Kia Neill

Native to Chicago IL, Kia Neill is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and installation. She received her MFA from The University of California San Diego and has taught college level art for 12+ years, in addition to a variety of art programs for ages ranging 3-70yrs old for about 7 years. She was Full-time Faculty at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School of Art for 6 years, before relocating to Colorado and becoming Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History. Neill teaches at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, BreckCreate in Breckenridge, and teaches snowboarding and skiing at Keystone Resort.

She lived in a number of major cities before finding home here in Summit County in 2017, after years of involvement in Breckenridge Creative Arts as a Guest Artist and Core Instructor. Her deep attraction to the mountains heavily influences her work, including commissions for Southwest Airlines Hobby International Airport, The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, and the Aspen Police Department. Neill has been a guest artist at The Wilderness Workshop in Aspen CO, and recently, for the Town of Silverthorne, as part of her public engagement project #silverthorneARThunt, Neill completed an artwork collaged from images the community shared that were wheat pasted around town.

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Kia Neill is available for full or part-time residencies.

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Explore: Digital Arts, Photography, Visual Arts, Acrylic, Bookmaking, Ceramics, Collage, Drawing, Folk, Installations, Masks, Mixed Media, Murals, Nature, Painting, Puppets, Recycled, Sculpture, Water Color


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  • Customized Workshop or Residency

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Kia will customize a program to compliment your curriculum, which may incorporate anything from experimental painting and drawing, to recycled materials and mixed media collage, installation, murals and sculptural projects.

  • Drawing and Painting with “Ice, Wind and Fire”

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Students will experiment with how temperature, motion and force can effect and be utilized in working with various drawing and paint media and the creative process. A single workshop would address one of the aspects of “Ice, Wind and Fire”, while a residency could cover multiple. This highly experimental workshop allows for creative discovery and problem solving.

  • Coloring Book Collage – Intro to compositional elements

    Workshop or Residency for grades 4th through 12th

    Students will cut and paste coloring books to create unique imagery, which they can create multiple copies from and experiment with various approaches to color. This workshop is a great introduction to using basic elements of composition to unite collaged imagery, and can be adapted to any class topic or agenda.

  • Mixed Media Digital Drawing

    Workshop or Residency for grades 4th through 12th

    Students will work back and forth between drawing and tracing by hand and drawing on the computer to create unique line drawn artworks from photographs or their own imaginations. Students can then explore different ways of coloring their line drawings. Students will experiment with how an image can be altered through the process of transferring it from one media to another. This workshop would also pair well with the Coloring Book Collage Workshop.

  • Prehistoric Painting – Cave art and creating your own paint

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Students will learn how to make paint and painting tools from raw materials, and the artistic challenges of working with primitive media. Longer workshops and residencies will also cover the use of symbols to convey stories and the development of visual language.

  • Collaborative Collage- Creating with what exists

    Residency for grades K through 12th

    This project could result in individual artworks or a collaborative classroom mural.
    Instead of creating art on blank paper or canvas, students will be challenged to work with existing imagery of photographs or discharged sketches and artworks.
    They will be challenged to elaborate on their personal interpretation of existing imagery, or to simply use it for shape color and form in creating their own concept, whether that be painting over or cutting and pasting.

  • Folky Figures – Visual and tactile interpretations

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Folk art is a playful art of the everyday, conveying shared community values, aesthetics and culture, while often utilizing a range of craft and found object medium. Students will utilize everyday and found items such as pine cones, bottle caps, popsicle sticks, scraps of fabric and wood, old toys, feathers, etc. to create fun figurative sculptures. This workshop is a great introduction to visual and structural problem solving, as well as creative interpretation and potential of objects in the world around us.