- Assistant Professor
Kasia Ozga is a Polish French American sculptor and installation artist who reuses, revalues, and reanimates mass-produced materials into singular artworks and inverts associations that we make with different types of waste. She describes her work as “combining the development of art in public places with critical research into material histories and shared spaces by making and studying site-specific interventions and permanent works that inspire social change by creating visual metaphors for missing and environmentally altered human bodies.”
Ozga is a former Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship recipient, Harriet Hale Woolley grantee from the Fondation des États-Unis, Jerome Fellowship recipient at Franconia Sculpture Park, and Paul-Louis Weiller award recipient from the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. Her work has been exhibited in over ten different countries, and she has participated widely in residencies in Europe and North America (Shakers, Nekatoenea, Pépinières Européennes de Création, Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions, and Kimmel Harding Nelson for the Arts).
Projects include art/industry collaborations with the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City; a public sculpture in Trebnitzgrund, Germany; and a residency at Carroll College in Wisconsin. In each of these sites, she worked with local materials to represent bodies absent in contemporary landscapes and discourses. Through her work, she analyzes situations and creates objects to encourage art consumers to become socially engaged cultural producers.
Most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Oberlin College, Dr. Ozga holds a PhD from the University of Paris 8, an MFA from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston.