Gianna Commito

b. 1976, Sea Level, NC

Lives and works in Kent, OH



2003     MFA, University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA

2002     MA, University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA

1998     BFA, Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY




Gianna Commito & Giselle Hicks: In Place, Harvey Preston Gallery, Aspen, CO


Dates, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
Gianna Commito, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY


Gianna Commito, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY


Gianna Commito, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY


Windows and Doors, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH


Recent Work, Moreau Art Galleries, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN


Artist of the Week, from Flatfiles, May 19-27, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY




nido, Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy

Enactive Architecture, The Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Columbus, OH

Gianna Commito and Elise Ferguson, Gazebo Gallery, Kent, OH


Small Works, Abattoir Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Tremble, River House Arts, Toledo, OH

Small Gestures, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

Restraint and Limitation, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Ten Years, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner, Cleveland, OH (catalogue)
Full Fathom Five, Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH

Soft Geometries, curated by Andrea Myers, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, OH 

Restraint and Limitation, Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO


New Geometries, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Finding Your Way, Monya Rowe Gallery, St. Augustine, FL       

Gallery Artist Group Show, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

I Came So Far for Beauty, The Galleries at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH         


Neo Geo, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

Looms, Lucien Terras, New York, NY

Higher Learning, Lehman College Art Department, New York, NY                  

Pure Paint for Now People, Weber State University, Ogden, UT


de materia, Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Commito and Harnischfeger, Native Cleveland Annex, Cleveland, OH


AUGUST a Haze Amniotic Our Dream Aether & Lens of Distance, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Unhinged, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Tenth Anniversary Show, Wallspace, New York, NY

Poetics of Patterns, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH


Painting Painters Paint, MTSU Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.–The Symbiotic Relationship Between Teacher And Student, curated by Susan Chrysler White, Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Mount Vernon, IA

Flashback, curated by Elizabeth Blomster, Alfred University, NYSCC, Alfred, NY


Double Vision, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Ruptures, curated by Michael Wille, Hoffman Lachance Contemporary, St. Louis, MO


Metallika, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

Anti-Anti/Non-Non, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY

Geometric Constructs, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Mustang Sally, curated by Bill Donovan and Kate Smith, TCB Art Inc, Melbourne, Australia

The 185thAnnual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy, New York, NY

Untitled (Painting), with Scott Olson, Brian Sharp, and Zak Prekop, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary, Cleveland, OH    


The Living and the Dead, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY

The Great Impression, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA  


Union Square, Taxter and Spengemann, New York, NY

Exquisitude, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Art on Paper Biennial, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC   

Perfect Strangers, curated by Jon Lutz, Daily Operation, Brooklyn, NY


Fall Selections: Non-Declarative Drawing, curated by Luis Camnitzer, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Side by Side, curated by Ana Vejzovic, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH


Space-Domestic, curated by Jiha Moon-Wilson, Emerson Gallery, McLean Center for the Arts, McLean, VA




Call and Response, Patrick Brennan, Mary Lum, Carrie Pollack, Suzanne Silver, and J.D. Walsh, curated by Gianna Commito, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH

The Last Book, compiled by Luis Camnitzer, housed in the National Library of Argentina

The Old Gold, online interview with independent curator Jon Lutz, August 24, 2008


Listings, collaboration with author Rick Moody, Indiana Review (Volume 27, #1) Summer 2005




Wayne P. Lawson Prize, Columbus, OH

nido, Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy


Artist in Residence, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH


Ohio Arts Council Award


Emerging Artist Award – Visual Arts, Cleveland Arts Prize


Artist in Residence, Cite Internationale des Arts, November – December, Paris, France


Artist in Residence, St. Michael's College, June – July, Colchester, VT


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Yaddo, January 5 – Februrary 22, Saratoga Springs, NY

The MacDowell Colony, Febrary 26 – April 19, Peterborough, NH

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, May 1 – July 28, Omaha, NE



Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Columbus Art Museum, Columbus, OH
The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield, OH




Alfred, Brian. “Conversations with Artists and Musicians: Gianna Commito,” Sound and Vision, December 3.

Litt, Steven. “Diverse Abattoir Gallery offers a delightful exhibit of area artists,” The Plain Dealer: Art and Film, November 29.


Keh, Pei-Ru. “Talk Room — New York, USA,” Wallpaper, June 28.

Gedert, Roberta, "Unique art 'treasure hunt' spans dozens of Ohio venues," The Toledo Blade July 28, 2018
Litt, Steven. “FRONT’s ‘Great Lakes Research’ show, including 6 artists from NEO, may have a chip on its shoulder (photos),”, May 13, 2018
Litt, Steven. “A glimpse of Cleveland’s global exhibition in the making with FRONT director (photos),”, May 13, 2018
Wampler, Zach. “Architectural Balance: Paintings by Gianna Commito at Rachel Uffner,” PROVOKR, January 18, 2018


“Neo Geo at Akron Art Museum explores geometric abstraction”,, November 17, 2015

Davis, Ben. “Ben Davis picks his 10 best booths at a bubbling EXPO Chicago 2015,”, September 18, 2015

Morris, Matt. “EXPO Chicago returns, with big ambitions, and some exhibitor turnover,”, September 18, 2015

Usmani, Josh. “55th Annual Cleveland Arts Prize Awards Set to Celebrate Dynamic Winners,” Cleveland Scene, June 22, 2015

Connors, Joanna. “Mike and Jules Belkin, Julian Stanczak among 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Winners,”, June 2015

Torres, Jesus Manual Rojas. “WUM News NYC: Rachel Uffner’s First 2015 Exhibitions,”, January 2015

Smith, Roberta. “Gianna Commito,” New York Times, January 22, 2015, p. C28


Rosenberg, Karen. “Gianna Commito,” New York Times, March 25, 2011, p. C31

Vartanian, Hrag. “Jagged Strips of Paint, Two LES Shows,” Hyperallergic, March 16, 2011

Zevitas, Steven. “Body, Landscape, Space: Top Ten Painting Shows in the U.S.,” The Huffington Post, March 9, 2011

Harris, Gareth. “Lower East Side Story,” Financial Times, February 25, 2011

“Gianna Commito's Paintings At The Armory Show,” The Huffington Post, February 25


Kurzner, Lisa. “Gianna Commito,” review of Windows and Doors, Art in America, September 10, 2010

Utter, Douglas Max. “No Way Out,” review of Windows and Doors, The Cleveland Scene, March 3, 2010

Litt, Steven. “Gianna Commito's works at William Busta Gallery,” review of Windows and Doors, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 18, 2010

Donovan, Bill. “Gianna Commito,” Beautiful Decay Magazine, January 2, 2010


Halperen, Max. “Art on Paper 2008,” Art Papers, March/April 2009


Tan, Lumi. “Critic’s Pick,”, July 17, 2008


Baker, R.C., “Recommendations,” The Village Voice, October 9, 2007

Utter, Douglas Max. “Juxtapositions: Side by Side at MOCA,” Angle: a Journal of Arts and Culture, Issue 31, March/April 2007

Lit, Steven. “Daring Pairings,” The Plain Dealer, January 30, 2007

Lewis, Zachary. “On View-Side by Side,” The Cleveland Scene, February, 6, 2007, p. 27