BIOGRAPHY: CASSIA KITE, AMERICAN B.1979
Kite was born and raised in Auburn, Nebraska on her family farm. She earned a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, along with a B.S in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. In the summer of 2006, Kite moved to St. Petersburg, FL from Atlanta, GA to work with both the Museum of Fine Arts and Salvador Dali Museum.
Kite completed her Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in School Improvement, Teacher Leadership and Technology at the University of Florida in December 2010. Currently, Kite is a Studio Art Instructor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Kite resides in Sarasota, FL, during the instructional year, where she works in her home studio. She lives in Auburn, Nebraska during the summer months, where she works in her farm home studio.
I was born and raised as a Midwest farm girl, daughter to a Nebraska farmer and an elementary school teacher. The saying “You can take a girl off of the farm, but you can’t take the farm outta the girl” resonates within me every day. I know that my early childhood experiences of living on the farm and being raised in a farming community still influence the person I am today. I communicate nostalgia, appreciation, love and admiration that I have for my farm life upbringing through my work, whether it be imagery of farmscapes, portraits of family members or abstract constructions of memories involving symbolism. Every thing I create has historical and sentimental significance to my past and presence and is in relation to my own personal story.