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Carol Salmanson is an artist working with light and reflective materials to create installations, sculptures, and wall pieces. 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 a landmark Constructivist White Tower in Russia. Other window installations include the venues Station Independent Projects, Time Equities’ Art-in-Buildings program, OK Harris Works of Art, 254 Park Avenue South, and Mixed Greens Gallery. Her outdoor sculptures include Tri-Quadular Cone in Summit, NJ, and  Lot's Ex Wife (Pass The Salt) in Brooklyn.

Solo and two-person exhibition venues include 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 “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). She also curated “The Language of Painting” at Lesley Heller Workspace, and co-curated “Tonal Shifts” 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, Two Coats of Paint blog, 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.

Salmanson’s website is www.carolsalmanson.com

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo and Two-Person

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

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)

Group

2018    “Surface and Substance, curated by Hester Simpson, the Painting Center, New York, NY (upcoming)

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, NY

            “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, NY

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

 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

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

 

CURATORIAL

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

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

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

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

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY and MEDIA

 “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

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/)

"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

     (http://www.minusspace.com/tag/carol-salmanson)

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 (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

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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

 

EDUCATION

     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