Biographical Time Line

2003 - Present

Present series of large format collages incorporating techniques using new materials for major solo exhibition, Gallery In The Field, Brandon, VT.
Begin collaboration with Web designer Margaret Jewett of San Jose, CA.
Establish M Castano Art LLC following completion of Women’s Small Business Program, Mercy Center, Burlington, VT.
Complete one month USA cross country photographic journey focusing on recording landscapes, national parks, local architecture, and ports.
Attend Cone Editions Press, the Complete Digital Workflow, with Larry Danque, Topsham, VT
Join Advisory Board, VT Department of Human Services.
Begin specialized training in Adobe, Vermont Panurgy Corporation, Multimedia, Web Design and Graphics, Burlington, VT
Partner with marketing entrepreneur Linda Simmons of Boise, ID, launch M Castano Art LLP.
Continue works on paper; combine printmaking, Chinese calligraphy, digital imaging, and painting.
Create series of mixed media collages following events of 9/11.

1990 - 2000

Work with CT State Department of Education developing curriculum for Art, Science, and Technology.
Create curriculum for Architectural Resources Center, New Haven, CT. (Art and Technology).
Begin new work based on mathematical forms, architecture, and patterns using digital imaging, printmaking techniques, and collage.
Invited to speak at “Artists Talk on Art,” Soho Photo Gallery, New York.
Help organizing first major conference on artists using the WWW, Cooper Union, NY.
Attend ARTEC International Symposium on Art and Science, Nagoya, Japan.
Return to China for three weeks concentrating on digital photography with a focus on architecture, textiles, and  iconography
Influenced by Lori Anderson and visual and performing artists using , science, and technology.
Attend MIT conference, met Christo, and Roger Melina, Executive Editor of “Leonardo”, astrophysicist, and former director of the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille.
Member Board of Directors "Art and Science Collaborations, Inc.”, Staten Island , NY
Attend two year Museum Leadership Program (Bank Street College NYC) and begin work developing interactive CD, and curriculum focusing on students with special needs.
Director, Art Education, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT

1980 - 1990

Co-produce and edit promotional piece, “The Polarized Sculpture of J Castano” using Avid software, FRAX, San Jose, CA.
First work on computer using software in Director, Photo Shop, Adobe Premiere, and Illustrator
Design workshops for families and the public in conjunction with major exhibits, Yale University Art Gallery.
Present workshop for artists on Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.
Create first digital images at Kodak Center for Creative Imaging, Camden, ME.
Travel to Asia, live and work at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art.
Research begins on “Saturday Evening Post, Images from the East”.
Chinese calligraphy and painting work begins.
Return to Italy; rekindle communication with friends and artists.

1970 - 1980

Design curriculum for Camp Frog Hollow, Middlebury, VT
Exhibit Vermont State Craft Center, Frog Hollow, Middlebury, VT
Establish studio in Shoreham, Vermont on Lake Champlain, begin large format “Mathematics” print and collage series.
Suite of “Aquatic” and “Music” black and white stencils completed.
Experiment with monoprints on metal with auto enamel.
Commence self-portrait nudes and erotica series.
Work with Dorothia Bilder, Master Printmaker, complete first print in “Mothers Milk” series, Penland, NC.
Begin two-year Chinese language lessons in preparation for Artist Exchange Program in China.
Enroll in Masters Degree program Wesleyan University, CT.
Spend two weeks visiting glass studios of Torchello, Burano, and Murano, Italy.
Attend Venice Biennale exhibit and see major work by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Influence of Jim Dine, following exhibit seen in Lucerne, Switzerland gallery.
Return to Pietrasanta, Italy; start Breast Series, limited editions/monoprints, monotypes, and silk-screens
Exhibit Invitational group shows in Pietrasanta and Luca, Italy.
Visit Printmaking studio of Santa Raparata, Florence.
Start work on "Italy Suite" including prints, drawings, woodblocks, and tempera paintings.
Extend travel throughout Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Visit Harry Jackson’s foundry and studio outside Pietrasanta.
Influenced by Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and Isamu Noguchi.
Start “Breast” series with first copy of Xeroxogram.
Live and worked in Pietrasanta, Italy, create printmaking studio.
Begin multi-plate color series with Photo Imaging on Fabric.
Kodalith Film technique developed.
Begin Cyanotype interpretative prints; Independent Study with Master Printmaker Keith Hatcher, New Haven, CT.
Start print series incorporating photography, fabric, vinyl, and 3-D fabricated shapes.
Meet Jacques Lipschitz, Boston, MA.
Attend Boston University Graduate Program semester “Artists Teaching Art”

1960 - 1970

Hartford Art School; Printmaking, BS in Art Education.
Start photography using Roliflex 2X2.
Impressions Workshop, Boston, MA, with Master Lithographer, George Lockwood.
Columbus College of Art and Design, collographs, etching, Columbus, OH.
One year training, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Attend exhibition “Van Gogh” Boston Museum of Fine Art.