Kim Russo is an artist, a writer, and an educator. She has exhibited her drawings, paintings and installations throughout the United States and in Ireland, and has received residency fellowships from Caldera Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Americans for the Arts (in collaboration with the Irish Arts Council), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her drawings are included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico), the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Winter Park, Florida) and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette, Louisiana). Her most recent solo exhibitions include "Family" at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (2011) and "The Beauty of It All" at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM (2008). In 2010, her work was included in a highlight exhibition from the contemporary collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art titled "Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art."
Russo has written exhibition reviews for the Journal Santa Fe and the The New Mexican. Her current book project, about what we can learn from contemporary artists who are practicing Buddhists about managing the ego in the studio, art world and art market, received support from a Frederick P. Lenz Fellowship in Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values at Naropa University. The book will include interviews with artists Ross Bleckner, Susan York, Sanford Biggers, Joan Watts, David McDonald, Alex Donis, and Barbara T. Smith, amoung others.
Russo served as the Head of Fine Arts (and also taught drawing, painting, writing, and thesis courses) at Whittier College, College of Santa Fe, and Ringling College of Art + Design before coming to CalArts in October 2012.
Russo was born in Darby, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Her studio resume and examples of her work may be viewed at kimrusso.net, and her writing is located at artenvelope.blogspot.com.
Kim Russo can also be found on CalArts' Commonspace.