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. In Salmanson's work, light is both medium and subject. 

She has had solo and two-person shows at several exhibition spaces, including Brian Morris Gallery, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Storefront Bushwick, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, PS 122, and St. Peter’s Church, and several other venues.  Salmanson has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including “Space Invaders,” curated by Karin Bravin at Lehman College Art Gallery; "Rock St." curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller in Bushwick; "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, and in numerous other exhibitions.

Salmanson has created window installations for Time Equities’ Art-in-Buildings program, OK Harris Works of Art, Smart Spaces at 254 Park Avenue South, and Mixed Greens, and was part of San Antonio’s 2013 “Luminaria” festival.  

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 (2012), Yuneikys Villalonga in Art Experience (2013), Sharon Butler’s Two Coats of Paint blog (2012), Edward Rubin in NY Arts Magazine (2009), Jill Conner in the Brooklyn Rail (2007), and James Kalm in the Brooklyn Rail (2005), 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 NY Arts Magazine (print edition) by Leah Oates (2013) and China Blue in the online Engine Institute (2013).

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

2015 "Elements," Station Independent Projects, New York, NY (two-person with Karen Marston) (upcoming)

2014     “As Above / So Below," Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY (two-person with Ruth Hardinger)

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

2012      Storefront Bushwick Gallery, 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 with Susan Hamburger)

2003     Gallery Ju-ichi gatsu, Tokyo, Japan

1997      La Mama La Galeria, New York City, NY

             Gallery 128, New York City, NY

1996     Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ

1995     Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT

1994     26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY

             Treasure Room Gallery at the Interchurch Center, New York, NY

1992     Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT


2015     BRURAL: Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured” curated by Vladimir Seleznev as part of Project 59, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

              “Lights Out!” curated by Luis Maldonado, It’s All About Art, Port Chester, NY

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 

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

             "Luminaria" Light Festival, San Antonio, TX

             "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,” The 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

Salmanson's exhibition at Visual Arts Center of NJ

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

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

               “Project Glow”, d.u.m.b.o art under the bridge festival, Brooklyn, NY (canceled due to weather)

               “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

               “Seen It All”, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2003       “Merry Peace”, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

               “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       “Mixed”, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

                “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

1998         “Marvelous Miniatures”, Cortland Jessup Gallery, New York, NY

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

1996          “Women Draw”, Gallery 128, New York, NY



2015        "Tri-Quadular Cone," Summit Public Art, Summit, NJ (upcoming)

                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, to be installed in 2014

                 "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, 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




 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

Michael Sorgatz, "Artist Profile: Carol Salmanson," Art in New York City, January 28th, 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

Lili Rusing and Kerosene Rose, "Artist Carol Salmanson and the Electric Glow," Arts in Bushwick blog, May 29, 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

Katarina Hybenova, "Mesmerized by the Lights." Bushwick Daily, 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

Qi Peng, "EXCLUSIVE ASSASSINATION: Carol Salmanson," The Art Assassin 2, October 1, 2009

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

John Majeski, “Architecture Inspires Installation Artist”, Real Estate Weekly, February 11, 2009, p.12B

"Carol Salmanson - Diaphany 2009" PIC OF THE DAY, artcritical.com, February 9, 2009 

"'Diaphany' by Carol Salmanson: Mixed Greens Glow Room, NY", Storm From the East Online, January 12, 2009

"Artists at Work" by Shaq Melamed, My Line & Color - Artists at Work, January 18, 2009 

"Carol Salmanson's Diaphany", Dexigner Online, January 9, 2009

"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

"Carol Salmanson: Diaphany", InLiquid

"Carol Salmanson 'Diaphany'", NY Art Beat 

"Carol Salmanson 'Diaphany'", Artlog

Joe Walentini, “Corpse of Time”, Abstract Art Online, June 1, 2007 

“Corpse of Time: Top Pick”, ArtCal, May, 2007 

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

"Carol Salmanson and China Blue at DAM STUHLTRAGER Gallery," jameskalm, April 24, 2007 

“Williamsburg Galleries on Sunday”, jameswagner.com, April 24, 2007

“Recent Art News: “Upon Reflection” light installation by Carol Salmanson”, Art Knowledge News

“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

“Taking It to the Streets of DUMBO”, Brooklyn Courier, October 10, 2005, p. 10

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

“Carol Salmanson”, Matt Windman, amNewYork, Weekend, August 6-8, 2004, p. 23




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

Curator, "The Language of Painting," Lesley Heller Workspace, October, 2013

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Visiting Artist, Department of Art and 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