Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist and educator born in Dallas, TX and currently working in Kansas City, MO. His work investigates themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body using a range of media including print, drawing, sculpture/installation, and video. His most recent imagery draws from a personal archive of photographs and materials, seeing the ordinary as a site for transformative potential and feeling. Castillo’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is included in collections such as the Crossroads Hotel (Kansas City, MO), Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, TX), National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL), the Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw, GA), and the Turner Print Museum (Chico, CA). He co-chaired the panel “Queer Ephemera, Et Cetera: Encounters in the Archive” with artist Amy Cousins at the 2020 Mid-America Print Council’s Remote Symposium, organizing a conversation between five artists on the topic of queer archives. In 2020 he joined the Radical Intersectional Printmakers Guild as an interim board of director. He received an MFA in visual art from the University of Kansas and a BFA in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute. He currently teaches printmaking and drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute and Johnson County Community College.

rubenbcastillo at gmail dot com

(for a complete CV, please feel free to email me directly)

b. 1990, Dallas, Texas


EDUCATION

2017
MFA (with honors), Visual Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2012
BFA, Printmaking, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021
One Week in Spring, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

2019
(South) Eastern Pole, Eastern Pole, Fayetteville, AR (organized by Breanne Trammell)
Feeling Comfort, Decade Coffee, Lawrence, KS

2017
For One, In A Shared Room, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2016
Ruben Castillo: Recent Works, Beco Flowers, Kansas City, MO

2014
Landscapes + Figures: Derek Dobbins + Ruben Castillo, Roeland Park City Hall, Roeland Park, KS

2012
Ruben Castillo: Body Vernacular, Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, MO

GROUP/JURIED/INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2021
Beautiful World(s): KCAI Biennial, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
The 32nd Annual International Small Print Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL (invited by Deborah Lader)
run, run, quiet., Plug Gallery, Kansas City, MO
#mapchistoryshow: Revisitations & Reverberations, Mid America Print Council 2021 Virtual Exhibitions, Online (curated by Phyllis McGibbons)
2021 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
Queer Ecology Hanky Project, Women’s Studio Workshop, Kingston, NY (Organized by Vanessa  Adams and Mary Tremonte with Guest Curators Eriko Hattori, Bekezela Mguni, and Andrea Narno) Kind of Bluets: 33 Great Moments in Color (Aid) Commentary, screening for “Quarantine Inside the
White Cube”, 2021 College Art Association, Online (organized by Breanne Trammell)
Parsing Dreams, Printmakers Open Forum Broadside Salon, Online (Curated by Adam Finkelston & James Meara)

2020
For Rosalie: Eggcups & More, Ruddell Gallery, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota (curated by Michael Baum)
2020 MAPC Members’ Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (Juror: Imin Yeh)
Intaglio Online Exhibition, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra, Australia, Online (August 2020)
What’s In Your Queue?, Straightline Studio, Snowmass Village, CO (curated by Teal Roberts Wilson)
Traveling exhibition, International Art Education Excellent Colleges Exhibition (organized by The Library of Shandong University of Art & design and Beijing Art A&B co, ltd)
San Dao Gallery, Wuhan, China
Doosung Paper Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Virtual Art Fair, Brooklyn Virtual Art Book Fair, Queer.Archive.Work, Online (June 2020)
Virtual Art Fair, The Pandemic Faire, Online (June 2020, ongoing)

2019
7th Annual International Juried Print Exhibition, Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop, Albuquerque, NM
2019 MAPC Members' Juried Exhibition, The Bolivar Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (Juror: Yoonmi Nam)
Contemporary History: Queering the Narrative, Ivy House Gallery & Studios, Champaign, IL
(South) Eastern Pole, Eastern Pole, Fayetteville, AR (organized by Breanne Trammell)
Disegno: On the Importance of Drawing, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS (curated by Nazanin Amiri Meers)
Pink: An Exploration, Zarrow Center for the Arts & Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Now/Here, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO (curated by Silvia Beatriz Abisaab)
26th Annual Parkside National Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI (Juror: Sarah Smelser)
Queer Autonomy, Second Floor Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Hank Ehrenfried and Devin Utah)
Traveling exhibition, Tejanos: The Border Crossed Us
Texas Christian University Project Space, Dallas, TX (for Texchange: SGC International 2019)
Educational Print Gallery, Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, TX
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Ben Bailey Art Gallery, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX
The Contemporary Print, Big Medium, Austin, TX (Juror: Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck; Juror's award selection: The Gamblin Art Award; catalogue)
Fundraiser,Hot Hands 2019, The Drugstore, Kansas City, MO (invited)

