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland.
Identity, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Washington Printmakers National Small Works 2008, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC.
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT. Travels to the following venues through 2010: Copper Village Museum & Art Center, Anaconda, University of Montana-Western, Dillon, Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery, Livingston, Custer County Art, Center, Miles City, Paris Gibson Square Art Museum, Great Falls, Mondak Heritage Center, Sidney, Emerson Center for Arts & Culture & the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, MSU, Bozeman, Montana Museum of Arts & Culture, Missoula, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT.
Cascade Print Exchange IV, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR. Organized by Yuji Hiratsuka.
Another View, In conjunction with Los Angeles Printmaking Society 19th National Exhibition, Weingart Gallery at Occidental College, L.A, CA.
31st Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition, Heuser Art Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Industrial Identity: Developing the American South, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA.
Black Line, Contemporary Arts Exchange, Macon, GA.
Adam’s Fault, Gallery 222, Augusta, GA.
Krakow Print Triennial, Stowarzyszenie Miedzynardowe Triennale Grafiki, Krakow, Poland; Curator: Katarzyna Wojtyga.
The Transferred Image, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL
Twenty-seventh Annual Paper in Particular National Juried Show, Columbia College, Columbia, MO.
Something about Soul, State of the Art, Augusta, GA.
Intolerance, New Jersey Print Council, Somerville, NJ, (traveling exhibition).
ASU Art Faculty Show, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Augusta State University, GA.
Cultural Crossroads, video screening, Port Gibson, MS.
Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition, Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA.
Tamarind Group, E.J. Bellocq Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
Of Art & Artists: Recent Work from the ASU Art Faculty, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA, Southworks, Oconee Fine Arts Center, Watkinsville, GA.
Digital Video Screening, University of New Castle, New Castle, Australia.
Juried Alumni Show, Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Fear-Fun, four-person collaborative multimedia installation and performance, The Multimedia Room, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
Starr Earthwork, thirty-seven-acre earthwork by the World Peace Art Initiative international collaborative group, Starr Commonwealth Campus, Albion, MI.
Points of View, Art Gallery, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier, MS.
World Peace Artists Initiative (WPAI), international collaborative that creates large-scale public artworks and related peace activities in five member nations.
World Peace Artists Initiative Inaugural, Brueckner Museum, Albion, MI.
Roots Uprooted, multimedia digital book piece published in Peter Hyatt Middleton’s digital book Art and Education.
Mississippi Statewide Art Faculty Traveling Show, multiple venues.
Counter/Fit, South Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI.
WMU Printmakers, Rotunda and South Galleries, Kalamazoo, MI.
Ready for the Renaissance (commissioned to paint 12-ft. fresco mural and tempera painting), Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI.
Trajectories, Studio Art Centers International Gallery, Florence, Italy.
Settimo Concorso di Belli Arte, Galleria delle Carmine, Florence, Italy (2nd prize).
Aquinas College Faculty Show, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI.
Earth, Air, Water, Sky, Kresge Art Center, East Lansing, MI.
Arts Alive!, Chrysler Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.
Five Imagists Named Moe, Emmons Auditorium, Muncie, IN.
MUSEUM AND INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS
Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum, E. Lansing, MI.
GCSU Museum of Art, Milledgeville, GA.
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA.
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Print Study Collection, Kalamazoo, MI.
Library of Congress Fine Art Print Collection, Washington, DC.
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA.
Arkansas State University, Print Collection, Jonesboro, AR.
Augusta University, Permanent Collection, Augusta, GA.
Ball State University Print Study Collection, Muncie, IN.
Blue Mountain Center, Blue Lake, NY.
Georgia Technology Authority corporate collection, Augusta, GA.
Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, MI
La Serena Vineyards, Montalcino, Italy.
Louisiana State University Print Collection, Baton Rouge, LA.
Mississippi Humanities Council, Jackson, MS.
Northern Illinois University Print Collection, DeKalb, IL.
One Horse Press, Chicago, IL/Saugatuck, MI.
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Archive, New York, NY.
Southern Graphics Council Archive, University, MS.
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy.
SMTG, Krakow, Poland.
University of North Dakota Print Collection, Fargo, ND.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA.
Western Michigan University Prints Collection, Kalamazoo, MI.
Top prize, Haunt, The Standard, Grand Rapids, MI.
Top prize, Methodical, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD.
Mayor Wade Troxell of Fort Collins, CO, issued a proclamation decreeing Jan. 20 the city’s official Transforming Hate day, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate at Ft. Collins Museum of Art.
Honorable Mention, Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of A Augusta, GA. Juror: Michael Rooks, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Louis K. Bell Award for Research Excellence, Augusta University.
Purchase award, Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State Univ., Jonesboro, AR.
Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program fellowship Award.
Chancellor’s Award for research travel to Morocco and Spain.
Outstanding Alumna Award, Western Michigan University.
Walter Enz Memorial Award, WMU.
University Dames Scholarship Award for Research Excellence.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Ball State University.
SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS
Game Time grant For contemporary art creation, Grand Rapids, MI
Faculty Scholars grant, Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence, AU
Pamplin Professional Impact Fund award, Augusta University.
Pamplin Professional Impact Fund award, Georgia Regents Universi.y.
Art research grant for Made in America exhibition travel, GRU.
Georgia Humanities Council Grant.
Porter Fleming Grant.
Faculty Research & Development Grants.
Porter Fleming Grant, GA,
Augusta State University research grants
Faculty Development Institute Award.
Mississippi Humanities Council Grant.
University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg matching Grant
Starr Commonwealth grant & residency
Parham, Roert R., Cover art for the book THE RELENTLESSNESS OF SALVATION, Snake Nation Press.
Snyder, Jeffrey B., PRINTMAKERS TODAY, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., PA.
De Grazia, Diane and Barberson, Eric, et. al., ITALIAN PAINTINGS OF THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2002. Contributing researcher.
Chotner, Deborah, et. al., AMERICAN NAIVE PAINTING, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2002. Contributing researcher.
Contributing researcher, Wheelock, Jr., Arthur, DUTCH PAINTINGS OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Pushing the Press: Printmaking in the South. Georgia Museum of Art in partnership with the Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, GA
Fl3tch3r Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art, Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN.
Joseph Campbell: The Artist’s Way, published by Celadon Arts.
34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley Art Galleries, Peoria, IL.
Dixie Icons: Re-Visioning the Dixie Myth. Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA.
Road to Equality: The 1961 Freedom Rides, Alabama Historical Commission.
Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas Stat University, Jonesboro, AR.
20/20 Vision: The Art of Contemporary University Printmaking II, The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA.
20/20 Vision: The Art of Contemporary University Printmaking, The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA.
Speaking Volumes Transforming Hate, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT.
4th International Cascade Print Exchange, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
21st Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Communication Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI.
31st Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradlley University.2006 Southern Printmaking Biennale, North Georgia College and StateUniversity, Dahlonega, GA.
Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Southworks, Oconee Fine Arts Center, Watkinsville, GA.
Adams, Lucy, Arts Alive in Madison, AUGUSTA MAGAZINE, p.60, 4/12.
Freedom Riders Get Place in History 50 Years Later, ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK TIMES, 5/20/12.
Artwork at the Freedom Rides Museum, MONTEGOMERY ADVERTISER, 5/15/12.
Christian, Amy, Lady Justice, METRO SPIRIT,1/6/10.
Kimelman, Molly, Weighty Topics: UICA Exhibits Tackle Timely Social Issues, GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, MI.
Plocha, Ashley, Scratching the Surface: Casaletto Carves Meaningful Art, VERGE, 1/10 issue.
Artistic Look at Hate, HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD, Helena, MT.
Kidston, Martin J., Shedding Light on Hate, HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD, 1/21/10.
Ugliness into Art: Holter Exhibit Transforms White-Supremacy Literature intro.
Donahoe, Emily, Works of Art, HELENDA INDEPENDENT RECORD, p. A8, 1/24/10.
Kovac, Jr., Joe, Words Weave Their Way through Visual Art Exhibit in Milledgeville, MACON TELEGRAPH, 3/21/10.
Galvin, Kathleen, Kristin Casaletto—Stretching the Limits, THE DOWNTOWNER, Louisville, GA, p. 3, Vol. 4, Issue 5.
Quadrino, Carlo, Intervista con Kristin Casaletto, Artista e Docente d’Arte all, Augusta State University in Georgia, 6/19/07.
GENOMARTART (), Salerno, Italy.
Walmsley, Elizabeth and Obethaler, Elke, Technical Studies of Painting Methods, essay in Bellini, Giorgione, TITIAN AND THE RENAISSANCE OF VENETIAN PAINTING, reproduction of Casaletto’s infrared reflectography for catalog, Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Revelation’s Death on a Pale Horse Sprawls across the Heavens in Kristin Casaletto’s Woodcut, AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, color photo.
Art Series Brings Up Topic of Religion, AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 8/12/06, color photo.
Norton, Virginia, Justice in the Works: Civil Rights-era Murder Inspired Artist’s Series, AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 8/12/06, Interview & five color images.
Lember, David S. and Fraser, Rolland, Landscape Art: How Geographers and Artists Can Collaborate in the (a) Field, YOU ARE HERE: THE JOURNAL OF CREATIVE GEOGRAPHY, Summer/06.
Bellantoni, Ralph, Transcending Intolerance: Juried Show at Printmaking Council Examines Blight of Bigotry, COURIER NEWS (New Jersey).
SOUTHERN POETRY REVIEW MAGAZINE, Summer 2005, cover image.
Howard, Parish, Red Earth Soliloquy: Ruminations in Print, NEWS AND FARMER/ WADLEY HERALD/ JEFFERSON REPORTER, 9/8/05. Review, 3 color photos.
Gallery Hosts Exhibit of Prints Depicting Difficult Southern Themes, NEWS AND FARMER/WADLEY HEARALD/JEFFERSON REPORTER, 9/8/05, color photo.
Garvey, Jim, Small Gifts of Hope, AUGUSTA MAGAZINE, pp. 17-22, 4/04.
Johnston, Mandy, The Fine Print, SYNTHESIS, 2/6, Chico, CA.
Casaletto exhibits nationally and internationally and has shown with such artists as Nick Cave, Betye Saar, Sue Coe, and Faith Ringgold. She has won numerous awards, grants, and fellowships and has held residencies at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, among many others. Her art is held in university, institutional, and museum collections such as the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Edith and Ely Broad Museum of Art in E. Lansing, Michigan. Casaletto earned a BFA in drawing, a BS in physics, the MA in art history, and the MFA in painting with a minor emphasis in printmaking. She is based in Augusta, Georgia.