ANITA GLESTA

I work with many materials; from the concrete to the ethereal, with the permanent and the impermanent, in order to create the most emphatic interaction possible. Many of my public projects’ materials have ranged from water, sound, new media technologies, concrete, and earth, among others.

Since these works are concept driven, they often require large amounts of independent research and consultation with scientists, specialists and, with local residents in order to understand the environmental and the cultural history of the place.

Illuminating what’s beneath the surface of our environment and ourselves is paramount to my approach. My projects for public spaces have ranged from dense urban plazas to large environmental interventions in parks and green spaces. My materials are diverse because they respond to the context where the work is sited. For many of my public projects the materials have ranged from water, sound, new media technologies, concrete, and earth, among others.  These works are concept driven and therefore often require large amounts of independent research and consultation with the inhabitants of the area as well as its geographical and cultural history.

For my entire adult life, painting has been my foundation and my "go to" place of understanding and ordering my universe. I have continued to have a studio practice where I  draw and paint. These works invariably inform the way I consider and handle the other mediums with which I work. They also offer me a direct response to how I try to understand the/my environment,  interior and exterior.  I endeavor to facilitate an intimate relationship between the work, the site, and the viewers, in which viewers are able to derive an empathic emotional response.


ANITA GLESTA RESUME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Satellite Art Fair with Art W, Miami, FL. Installation; REVERIE; How Many Parts Make a Whole
2016 WATERSHED multi channel installation at Ellis Island, Customs House, NY 
2013 Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology Beijing, China
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK, Krakow, Poland
2009 Five Myles Gallery (two person show), Brooklyn, NY
        Museo Nacional, La Paz, Bolivia
2008 Instituto Cervantes, Belgrade, Serbia, “GERNIKA / GUERNICA”
2007 White Box Exhibition Space, New York, NY
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, outdoor installation, 
Chase Manhattan Plaza, NYC
2003 Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1996 Annandale Galleries, outdoor site specific sculpture, 
Sydney, Australia
1996 The Performance Space, Sydney
1989 Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1985 White Columns Gallery, NYC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 "Earth, fire, Water, Ice, Debris" Five Artists Arts Council of Princeton
        "Five Artists" Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beijing, China
2017 “On Another Note” Lyman Allen Museum, New London, CT 
2016 “On Another Note” Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 
2015 Intimate Transgressions, White Box, New York, NY
        Art-Inter Gallery, Beijing, China
2015 Thames Festival, "Totally Thames" WATERSHED projection on Royal National Theatre of London - Featured public art project
2014 Silicon Valley Art Fair, featured project with Cynthia Reeves Gallery
Art Miami, featured project with Cynthia Reeves Gallery
2013 New Museum Ideas Festival, “WATERSHED”, NYC, Old School,
 “The They” Curatorial Group
Special Project Volta Art Fair, “WATERSHED” NYC with Art_port Making Waves
Katherine Nash Gallery, “Invitation to Peace” Minneapolis, MN,
2012 Big Screen Plaza, video installation “PUTTI FOR SARA”, NYC
Group Show, Nash Gallery, Univ. of Minn., Minneapolis, 
“Landscape of the Mind”
Group Show, LACE Gallery, Los Angeles
2010 Centro Cultural de Espana, Mexico City with Art_Port Making Waves
“ABSOLUTE ZERO” San Jose Zero Biennale, New Technologies,
Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Video installation “Cycles” with Art_Port, Making Waves, Art Basel,
Switzerland 
2007 9/11 Film Festival, “Gernika/Guernica” documentary screening
2005 Biennale de Deshechos ,Castellon, Spain
2004 Black and White Art Gallery, Brooklyn, “Sculptor’s Drawings”
1998 Sculpture Symposium, Sydney
1997 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Group show “Perspecta”
1995 “Artful Park”, Centennial Park, Outdoor Sculpture, Sydney
1992 The Sculpture Center, NYC, “Emerging Sculptors”
1990 Group Show “Expressions of the Surface” Queens Museum, Queens, NY 

AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
2017 Brooklyn, New York, WATERSHED, temporary public art projection during October with Art W at Red Hook Public Library
2015 WATERSHED Commission for Totally Thames Festival at National Theatre, London
2010 Permanent Commission from the General Services Administration for Federal Census Bureau Building, Suitland, Md
2007 Puffin Foundation Grant
2006 New York State Council for the Arts grant for 
Guernica/Gernika Project
2003 Fiscal Sponsorship NYFA for project, Desde El Cielo, Hasta El Fondo
2002 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant
2001 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
2001 Site specific sculpture permanent commission, 
“Chianti Sculpture Park” Chianti, Italy
2000 “Yurong Water Gardens” completion of Permanent Commission, 
Cook and Phillip Park, Sydney
1999 Sydney Olympic Millennium Park Commission in Collaboration with 
EDAW Landscape Architects Wynyard Park, Sydney City Council Commission Signage/Sculpture “Lenticular Lens”
1997 Mt. Annan Botanic Gardens: Sydney Sculpture Commission, 
Sydney City Council
Priority One Projects “Lang Park” in collaboration with EDAW,
Landscape Architects
National Association of Visual Artist, Promotion and Development
Grant for “Perspecta”, AGNSW, Sydney
1995 Australia Council: CEAD Grant, for Rushcutters Bay Kindergarten
Outdoor Sculpture 

