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Art and Art History Faculty

Paul Kittelson, Associate Professor & Area Coordinator

South Park Annex, Room 101
Email | 713-743-2836


BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
MFA, University of Houston

Biographical Summary

Elsewhere, 2005

Heritage Lanterns, 2007

Since 1983, Professor Kittelson has shown his work regionally and nationally in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. His work was selected for: "Contemporary Art Houston" at the Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai China (2006), "Food Matters - Explorations in Contemporary Art" at the Katona Museum of Art in New York (2003) and The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection at the New Museum in New York (1999). He has received a Creative Artist Program Award (1997) from the Cultural Arts Council Houston, An NEA Arts-In-Education Grant (1996) and a Mid- America Arts Alliance Grant (1989).

Kittelson participates in both traditional exhibits and public projects that have ranged from early site-specific works using discarded materials- "Stegosaurus" (1986) and "Mindless Competition" (1988)- to numerous community based projects: "Travisaurus" (1992), "Douglass Elementary"(1996) and Cunningham Elementary (1995). His more recent accomplishments include large-scale commissions at prominent locations in downtown Houston: "Bayou Beacons" (2001) and "Heritage Lanterns" (2005). Kittelson's expressive use of materials and witty sense of subject matter have carried over into his recent gallery exhibitions: "Bending Venus" (2004) and "Elsewhere" (2007) at Barbara Davis Gallery. Both series dealt with domestic imagery (food and furniture) in an absurd and evocative fashion that is characteristically Kittelson.