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Artist Bio

 

     Kathleen Gallo (she/her, born 1998) began her art education as an apprentice at the age of eight. After a decade of studying under Chicago born professional artist Donna Sands, Gallo moved from Chicago to Philadelphia to further develop her skill set. In order to continue her studies, she audited physical anthropology classes at the University of Pennsylvania, and she attended the PAFA Hahnemann Program for cadaver dissections. These experiences furthered her knowledge of human anatomy and appreciation for the field of anthropology (the study of human beings). In May of 2020, she graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with a BFA in Fine Arts.

 

     Gallo completed her first post-mortem facial-reconstruction at The New York Academy of Art in January of 2018. This reconstruction would later lead to an identification of the remains with the instruction of her mentor, forensic artist Joe Mullins. Gallo has created reconstructions for the Pima County Police, Penn Museum, Mutter Museum, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Images of her post-mortem facial reconstructions have been published in Expedition Magazine and The New York Times.

 

     Gallo interned at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology under Dr. Janet Monge. In her internship/freelance work she created flesh-reconstructions from skulls in their archives, as well as made visual art based on their private collection. One of her college achievements was having the Penn Museum purchase her reconstruction of a Neandertal from approximately 45,000-65,000 years ago. This technically crafted reconstruction is now on permanent display in the main entrance gallery of the Penn Museum. She continues to pursue her career path in both the field of forensic arts as well as fine arts.

 

After returning to the Midwest a Chicago-based museum, the International Museum of Surgical Science, announced that She will be the 2021 Artist in Residence. At North America's only museum devoted to surgery Gallo will be drawing 2D reconstructions on skulls in their collection.  At the age of 23, Kathleen Gallo is having her first solo exhibition, Brushes With Death: Examining the Human Condition, at the International Museum of Surgical Science from August 1st to October 31st. She strives to understand the organic structure of our species and to make her viewers experience the same fascination. She uses her technical artistic abilities to portray the beauty in the macabre and to try to make a positive impact using her reconstructive talents.

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

 

  • 2016-2020, B.F.A. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila., PA

  • 2019-2020, University of Pennsylvania - Audited Physical Anthropology Courses, Phila., PA

 

Experience

  • 2018-2020, Post- Mortem Facial-Reconstruction intern - Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Phila., PA

  • 2019, Sculptural Reconstructionist (Paleoartist) - Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Phila., PA

  • 2017-2019, Visitor Experience Associate - The Barnes Foundation, Phila., PA

  • 2016, High School Program Teaching Assistant - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila., PA

 

Grants/Awards/Scholarships

 

  • 2018/ 2019/ 2020, New York Academy of Art Forensic Workshop - full tuition scholarship

  • 2018/2019/ 2020, Post-Mortem Facial Reconstruction Grant - Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

  • 2018/2019, New York Academy of Art Summer Residency - full tuition scholarship

  • 2019, Estelle Rubens - travel and full year tuition scholarship

  • 2018, John R. Connor Memorial Prize

  • 2018, Mindel Caplan Kleinbard Award

  • 2016, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Merit Award, Academy Scholarship, and Next Step Scholarship

 

Residencies/Workshop

 

  • 2021, Anatomical and Reconstruction Artist in Residence - International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL

  • 2018/2019/2020, New York Academy of Art Forensic Workshop, New York City, NY

  • 2018/2019, New York Academy of Art Summer Residency, New York City, NY

 

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021, Brushes with Death: Examining the Human Condition - IMSS, Chicago, IL

  • 2021, Anatomical and Reconstruction Introduction Exhibit - IMSS, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020, 119th Annual Student Exhibition - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • 2019, Sphinx Gallery - Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

  • 2019, Reflections - Anne Bryan Gallery

  • 2018, 117th Annual Student Exhibition - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • 2017, Barging in Exhibition - Lenfest Plaza

  • 2017, The Magical, The Dark, The Spellbound - The Common Room

 

Guest Speaker

  • 2021 Talk about the therapeutic uses of art - DePaul University, Chicago, IL

  • 2021 Anatomical art lecture - Warren Township High School,  IL

Publications

  • 2020, Expedition Magazine - 10 page article about the reconstruction of Neandertal Shanidar #1

  • The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/arts/design/new-york-academy-of-art-arizona-border.html

  • The Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/world/ny-art-students-mold-clay-into-faces-of-dead-nameless-migrants/2018/03/10/7d1c2574-23f6-11e8-946c-9420060cb7bd_video.html?utm_term=.af01aff0b058

  • The Fifth Estate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=env_3T3sFSg

  • San Diego News abc10:

https://www.10news.com/news/national/art-class-uses-forensic-sculpting-to-build-faces-of-unidentified-migrants

  • USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2018/03/09/ny-art-students-mold-clay-into-faces-dead-nameless-migrants/32791659/

https://www.newcity.com/2021/01/13/this-week-in-the-culture-january-13-2021/