cristine kossow


About Me

A Parsons trained designer, Cristine had a long career in graphic design, but felt it was time to return to her first love – painting - and quickly found pastels. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and serves on the Board of Governors.   

She has exhibited at The Salmagundi Club and The National Arts Club in New York City; The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and many other venues in the Northeast.    
Cristine’s life unfolded alongside the Hudson River except for a six-year hippie hiatus on a farm in Maine. She now lives in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. 

She enjoys painting everyday objects, finding what is personal in the things we encounter every day — vintage tools; teacups; our animal friends; piles of produce; piles of anything really, because she loves the rhythm of repetition.

Cristine has her prejudices. She likes to punctuate her work with a sneaky dash of periwinkle; it’s her color. And she had a bitter feud with red for decades. But one summer, at the urging of a bumper crop of tomatoes, Cristine called an emotional truce and began a cascade of red musings that, in hindsight, mystify her. 



Parsons School of Design


Riverside Gallery, Garrison, NY — 2013, Honorable Mention; 2016

New Haven Paint and Clay, New Haven, CT — 2014, 2015

Connecticut Pastel Society, Purely Pastel, Lyme Art Assoc., Lyme, CT — 2014, 2015; 

   2016, Merit Award of Excellence

Connecticut Pastel Society, Renaissance in Pastel, Slater Museum, Norwich, CT — 2014, 2015, 2016

Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY — 2014, 2015, 2016

Intl Assoc. of Pastel Societies, online web show — 2014, 2017

Intl Assoc. of Pastel Societies 28th Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY — 2016, Hon. Mention

Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, NY, NY — 2014; 2016, Pastel Societies West and SW Award;    2017, M.H. Hurlimann Armstrong Award

Hudson Valley Art Association, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY — 2014, 2017

Butler Institute of American Art, Giffuni Gallery, Youngstown, OH — 2014, 2017

Academic Artists Association, Vernon, CT — 2015, Jack Richeson Award; 2016, Dick Blick Award

Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY — 2015, David Wu & Elsie Jeck Key Award

Pastel Society of New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH — 2015, Pastel Journal/Senelier Award; 

   2016 Anchor Award, 2017

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, National Arts Club, NY, NY — 2015, PSA Award; 

   2016, Leila G. Sawyer Award

Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY — 2015

Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT — 2017

Vermont Pastel Society, Manchester, VT — 2017, Second Place


Pastel Society of America, Board of Governor’s and Signature Member; Vermont Pastel Society,
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Academic Artists Association, Elected Member

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Cristine Kossow

Middlebury, VT 05753