Carol Prusa

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Born1956 (age 66–67)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationVisual Artist

Carol Prusa (born in Chicago, 1956) is an American visual artist known for her meticulous large scale silverpoint technique and use of unexpected materials from sculpted resin and fiberglass to metal leaf and LED lights with a focus on astrophysics. In the 2015 catalogue essay for the National Gallery of Art exhibition Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, Bruce Weber called Carol Prusa “one of the most innovative artists working in metalpoint today.”[1]. Prusa holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois (1980) and an M.F.A from Drake University (1985).

Public and Private Collections

Notable public and private collections of Prusa's work include Perez Art Museum Miami, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Telfair Museums, Hunter Museum of American Art, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, the Girls' Club Foundation, and the Agnes Gund collection.


Prusa has mounted many solo and group exhibitions. Notable selections include

  • the Louisiana Art and Science Museum at Baton Rouge station (2021)
  • Night Vision at the Anne Norton Sculpture Garden at Norton House (West Palm Beach, Florida) (2020)
  • Dark Light at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (2019)
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center (2012)
  • The Future of Craft (2018) at the Museum of Arts and Design where Prusa was exhibited alongside Sanford Biggers, Cauleen Smith, Josh Faught, and Lauren Kalmar
  • FLATT??? (2018) at the Kentler International Drawing Space
  • Glasstress (2017) alongside artists Petah Coyne, Michael Joo, Vik Muniz, Cornelia Parker, Thomas Schütte, and Fred Wilson (artist)
  • Miami Biennale (2015-2016) with El Anatsui and James Turrell among others
  • The Chosen (2014) at the Jewish Museum of Florida alongside Louise Nevelson, Nick Cave (performance_artist), Julian Opie, and George Segal (artist)
  • Luminous Line (2010) at Scripps College
  • Set to Manual (2009) at Girls’ Club Foundation with Vija Celmins, Annette Messager, Kiki Smith, and Jessica Stockholder
  • Starry Messenger (2009) at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum at Baton Rouge station


Achievements include a Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium Artistic Achievement Award in 2017 and nomination by Judy Pfaff for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational in 2015 that resulted in a Purchase Award by the committee chaired by Eric Fischl. In 2007, Prusa received a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation artist fellowship through Brown University. Prusa has also curated notable exhibitions, including co-curating Pour (2013) at Lesley Heller (NYC) and Asya Geisberg Gallery (NYC) which featured works by David Reed (artist), Carrie Moyer, Roland Flexner, and Jackie Saccoccio among others. Prusa regularly lectures about her work at venues including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cape Town, and Parsons School of Design. She was the 2019 Edwards Distinguished Professor in the Arts at Marshall University. Prusa has participated in notable artist residencies including Kohler Co. Artist in Industry and in 2020 was selected as one of six artists with six scientists to participate in Scientific Delirium Madness--a month-long residency at Djerassi Artists Residency that includes public and academic forums, published blogs and articles in Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology journal published by MIT Press.


In a 2014 feature in Elephant Magazine, Margherita Dessanay writes that Carol Prusa uses art to investigate “the boundless wonders of the universe.”[2] And Kara Walker-Tome, writing for The Art Economist Magazine (June 2011), states: “Carol Prusa creates a new vision of the powers of the universe in each artwork she makes. Inspired by cosmology and all of the natural sciences, Prusa creatively explores these practices, arriving at pictorially stunning re-interpretations of their theories.”[3] Logan Royce Beitmen opens, in the catalog essay for Dark Light published by the Boca Raton Museum of Art (2019), with, “Carol Prusa is a visual alchemist whose work harnesses cosmic chaos and makes invisible forces materialize before our eyes.”[4]

Recent Press


  1. "Drawing in Silver and Gold". May 26, 2015 – via
  2. "Elephant #19 - £14.99 -". Elephant Kiosk.
  3. "Art Economist Magazine – Artist to watch".

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