I received a BFA, magna cum laude, from Hartford Art School, Hartford, Connecticut, with a concentration in two-dimensional studies and continued with postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Munich, Germany.

As a collagist, painter, book arts and fiber artist I often invoke a metaphysical quality of contemplation and timelessness. My works on/of paper reference artifacts, the material of antique books, music manuscripts, ephemera and photo postcards - deconstructing paper, images and text, and using it in metaphorical ways. Through the exploration and manipulation of the antique materials, history, memory and time merge in a hybrid form. My devotion to books is inspired by the ability of the written word to take the reader to other places through stories, poems and prayers. My process reveals how language can become visual through re-interpretation.

As one of eight solo exhibitions in 2018 at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, juried by Gallery Director Kenise Barnes. Carole Kunstadt: PRESSING ON featured an installation of 86 antique sad irons on the 16' wooden table by Elizabeth M. Fraser (ca. 1920) in WAAM's Collection.

I am honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Kuniyoshi Fund Award selected by members of
The Kuniyoshi Fund Committee in cooperation with the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum Award Committee as well as the Medal of Honor & The Anna Walinska Memorial Award in 2017 by the National Association of Women Artists.

In the fall of 2018 I curated, with Laura Gurton, the group exhibition Fire In The Belly, showcasing twenty six women artists celebrating the female spirit, at the newly opened Burnette Gallery in Woodstock, NY.

In celebration of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's 25th Anniversary in 2017, the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT presented Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art - I guest curated three unique approaches to transforming and exploring the malleability of the form, creating new structures and experiences of the codex. Works by Erin Walrath, Chris Perry and Carole P. Kunstadt were installed among the many rare first editions and early volumes in the Pope family’s historic personal library.  

ArtsWestchester's 2018 Inaugural Triennial featuring fifteen Hudson Valley artists, showcased PRESSING ON, having been previewed in Paper, Rock, Scissors at Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT.  My Sacred Poems were included in Books Undone: the art of altered books in contemporary art, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA and in WORD 2016 at The Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY. Group exhibitions which have featured my work are notably, Slash: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; The Divine and Sublime, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ; PATTERNS, Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY; Reader’s Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Materials: Hard & Soft, Denton, TX; Abstract Evocative and Far & Wide, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY; The Book: A Contemporary View, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE;  NEW YORK REGIONAL, Magnitude SEVEN and Textuality, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH; The Book As Art, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, GA; and in Canada, The Art of the Book 2013, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, Calgary, Alberta.

The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA showcased a selection of my Sacred Poems in Between The Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art. The Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY featured my complete Old Testament Series in the exhibition As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts. Representative works from the Old Testament Series were featured in And The Word Is.... in the Gershman Gallery at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and were included in Somewhere Between Creation and Destruction, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School. Concurrent in Hartford, CT, in partnership, the Clare Gallery and the Charter Oak Cultural Center presented Between The Lines: Works by Carole P. Kunstadt - two consecutive solo exhibitions from September through December 2014, providing a survey of past and current work.

The PBS/OFF BOOK Book Arts mini-documentary in the series on progressive arts, features Kunstadt in the segment, Transforming the Sacred.

Public Collections include George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, ME; The Book Arts Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY;  Baylor Book Arts Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Special Collections Library, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Montclair State University Collection, Montclair, NJ; Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL.





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