Michele C. Kishita

Michele C. Kishita

Studio & Gallery

MaKen Studios North 3525 I Street, Studio 209 Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Painting

Installation

Archived Work

Confluence

Artist's Biography

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based artist who uses landscape as her primary subject. Her paintings are strongly influenced by the graphic stylizations and compressed spaces of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Kishita’s paintings are in a number of private/corporate collections, including Toyota, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente, and her work is featured in Create! Magazine, on the Poetry Foundation blog and Studio Break podcast, as well as in several literary journals. She has participated in artist residencies in New Mexico, Russia, and Iceland and exhibited at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates and the Museum of Non-Conformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kishita received both her BFA and MFA in painting from the University of the Arts and is represented by Edgewater Gallery, James Oliver Gallery, The Drawing Room Gallery, and Carrie Coleman Fine Art.

Artist's Statement

My current work investigates the dialogue between the wooden surfaces on which I paint and the trees from which those panels were built. I highlight the interconnectedness of humans and nature, while addressing life’s impermanence and transience. Industry's straight lines and angles try to control nature, transforming a tree’s rounded mass into flat rectangular sheets; yet, the wood grain’s undulations, marking the tree’s growth and annual water intake, emerge despite its new, boxy confines. A tree's experiences are indelibly written on its interior and at the same time area historical account of the landscape itself. In my paintings, I strive to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each panel while expressing the visual contrast and harmony where human-made structures and nature intersect.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2020
Atmospheric Conditions, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

Absent Futures, Central Tattoo Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Confluence, 2,04 gallery, Art Centre Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia

Michele Kishita: Recent Works, NoBA Salonspace, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Curator: Susanna W. Gold, Ph.D.

2017
Transient Season, Gallery 543, URBN Corporate, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Ecstatic Territories, The 3rd Place Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Chromarrythmia, Central Tattoo Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Fluid Resonance, Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA

2013
Of Water and Wood, The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Two-Person
2016
Michele Kishita & Eliza Stamps: Graphic Tales, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

2015
Essential Impermanence: The Work of Debra Losada and Michele Kishita, Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT

2013
Making It Alumni Invitational: Michele Kishita and John Souter, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Making Place: Michele Kishita & H.John Thompson, Woodland Gallery, Penn State University, Abington, PA

Making Place: Michele Kishita & H.John Thompson, President’s Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2019
Traditional Meets Contemporary, InLiquid at Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Rush, HOT•BED & James Oliver Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

SPAR Museum Night, 2,04 gallery, Art Centre Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Fire Theft, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Curator: Rick Hidalgo

Collector's Exhibition: NoBA One Year Anniversary, NoBA, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Curator: Susanna W. Gold, Ph.D.

25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2018
Intersection, RH Gallery, Hockessin, DE
Curator: Phyllis Gorsen

SPAR Museum Night, SPAR, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Way We See It, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT

International Variety, HOT•BED Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017
ArtPrize 9, St. Matthews Venue, Grand Rapids, MI

Legions, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Missing Objects: A Tribute to Hassan Sharif, Flying House, Dubai, UAE

From the Pages, Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Ekaterina Popova

2016
Reinventing Nature, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Barbara Harberger

2015
Plan A: Artists as Adjuncts in Academia, PA Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA

2014
FLUENT: The Language of Paint, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

The Painting Center is Turning 21, Painting Center, New York, NY
Invitational

Navigation Puzzle, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Curator: Bridgette Mayer

CFEVA @ Sonesta, Sonesta Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Summer Group Show, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

Dialogue in Color, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

2013
Paper Work, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

The Drawing Room Summer Exhibit: Works by Represented Gallery Artists, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

2013 Members Exhibition: InLiquid, PPAC, Second State, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Drawing Room Gallery at Realm, Realm, Norwalk, CT

Homeland: Contemporary Approaches to Contemplating the Landscape, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

2012
Water, Water Everywhere, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Maps, Pagus Gallery, Norristown PA

RSVP 2012, LG Tripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

8th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ

The 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society: Still Melting, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Curated Exhibitions
2013
All in the Family: An Exhibition of Collaborations, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Undercurrent: A BackPack Gallery Exhibition, The Porch, Philadelphia, PA

Publications/Interviews

"The Way We See it", Vermont Art Guide, Issue #7, 2018

Lee, Sueyeun Juliette "Light is a Complex Medium", Poetry Foundation, 2017

Nelson, Tyler "Suggestions of Landscape: Michele Kishita", 2017
Film

Bao, Wenlu "In Quotes, Volume 4: Michele Kishita", 2017
Film

Create! Magazine, Issue III, 2017
Juror: Bridgette Mayer

Cover, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Winter Issue, 2017

The Artist Catalogue, Volume 5, Issue 3, Fall, 2016

Featured Artist, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Autumn Issue, 2016

Third Point Press, Issue #5, 2016

Featured Artist, The Dialogist, Volume III, Issue IV, 2016

Book Cover, "Sister" by Steven Karl, Noemi Press, 2016

Studio Break, January 16, 2015

Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 4, July 6, 2014 (pages 26 & 27)

"Michele Kishita," Fresh Paint Magazine Studio Visit, August 1, 2014

Foster, Deanna "The Artists’ Table: Unique Dining @ The Drawing Room," CT Bites, April 2, 2013

Otterbein, Holly "First Friday Hitlist," The City Paper, April 4, 2013

"Parties: The Drawing Room Gallery Opening Events," Fairfield County Look, January 31, 2013

Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studio Press, Fall 2011

Rothman, Chana, Beautiful Land, (cover, CD, & poster), 2011

Edge: The Magazine of the University of the Arts, Fall 2011 (page 15)

The 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society Exhibition Catalogue, United Arab Emirates, pages 202~205 & 218

Emarat Al Youm, United Arab Emirates, January 10, 2011

Lectures

2018
NoBA Salonspace, Bala Cynwyd, PA

2017
Philly Stewards - ArtistSpeak, Philadelphia, PA

James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
May

Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
October

Windsor Art Center, Windsor, PA

The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

2014
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Artist Talk, CFEVA@Sonesta, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Artist Talk, Philadelphia, PA

The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

2011
Making Place Artist Lecture, Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA

Artist Residences & Grants

2018
SPAR Artist Residency, St. Petersburg, Russia

NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

2017
OCHO Artist Residency, Questa, New Mexico

Blick Grant, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

Private/Corporate Collections

Toyota
Capital One
Kaiser Permanente
Park Towne Place
White & Case
Howard Gittis Student Center, Temple University
Fox Business School, Temple University
Drexel University
Texas Tech University
The University of the Arts
Jill Felix Colton

Education

2010
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Painting

1997
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing with honors