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Gary Mesa-Gaido
Gary Mesa-Gaido

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Mesa-Gaido, Gary, Professor of Art
Program/Dept: Art and Design
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: M.F.A. Ohio University, Adobe Certified Educator
Research Interests:

Teaching Areas/Areas of Expertise:    

  • Digital art and photography  
  • Animation
  • Painting and Color Theory
  • Foundations
  • Mixed-media Sculpture

Professional Activity:

  •  Participation in over one hundred exhibitions, including solo, two-person, and small and large group.
  • Displaying work in international, national and regional exhibits; venues include: the Abraham Lubelski Gallery in New York City, Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (OH), Alexandria Museum of Art (LA), New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Museum of Fine Arts (FL), Holter Museum of Art (MT), Allentown Art Museum (PA), Center for Visual Art (TX), Avampato Museum (WV), Huntington Museum of Art (WV), Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.
  •  Inclusion in exhibits juried by prominent professionals in the field, including: a contributing editor to Art in America; internationally recognized artists; and curators or directors from the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of Art, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and Mint Museum of Art & Craft.
  • Current creative work focuses on assembling large-scale panoramic photographs, which record human activity within historical American, European, Central American, and Caribbean architectural spaces. Locations are documented in a wide rotation with a digital camera, and digital equipment and software are used to stitch the multiple images into one final photograph.

Honors and Awards: 

  • Recognition through two prestigious Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowships, three MSU Creative Production Awards, and Purchase, Jury and Placement Awards for juried exhibited work.
  • Artwork held in the permanent collections of individuals and organizations, such as the Pittsburgh Plate and Glass in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, West Virginia, and the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
  • Commissioned by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to create a public art sculpture for “Dinomite Days”.
  • Inviations to lecture and conduct workshops, such as at the Speed Art Museum and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and to serve as a panelist at the Southeastern College Art Association Conference.
  • Received the MSU Distinguished Creative Production Award in 2010.
Contact Info:
Claypool-Young 208
g.mesaga@moreheadstate.edu
Phone: 606.783.5157

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