khia celeste

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Bum, 2022
81 Fluorescent light tubes, forklift wheel

Contingent Sculpture 1.1

In Good Company

Rounded Corners, Pointed Curves, 2020
Josephine Sculpture Park
Frankfort, KY
279 cm x 94 cm x 100 cm
Concrete, exercise balls, glass

Irrelevant, 2017
Metal curtain rod, marble tile and interior house painting on plywood.

A tumor a day, 2020
86 x 84 x 154 cm
latex rubber sheeting, white sugar pearls, rocks, pins, steel.

Endless, Nameless, 2020
97 x 38 x 139 cm
Steel pipe, steel, vacuum hose, pigment.


Kiah Celeste is a multi-dimensional artist whose work for the last four years has transcended fitting into one category or medium. Living a peripatetic life from her native Brooklyn, to Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and now Louisville, as well as her concerns for environmental sustainability have catapulted her approach to art making to a non-category. Although completing a BFA in photography in 2016, Kiah Celeste moved to a world of production in three dimensions. She primarily uses recycled industrial and synthetic objects and builds them into abstract forms alluding the organic; their stability reliant on the interdependancy and embrace of the objects in question. Celeste’s conceptual work and research focuses on social stigmas and conditioning that have permeated her life and identity such as the neglect of Black women in America, obsession of self in the media, corruption in the medical world and medical device industry, and gentrification in Brooklyn. Kiah Celeste currently lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.



(Upcoming) Swivel Gallery, Saugerties
The Shape Of Things
Group Exhibition
Saugerties, NY

All The Best,
Kiah Celeste
Solo Exhibition
Chicago, IL

The Carnegie
A Thought Is A River
Group Exhibition
Covington, KY

Schick Gallery
‘Humor Me’
Group Exhibition
Saratoga Spring, NY

Swivel Gallery
The Right Side Down
Solo Exhibition
Brooklyn, NY


NADA Miami with Swivel Gallery
Miami, FL

KMAC Museum
Before It Falls Apart
Solo Exhibition
Louisville, KY

University Of Kentucky Art Museum
Group Exhibition
Lexington, KY

KMAC Museum
Reflect, Reframe, Remake, Remodel 40th anniversary exhibition
Group Exhibition
Louisville, KY

Visual collaboration for Noisebody album, HEAT, with Zone Catalogue
Available on Youtube, Spotify etc.

Quappi Projects
It Is What Is Not Yet Known
Solo Exhibition
Louisville, KY

Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
A Howl Is Also A Prayer
Group Exhibition
Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

Houseguest Gallery
|ndustry Fossils & Germinating Sunshine
Balance Bath III
Louisville, KY

Josephine Sculpture Park
Rounded Corners, Pointed Curves & Of Few Words
Frankfort, KY

Quappi Projects
A Sort Of River Of Passing Events
3 person exhibition
Louisville, KY

Kennedy Heights Art Center
Revolutionary: Being American Today
Group Exhibition
Cincinnati, O


Majlis Pop Up
Shiekh Shack October 2019
Group Exhibition
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Centre D’Arte La Rectoria
Mesh And Flesh
Sant Pere De Vilamajor, Barcelona, Spain


Beychen Opening Show
Louisville, KY

Dada Post
Insolence: The Prerogative Of Youth
Group Exhibition
Berlin, DE


Kinfolk 90
For The Memory
Group Exhibition
Brooklyn, NY


Artadia 21C Louisville Award
Inaugural 10K unrestricted grant recipient


Artist Relief Trust (ART)
Elevator Artist Grant

Foundation For Contemporary Arts
FCA Emergency Grant

Louisville Arts Network and Lift Up Lou
Louisville Arts Network Micro-Commission


Nathan Snyder
Brooklyn, NY

Cristina Ulerio
Brooklyn, NY


Bickel, Megan. Refuse, Reused: A Review of Kiah Celeste at Document, NewCity.
9 May 2022

Art Forum Art Guide MUST SEE list
May 2022

Weiss, Natalie. Review of The Graceful Instability of Kiah Celeste’s Art, Hyperallergic.
22 September 2021

Filchak, Ryan. Review of Kiah Celeste at Quappi Projects, Louisville, Burnaway,
4 March 2021

Kissel, Hunter. Review of It Is What Is Not Yet Known, Ruckus Journal.
28 February 2021

Starowitz, Sean. Review of “It Is What Is Not Yet Known”, Under Main Newsletter.
27 February 2021

Oberdick, Jessica. Review of A Howl is Also a Prayer, Ruckus Journal.
26 February 2021

“Art of Gravity, Ep. 07 Kiah Celeste’s It Is What Is Not Yet Known, with John Brooks and Mary Clore.”
Gnadinger, L Autumn, director. Art Of Gravity, episode 7, Ruckus, 2021.
25 February 2021

Weiss, Natalie. Review of In Kiah Celeste Exhibit, Discarded Materials Find New Life, Wfpl.
16 February 2021

Carstens, Ian. “Kiah Celeste: Glass Breakfast Q&A.” Ruckus Louisville.
19 August 2020

Bickel, Megan. “Q&A: Kiah Celeste and Material Agency :: AEQAI.” AEQAI RSS
27 June 2020

Noah Barker, Spring Themes :: Obsolete Staircases
Album Artwork.
5 June 2020

Christopher Carter, “Refusals and Offerings: Revolutionary Identity at the Kennedy Heights Art Center” :: AEQAI
15 February 2020

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