Carole P. Kunstadt received her BFA, magna cum laude, from Hartford Art School, West Hartford, Connecticut, with a concentration in two-dimensional studies, and continued with postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Munich, Germany. Kunstadt's works reference the material of books, deconstructing paper and text, and using it in metaphorical ways. Her devotion to books is inspired by the ability of the written word to take the reader to other places through stories, poems, and prayers. Kunstadt's process reveals how language can become visual through re-interpretation.
Currently Kunstadt's Sacred Poems are showcased in WORD 2016 at The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY. Numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States which have featured her work are notably, Slash: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; The Divine and Sublime, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ; Reader’s Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN; The Book as Art 3.0: No Jacket Required, Decatur Arts Alliance, The Art Institute of Atlanta - Decatur, GA; The Book: A Contemporary View, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; NEW YORK REGIONAL, Magnitude SEVEN and Textuality, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH, and in Canada, The Art of the Book 2013, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, Calgary, Alberta.
Recently the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA showcased a selection of Kunstadt's Sacred Poems in Between The Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art. The Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY featured Kunstadt's complete Old Testament Series in the exhibition As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts. Representative works from the Old Testament Series were featured in And The Word Is.... in the Gershman Gallery at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and were included in Somewhere Between Creation and Destruction, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School. Concurrent in Hartford, CT, in partnership, the Clare Gallery and the Charter Oak Cultural Center presented Between The Lines: Works by Carole P. Kunstadt - two consecutive solo exhibitions from September through December 2014, providing a survey of the artist's past and current work.
The PBS/OFF BOOK Book Arts mini-documentary in the series on progressive arts, features Kunstadt in the segment, Transforming the Sacred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4fLk-XeeI
Public Collections include George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, ME.; The Book Arts Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; the Montclair State University Collection, Montclair, NJ; Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL.
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