2018
run riot, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO
Cruel Optimism, Gallery 115, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
REALITY: P&M Artworks Juried Exhibition, Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO (Jurors: Erin Dziedzic & Marcus Cain)
Can't Take You Anywhere, Resident Arts, Columbia, MO (Jurors: Fidencio Fifield-Perez & Anna Wehr)
The Printed Image 7, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS (Juror: Melanie Yazzie)
"Sounds of the City" River Market Regional Exhibition, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO (Juror: Saralyn Reece Hardy)
ALL TERRAIN (curated by RADAR/Madeline Gallucci), La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Charlotte Street Foundation Program Exhibition (curated by Patrick Alexander), SPIVA Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
Exhibition: Illuminating the Queer Experience, InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, KS
2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas CIty, MO
Passage, Fraction Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Got It For Cheap Kansas City, The Drugstore, Kansas City, MO
Impressions: An Exploration of Contemporary Printmaking, Artworks Gallery, Loveland, CO (Juror: Johnny Plastini)

2017
Preservation, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS
Convergence: Juried Student Art Show, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS (Juror: Spencer Museum Student Advisory Board)

2016
Fresh Ink: Annual Juried Print Exhibition (Juror: Katie Baldwin), Wonder Fair, Lawrence, KS
2016 Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
Unfolding: Holding a Course (traveling exhibition), University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY; University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH; Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC
Visual Arts Graduate Students Exhibition, Chalmers Hall Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2015
A Show of Hands (co-curated by Adam Finkelston and James Meara), A1LabArts Gallery at the Center for Creative Minds, Knoxville, TN (catalogue)
Do You Copy? (co-curated by Adam Finkelston and James Meara), Potter Gallery, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

2014
Print Camp, Union Gallery, Lawrence, KS
Visual Arts Graduate Students Exhibition, University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS
KC+ Connect: June Group Exhibition (curated by Ashley Anders), Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

2013
One, Two: a Group Exhibition, Vulpes Bastille, Kansas City, MO

2012
Gorilla Event, City Ice Arts Building, Kansas City, MO
2012 Kansas City Flatfile Invitational Biennial Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
KCAI Annual BFA Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
Now Knowing (curated by CJ Schrat), Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO
XOXO Salon Show (curated by Andrew Lyles), Spray Booth Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2011
Who Am I?, Galería Jesús Gallardo, Guanajuato, Mexico
Common Ground: a KCAI Printmaking Exhibition, Boxcar Gallery,” Independence, MO
America: Now and Here, Artist Corp Group Show, Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, MO
16th Annual Undergraduate College Student Exhibition (Juror: Jackie Warren), Kansas City Artists
Coalition, Kansas City, MO
Temporary Existence, Central Michigan University Park Library, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2010
Differences and Discourse, Keyhole Gallery, Kansas City, MO
What I am Making Right Now is What I was Thinking Last Week, KU 3rd Floor Display Cases & KCAI
Printmaking Gallery, Lawrence, KS & Kansas City, MO

2009
Print Magic, The Foundation Building, Kansas City, MO
Dia de los Muertos, Mattie Rhoades, Kansas City, MO
Mapping, KCAI Printmaking Department., Kansas City, MO

AWARDS & ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2021
Penland School of Craft Studio Assistantship (forthcoming)
Printmaking Project Residency, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

2019
The Contemporary Print Juror's Award: The Gamblin Art Award (Juror: Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art)

