Biography

[St. Louis, MO ::: b.1957 – Toronto, ON, Canada]

CARMON COLANGELO is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science, and technology. His imagery presents a playful odyssey that references the meta-narratives of art history and is contingent on the juxtaposition of utopian ideals of modernism with the aesthetics of surrealism and conceptual art. An enduring feature of Colangelo's work is the unraveling of free-floating symbols and texts in an aggressive exploitation of various print media. He challenges conventional readings, producing disorienting spatial topologies and striking visual poetics. His images may swing from the obsessively personal to the openly topical, allowing disparate formal structures and semiotics to inspire the production of remarkable forms that are somehow freed from the preceding visual context and grammar.

Carmon joined Washington University in St. Louis in July 2006, as the first dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts. In this role, he oversees the School’s four academic units — the College of Art, College of Architecture, Graduate School of Art, and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design — as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, which is home to one of the nation’s finest university collections of modern art.

A widely exhibited artist known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes, Colangelo’s work has been featured in 30 solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally in Argentina, Canada, England, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and across the United States. His work has been collected by many of the nation’s leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. From 1984 to 1996, Carmon headed the printmaking department at West Virginia University and was named chair of the Division of Art in 1993.  In 1997, he became director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia (Athens). Born in Toronto, Colangelo earned a BFA in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario in 1981 and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University in 1983. 

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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EDUCATION
1983     Master of Fine Arts | Printmaking | Louisiana State University | Baton Rouge, LA
1981     Bachelor of Fine Arts | Printmaking and Painting | University of Windsor | Windsor, ON, Canada

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Albright Know Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Nelson Museum of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The National Museum of American Art, Washington DC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Florida State Art Museum, Tallahassee, FL
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Museo National del Grabado, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, OH
Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Museums, Cambridge, MA
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester University, Rochester, NY
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
West Virginia Cultural Complex and Museum, Charleston, WV 
University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Illinois Wesleyan College, Bloomington, IL
Arches-Rives Paper and Ink Collection
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, Ontario, Canada
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015    “Contingency Plan,” Emergency Room Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX.
2014    “Storms,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2013    “Glocal Yocals and Other Musings,” Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2013    “Glocal Diptychs,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012    “iM here,” Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
2012    “Seven Days in O Land O,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2011    “Eyedeas,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2008    “Big Bang to Big Melt,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2008    “Configured/Disfigured,” Heuser Gallery, Bradley University, IL
2007    “Pharmland,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2007    “Evolution/Devolution,” Gertrude Herbert Institute, Atlanta, GA
2007    “Carmon Colangelo: Prints,” Farrell Center, School of Medicine, Washington
            University in St. Louis, MO
2006    “Configured/Disfigured,” Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2006    “Configured/Disfigured,” Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA