Anthony Castronovo


319.471.6707
anthonycastronovo@gmail.com
www.acastronovo.com

Education

M.F.A.     2006     Art and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
                                 (Lift: Public Art and the Activation of Space)

B.F.A.      2003     Sculpture, The University of Florida (Summa cum Laude), Gainesville, FL

A.A.        2000     Visual Arts, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL




Professional Experience

2015-Current

Art Instructor, Elementary Art K-5, Fort McCoy School, FL

2015-Current

Shams Generation Educational Initiative, Doha, Qatar:
This unique educational initiative by the Qatar Foundation combines art with solar power to engage students aged 8-18. My role has been to develop curriculum for all levels, but with a special emphasis on the high school level and interactive art. Workshops for all levels were presented in Doha, Qatar and the resulting projects will be displayed in a national exhibition in Fall 2015.

2011-2014

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture, SAAH, University of Iowa, Iowa City:
Spring 2014 Sculpture: Graduate Sculpture Workshop
Spring 2014 Sculpture: Elements of Sculpture
Spring 2014 3D Design/Engineering: Art & Engineering

Fall 2013 Sculpture: Introduction to Robotic Art
Fall 2013 Sculpture: Elements of Sculpture
Fall 2013 3D Design/Engineering: Art & Engineering

Spring 2013 Sculpture: Introduction to Robotic Art
Spring 2013 Sculpture: Graduate Sculpture Workshop
Spring 2013 3D Design/Engineering: Art & Engineering
Spring 2013 Sculpture: Casting Hot Metal

Fall 2012 Sculpture: Art as Inquiry Interdisciplinary Studio
Fall 2012 Sculpture: Introduction to Robotic Art
Fall 2012 3D Design/Engineering: Art & Engineering

Spring 2012 3D Design: Advanced Robotics
Spring 2012 3D Design: Motion
Spring 2012 3D Design/Engineering: Art & Engineering

Fall 2011 Sculpture: Undergraduate Sculpture II
Fall 2011 Sculpture: Graduate Sculpture Workshop
Fall 2011 3D Design: Introduction to Robotics

2013

Great Lakes Bay Regional Solar Educational Initiative
This project was part of the collaborative project ECOARTLAB, which is an educational, community based art project. I developed workshops for public school teachers ranging from K-12. The workshops included an overview of the field of community based art, as well as environmental concerns related to waste and the importance of re-use and recycling. The workshops also covered basic electrical concepts related to solar power and taught the teachers how to build simple solar powered light and motion based artworks that they then completed with over 800 students.

2011

Administrator, Art in State Buildings, SAAH, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL:
I coordinated the process for art selection in any University of Florida construction project that had state money behind it. I coordinated between the project managers, architects, user groups, and the community to select the best art for all parties. In addittion, I was in charge of maintaining over 150 public works in the collection, which often involved custom repair and conservation by myself and with other contractors.

2011

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Media, SAAH, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL:
Spring 2011 Digital Media: Media Experiments in Art and Technology
Spring 2011 Digital Media: Digital Fabrication

2010-2011

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Sculpture Area Coordinator), Santa Fe College, Department of Art, Gainesville, FL:
Spring 2011 Sculpture I
Spring 2011 Sculpture II
Spring 2011 3D Design
Spring 2011 Ceramics: Handbuilding

Fall 2010 Art Fundamentals (3 sections)
Fall 2010 Sculpture I

2009-2010

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sculpture, SAAH, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL:
Spring 2010 Sculpture: Performance and Installation
Spring 2010 Sculpture: Art and Ecology
Fall 2009 Sculpture: Materials and Methods
Fall 2009 Sculpture: Advanced

2008-2009

Visiting Artist, SAAH, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL:
Spring 2009 Sculpture: Advanced
Spring 2009 Sculpture: Performance and Installation
Fall 2008 Sculpture: Materials and Methods
Fall 2008 Sculpture: Machine Sculpture/New Media

2008

Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Department of Art, Columbus, OH:
Winter 2008 Digital Media: the Art of Podcasting
Spring 2008 Digital Media: the Art of Podcasting

2007-2008

Gallery Assistant, Canzani Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH:
I worked closely with the director, Jim Voorhies, on installation and removal of exhibitions. Several of the exhibitions involved on-site construction of large-scale installations and I was the project coordinator and head builder for these constructions. In addition, I was responsible for digital photographic documentation of the exhibitions for archive and publicity purposes.

2004-2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, Department of Art, Columbus, OH:
Winter 2006 (instructor of record) New Media Robotics
Spring 2006 (instructor of record) New Media Robotics
Winter 2005 New Media Robotics
Winter 2005 Art Department Woodshop Supervisor
Spring 2005 New Media Robotics
Spring 2005 Art Department Woodshop Supervisor
Autumn 2005 (instructor of record) Digital Imaging
Autumn 2004 (instructor of record) Digital Imaging

2003

Assistant Artist for Kidspace, Artist Residency Program, Gainesville, FL:
I was an assistant to artist Kelly Cobb, who created an art play-station for kids where geometric forms were laid out in simple paper and children were able to create hats and costumes.

2003

Installation Assistant, Distillation of a Home, Gainesville, FL:
Distillation of a Home was a cooperative project for art in public places based around the de-construction of a historic home in Gainesville, FL.

2002

Installation Assistant to Celeste Roberge, The Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Tampa, FL:
Sitting Room was an outdoor installation of a dry-stacked stone sculpture composed of four pieces of antique, Victorian furniture embedded in two tons of Tennesee sandstone.

2000

Studio Assistant, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL:
As an assistant here I maintained the ceramics studio and equipment, installed and repaired kilns, and mixed glazes. In addition I assisted students in construction methods of hand-built ceramic sculptures and supervised the ceramics studio during open studio hours.




Awards and Honors

2014 Ingenuity Festival Project Commission Grant
Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, the Kinetic Bonfire, Cleveland, OH

2013 Fall In...Art & Sol
Awarded commission for installation of solar flowers, Midland, MI

2013 Iowa River Landing Sculpture Park
Awarded commission for After Trillium, Coralville, Iowa

2013 University of Iowa Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award
Co-PI on $40,000 grant to develop e-book lab manual for Environmental Sciences Lab,
Iowa City, Iowa -http://its.uiowa.edu/support/article/100850

2012 Ingenuity Festival Project Commission Grant
Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, Hybrid Collaboration, Cleveland, OH

2011 Official Judge
Santa Fe College Digital Media Student Art Show, Gainesville, FL

2009 Official Judge
The 28th Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show, Gainesville, FL

2004-2006 Full Tuition Waiver and Graduate Assistanceship
The Ohio State University, College of Graduate Studies, Columbus, OH

2003 Summa Cum Laude
The University of Florida, Scholol of Art and Art History

2003 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture
The International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

2003 The Witters Design Competition
Rails-to -Trails pedestrian bridge, Gainesville, FL

2002 Honorable mention
The Kinetic Art Organization’s International Competition, World Wide Web

2001-2003 Dean’s List
University of Florida, The School of Art and Art History

1999 National Service Grant
The United States Department of Treasury

1997-1998 Top Ten Percent Scholarship
SantaFe Community College, Gainesville, FL

1997-1998 Florida Academic Scholarship
SantaFe Community College, Gainesville, FL




Residencies, Workshops, and Lectures

2013 Great Lakes Bay Regional Solar Educational Initiative
this workshop was the first event for the collaborative project ECOARTLAB, which is an educational, community based art project. Seventeen teachers from central Michigan took part in this three day workshop to learn about solar art projects which they will also complete with their students later in the year.

MiTech+ STEM Summit
As part of the STEM Summit, Anthony was a speaker in a breakout session titled "Confluence of STEM and STEAM- Fall In...Art and Sol". The session covered various aspects of the Fall In...Art and Sol festival and especially focused on its unique contributions to STEM education in public schools.

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire, Solar Flower Workshop
These public workshops were geared towards younger children, ages 8-12, and introduced them to the idea of solar art, recycling, and community-based practice while also providing technical experience as each child learned how to solder and assembled their own solar flower kit.

Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Solar Flower Workshop
This public workshop was for all ages and introduced the idea of solar art, recycling, and community-based practice while also providing technical experience through learning to solder and assemble the solar flower kit.

2012 University of Iowa, Graduate Seminar in Biomedical Engineering
a public talk about artists whose work is between art and engineering in contemporary art;

University of Iowa, Water Sustainability Seminar, College of Engineering
a public talk about my work and other artists who make art about water quality and environmental concerns;

University of Iowa, Syzergy Series of public talks on art a public talk about my work as an artist;

2011 Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art and Art History, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa:
10/8-9: Public talk about my work as an artist and my experience as a Public Art Administrator. The talk was followed by a workshop and studio visits with students from the Interdisicplinary Graduate Seminar: Art and its Publics.

2011 Florida Association of Public Art Professionals Annual Conference
three-day conference focused on administration of public art projects

2009,2010 The College Art Association Annual Conference

2009 NCECA artist grant
As part of the NCECA grant awarded to ceramic artist TJ Erdahl, I hosted this weeklong workshop and designed custom electronics for an interactive, audio based installation. Gainesville, FL.

2009 IDEO: The Classroom of the 21st Century
Creativity workshop sponsored by The University of Florida, College of Fine Arts, Gainesville, FL

2007 The Professional Artist
A professional practices workshop sponsored by The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

2006 The Living Culture Initiative
Collaborative workshop with Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, Columbus, OH.

2003 Sculptural Knitting
Workshop with Katherine Coby at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

2003 Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center
Two weeks of intensive wood carving instruction by traditional Bahamian carver Henry Wallace. Andros Island, Bahamas.




Exhibition Record

2014

Ingenuity Festival
The Kinetic Bonfire was commissioned for this community festival of art and technology. Cleveland, OH.

2013

Fall In... Art & Sol
A solar art festival produced by the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance in eastern Michigan.
I was one of ten international artists invited to exhibit. I also collaborated with two other artists to produce a series of workshops for public school teachers. Through these workshops we taught the teachers how to use simple solar technologies which they then taught to over 1000 public school students. The students’ works were displayed in a public parade at night, with various floats and light sculptures that used solar power.

Iowa River Landing Sculpture Park
After Trillium is a solar powered robotic flower commissioned by the city of Coralville, Iowa.

The University of Iowa Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition
Hybrid Collaboration was shown at the Figge Musuem of Art, Davenport, Iowa.

2012

Inosculation
an invitational exhibition of faculty and students from Ohio State University. Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH.

Ingenuity Festival
Hybrid Collaboration was commissioned for this community festival that highlights connections between artand technology. Cleveland, OH.

Eco Health Festival
a community festival featuring the Superfund Art Project, Gainesville, FL.

Small Favors VII
an invitational exhibition of small works by various international artists. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

Region4: Transformation Through Imagination
An invitational exhibition of work made in response to the Koppers Superfund Site in Gainesville, FL. The Thomas Center Galleries, Gainesville, FL. May 2012.
Orange County Public Library, Orlando, FL July 2012
Fort Lauderdale Public Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Aug 2012
Jackson County Public Library, Marianna, FL Oct 2012
The Tallahassee Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL Oct 2012
Alachua County Public Library, Gainesville, FL Dec 2012
Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL Jan 2013

2011

6 Pick 6
A regional invitational exhibition of artists working in Gainesville, Florida. The Thomas Center Galleries.

Santa Fe College Faculty Exhibition
Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL.

2010

Heliotropis
A privately commissioned outdoor sculpture that is solar-powered, kinetic, and responsive to environmental changes such as light, temperature, and seismic activity. The sculpture is permanently installed in Rumson, NJ.

2009

The University of Florida Faculty Exhibition
The Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

Mindsight
This exhibition of tactile art was curated by Bonnie Bernau at the Harn Museum of Art, and was a public event for sight impaired people as well as the general public. Viewers were guided through the exhibit, blindfolded if necessary, and allowed to explore the work through the sense of touch with their hands. Gainesville, FL

Florida’s First Coast Arts Festival
An outdoor sculpture exhibition, produced by the University of Florida, juried by Amy Vigilante of the University Galleries at UF, and curated by Anthony Castronovo at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL

2008

Tectonics Considered
A curated exhibition of works by artists who use fibers dynamically to create sculptures, George's Meet and Produce, Gainesville, FL

Make Art Accessible
A public talk about free internet technologies, curated showing of videos made on cell phones, Franklin's VDC Copy Center, Columbus, OH

2007

Revision
A privately commisioned outdoor sculpture, permanently installed in Rumson, NJ.

Riverwatch Gallery Member’s Exhibition
Riverwatch Gallery, Columbus, OH

2006

Lift(solo exhibition)
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH

Of the Horizon(two-person exhibition)
Hopkins Gallery, Columbus, OH

Coincidental Seriousness (do something)
Curator: Crispin Webb, Columbus, OH

Echo Chimeric: Art and Technology Winter Exhibition
Silver Image Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2005

Nano Moose: Art and Technology Winter Exhibition
Silver Image Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Graduate Student Group Exhibition
Hopkins Gallery, Columbus, OH

2004

Photonic Bliss: Art and Technology Autumn Exhibition
Silver Image Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Visual Art Revolution
Gallery 24, Marion, OH

The San Diego Art Department
Members Exhibition, San Diego, CA

2003

Forms of Contemplation(two-person exhibition)
The Brass Belle, Gainesville, FL

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture
The International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

Gainesville Art Cooperative’s Members Exhibition
Reitz Union Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Oxidation
Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Study Abroad(group exhibition)
Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Unraveling Structures(two-person exhibition)
608 East Main Street, Gainesville, FL

Site, Cite, Sight
Reitz Union Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Presorted First Class: Student Juried Art Show
University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2002

Cross the Line
The Art Store, Gainesville, FL

International Kinetic Art Competition
The Kinetic Art Organization, World Wide Web, Jurors: Bernward Frank, Ralf Gschwend,
Rein Triefeldt

2001

Ever Since Darwin
Focus Gallery, University of FL, Gainesville, FL




Technical Skills

Sculptural Methods • Over ten years of experience as a sculptor working in many mediums including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, carved wood, hot glass, cast plaster, plaster/armature structures, fiberglass, cast resins, ceramics, bamboo and other natural fibers. I am an experienced welder and intimately understand various processes such as MIG, TIG, oxy/acetylene, arc welding, plasma cutting, and brazing. I have worked in foundry casting using lost wax/ceramic slurry, and sand casting. I am experienced in parts machining including basic metal and composite lathing and 3D digital design with output to rapid prototype. Furthermore, I am an experienced mold-maker and utilize plaster, alginate, and silicone rubber type molds for casting plasters, wax, and various synthetic resins.

Computer Programs •I have been working with Adobe graphic programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, After Effects, Premiere) for ten years and have taught courses using the Adobe platform. In my own practice I use three-dimensional digital rendering programs like Maya and MAXON Cinema 4D for visualization and project proposals. Additionally, I have ten years of experience using Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iWeb, iDVD, Powerpoint, Word, Excel, and I am very experienced at setup and maintenance of Macintosh Computers.

Multimedia Authoring • Ten years of experience editing digital images including color correction, layering, composition, and optimization for print and web output. I am experienced in digital printing including large format, and alternative print media such as canvas, Tyvek, and Duratrans. For the past ten years I have designed and maintained a personal website as well as other commercial sites and various sites for friends. In addition, I have assisted in creating new coursework like “the Art of Podcasting”, which utilizes the web, blogs, and other free web-based technologies to create art.

Interactive/New Media • Broad knowledge of electronics and mechanics relative to interactive and kinetic art. I have taught courses using microcontrollers and various sensors such as photo, sonic, infrared, piezo-electric. These technologies allow for the full control of motion, light, and sound, and provide limitless opportunities for viewer interaction with artwork. In addition to the hardware, I teach programming and de-bugging of these systems. My coursework in this area is based on the Arduino platform.

Digital Fabrication • I am proficient in the use of vaious CNC equipment including laser cutters, plasma cutters, rapid prototype machines, and 3D scanning.

Kinetic/Mechanical • I have over fifteen years of experience working with electrical motors, servos, stepper motors, gear systems, pulleys, levers, and pull-string mechanics. Additionally, I am very familiar with various mechanical joints and linkages including sealed bearings, and simple bushings.

Carpentry •Over twenty years of various carpentry experience, mostly in residential construction and finish woodworking. I have an intimate knowledge of all the various tools of the workshop including table saw, router, drill press, band saw, panel saw, wood lathe, miter saw, angle grinder, wood chisels, pneumatic tools, sand blaster. I have a broad knowledge of various methods of wood joinery including lamination, mortise and tenon, dovetail, box joints, dado, and biscuit joining.




