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Kelly Parisi Castro

Lecturer in Art

 In addition to teaching, Kelly P. Castro is executive director of Air.C (Artists in Residence, Chestertown) a 501(c)3 with a mission to bring artists of all types to Chestertown to work on creative projects in three-six week residencies. 

A visual artist, she has exhibited her digital painting, photography and video in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Arlington VA, and throughout  Maryland. She is a 2013 Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow. And she sits on the Aspen Institute-Wye Advisory Board.

Formerly a certified life coach with over 500 hours working with writers, artists and entrepreneurs, she now coaches on creativity, offering workshops and one-on-one sessions.

Volunteer work: Castro is co-founder and producer of “Bloomsday in Chestertown,” an annual literary festival celebrating the work of James Joyce. She is also a member of the Aspen Institute-Wye Advisory Board.

From 1998-2008 she free-lanced, and worked with husband Alex Castro at CastroArts/LLC, a Baltimore-based design and architectural firm, where she designed books and exhibition graphics for numerous studios, publishers and museums including HarperCollins and Smithsonian Institution.


Urns, digital painting, 2014

 Urns, digital painting, 2014


B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Drawing, 1981

M.F.A., Spalding University, Writing – Fiction, 2003


Courses: Creative Process, Environmental and Public Art