Celeste Neuhaus (she/they) is a witch who fuses art and magic through imagery, objects, performances, and guided rituals. Living with chronic illness her entire adult life has catalyzed Celeste’s research into a spectrum of healing modalities (and their corresponding cosmologies), which continues to shape the forms of their practice. To support healing from the injurious effects of living within kyriarchy, she generates experiences that incite transformation through revealing the often-unconscious interdependencies between the somatic/ psychological/ political/ ecological/ cosmological. Her offerings are encountered in museums, magic temples, vacant lots, DIY venues, riverboats, salt flats, rooftops, art galleries, tree farms, and fields of wildflowers.
Currently based in Pittsburgh's Strip District, Celeste earned her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA at the University of New Mexico where they were a selected artist in the Land Arts program in Art and Ecology. She has been an invited visiting artist at Eastern Carolina University (Greenville, NC) and Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN), and has been an artist-in-residence at ACRE (Steuben, WI), Harold Arts Residency (Chesterhill, OH), Gateway to the Arts, (Hookstown, PA), and The Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).
The Nevada Museum of Art and the University of Illinois Chicago have collected her work. Local and national exhibitions include: the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Mattress Factory, and SPACE Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), White Page Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN), Sanitary Tortilla Factory (Albuquerque, NM), Comfort Station (Chicago, IL), School of Visual Art (New York, NY), and P.A.A.J. (Los Angeles, CA).
Celeste worked as an independent art educator for over fifteen years (with students of various backgrounds ranging from toddlers to elders). From 2015-2018 she worked as an instructor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, where she discovered her love of mentoring artists one-on-one. Providing people with individually focused creative guidance became her mission. In 2018 Conjure Creativity was born. Through targeted healing sessions, she empowers her clients to align with the cycles of their unique creativity.
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