Carol Salmanson is a Brooklyn-based artist working with light and reflective materials. She uses optics, lighting technologies and reflective materials to create installations and unique objects. 

Carol Salmanson’s public art projects include Water Bubbles, a dramatic light installation in twenty windows of the White Tower, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, a 98' high architectural landmark designed by Moisei Reischer, that is recognized by UNESCO as a Constructivist monument. Her recent public art works include the light sculpture Tri-Quadular Cone, on the lawn at City Hall in Summit, NJ; Lot’s Ex-Wife (Pass the Salt) in Bushwick as part of the 2013 outdoor exhibition “Rock Street;” and participation in San Antonio’s 2013 “Luminaria” festival. Salmanson has also created window installations for Station Independent Projects, Time Equities’ Art-in-Buildings program, OK Harris Works of Art, Smart Spaces at 254 Park Avenue South, and Mixed Greens Gallery.  

Ms. Salmanson has had solo and two-person shows at several exhibition spaces, including Slag Gallery (Brooklyn), Station Independent Projects (NYC), Brian Morris Gallery (NYC), the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Storefront Bushwick (Brooklyn), Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery (Brooklyn), and other venues. 

Group exhibitions include “Space Invaders,” curated by Karin Bravin at Lehman College Art Gallery; "Illuminators" at OK Harris in New York; Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn; “Host” curated by Elizabeth Grady at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and "Resplendency" at the East/West Project in Berlin. She also curated “The Language of Painting” in the fall of 2013, a group show of nine artists who co-opt painting’s vocabulary for use with other media, at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City.

Salmanson’s work has been written about by James Panero in the New Criterion, Yuneikys Villalonga in Art Experience, Sharon Butler’s “Two Coats of Paint” blog, Edward Rubin in NY Arts Magazine, Jill Conner in the Brooklyn Rail, and James Kalm in the Brooklyn Rail, among others.  Her work was the subject of a James Kalm 2007 video (now part of the youtube channel “Rough Cuts”), and a studio visit by Brian Bernhard as part of his CUNY television series “Art or Something Like It” (2006).  She has also been interviewed in the print edition of NY Arts Magazine by Leah Oates and China Blue in the online “Engine Institute.”

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Salmanson received a B.S. in Biological Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. She went on to attend the Arts Students League; the School of Visual Arts, where she was a Public Art Resident; and the National Academy of Fine Arts, as an Abbey Mural Workshop Fellow. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees of NURTUREart Non-Profit. 

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Solo and Two-Person

2016    "Water Bubbles," The Undark Festival, Cultural Transit Foundation, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2015    Slag Contemporary, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (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-personr)

2003    Gallery Ju-ichi gatsu, Tokyo, Japan

1997    La Mama La Galeria, New York City, NY



2016    “Life Sized: A Small Works Invitational,” Anthony Philip Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
            “The Particle and the Wave,” curated by Jeanne Brasile and Gianluca Bianchino, Index Art                     Center, Newark, NJ (upcoming


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

             “old Tech new Tech,” CENTRAL BOOKING, New York, NY (upcoming)

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

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

2014    "IRL <-> Internet Real Life," Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

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

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

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

            "Summer Break," Station Independent Gallery, New York, NY 

            "Paperazzi," Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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

            "Hogarth Biannual," Hogarth Worldwide New York Office, New York, NY 

2011    "Paperazzi," Galeria Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY

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

2009    10th Anniversary Show, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY

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, NY

2006    “Newark Between Us,” curated by Rupert Ravens and the Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ 

            “The Raw and the Cooked,” curated by David Gibson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 

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

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

            “Lost in Place,” curated by David Gibson, Planet Thai, Brooklyn, NY

2004    Kawaguchi Art Factory, Kawaguchi, Japan 

            “Merry Peace,” Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            1st Annual Benefit for Breast Cancer, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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

            “Art Against War,” curated by Frank Shifreen, Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia                        University, New York, NY

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

            “WTC: Living in the Shadows/A 25 Year Collective Retrospective,” Bronx River Art Center,                    Bronx, NY 

             "To Scale,” Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            “Peace Show,” Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

             “Conflux,” Lamia Ink! Gallery, New York City, NY

1999     “War,” Postmasters Gallery, New York City, NY

1997     “Bridge,” Sakai City Museum, Sakai City, Japan



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

2014    Village Square, West 10th Street Window, Time Equities Inc. Art in Buildings Program, NY, 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 and presented                by Smart Spaces, NY, 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



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



Gabriella Melani Geraci, “La luce dell’arte allunga le notti in Russia,” IlGiornaleDellArte.com , April 24th, 2017 (http://www.ilgiornaledellarte.com/articoli/2016/10/126820.html)

"In Conversation with Carol Salmanson", Artists' Talk at the Contemporary Culture Center of the Faculty of Arts and Culture (UrFU), Yekaterinburg, Russia, December 2016 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH11DSIbeXs)

 “In Conversation: Leah Oates talks to Carol Salmanson,” NY Arts Magazine, online: June, 2013, http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/?p=10650; in print, September, 2013

"Carol Salmanson: From Painting about Light to Painting with Light," The Engine Institute, Inc., February 4th, 2013 (http://theengineinstitute.org/carol-salmanson-from-painting-about-light-to-painting-with-light)

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 (http://www.supremefiction.com/theidea/2012/05/carol-salmanson-stephen-truax-at-storefront-bushwick.html), May 26, 2012

Sharon Butler, "Sunday Stroll in Bushwick," Two Coats of Paint (http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2012/05/sunday-stroll-in-bushwick.html), May 21, 2012

Elisabeth Condon, "Bushwick Sunday," Raggedy Ann's Foot (http://elisabethcondon.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html), May 21, 2012

Katarina Hybenova, "Mesmerized by the Lights," Bushwick Daily (http://bushwickdaily.com/mesmerized-by-the-ligthts/), April 23, 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 (http://www.gopherillustrated.org/2010/05/carol-salmanson’s-light-and-refraction/)

Jill Conner, “Carol Salmanson at Mixed Greens,” Art Quips: Writing Outside the Mainstream, July 21, 2009


"Carol Salmanson - Diaphany 2009" PIC OF THE DAY, artcritical.com, February 9, 2009   (http://www.artcritical.com

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


Sarah Norris, "The A-list,” Chelsea Now, December 17-23, 2008, p.10 and online, (http://www.chelseanow.com)

Joe Walentini, “Corpse of Time,” Abstract Art Online, June 1, 2007 (http://www.abartonline.com/ - corpse)

“Corpse of Time: Top Pick,” ArtCal, May, 2007 (http://www.artcal.net/event/view/2/4732

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

“Williamsburg Galleries on Sunday,” jameswagner.com, April 24, 2007 (http://jameswagner.com/mt_archives/006232.html)

James Kalm (Loren Munk), “Carol Salmanson and China Blue,” at DAM STUHLTRAGER Gallery, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8RPETJueaE, 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

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, “Playing the Grotto,” offoffoff.com, November 28, 2004



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, 2016

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

Curatorial: "The Language of Painting, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY, 2013 

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

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