2018
Honorable Mention, Reality: P&M Artworks Regional Exhibition (Jurors: Marcus Cain, artist, and Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO)
Rivermarket Regional Exhibition Juror's Choice Award: Best in Show (Juror: Saralyn Reece Hardy, Marilyn Stokstad Director, Spencer Museum of Art, $1000)
2018-2019 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency, Kansas City, MO (September 2018 - September 2019)

2017
2017-2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency, Kansas City, MO (September 2017 - September 2018)

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2017
School of the Arts Research Grant
University of Kansas Lockwood Scholarship

2016
Anderson Ranch University Partnership Scholarship
School of the Arts Travel Grant
Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award

2015
Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award

2014
University of Kansas Lockwood Scholarship

2013
Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts Scholarship

2011-12 
Dean’s List, award for academic excellence at KCAI

2008
Merit Scholarship, KCAI

COLLECTIONS

Artist Printmaker Research Collection (AP/RC), Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX
Brooklyn Art Library (Public Collection), Brooklyn, NY
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Crossroads Hotel, Kansas City, MO
Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Kansas City Art Institute Printmaking Department, Kansas City, MO
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Quarantine Public Library
Queer.Archive.Work, Providence, RI
Texas Christian University Print Collection, Fort Worth, TX
Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Turner Print Museum, California State University, Chico, CA
University of Kansas Printmaking Department, Lawrence, KS
Whitman College, Printmaking and Book Arts Department, Walla Walla, WA
Zuckerman Museum of Art (SGCI Archives), Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

PUBLIC LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

2021
Panelist, “Niche: Queer Printmakers in Dialogue,” PrintAustin, 2021 PrintExpo Conference, Online (moderated by Veronica Ceci)

2020
Panelist, “Alex Emmons | For Rosalie: Eggcups & More,” Vincennes University, Online
Panel Co-chair (with Amy Cousins), “Queer Ephemera, Et Cetera: Encounters in the Archive,” Mid America Print Council 2020 Conference, Power of Print: Resistance & Revolution, Kent State
University, Kent, OH (forthcoming)

2019
2019 Print Week Slide Slam, 8th Street Taproom, Lawrence, KS
Art Forum Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
Panel Talk, (Insight Art Talk) Disegno: On the Importance of Drawing, Lawrence Arts Center,
Lawrence, KS
Artist Talk, TNT (The Noon Thing): Materials and Process, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
Open Studios, Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency, Town Pavilion, Kansas City, MO

2018
Reality Juried Exhibition: Speak ‘n Critique, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO
Visiting Artist Presentation series, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Cruel Optimism artist panel (with Melaney Mitchell and Kate Horvat), University of Central Missouri,
Warrensburg, MO
Open Studios, Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency, Town Pavilion, Kansas City, MO
Artist Talk, Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident 2018 Slide Slam, Capsule, Kansas City, MO
Artist Talk, Charlotte Street Foundation Program Exhibition, SPIVA Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
Artist Talk, All Terrain, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO

2017
Artist Talk, Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident 2017 Slide Slam, Office Port, Kansas City, MO
Student Commencement Speaker, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

EXTENDED EDUCATION

2021
Eugene Sarmiento, “White-Line Woodcut,” Zygote Press (virtual)

2016
Amze Emmons, “Laser-cut Imagery: monoprinting + chance procedure,” Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO (June 6 – 10)

2013
Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts, Printmaking Apprenticeship, Landfall Press Inc., Santa Fe, NM
(June 3 – August 8)

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR

2019
KC Arts Summit Summary,” Public Google Doc, July 2019.
On the Other Side: Reflections on William Plummer’s Passages to my Ā pó: Transplanted Joss,” Informality, June 2019.
Beyond the Whiteness of Spaces: Finding Phenomenology, Race, and Queerness in
Bricolaje
,” Informality, April 2019.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020
Berman, Laura, “Ruben Castillo,” Reflections on Color and Printmaking, December 3, 2020. https://www.reflectionsoncolor.com/interviews/ruben-castillo
Dessane Lopez Cassell, “The Virtual Brooklyn Art Book Fair Showcases New Artists’ Books, Zines, and More,” Hyperallergic, June 23, 2020. https://hyperallergic.com/572802/brooklyn-art-book-fair-virtual-edition/ Paul Soulellis, “Urgency Reader #2,” Queer.Archive.Work., Providence, RI, 2020

