Michele C. Kishita


Contact Information

michele@michelekishita.com

http://www.michelekishita.com/

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Painting

Installation

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Michele C. Kishita is a Philadelphia-based artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. Her paintings attempt to make correlations between the landscape, especially water, and the whorled wood grain of her painting surfaces, delineating the truly fluid resonances between seemingly disparate elements. Kishita’s paintings are in several private collections and have been shown in many group exhibitions in Philadelphia and internationally at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates. Kishita received both her BFA and MFA from the University of the Arts and is represented by The Drawing Room Gallery.

Artist's Statement

In my recent work, I respond to the wood grain of my painting surfaces. I find inspiration in both Hokusai’s depictions of water and the intersection of where manmade structures and nature meet. I am struck by Hokusai’s landscapes and how he transformed the fierce dynamism of waterfalls into evocations of roots, rocks, or sheets of ice, revealing how water's mutability gestures towards the essential impermanence and transience of all things. By drawing correlations between the wood grain of my panels and the water that created it, I delineate the fluid resonances inherent in these seemingly disparate elements. In each work I strive to capture the memory and spirit of the landscape from my childhood in rural Pennsylvania and my time living abroad in Japan.

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Fluid Resonance, Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA

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

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 21Invitational, Painting Center, New York, NY

Benefit Exhibition for BalletX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Navigation Puzzle, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

CFEVA @ Sonesta, Sonesta Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

6x6x2014, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

2014 Staff Invitational, Borowsky Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, Hamilton Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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

2013
Paper Work, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

Making It Alumni Invitational, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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

Benefit Exhibition for BalletX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

CHER Invasion, CHER Pop-Ups, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

Art Unleashed, Hamilton Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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

Group Exhibition, Gallery at Memphis, Philadelphia, PA

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

Stoneleigh Foundation (CFEVA), Philadelphia, PA

2012
Sande Webster Tribute Exhibition, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

DAS:BAM David & Angie Sacks Benefit Art Market, Philadelphia, PA

Water, Water Everywhere, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Maps, Pagus Gallery, Norristown PA

RSVP 2012, LG Tripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, Hamilton Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

CFEVA 10th Annual Benefit Exhibit, Hamilton Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Stoneleigh Foundation (CFEVA), Philadelphia, PA

Beautiful Land, Chana Rothman CD Release, Mt. Airy, PA

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

8th Annual Juried Exhibition (SICA juried extension), ART629, Asbury Park, NJ

Making Place, Woodland Gallery, Penn State University, Abington, PA

Making Place, President’s Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

CFVA POST Preview: Summer Solstice, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, Hamilton Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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

Engaged, Caplan Center, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Wood Falls and The Wunderkammer : MFA Exhibition, Arronson Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Art of Healing, President’s Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The One Fifty One 50 Show, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Future Excavations: Artists, Remnants, and Relics, Gallery 221, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

This is Complicated, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artful Accessories, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

OtherWise, B2, Philadelphia, PA

OtherWise, Caplan Center, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, Hamilton Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Work After Work, Solmssen Court, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2D or not 2D, President’s Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

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

2011
Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studio Press, Fall 2011

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

Straight, Robert, "Artist News" the artblog, February 5, 2011

McCarty, Lauren "Dubai hosts University of the Arts MFAs," the artblog, February 5, 2011

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

2010
Colby, Christine "Studio Visit: Michele Kishita," Christine Colby Blog, August 10, 2010

Other

2014
Philadelphia Open Studios, 915 Spring Garden Studios, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Philadelphia Open Studios, 915 Spring Garden Studios, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Philadelphia Open Studios, 915 Spring Garden Studios, Philadelphia, PA

915 Spring Garden Open Studios, 915 Spring Garden Studios, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Philadelphia Open Studios, Sherman Mills Studios, East Falls, PA

Publications

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

Lectures and Talks

2015
Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA

Windsor Art Center, Windsor, PA

The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

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

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

1992
Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
AST, Graphic Design