Artist StatementIn this series I convey the intersection of where material reality meets the quantum, or nonmaterial world. With thin underpainting and glazes I suggest the common material forms we encounter in our everyday life, and immerse them in the quantum realm from which they spring – using translucent, iridescent, and transparent materials – to give us the inkling of where these two worlds meet.
Kristy Simmons is recognized both locally and nationally for her work. In 1990 she was named Maryland Distinguished Scholar by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for her achievements in art. She also won many regional awards from organizations such as the Washington Regional Scholastic Art Awards Foundation and the Maryland Artist Equity Foundation. She has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Montgomery County and was selected to learn printmaking concepts at the Smithsonian Institution. Her portfolio has received honors from the National Scholastic Art Awards, the National Arts Recognition & Talent Search and the Pratt National Talent Search. Kristy Simmons received her Bachelors of Art at the University of California - Santa Cruz, where she received both the Dean's and Chancellor's Awards as well as an Irwin Scholarship for artistic merit. Her junior year she traveled abroad to study art at the Venice Academy in Italy. Kristy Simmons has exhibited extensively throughout the country, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Hemicycle Gallery of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Rotunda Gallery of the Museum of Natural History, at 57 N Street in Washington, D.C. and Artspace in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been selected for "Contemporary Realism", a show curated by Lenny Campello, surveying Contemporary Realists in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Many esteemed curators, including Jack Cowart, former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, JoAnne Moser, Curator of Graphic Arts at The National Museum of American Art and J.W. Mahoney, Washington Art Correspondent for Art in America have selected her works for group exhibitions. Kristy Simmons' art has been in over 11 media features including NBC News, ABC News and the Montgomery Cable Channel as well as in The Washington Post, The Montgomery Journal and The Baltimore Sun.