Mariah Kitner

The Artist
Former Pace University student, Mariah Kitner

Making art accessible has always been important to artist and curator Mariah Kitner ’15.

A BFA in Fine Arts major, her senior thesis was a portfolio of digital works that became the blog If Paintings Could Text, deconstructed content versus context by superimposing hilarious text messages on classic works of art. The blog quickly gained buzz, being featured in HuffPost, Elite Daily, BuzzFeed, NYLON, and RYOT, and attracting more than 350,000 Tumblr visits. In addition, it was recognized as one of the “Top Trending Blogs of 2014” by Tumblr and was nominated for a Shorty Award for Best Tumblr Blog of 2014. The success of the blog propels Kitner's mission to have people connect to art and through art, by making art history accessible and palpable for today's society.

Kitner began curating shows in 2016 after an eye-opening experience as a curatorial associate for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical, and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market. With her love of people, seamless organizational skills, and passion to create an experience for people while showcasing talented artists with incredible stories to tell, Kitner quickly found her calling.

Her first show was at a friend’s bar, the next was Tsedek's First Annual Art Auction, a charity auction featuring more 30 emerging and established artists at the Metropolitan Pavilion. At the beginning of 2017, Kitner created The 50/50 Show in which she put up 50 new and original paintings for 50 dollars per piece, each painting a response to her experience of her environment, whether it’s impressions of her urban setting or abstractions of her nature loving imagination. In her paintings, she demonstrates surrealistic, expressionist, abstract, pop, and classical approaches of paint using oils and acrylics, pulling techniques from artists she admires such as Boucher, Dali, and Ross while experimenting and finding her own style and color theory.

In March 2017, her curatorial project was selected as one of 130 projects to be featured in the Black Mirror-themed SPRING/BREAK Art Show, a curator-driven art fair during Armory Week with alternating venues and themes. Her show, Reflected Perceptions, aimed to have the viewer walk away with a paradigm shift; to take the tools we use on a day-to-day basis and question the truth of their influence and manipulation in their lives. The show featured six artists (one of whom was Pace Professor Jane Dickson) who reflect and alter perception through a variety of mediums such as painting, mirrors, projections, and virtual reality.

Today, Kitner works as an art consultant for Pop International Galleries aka "The Pop Gallery", which specializes in pop art, urban art, and art and photography that is derived from, or influenced by, popular culture. The gallery, aimed at demystifying the art buying experience, has become the preeminent center to make collecting art available and accessible to all types of collectors in a young, fun-filled, energetic environment.

“My passion and appreciation for art is an intrinsic part of who I am and I am excited to share it,” says Kitner. “It’s a special moment when one connects with a piece of art they love, and I am here to create ease for collectors old and new alike when purchasing artwork they will cherish forever.”

To see more of her work, visit mariahkitner.com.

Former Pace University student, Mariah Kitner

Making art accessible has always been important to artist and curator Mariah Kitner ’15.

A BFA in Fine Arts major, her senior thesis was a portfolio of digital works that became the blog If Paintings Could Text, deconstructed content versus context by superimposing hilarious text messages on classic works of art. The blog quickly gained buzz, being featured in HuffPost, Elite Daily, BuzzFeed, NYLON, and RYOT, and attracting more than 350,000 Tumblr visits. In addition, it was recognized as one of the “Top Trending Blogs of 2014” by Tumblr and was nominated for a Shorty Award for Best Tumblr Blog of 2014. The success of the blog propels Kitner's mission to have people connect to art and through art, by making art history accessible and palpable for today's society.

Kitner began curating shows in 2016 after an eye-opening experience as a curatorial associate for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical, and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market. With her love of people, seamless organizational skills, and passion to create an experience for people while showcasing talented artists with incredible stories to tell, Kitner quickly found her calling.

Her first show was at a friend’s bar, the next was Tsedek's First Annual Art Auction, a charity auction featuring more 30 emerging and established artists at the Metropolitan Pavilion. At the beginning of 2017, Kitner created The 50/50 Show in which she put up 50 new and original paintings for 50 dollars per piece, each painting a response to her experience of her environment, whether it’s impressions of her urban setting or abstractions of her nature loving imagination. In her paintings, she demonstrates surrealistic, expressionist, abstract, pop, and classical approaches of paint using oils and acrylics, pulling techniques from artists she admires such as Boucher, Dali, and Ross while experimenting and finding her own style and color theory.

In March 2017, her curatorial project was selected as one of 130 projects to be featured in the Black Mirror-themed SPRING/BREAK Art Show, a curator-driven art fair during Armory Week with alternating venues and themes. Her show, Reflected Perceptions, aimed to have the viewer walk away with a paradigm shift; to take the tools we use on a day-to-day basis and question the truth of their influence and manipulation in their lives. The show featured six artists (one of whom was Pace Professor Jane Dickson) who reflect and alter perception through a variety of mediums such as painting, mirrors, projections, and virtual reality.

Today, Kitner works as an art consultant for Pop International Galleries aka "The Pop Gallery", which specializes in pop art, urban art, and art and photography that is derived from, or influenced by, popular culture. The gallery, aimed at demystifying the art buying experience, has become the preeminent center to make collecting art available and accessible to all types of collectors in a young, fun-filled, energetic environment.

“My passion and appreciation for art is an intrinsic part of who I am and I am excited to share it,” says Kitner. “It’s a special moment when one connects with a piece of art they love, and I am here to create ease for collectors old and new alike when purchasing artwork they will cherish forever.”

To see more of her work, visit mariahkitner.com.