Calcagno Cullen is a multimedia artist, arts educator, and curator. She is the founder and executive director of Wave Pool Arts Center, a studio space, experimental arts space, and socially-engaged artist residency program in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has previously worked in the education department of SFMOMA as well as for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA and was director of the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
Cullen has shown her work widely throughout the US and internationally. She has had solo shows at Market Street Gallery, Million Fishes in San Francisco, and Semantics in Cincinnati. She has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, Lo Studio di Nipoti in Calabria, Italy, and the Children's Creativity Museum (Zeum) in San Francisco, CA.
As a curator she has organized exhibitions at a variety of spaces, including the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, and most recently, Wave Pool. In 2013 she won a curatorial residency at SOMArts, which resulted in the exhibition Dial Collect.
In all that she does, Cullen strives to bring art to life for a wide audience. Her life mission is to create empathy and understanding through art.
When not curating exhibitions, working with artists, or developing her own artistic practice, she is adjunct teaching or volunteering, often with a 2 year old in tow.