TEACHING POSTS
2011–2013 Creator and Coordinator, Public Art Residency, 
“Reconfiguring Site” School of Visual Arts, NYC
2005-2010 Visiting Artist, Summer, Public Art Residency Program, 
School of Visual Arts, NYC
1999 Adjunct Professor, Drawing, University New South Wales School of
Architecture 
1996-97 Adjunct Professor, Sculpture, Sydney College of the Arts, 
Sydney University, Sydney
1996 Visiting Adjunct Professor, Sculpture, University of Wollongong 
Dept. of Fine Arts,
 New South Wales
Sept. 1995-96 Adjunct Professor; University of New South Wales, 
School of Landscape Architecture, Sydney
Sydney College of the Arts, Department of Sculpture, 
Interdisciplinary seminars
1986–1994 Adjunct Professor, Painting, Long Island University, 
Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn NY 

PAPERS & CONFERENCES
2017 Coral Gables, Fla Books and Books, Art Table. Presentation of WATERSHED
2016 “Women in Public Art”, Art OMI panel
2015 Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Moderator, Intimate Transgressions Panel
2011 Best Practice Lecture, AIA Conference, New Orleans, LA
New York Foundation for the Arts, ARTIST TALK with 
Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum
2009 Architect Instutite of America, NYC
2009 Presentation of Gernika Project documentary, CEREVConference,
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
2005 Guest Speaker, AIA, NYC
2004 Guest Speaker: FOCA Arts Festival, Castellon, Spain
2003 Guest Speaker for Guernica to Gernika conference, 
Gernika Museum of Peace, Guernica, Spain (Dec.)
2002 Guest speaker and moderator, Art to Start, VanAlen Institute 
(Oct.)  NYC
2002 Gernika Gogoratuz, Annual Peace Conference, Guernica, Spain 
(April)
2002 Lecturer at School of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, Spain 
(March)
2001 Public Art Workshop, Waterfront Cities, Barcelona, Spain (Oct.)
2001 Guest Speaker, Common Places Workshop, Oporto, Portugal (Feb.)
2000 Lecture at School of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, MA (Oct.)
2000 Lecture, International Sculpture Park Symposium, Fanano, Italy 
(Sept.)
1998 Lecture at School of Landscape Architecture, University of New 
South Wales, Sydney (April) 
1998 Award; Best Practice, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
1997 Conference “Intersections,” College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney  
(Aug.)
1997 Art Gallery of New South Wales for “Perspecta” Emerging Paradigms 
in Design University of New South Wales, Sydney (July)
1995 Conference of Landscape Architecture, “Big Sky,” University of 
New South Wales, Sydney (Sept.)

RESIDENCIES
2017 The Betsy Hotel, Writers' Room
2016 Bundanon Residency, Australia
2012 Laba Residency, 14th Street Y, NYC
2008 Bogliasco Liguria Study Center Residency, Bogliasco, Italy
2004 Fundacion El Paraiso, Mojacar, Spain
1998 University New South Wales, Sydney

Selected Bibliography
2015 Studio International interview WATERSHED with Anna McNay
2015 Studio International Review, SPIN at London Art Fair15, J. MacKenzie
2014 The Economist, review of Silicon Valley Art Fair, SPIN featured
2014 Sculpture Magazine, Review by Lilly Wei of “GERNIKA/GUERNICA” (March)
2013 Studio International interview with Lilly Wei (Nov.)
2011 Studio International, Feature Article, Janet MacKenzie
2010 New York Daily News, Feature article, “Census Project”
2010 Azure Magazine, Feature Article, “Census Project” (Oct.)
2010 Public 42, Feature Article, “Guernika/Guernica” (Dec.)
2010 Art Daily, Feature Article, “Census Project” (July)
2009 Sculpture Magazine, Feature article by Carol Schwartzman
2009 NYFA Online Newsletter, Featured Artist Profile
2007 BOMB LIVE Magazine interview
2005 Sculpture Magazine, “Pedazos” Jill Conover
2003 Radio interview, Radio Euskadi
2000 Sculpture Magazine, feature article by Tempe MacGowan 
Architectural Review Magazine “Body and Mind, 
Sydney’s Olympean Feats”
1999 Monument Magazine, Review Paul McGillick
1998 Monument Magazine, Art in Australia; Review of “Perspecta” by 
Paul McGillick

City Weekly “Metro Sydney Gossip”
1997 Monument Magazine, “Public Art, Public Places,” 
by Tempe MacGowan

Sydney Morning Herald, “Perspecta” Review by J. MacDonald 
June ABC Radio, Australian National Radio, “Earthbeat” Interview for
Botanic Gardens Sculpture
1996 Sydney Morning Herald, “Art Talk”, Review by B. James
1994 SBS “IMAGINE” Television program interview for Centennial Park Sculpture
1992 New York Times, “Forces of Nature” by Michael Brenson

Television, Radio, Books, Catalogues
2017 BRIC tv, feature on the artist of WATERSHED project
2017 WATERSHED, Curbed New York
2016 Hyperallergic for Satellite Art Fair REVERIE, Monica Uscerwicz
2012 Catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Delfina Pierkawska
2010 PUBLIC 42, Gernika Project
2007 Catalogue Essay, Elisabeth Sussman for “Gernika/Guernica”
2005 Catalogue Essay, Biennale de Deshechos
2003 Catalogue essay, Elisabeth Sussman, for Black & White Gallery
2003 Design de espacao publico, Centro Portuges publication
2001 CITY SPACES, Published by Craftsman House, edited by E. Mossop
2001 The Arts in Urban Development, University Of Barcelona Press, 
by A. Remesar
1997 Catalogue for “Perspecta” Art Gallery of New South Wales, 
Essay by Barbara Matilsky, Curator Ackland Art Museum 

EDUCATION
1980–1982 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1976 – 1980 Parsons School of Design and the New School, BA, NYC
1977 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture