C U R R I C U L U M    V I T A E


https://www.jancastro.com                     jancastro1@gmail.com    iPhone: 314-323-9060


Scope of Services:

§  Author, Curator, Lecturer, and Editor.

§  Talks on contemporary artists and on Bourgeois, Delaunay, O’Keeffe.

§  Research and supervise program design, strategic planning, and audience/community development for nonprofit arts.

§  Liaisons with contemporary artists and arts professionals

Professional Experience:

A.    Guest Curator, Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne: four museums in Japan and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.

B.     Contributing Editor, Sculpture Magazine, Nov. 1996 to present. 17 cover stories.

C.     Guest Curator, Elements of Scale, International Arts & Artists.

D.    Guest Art Advisor, Sculpture Key West.

E.     Faculty, Touro College and Lindenwood University.

F.      Guest Senior Lecturer Art History, University of Missouri, St. Louis.

G.    Producer/host, "The Writers Circle," Double Helix, cable TV, St. Louis. Weekly video show, feature writers include Howard Nemerov, W. H. Gass, Yevtushenko.

H.    Founder, Margaret Atwood Society, Modern Language Association Convention.

I.        Lecturer, Literature and Languages, Webster University.

J.       Editor, River Styx Magazine. Produced issues 2 - 21.

K.    First Executive Director, Big River Association.

L.     Founding Director, River Styx P. M. and R.S. Duff's Performance Series.

Art Books:

Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne. Tokyo: Japan Association of Art Museums.

The Art & Life of Georgia O'Keeffe. New York: Crown and London: Virago, over 10 printings,

updated Three Rivers edition 1994.

Literature publications with some art:

The Last Frontier, folio of 11 letterpress & computer poems with art, edition of c. 50. Eclectic

Press, St. Louis, 2001.

Seeking St. Louis, Voices from a River City, 1670-2000. One of five editors. St.Louis: Missouri

Historical Society & U. of Missouri Press, December, 2000.

Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms. Co-edited with Dr. Kathryn Van Spanckeren. Carbondale:

Southern Illinois University Press, 2 printings.

As a freelance writer: essays in many anthologies and in respected journals including: The Nation, American Poetry Review, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Black Renaissance Noire, New York University; belles lettres and common reader, Center for Humanities, Washington University.

Essays on and interviews with writers/artists include: William H. Gass, Chakaia Booker, Isabel Allende, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Louise Bourgeois, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Albert Camus, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Gabriel Garcia Màrquez, Andy Warhol.

Sculpture Magazine, seventeen cover stories, many features and interviews, include: see http://www.sculpturemagazine.art : Jeanne Silverthorne, Sanford Biggers, Alison Saar, Ivan Navarro (cover), Ursula Von Rydingsvard (2 covers), Ai Wei Wei, Simone Leigh, Ilan Averbuch, Eva Hesse, Betty Woodman, Robert Wilson, Ann Hamilton, Christina Iglesias, Rashid Johnson, Robert Kobayashi, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, David Byrne, Jason Hackenwerth, Michael Heizer, Judy Pfaff (cover), Mai Westerlund Roose; Kiki Smith, Swoon, Robert Smithson, Roxy Paine, Rob Fischer, Christian Boltanski, Claes Oldenburg, Yinka Shonibare (cover), Royal Tomb of Ur, A. Archipenko, Robert Rauschenberg, Gay Outlaw, Cao Guo-Qiang, Chakaia Booker (cover), Andrea Zittel, Banks Violette, Petah Coyne, Marc Quinn, Louise Bourgeois (2covers),Nancy Graves, Richard Serra & Constantin Brancusi; Mark di Suvero (cover); Adam Frelin, Robert Chambers; Christo and Jeanne-Claude (cover); Sue Eisler & David Helm; Sung Ho Kim; Mara Scrupe; “Art of the Osage.” Christina Schmiegel; Liza Lou (cover); “My Reality"; Rebecca Horn; “Globe> Miami < Island"; Bass Museum; Pattie Cronin. Petah Coyne (cover); Maya Lin (cover). “Wonderland”; Picasso’s sculpture in Paris; Joyce Kozloff; Blaine de St. Croix. Ginny Ruffner; Jo Stealey; Jane Sauer; Lewis DeSoto. Richard Serra (cover); Mary Miss; Storm King Sculpture Park; Moustapha Dimé; Japanese Aesthetic; Richard Hunt; Judy Pfaff (cover); Martin Puryear; Richard Marquis. Laumeier Sculpture Park, Pieter Laurens Moll. See Artist Index.

Reviews in other periodicals include: American Poetry Review (Darryl Pinckney, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Christopher Merrill); American Book Review (Maaza Mengiste, Zanele Muholi); Fiberarts (Jane Sauer); and St. Louis Riverfront Times: Robert Lobe; Pieter Bruegel the Elder; Annette Lemieux.

Art Talks include:  Sonia Delaunay: Cultural History & Color, Jewish Museum & Pratt, NYC. “Anthropomorphic Signs in O’Keeffe’s Art,” Clayton Center, St. Louis. “Louise Bourgeois: Psychological Signs,” School of Visual Arts, New York, Tien Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo; Jane V. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers U.,Florida Atlantic University., Jury for Cedarhurst sculpture competition; Symposium, S. Ill. Art Gallery., “Women in Art from Cimabue to Louise Bourgeois,” Tampa University, Honors College; O’ Keeffe’s Language, The Gatesworth; Georgia O’Keeffe,” Kirkwood Public Library., idwest College Art Assn. Conference; “Sonia Delaunay" at Parsons, Paris.,St. Louis Art Museum; U. of Missouri, St. Louis; Chicago Public Library Cultural Center; U. of Tampa Honors Arts  Division; Northeast Technical Community College in Nebraska, Tulsa Club; Lindenwood U. Alumni Lecture; Drury Convocation "Edythe West Memorial Lecture"; Springfield Art Museum; Wellesley Club, St. Louis; Keynote For Columbia C. Georgia O'Keeffe Centennial Conference; Keynote for Arkansas Art Center; St. Louis Women's Caucus for Art.

Awards, Honors, Professional Posts:

·         Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome.

·         Fellow, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.

·         Art Advisory Panel, Conservatory and School for the Arts (CASA).

·         YWCA Arts Leadership Award, St. Louis.

·         National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, Johns Hopkins University.

·         National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles.

·         Editor's Award, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, New York.

·         Arts & Letters Award, St. Louis Magazine.

·         Board, National Coalition of Independent Scholars. Member: PEN American Center.


·         Master of Arts, Washington University. Majors: Comp. Lit. & Art History. Thesis: “Visual, Literary, and Philosophical Readings of Sonia Delaunay's Art.” Advisors: Michel Rybalka (French), William H. Gass (Phil.), Rob Jensen (Art Hist.).

·         Publishing Certificate, Radcliffe College.

·         Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Majors: English, History.

Links to additional writings and readings include:

J a n ' s   B l o g: https://sculpture.org/blogpost/1810776/In-the-Studio?tag=Jan+Garden+Castro



http://repository.wustl.edu/concern/audios/xs55mg851 (intro to Adrienne Rich)

Jan Castro is available for:

·         Powerpoint talks on artists including: Maya Lin, Louise Bourgeois, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Georgia O'Keeffe, Sonia Delaunay, Nari Ward, Mark di Suvero, Zang Huan, and others.

·         Art writing at all levels: artist Statements, catalog essays, interviews for catalogs, critical essays.