Artist, lecturer Kevin Costello was born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey,
English Channel Islands and graduated the Chelsea School of Art
and Goldsmith’s College, University of London. After emigrating
to the U.S. in 1973 he taught visual arts and art history at the
San Francisco Academy of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art and worked as a carousel wood carver for the San Francisco
In San Francisco he exhibited at Langdon Street: South of the
Slot under the auspices of the University of California, Berkely
and created installations at Site, Cite, Sight, an NEA funded
alternative space. Kevin also did performance art at the University
of California, Berkely Museum of Art and the Museum of Conceptual
Art, San Francisco. He worked with Paul Kos and Terry Fox on conceptual
pieces and performance art and was one of the first artists to
work in conceptual video in 1974 at the Museum of Conceptual Art
(director Tom Marioni). Kevin was represented commercially by
the Dana Reich Gallery and Site, Cite, Sight in San Francisco.
moving to Florida in 1981, Kevin was for two years the Florida
State School Arts Program Manager, administered by the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota.
Costello is well-recognized on the west coast of Florida for his
6 year role as Art Correspondent for the Sarasota Herald Tribune
and Contributing Writer for Arts and Culture Magazine. He is also
an active member of the City of Sarasota Public Art Committee.
Currently, Mr. Costello is an instructor in Landscape Painting,
Figure and Conceptual Drawing at the Ringling College of Art and
Design Continuing Studies & Special Programs Department (CSSP)
and Lecturer in Contemporary Art History in the Elderhostel Program
at Stetson University. He is also on the faculty of the Pierian
Spring Academy and the Adult and Community Enrichment Department
of Sarasota County Technical Institute, Sarasota County School
Florida, Kevin Costello's art works are currently represented
by State of The Arts Gallery, Sarasota.
Reference to his studio art can be seen in Art in the San Francisco
Bay Area, 1945-1980, An Illustrated History by Thomas Albright,
University of California Press (ISBN 0-520-05193-9) and to his
work as an art critic in Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary
by Terry Barrett, Mayfield Publishing (ISBN 1-55934-147-5).