2019
Maria Vasquez Boyd, “Kian Byrne, Ruben Castillo, & Danielle Weigandt,” ARTSPEAK RADIO, KKFI 90.1 FM, April 10, 2019. http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/artspeak-radio-kian-byrne-ruben-castillo-danielle-weigandt/

Maria Vasquez Boyd, “Bernadette Torres, Ruben Castillo, Sarah and Colin Walsh, & Kian Byrne,” ARTSPEAK RADIO, KKFI 90.1 FM, January 30, 2019. http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/artspeak-radio-ruben-castillo-sarah-walsh-kian-byrne/

2018
Thorson, Alice. “Ruben Castillo: Images of Intimacy.” KC Studio Vol. X, Issue 6 (November/December 2018): 98-107 http://kcstudio.org/artist-pages-ruben-castillo-images-of-intimacy/
Boyd, Maria Vasquez. “Jonah Criswell, Mark Allen, and Mason Kilpatrick.” ARTSPEAK RADIO, KKFI 90.1 FM, July 4, 2018. http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/artspeak-radio-jonah-criswell-mark-allen-mason-kilpatrick/
Boyd, Maria Vasquez. “Slupski, Powers, Charlotte Street Foundation, Bach Aria Soloists, and The Rabbit Hole.” Artspeak Radio, KKFI 90.1 FM, April 18, 2018. http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/artspeak-radio-slupski-powers-charlotte-street-foundation-rabbit-hole/
Barcus, Jim. “Meet The Artists: The Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2017-18 Studio Residency Program.” KC Studio, posted March 1, 2018, (Accessed May 14, 2018) http://kcstudio.org/meet-artists-charlotte-street-foundations-2017-18-studio-residency-program/

2016
Informality Blog, “Roof Chill Episode 1 – Garry Noland,” posted July 11, 2016, (Accessed November 12, 2016) http://informalityblog.com/roof-chill-episode-1-garry-noland/

2015
Adam Finkelston and James Meara, A Show of Hands (2015): 12
Adam Finkelston and James Meara, The HAND Magazine Issue 7 (January 2015): 24

2014
Delaney Rayburn, “Art and Design grad students showcasing work in two-part show”, The University Daily Kansan, September 22, 2014, (Accessed November 12, 2016) https://www.kansan.com/arts_and_features/art-and-design-grad-students-showcasing-work-in-two-part/article_f7e43098-42c3-11e4-8904-47dfaebbe8eb.html

2013
Adam Finkelston, James Meara, The HAND Magazine Issue 1 (July 2013): 4

2011
“The Sketchbook Project Digital Library,” The Sketchbook Project, (Accessed: November 12, 2016) https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/3010

EXCHANGE PORTFOLIOS

2021
“Pip,” 2021 KCAI Printmaking invitational exchange portfolio organized by the 2021 KCAI Printmaking senior class

2020
“For Rosalie: Eggcups & More,” exchange portfolio organized by Alex Emmons

2019
“Soothed & Subdued,” 2019 KCAI Printmaking invitational exchange portfolio organized by the 2019 KCAI Printmaking senior class
"Tejanos: The Border Crossed Us," exchange portfolio organized by J. Leigh Garcia and Wendi Valladares for Texchange: SGCI Dallas, Dallas, TX (forthcoming)
"Revolt!: Retelling Kathe Kollwitz," exchange portfolio organized by David Spencer-Pierce and the Retelling Print Exchange series (forthcoming)

2017
"Preservation," exchange portfolio organized by Tressa Jones for the 2017 Lawrence Print Week, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

2016
“Unfolding, Holding a Course,” exchange portfolio organized by Fawn Atencio, Songline Press, Denver, CO

2010
“What I am Making Right Now is What I was Thinking Last Week,” exchange portfolio organized by the KCAI and KU Print departments.
“Temporary Existence,” third annual exchange portfolio organized by Central Michigan University’s Print Club.
“Spirit Animal,” exchange portfolio organized by the KCAI Printmaking Department.