Press and Publications

Mastroianni, Brian, Arts Culture Beat , Creating a Robot Forest- Anthony Castronovo combines nature and machine , 11/26/13

Chang, Elliot, inhabitat.com 11/12/13, http://inhabitat.com/after-trillium-solar-powered-flower-sculpture-opens-and-closes-with-the-sun/

Yossifor, Yfat, MLive, Fall In...Art and Sol, 10/02/2013, http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/bay-city/index.ssf/2013/10/locations_of_fall_in_art_and_s.html

Beckman, Frank, 760 WJR, Live Radio interview, Coverage of Fall In...Art and Sol, 10/04/2013

Bieber, Rod, Delta College Public Radio, Live Radio interview, Coverage of Fall In...Art and Sol, 9/27/2013

Heinze, Kirk, Greening of the Great Lakes, 760 WJR Radio Interview, 9/26/2013 (aired 10/12/2013)

Burke, Johnny, Cumulous Radio 96 WHNN, Live Radio interview, Coverage of Fall In...Art and Sol, 2/04/2013

Martin, Robert, The Review News Publication and Blog, “the Natural Majesty & Scientific Interface of Solar Art”, http://www.newreviewsite.com/articles/The-Natural-Majesty--amp--Scientific-Interface-of-SOLAR-ART/1332 , 9/26/2013.

Martin, Robert E, The Review News Publication and Blog, “Art & Sol”, http://www.newreviewsite.com/articles/Art--amp--Sol/1325 , 9/12/2013.

Paul W. Smith, The Paul W. Smith Show on 760 WJR, Live Radio interview, Coverage of Fall In...Art and Sol, 9/26/2013

Mahon-Heap, Celia, “acastronovo produces after trillium a solar robotic sculpture”, designboom, http://www.designboom.com/art/acastronovo-produce-after-trillium-a-solar-robotic-sculpture-10-27-2013/ , Oct 27, 2013.

Brooks, Lee Gaizak, “Glass Curiosities:Ten-Foot Solar-Powered Flower Sculpture Doubles as Environmental Tracking Device”,[Blog]Glass Quarterly, http://blog.glassquarterly.com/2010/08/06/glass-curiosities-ten-foot-solar-powered-flower-sculpture-doubles-as-environmental-tracking-device/ , Aug 6, 2010.

Burnett, Karla, “Using Art as a Vehicle for Transformation and Awareness: Region 4: Transformation through Imagination ”, Thesis, University of Florida, December 22, 2011.

RedBankGreen[Blog], http://www.redbankgreen.com/2010/08/forecast-lots-of-flower-power.html , Aug 20, 2010.

Castronovo, Anthony, “Lift: Public Art and the Activation of Space”, M.F.A. Thesis, The Ohio State University, June 8, 2006.

Hillman, Tabitha, "Art Takes Flight", The Lantern Arts, Columbus, OH, May 25, 2006.

Maricar, V., "Personal Jet Pack or Hot Air Balloon?", [Weblog entry] QJ Network Blog, May 31, 2006
http://gadgets.qj.net/Personal-Jet-Pack-or-Hot-Air-Balloon-/pg/49/aid/48905

OSU College of the Arts News and Events, exhibition documentation with photos, May 8, 2006
http://arts.osu.edu/3news_events/e_hopkins_gallery/hhg_spring_2006/castronovo_vernon_sp06.html

OSU College of the Arts News and Events, exhibition documentation with photos, May 25, 2006,
http://arts.osu.edu/3news_events/a_news/news_spring_2006/anthony_castronovo_project.html

Smith, Sara, "Getting High on Campus", The Other Paper, Columbus, OH, May 25-31, 2006, 7.

Torrone, Phillip, "Human Lifting Helium Balloon", [Weblog entry] Make Blog, May 31, 2006,
http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/05/human_lifting_helium_balloon.html

"Cryptic Animi", Sculpture Magazine, October, 2003, 58,
http://www.sculpture.org/documents/awards/2003_student/castronovo.shtml

 

 

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