On December 10, 2015, Easthampton City Arts+ announced its Pioneer Valley Creative Buzz Award at the 9th annual Light Up the Holiday Bash.
Established in 2011, the Pioneer Valley Buzz Community award reflects and recognizes the individuals and communities that have impacted the exciting cultural advancements throughout the Pioneer Valley. The selected recipient of the Pioneer Valley Creative Buzz award is Kim Carlino, artist, organizer and Outreach and Marketing Coordinator of Eastworks. Carlino was nominated by the ECA+ Coordinating Committee for her excellence in creativity while fostering regional artists and innovative events.
Kim Carlino was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1977. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. Carlino also studied with Avron Soyer at the New School and the Educational Art Alliance in NYC. Carlino has exhibited in the US including shows at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst, Caelum Gallery in NYC, ArtPrize, Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MASS MoCA and has work in the Boston Drawing Project Flat Files and the Pierogi Flat Files. She was a member on the team of artists that installed the 25 year Drawing Retrospective of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts in 2008. Carlino installed Wall Drawing #38, Wall Drawing #142, and Wall Drawing #797. Carlino received the Prutting Award for Painting and was the finalist for the Bromfield Solo Competition in 2014. Carlino is represented by the Elise Contemporary Gallery in NYC and recently completed a gate as part of the Lower East Side 100 Gates Project.
Past recipients of the ECA+ Pioneer Valley Buzz Award have included, Paul Arslanian and the Green Street Trio, Jean-Pierre Pasche, Russell Braen, and Alane Hartley (organizers of Art in the Orchard), and Bronwen Hodgkinson (Valley Arts Newsletter Facilitator).