East Coast artist Rosemary Castiglioni forms her work around a process she describes as "tactile looking," one in which she marks, blotches, and smudges the page in response to working from models. "The presence of the models seems to excite an energy that is missing in inanimate objects. Just visually scanning relationships of human form opens possibilities for creative exploration," Castiglioni writes.

Rosemary Castiglioni works on Mylar sheets, a substance that has translucent and softening qualities; when combined with her subtle color palette, the overall effect is a soft, personal presence imbued with a natural and kinetic energy. Her sophisticated visual language is based upon the human body, and through her gestural strokes Castiglioni creates a highly-developed form of abstract figuration.

Rosemary Castiglioni has exhibited widely throughout the East Coast for over 10 years, and was awarded an artist residency in 2004. After earning her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Rowan University in New Jersey, Castiglioni continued to earn an MFA in Studio Drawing and Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she lives and works today.

BORN
1946 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives and works in Philadelphia


EDUCATION
2000 Masters of Fine Arts: Concentration in Studio Drawing and Painting Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Philadelphia, PA
1995 Certificate in Fine Arts: Concentration in Drawing and Painting Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Philadelphia, PA
1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts: Concentration in Drawing and Painting Rowan University: Glassboro, NJ

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Gestalt, Westby Gallery: Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
2006 Eternal Temporality, StrataSphere Gallery Philadelphia, PA, Carol Taylor-Kearney, Curator
2004 Square Roots, 22 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2001 Women Waging Peace, Harvard University, JFK School of Government 3rd Annual Conference

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2007 Phrases and Passages, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA
2006 American Landscapes, American Federation of Arts: Annapolis, MD Pacem in Terres, Soweto Festival: Wilmington, DE
2005 From the Studio, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA, Alex Baker, Juror/Curator 2003 Documenting Women’s Lives, Women’s Caucus for Art, Washington, DC Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia Artist Equity, Atlantic City, NJ
2001 Group Exhibition, White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Osvaldo Romber, Curator
2000 8th Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1997 Annual Exhibition of Small Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
1996 Fellowship of PAFA, Woodmere Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA, Jack Beal, juror

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2003-Present Figure Drawing Instructor, Salem Community College, Carney’s Point, NJ
2000-Present Painting Instructor, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
1999-2004 Studio Assistant of Petah Coyne, Ireland, NYC, Tennessee and Ohio
1998-2003 Life Drawing Instructor, Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Drawing Instructor-Teaching Assistant, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

PUBLICATIONS
1994 City Paper, Student Exhibition Announcement Drawing chosen to represent the announcement of the 96th Annual for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

AWARDS
2004 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT, Geraldine R. Doge Grant for a NJ artist
1995 Toppan Prize for Excellence in Drawing, 1st Place, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

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