Carol Salmanson is an artist working with light and reflective materials to create installations, sculptures, and wall pieces, as well as a painter. She received a B.S. in Biological Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. She attended the Arts Students League, the School of Visual Arts as a Public Art Resident, and the National Academy of Fine Arts as an Abbey Mural Workshop Fellow.

Public art projects include Water Bubbles, an installation in twenty windows of the abandoned landmark Constructivist White Tower in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Other window installations include Crown Colony in midtown Manhattan, Station Independent Projects, Time Equities’ Art-in-Buildings program, OK Harris Works of Art, 254 Park Avenue South, and Mixed Greens Gallery, all in New York. Her outdoor sculptures include Tri-Quadular Cone in Summit, NJ, and Lot’s Ex-Wife in Brooklyn.

Solo and two-person exhibition venues include SL Gallery (NY), Slag Contemporary (Brooklyn), Station Independent Projects (NY), Brian Morris Gallery (NY), the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Storefront Bushwick (Brooklyn), and others. Group exhibitions include the four-person show “Mesmerized” at Odetta Gallery (Brooklyn),  “Space Invaders,” curated by Karin Bravin at Lehman College (Bronx), "Illuminators" at OK Harris (NY), Dumbo Arts Festival (Brooklyn), and "Resplendency" at the East/West Project (Berlin). Salmanson also curated “The Language of Painting” at Lesley Heller Workspace, and co-curated “Tonal Shift” at Station Independent Projects.

Salmanson’s work has been written about by Graziella Melani Graci in Il Giorno dell’Arte and Il Manifesto (Italy), James Panero in the New Criterion, Sharon Butler in Two Coats of Paint, Edward Rubin in NY Arts Magazine, Jill Conner in the Brooklyn Rail, and Leah Oates in NY Arts Magazine, among others. Her work was featured in the Russian television outlets ETB and GTRK, a James Kalm video (now part of the youtube channel “Rough Cuts”), and a studio visit by Brian Bernhard on CUNY television.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Salmanson lives and works in Brooklyn.


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Solo and Two-Person

2018       SL Gallery, New York, NY (solo) 

2015     “Urban Juxtapositions,” Slag Contemporary, Brooklyn New York (two-person)

             “Elements,” Station Independent Projects, New York, NY (two-person)

2014     “As Above, So Below,” Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY (two-person)

2013     “Light Lines,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2012     Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

2007     “Upon Reflection,” Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005    “Luminous Layers,” Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2004    “Luminous Layers,” PS122 Gallery Hallway Project, New York, NY

             “Perceptual Architecture,” Narthex and Stairwell Gallery, St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY

              “Surroundings,” Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (two-person)


2018     "Mesmerize "(four-person), Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

             Sculpture exhibition at David&Schweitzer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

             “On & On: Art Without End,” curated by Elizabeth Keithline, Beard Gallery at Wheaton
              College, Norton, MA

             “Surface and Substance,” curated by Hester Simpson, the Painting Center, New York, NY

2017     “Bigger, Better, Bolder,” curated by Jaynie Gilman Crimmins, Christina J. Massey, and Etty
              Yaniv, a Chashama project, Brooklyn, NY

2016     “The Particle and the Wave,” curated by Jeanne Brasile and Gianluca Bianchino, Index Art
              Center, Newark, NJ

2015     “On & On: Art Without End,” curated by Elizabeth Keithline, Mark Miller Gallery, New York,

              “Williamsburg on Warren,” curated by Leah Stuhltrager and Cris Dam, One Art Space,
               New York, NY

              “BRURAL: Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured” co-curated by Irina Danilova and  
               Vladimir Seleznev as part of Project 59, Inc., Brooklyn, NY and Museum of Fine Art,
               Nizhny Tagil, Russia

2014      “A Familiar Line,” Key Projects, Queens, NY

              “Color Formed,” curated by Jim Osman, FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY  

2013     “Illuminators,” OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2012     "Space Invaders," curated by Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

2010     “Resplendency,” East/West Project, Berlin, Germany

2008    “Trellis, A Sculpture Survey,” Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

              “Incandescent,” 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY

2007     “Host,” curated by Elizabeth M. Grady, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

