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Dayton Castleman

Sumptuous characters, rituals, spectacles, and architecture composed a rich sensory theater for incubating Dayton Castleman’s visual curiosity and spatial imagination as a boy growing up in his native New Orleans, eventually helping shape his broad visual and intellectual pursuits. Having been nurtured to see all the world as a potential stage for creatively enhanced experiences, his early interventions were focused on the obsessive augmentation of his school books, worksheets, and anything else he could doodle on.

Following a broad education in philosophy, art history, and the sciences, and holding a degree in painting and drawing from Belhaven University (1998), Castleman moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to work as an art handler and immerse himself in the art world. It was during this time that he began to work primarily in sculpture. In 2004 he founded the Church Studios, repurposing the upper floors of a massive church near the Philadelphia Museum of Art into artists studios that have continued to operate as a recognized workspace and a cultural hub for dozens of artists over the last decade. Nearby Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s critically acclaimed and internationally competitive art installation program became the site for his first monumentally scaled sculptural artwork.

This propelled Castleman toward graduate study at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his Master’s of Fine Arts in sculpture (2008). He spent the next four years in a tenure-track position at Trinity Christian College in Chicago, teaching design, drawing, and heading up the sculpture program.

Dayton Castleman's diverse artwork has been exhibited museums, universities, and galleries throughout the United States and in Europe, including The International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, NJ, DePaul University Museum of Art and Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago, and The Singer Sweatshop in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dayton’s artwork spans all media, he is a recognized educator, curator, writer, and public speaker, and he has also developed and directed dance projects with world renowned dancers from Momix, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In 2012 Castleman dove into the cultural renaissance of Bentonville Arkansas, working as a museum educator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and founding Art Northwest, a grassroots platform for art, ideas, exhibition, and consultation. He is now the Museum Manager at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, developing public programming and overseeing the operations of this innovative, multi-venue museum of contemporary art. He serves on the board of directors of the Fayetteville Underground artist co-op, and the City of Bentonville’s Public Art Advisory Committee, taking an active role in developing and initiating the city’s first international call for public art projects.

The Norberta Philbrook Gallery features beautiful works in oil, pulled from Google Earth imagery, blank lots where boyhood homes in New Orleans once stood and Castleman's current series a nod of homage homage to the cultural phenomenon "Instagram".

Fruit Still Life

oil on 18x18 canvas



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