Kim Salerno's work has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries, cultural centers and museums. Kim's work has won many awards, including a fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work is included in public, private and corporate collections. Salerno earned a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a certificate in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Smith College. In addition to teaching, Kim has worked as an architect and presently serves on the Newport Historic District commission. She has taught art and design at colleges and universities throughout the country, including the School of the Art institute of Chicago and now teaches at the University of Rhode Island.
"My work is an unapologetic exploration of decoration in support of feminism. Decoration, shunned from formal inquiry in both contemporary fine art and design practice, is a forgotten carrier of meaning, a window into ideas. Similarly, women's contribution to visual culture, particularly decorative work, has been persistently marginalized. I hope to continue feminism's unfinished project with an eye toward taste making and the home. My work rethinks domestic interior imagery. It infuses surfaces, materials, color and pattern with both femininity and forcefulness."