              “A Certain Slant of Light,” Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

              “Corpse of Time,” curated by Benjamin La Rocco, Galeria Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn,

2005     “Bright and Shining,” Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

              “Facing Newark,” curated by Rupert Ravens and the Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ

2004     Kawaguchi Art Factory, Kawaguchi, Japan

2003     “Multiple Memorials,” organized by Mary Miss, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

2002     “Reactions,” Exit Art, New York, NY


2016-17   Water Bubbles, in the White Tower, Cultural Transit Foundation, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2015-16   Tri-Quadular Cone, Summit Public Art, Summit, NJ

2014        Village Square, West 10th Street Window, Time Equities Inc. Art in Buildings Program,
                New York, NY

2013        Awarded New Britain Police Station Public Art Project, New Britain, CT, unrealized due
                to budget constraints

               "Luminaria San Antonio" Light Festival, San Antonio, TX

               "Rock Street" outdoor sculpture show curated by Lesley Heller and Deborah Brown

2012       Finalist, Seattle Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School, Seattle, WA

2011       “Park Lights,” window installations commissioned by 254 Park Avenue South, presented
               by Smart Spaces, New York, NY

               Finalist, PS 290 Public Art for Public Schools, New York City School Construction
               Authority, New York, NY

2010      DUMBO Arts Festival Curated Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

2008    “Diaphany,” Mixed Greens Gallery Glow Room Project, New York, NY

2005     Finalist, Louisiana Station Percent-for-Art (rapid transit station), Denver, CO

2004     “Luminous Layers” Elevator Light Installations, d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival,
              Brooklyn, NY


2017     “Tonal Shift,” co-curated with Katherine Daniels, Station Independent Projects, NY. press release.

2013    “The Language of Painting”, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY


2016     United States Department of State, grant award

             Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency

2010     Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts,    
             New York, NY

2005    Residency in Public Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


“In Conversation: Leah Oates talks to Carol Salmanson,” NY Arts Magazine, online: June, 2013,; in print, September, 2013

"Carol Salmanson: From Painting about Light to Painting with Light," The Engine Institute, Inc., February 4th, 2013 (

“Luminaria 2013 at Instituto Cultural de Mexico,” Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current, April 2, 2013

Yuneikys Villalonga, "Space Invaders," Art Experience: New York City, Vol I, No. 10, Fall 2012

James Panero,  "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, June 2012 and "Carol Salmanson & Stephen Truax at Storefront Bushwick," Supreme Fiction (, May 26, 2012

Sharon Butler, "Sunday Stroll in Bushwick," Two Coats of Paint (, May 21, 2012

Elisabeth Condon, "Bushwick Sunday," Raggedy Ann's Foot (, May 21, 2012

Edward Rubin, “Complex but Not Complicated,” NY Arts Magazine, October, 2010

Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz, “Carol Salmanson’s light and refraction,” Gopher Illustrated, May 12, 2010 (’s-light-and-refraction/)

"Carol Salmanson - Diaphany 2009" PIC OF THE DAY,, February 9, 2009   (

"Carol Salmanson: Diaphany, Mixed Greens, New York, NY,” Minus Space Log, December 2, 2008 (

Jill Conner, “China Blue, Carol Salmanson,” the Brooklyn Rail, June, 2007, p. 36

James Kalm (Loren Munk), “Carol Salmanson and China Blue,” at DAM STUHLTRAGER Gallery (, April 24, 2007

“Gatormans Minx or Illuminated Antifolk,” Art or Something Like It, CUNY TV, December 15, 2006

“Gallery Hopping,” The New York Sun, October 14, 2005, p. 14

James Kalm, “Carol Salmanson and Jae Hi Ahn,” Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery”, the Brooklyn Rail, April 2005, p. 26


Vice President of Board of Trustees, NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.

Guest lecturer, Ural Federal University Institute of Humanities and Arts, 2016

Guest lecturer, The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2016

Guest lecturer, Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art-Russia-Yekaterinburg

Visiting Artist, Department of Art & Design Art Forum Lecture Series, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, March, 2013

Guest Panelist, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent-for-Art, May 2008

Guest Lecturer, New York School of Interior Design, February 2006


    Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Art Students League, New York, NY

    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY