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Does anyone actually read these? Are you really, really, reeeeeaaaaalllllyyyyyy desperate to know about me? I bet you’re not. In fact, I’m sure of it, but years of Pavlovian self-conditioning and your pointer finger knew instinctively how to screw you out of the next five minutes of your life. I say just go with it, as I often do when trapped in these situations. Shrug your shoulders with a, “Well it happened; I’m here what could go wrong?” kind of attitude. Either way you’re safe; I will have no idea whether you read this or not, only possibly when we meet face-to-face and then all bets are off.


I’m writing this tucked away in my studio being assaulted by the noise of dueling leaf blowers in my neighbor’s yard. There are two things you can deduce from my sharing this with you. I live on Long Island and hate noise pollution. I do, however, enjoy some good old-fashioned visual pollution. We’ll get to an explanation of that in just a minute. 


I didn’t truly begin my visual-arts career in earnest until I was in my late twenties. Girly fantasies, starry eyes and wishful thinking lead me into a maze of dead ends. I spent eleven years as a Russian-trained classical ballet dancer. That ended abruptly when I realized that I was going to starve to death because a too short, half-Indian, giant-boobed girl was ever going to really make it in the dance world. My cheerleader and ever-optimistic mom saw things differently, however, and thought my dance abilities would parlay nicely into a career in musical theater. So, I sang, acted and danced my way into discovering that musicals weren't my jam. It didn’t help either that during my time spent in the THEE-ATE-HER I had a really bad encounter with a blond wig. However, out of my musical misery came a one-year stint as a costume designer before the age of 17, which foolishly lead me to believe I could somehow become involved in fashion. That lasted one Molly Ringwald Pretty in Pink look- alike dress and one semester in fashion at FIT. I mean I was comfortable messing with my own look, but certainly was not interested in curating anyone else’s. I wasn’t itching to go home after my fashion failure and figure out the rest of my life. I did the next best thing and took a winterm photography class entitled Print of Photo or something to that effect with the infamous Joel Aronson. That class was a turning point for me, dance pun intended. You could produce images rather quickly and I understood it without having to overcome insurmountable mental obstacles. It satisfied the instant-gratification center of my brain and seemed to circumvent the learning disabilities which I didn't knew I had until much later in life. As I continued on my photographic journey I realized I particularly loved messing around with experimental photographic techniques, like Polaroid transfers, acetone prints, cross-processing, collage and painting on top of prints. Also, anything considered toxic by today’s standards was always an invitation to participate in artful debauchery. Dangerous perhaps, but man those chemicals made cool stuff. The grungier, grainier and messier the images came out, the happier I was. This didn’t jive well with my professors or peers at FIT, who strived for glossy, in-focus, advertisement / fashion style perfection. 

I escaped this perceived tyranny via the streets of New York City. I fell in love with the street art and graffiti art, hidden in places moms warns you about. There around corners and on dilapidated buildings were different brands of artists putting it all out there, letting time and passer-byes defile and manipulate the work, transforming it into something more beautiful and interesting with each passing day. At least in my eyes. Today, street art is big commerce and sought after, but back then you were a sinner for appreciating that sort of thing, let alone calling it art, despite the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. It’s like you had to go to an official art museum to cleanse your eyeballs and relearn the establishment’s idea of proper art. Don’t get me wrong, visiting an art museum is my version of church, but I always return to the street for a lot of my inspiration. It was a blast back then, running with a small crew who left their temporary mark proudly, with elation, no regrets. 


In between then and now life happened. I acquired three degrees, had a twelve-year career as a studio photographer and master darkroom printer, became completely absorbed by the digital-art realm, segued into graphic design and illustration, suffered massive, intense and complicated personal losses, spent years in limbo, procreated my inevitable rebirth, launched a teaching career, developed a stable and authentic relationship with my best friend and hubs. Will and I and have three furry assistants Mitu, Milo, Raisin and the late Mateo. I’m just now settling in. I’m still fidgety, unsatisfied, disgusted with our world at large, get overly excited over silly things both good and bad, am able to recognize underappreciated good deeds and acknowledge overlooked magical and delightful oddities that abound. I’ve mellowed a bit, but I hope not too much.


So there I am in a nutshell. Now walk away from your electronic device slowly and fill your head with glitter, unicorns, rainbows, dancing hula girls, cookies and lollipops. 

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Exhibitions | Installations | Events


Gieger Park Permanent Public Art Installation

Grand Blvd, Deer Park, NY 11729


“Long Island Biennial”

Heckscher Museum of Art - Huntington, NY

*Merit Award Recipient



“Master's Showcase”

Main Street Gallery - Huntington, NY


Media Arts Intensive

Host, Kasmira Mohanty


Episode 25 - Kasmira Mohanty 

The Perceptions of Digital Arts"

April 22, 2021

K12ArtChat the Podcast



“Mirror Mirror”

Main Street Gallery - Huntington, NY

Honorable Mention


“Heckscher Museum Instagram Takeover”

Instagram @heckschermuseum


“Survey of Contemporary Works” MOCA Lights

Town of Patchogue / Main Street and Terry


“Art On The Marquee” MOCA Lights

Patchogue Theatre of Performing Arts Building Marquee


"Solar Impressions Contemporary Printmaking”

Gold Coast Arts Center Gallery – Great Neck, NY



"Solar Impressions & International Masters / Collaborations in Printmaking"

Southampton Arts Center - Southampton Village

*Eighth Place


"Piebald Patches”

Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island - Patchogue, NY


"Horror Vacui: Fear of Empty”

Main Street Gallery - Huntington, NY


The Members' 12x12 Exhibition

Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Provincetown, MA


Dan Welden Studio

Sixth Annual Print Parade Exhibition

Dan Welden Gallery - Sag Harbor, NY


Roe Walkway Permanent Public Art Installation

Patchogue, NY


Clio Art Fair

New York, NY


"Bright Colors, Bold Strokes: Creations of Lowbrow Art”

Main Street Gallery - Huntington, NY



Long Island Biennial

Heckscher Museum of Art  - Huntington, NY


"Ja Sam" | "I Am"

Galerija Decumanus

Krk - Croatia 


"Electron Salon"

LACDA - Los Angeles, CA


The Members' 12x12 Exhibition

Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Provincetown, MA


Patchworks 2018: The Annual Juried Members Exhibition

Patchogue Arts Gallery - Patchogue, NY


"Portraits by Many Hands"

Long Island Children's Museum - Garden City, NY


"The Versatility of Street Art"

Main Street Gallery- Huntington, NY


"Slide Slamming: A Long Island Collaboration"

Patchogue Arts Gallery - Patchogue, NY


"Slide Slam"

Islip Arts Museum- Islip, NY

Annual Art Auction Fundraiser

"Auction on Main"

Main Street Gallery- Huntington, NY

East End Arts 5th National Juried Exhibtion

"The Gallerist, The Artist, The Critic and The Kid"

Honorable Mention

East End Arts Gallery - Riverhead, NY


South Street Gallery

Benefit for 88.3 WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting

South Street Gallery - Greenport, NY


Dan Welden Studio

Third Annual Print Parade Exhibition

Dan Welden Gallery - Sag Harbor, NY


East End Arts Juried Exhibtion

"The Contemporary Portrait"

Honorable Mention

East End Arts Gallery - Riverhead, NY


Invitational Show (Four Person Show)

“With Eyes Shut” 

Main Street Gallery – Huntington, NY

Corporate Exhibition 

Dealertrack Technologies– Lake Success, NY


East End Arts Juried Exhibition 


East End Arts Gallery – Riverhead, NY


East End Arts Members' Show

“Out of Your Mind”

East End Arts Gallery – Riverhead, NY



"Artie Techie" Juried Show

Main Street Gallery – Huntington, NY

*Second Place



Patchogue Arts Gallery  - Patchogue, NY




Solo Public Installation

Riverhead Town Hall – Riverhead, NY


Solo exhibition 

Fabbrica  - Hicksville, NY


Group exhibition – Sparkboom

Artspace – Patchogue, NY


Group exhibition – Personal Best

Main Street Gallery – Huntington, NY


Group exhibition – Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Competition

The Art Association of Oswego Galleries – Oswego, NY



Group exhibition – Origins

East End Arts Gallery - Riverhead, NY



Group exhibition – American Mosaic Exhibit

Mills Pond House Gallery – Smithtown, NY




Solo exhibition

Suffolk Community College – Selden, NY


Group exhibition – The Artist Next Door

Mills Pond House - Smithtown, NY


Group exhibition - 10x10 Show

South Street Gallery – Greenport, NY


Long Island Arts – on-line exhibition




Solo exhibition

Taste Gallery – Sayville, NY




Group exhibition

Viridian Gallery – New York City, NY




2023 | September Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

Scribble Self-Portraits

SchoolArts Magazine


View Article




SchoolArts Collection Book

Davis Publishing


Peak inside the book


2021 | Summer Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

 Optical Odyssey

SchoolArts Magazine


View Article


2020 | April Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

Stupendous Surrealism

SchoolArts Magazine


View Article

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2019 | Summer Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

AP-Advanced Play

SchoolArts Magazine


View Article


2019 | March Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

Frankenstein Design

SchoolArts Magazine

Cover and Article

View Article

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2018 | March 16 Issue

Author: Brian Cudzilo

Meet Our March 16, 2018 Dan’s Papers Cover Artist Kasmira Mohanty

Dan's Paper

Cover Art and Interview

View Article


2017 | May Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

The GIF Project

SchoolArts Magazine



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2022 | March Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

 Delicious Design and

 Digital Design and Symbols

Co-Editor's Letter

SchoolArts Magazine

Cover and Article

View Article


2021 | December Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

 Isometric Interiors

SchoolArts Magazine

Cover and Article

View Article

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2020 | Summer Issue

Arts Cultural News

Cover Art and About the Cover 

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2020 | March Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

Paint and Pixels

SchoolArts Magazine


View Article

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SchoolArts Collection Book

Davis Publishing


Peak inside the book

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2019 | March 29

Author: Unknown

High Profile for Lowbrow Art

The Island Today

Blank Slate Media


View Article


2018 | March Issue

Author: Kasmira Mohanty

Magnificent Moire

SchoolArts Magazine



2014 | July 29

Author: Jenna Weiss

The Creative Side of Modern Technology

Sparkboom Art Productions and Events Blog


View Article




2023 Masters+45

2004 New York State Permanent Certification in Art Education K-12 

2001 MS in Education  

Dowling College, Oakdale, New York 

1995 BA in Fine Arts

State University of New York at Purchase, Purchase, New York

1993 AS in Photography 

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York



2001-PRESENT Digital Arts Educator

Huntington UFSD – Huntington, NY

Media Arts

Computer Graphics

Advanced Computer Graphics

Advanced Photography

Studio in Art AP 2D

Digital Portfolio

2017-PRESENT Contributing Editor and Writer for SchoolArts Magazine


2005-PRESENT | Freelance Illustration and Design

Past and Present Clients

ACEP Styling

Blue Point Brewery

Dan Welden

Patchogue Arts Council

Huntington Arts Council

Huntington Township

Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts

Realizing Our Potential

Suffolk County Art Leader Association

International Alliance for Invitational Education

Huntington UFSD

Smithtown Parkinson Therapy Center

South Bay Tents




Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Premiere, Word, Cricut Design Space, Google, iMovie



Digital, Watercolor, Acrylic, Print Making, Ink, Spray Paint, Fabric, Photography

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