BIOGRAPHY: CASSIA KITE, AMERICAN B.1979
Cassia Kite is an interdisciplinary artist who created Soundstitching, a multimedia project that transforms color from a hand-stitched image into a musical composition that can be interpreted by a musician and/or performance artist. Kite has collaboratively produced large-scale work for chamber ensemble and dancers using color-coded graphic scores derived from her hand-stitched tapestries. Kite’s work was premiered at the KANEKO in Omaha, Nebraska in July of 2017. She has been featured as an experimental composer and visual artist in music festivals, museums and universities. Kite has been awarded artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2018 and The Hambidge Creative Residency Program in 2019. She is the recipient of the Paul J. Smith Excellence in Fibers Award from the Fiber Art Network 2018, the Dixon Ticonderoga Award of Excellence from the Florida Art Education Association in 2019, Sarasota Art Educators Association Award from the Florida Art Education Association in 2021 and the Ringling College of Art and Design Award in 2022.
Kite was born in Auburn, Nebraska. She earned a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, and a B.S. in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. She completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2010. Currently, Kite is the Cross-Curricular Liaison and a Visual Art Instructor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and resides in Sarasota, FL.