Virginia Kistler was born in Newcomerstown, Ohio in 1976.  She earned her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and Master of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design.  She is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and photography, while using a variety of media—laser cut acrylic, cnc router-cut plastic, stainless steel, wood, and 3D printed plastic.  Before becoming a public artist, she spent twenty years designing interactives for children’s museums and science centers.  Virginia has shown work nationally and has been commissioned by the Lincoln Motor Company, the Dayton Metro Library, and Cleveland State University to create permanent works of sculpture.


Virginia lives and works in Gahanna, Ohio.


My work is born out of the intersection of science and technology, while driven by my interest in the rapidly changing landscapes in which we all live. I mine systems found in the natural world and contemporary technology to create two-dimensional work and sculptural forms.


My process includes using two-dimensional imagery and my own photography in the creation of my works of sculpture. I use impressions that are unseen and ephemeral, such as fungi spore prints, aerial maps of green space, light maps of urban landscapes, sound impressions, and interference patterns. Using these natural phenomena and technological systems, I dissect and synthesize the information to create three-dimensional forms as a mechanism for understanding our shifting world.


  • I was featured in CODAworx’s magazine for my Cleveland State University sculpture. The piece was a commissioned public sculpture funded through
    The Ohio Percent for Art Program.  Location: Science Building at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.  See link below.


  • I’m excited to announce my upcoming solo show at Sarah Gormley Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. The gallery is located in the Short North Arts District, and the show is scheduled for August 2021. I’ll see you there!


2020 | Cleveland State University, site specific interior sculpture for CSU’s Science Building

2018 | City of Kettering, OH, site specific exterior sculpture for Oak Park

2016 | Dayton Art Institute, interactive installation for the Lange Family Experience Center

2016 | Dayton Metro Library – Northwest Branch, site specific interior sculpture  

2013 | City of Columbus, OH, collaboration with MKSK Studios to design a Gateway Sculpture for the East Franklinton, OH neighborhood  

2012 | Lincoln Motor Company, site specific interior sculpture for International Auto Show



2020 | “Millworks,” McConnell Arts Center, Columbus, OH | Oct 24, 2019-Jan 12, 2020 | Jurors: Kyle Downs, Creative Coordinator

2019 | Solo Exhibition-University of St Francis, Ft. Wayne IN | Aug 26-Sept 25  | Jurors: Justin Johnson, Gallery Director of University of Saint Francis

2018 | Solo Exhibition-Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH | Apr 16-May 18  | Jurors: Susan Martis, Todd Camp, Christian Davell

2017 | “Presidential Gala 2017- University of Saint Francis,” Ft. Wayne, IN | July 2017-July | Jurors: Justin Johnson, Gallery Director University of Saint Francis

2017 | “Installation Nation 2017,” Indianapolis, IN | June 16-July 08 | Jurors: Primary Colours Committee

2017 | “The University of Toledo-9th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,” Toledo, OH | May 07, 2015-May 07, 2017 | Juror: The University of Toledo

2016 | “Roy G Biv Gallery 2016 Exhibition Season,” Columbus, OH | Nov 05-Nov 26 | Jurors: Denny Griffith, Natalie Marsh, and Rose Bouthillier

2016 | “Earthy Delights” – Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH | Aug 04-Oct 08 | Jurors: Marcella Hackbardt, Assistant Professor at Kenyon College

2016 | “Noves Històries – OAC 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition,” OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH | May 24-July 9, 2016 | Jurors: Sophie Blais, Director of Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain and Robert Banks, Artist

2016 | “Manifest Gallery’s Ohio Regional Showcase,” Cincinnati, OH | Mar 04-Apr 01, 2016

Exhibitions continued

2015 | “The Huntington Museum of Art’s Exhibition 280,” Huntington, WV |
Oct 10 2015-Feb 14, 2016 | Juror: Patterson Sims, President of the
Board of Independent Curators International

2015 | “HWD 2015: Regional Sculpture Exhibition,” Kettering, OH | Aug 10-Sept 11 | Juror: Steven Matijcio, Curator at The Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, OH2015 | “Zanesville Museum of Art’s 71st Ohio Annual Exhibition,” Zanesville, OH | June 1-Aug 21 | Juror: Mary Gray, Director of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery

2015 | “Swope Art Museum’s Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition,” Terre Haute, IN | June 27-Aug 08 | Juror: Heather Ahtone, Assistant Curator at the University of Oklahoma

2015 | “Allegany National Photographic Competition and Exhibition,” Cumberland, MD | April 10–May 02 | Juror: Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Photographer

2015 | “ImageOHIO 15,” Columbus, OH | Jan 20–Feb20 | Juror: Benjamin Montague, Associate Professor in Photography at Wright State University

2014 | “HWD 2014: Regional Sculpture Exhibition,” Kettering, OH | Aug 25-Sept 26 | Juror: Carrie Longley, Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Indiana University East

2014 | “2014 Outdoor Art Exhibit,” Sunbury, OH | May-Oct | Juror: Sydney Schardt, Artist

2014 | “Sculpt EVV – Juried Outdoor Sculpture Show,” Evansville, IN | June 15, 2013-April 20, 2014 | Juror:  Lisa Freiman, Senior Curator and Chair-Dept. of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Art Museum

2013 | “HomeMade,” Wild Goose Creative Gallery, Columbus, OH | Dec 2-Dec 29 | Juror: Nicole Crock, Artist

2013 | “Ohio Art League Riffe Gallery Exhibition,” Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH | Jan 31-Apr 14 | Juror: Dennis Harrington, Director of the Weston Art Gallery at Cincinnati Arts Assoc.

2012 | “Grand Rapids Artprize 2012,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI | Sept19-Oct 7 | Juror: Cindy Buckner, Associate Curator of Grand Rapids Art Museum

2012 | “Majestic Galleries National Juried Show 2012,” Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, OH | June 29-July 20 | Juror: Ken Emerick, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants and Services Director

2011 | “After the Pedestal,” The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH | Sept 16-Oct 22 | Juror: Barbara Hunt McLanahan, Executive Director of Judd Foundation