Celeste Neuhaus is a witch who fuses art and magic. Her imagery, objects, performances and rituals support healing from the injurious effects of kyriarchy by revealing the often unconscious interdependencies between the corporeal/ cultural/ psychological/ political/ ecological/ cosmological. Living with chronic illness her entire adult life has fueled Celeste’s research into a spectrum of healing modalities, which continues to shape the form of her practice. Her offerings are encountered in museums, magic temples, vacant lots, DIY venues, salt flats, rooftops, art galleries, tree farms, and fields of wildflowers.
Currently based in Pittsburgh, Celeste earned her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA at the University of New Mexico where she was 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). She has been an artist-in-residence at Small Mall, a part of Casey Droege Cultural Productions (CDCP) and The Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Gateway to the Arts (Hookstown, PA), ACRE (Steuben, WI), and Harold Arts Residency (Chesterhill, OH).
Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally including: 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). The Nevada Museum of Art and the University of Illinois Chicago have collected her work.
Celeste worked as an independent art educator for over fifteen years (with students 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 students one-on-one. Providing people with individually focused creative guidance became her mission. In 2019 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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