Bio CV

CarylStAma

EDUCATION

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, MFA
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, BFA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

2019
Water, Air, Earth, Fire, Dual Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
(in)Forming Works: Meet the 2019 R&F Teaching Artists, On Center Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Old Broads: Born to be Wild, curated by Karen Karlsoon, Middle Ridge Winery, Idyllwild, CA
A Survey of Contemporary Encaustic Art: The IEA 2019 Juried Exhibition, juried by Mat Gleason, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA, catalog
Little Old Broads, curated by Karen Karlsson, Studio C Gallery and Bunner Gunner Gallery, Claremont, CA

2018
Route/Rut/Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration, Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA, zine
LSV: Human/Nature, curated by Mahara Sinclaire & Colin Roberts, LAVA Projects, Los Angeles, CA
The Blues, Invitational, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA, catalog
We Rise, Invitational Pop-up Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Everything That is Solid, SciArt Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Art in a New Place, selections by Ron Nelson, curated by Juri Koll, Art Exchange, Long Beach, CA, catalog
Burning it Up! New work by Karen Karlsson, Caryl St. Ama, Robin Tripaldi, Studio C Gallery, Claremont, CA
Old Broads, It’s About Time, Riverside City College Quad Art Gallery, Riverside, CA

2017
Hopeful Darkness, juried by Ingrid Dinter, Atlantic Gallery, NY, NY
Art In Place, curated by Juri Koll, Newberry Lofts, Long Beach, CA
Gimme5!, juried by Mishelle Moross and Juri Koll, Muzeumm, Los Angeles, CA

2016
Water Ecologies, juried by Basia Irland, Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Brand 44, juried by Laddie John Dill, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA, catalog
Suites [(sweets)], Groundspace Project, Los Angeles, CA
Encaustic: The Art of Painting with Wax, Ventura County Hall of Administration, Ventura, CA
Recondite Substance: Nena Amsler, Jonna Lee, Caryl St. Ama, William Solomon, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty Show, Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
Old Broads Still Kickin’, curated by Karen Karllson, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA

2015
Waterworks II, Porch Gallery, Ojai, CA & The Art Gallery @ GCC, Glendale, CA, catalog
Fusion; Contemporary Encaustic, Keystone Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
Old Broads, curated by Karen Karllson, Red Pipe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Flux: Lax Wax Art, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA
Making Your Mark, juried by David Limrite, Encaustic Art Institute, Sante Fe, N

2014
The Devil in the Straight Line, Juror Henning Haupt, Bakehouse Art Complex, Audrey Love Gallery, Miami, FL
The Art in Wax, Juried by John Schaeffer and Sherry Ikeda, Gallery 901, Santa Fe, NM
Burnt Offerings, Curated by Karen Karlsson, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA
Chemistry of Perspective(s): reaction to art under fire, Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery, Newbury Park, CA
LAX WAX ART EAST: Contemporary Encaustic, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA
Contemporary Encaustic, WAV Gallery, Ventura, CA
Playing with Fire, Group Exhibition, SBTC Gallery, curated by Susan Tibbles, Santa Barbara, CA

2013
WaxArt LA, Catalyst Gallery, Westminster, CA, juror’s award
Third Annual National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition, Juror: Michael Kessler, Encaustic Art Institute Gallery, Cerrillos, NM
One Degree of Separation, Phlat Phile Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
Homage to the Muse, Gallery Godo, Glendale, California
2011
Picasso’s Dilemma, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Artist & Educator’s Exhibition, The Art Gallery @ GCC, Glendale, CA
2002
River Alchemy, Arroyo Arts Collective; Site-specific installation at the Los Angeles river, Los Angeles, CA
Mentor/Mentee Exhibit, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1999
Crosswire, Tree of Life: In Memory of Michael Coomes, Installation, 400 Main Street Gallery, Downtown Arts Development Agency, Los Angeles, CA
1998
Without Alarm; Public and Private Security, Moes in Stir, Collaboration, Arroyo Arts Collective, Los Angeles, CA
1997
Windows on Women, Commission of the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Downtown Lives! ’97, Locker Room, Collaboration, Downtown Arts Development Agency, Los Angeles, CA
Safari; Far Bazaar at the Old Zoo, Chrysalis Praecox, Collaboration, Foundation for Art Resources, Inc. Los Angeles
1996
Little Big Art, Mendenhall Art Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
1995
Women of the 90’s, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
1994
Get Back, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Cups, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Brand XXIV, Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
1991
Coming Back, University Art Gallery, Department of Art, SWTSU, San Marcos, TX
1987
Image/Ambiguity, Transamerica Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986
All California Biennial Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
The Flower Show, Theatre Gallery, Design Center of Los Angeles, CA
1985
Form and Feeling, Exhibition Series for Emerging Artists, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
Texas Only, Texas Fine Arts Association, First City Center, Austin, TX; Abilene, Christian University, Abilene, Texas; Victoria Regional Museum, Victoria, TX; Corpus Christi Library Gallery, Corpus Christi, TX
1984
Discovery ’84, Simard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Texas Only, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, TX
Paintings, Dada Gallery, Athens, Greece, solo show
1980
57th Annual Shreveport Art Guild National, Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, Louisiana, purchase prize

WORK EXPERIENCE
Instructor for Core Support Program, R & F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY 2013 to present
Professor of Studio Art, Glendale College, Glendale, CA 1990-2017 (retired)
Gallery Director, The Art Gallery @ Glendale College, Glendale, CA 1991-1998, 2013-2016

RESIDENCIES, GRANTS & AWARDS
2019 The Art Gallery @GCC Artist Residency, Glendale, California, July 15 – September 12, 2019
2018 Farmhouse Residency, Hancock, New Hampshire, June 5 – 25, 2018

PRESS
Davis, Genie, http://diversionsla.com/what-a-place-art-in-place-at-the-newberry-lofts-long-beach/
Taylor-Kearney, Carol, https://www.whatsartblog.com/single-post/2017/12/11/Hopeful-Darkness-at-Atlantic-Gallery
Turner, Nancy Kay, https://artandcakela.com/2018/09/29/8-artists-across-many-divides-collaborate-to-create-unique-works-of-art/

PUBLICATIONS
-Book; Robertson, Linda, Embracing Encaustic, Advanced Techniques for Mixing Media, June 2015
-Catalog; Brand Forty-Four Works on Paper, September 24 – October 28, 2016
-Catalog; Art In Place, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, Forward by Juri Koll, 2017
-Zine; Route/Rut/Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration www.karkhanaproject.weebly.com
-Catalog; The Blues, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA, June 2018

Biography

Caryl St. Ama was born and raised in Texas on the Gulf Coast between Houston and Galveston. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Texas State University in San Marcos and her Master’s of Fine Arts at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She retired after thirty years at Glendale College in Studio Arts and is a Core Support Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints. Although always a painter, her work from the 90’s focused on installations in the environment.  She exhibited with the Arroyo Arts Collective and DADA; Downtown Arts Development Association that curated artists to work in non-traditional areas like the LA River, the old site of the Los Angeles Zoo and the abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail.

Caryl returned to her painting roots when she discovered Encaustic; an ancient medium using pigmented beeswax fused with heat. The luminosity and flexibility of the wax proved to be the inspiration she needed to continue her work focusing on the effects of the both man-made and natural disasters in our gulfs, oceans and waterways. One of her early works from this series, “Spill Series; Feathers Adrift”, was published in the book, Embracing Encaustic, Mixed Media by Linda Robertson. Her work is exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and included in numerous private collections.