Artist/ceramics, painting, mixed media
Lock Haven, PA
“Artwork needs to be done. The creative process makes me better at all tasks and thoughts and making art allows me to become a more successful problem solver. I can express, explode or purge my deepest concerns, or make my own opinions known in a way much larger than words alone. Messages can be received at a variety of different levels of awareness by using a visual medium with creative expression. I know my thoughts and their resulting actions impact those around me and the use of creative thought and visual media helps me to actually initiate change. “
Carol Ann (Simon) Cillo grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area, studied at Carnegie Mellon University as a teen and graduated from Edinboro University of PA with her B.S. in Art Education. A Williamsport resident for many years, she worked as Art Director at C.A. Reed Inc. of Williamsport, a national party goods company. She then founded and currently is partner/owner of If-the Idea Factory, a design studio in Lock Haven, PA. She currently serves as President for the Clinton County Arts Council Board / Station Gallery in Lock Haven, PA. She has also been elected to the Board of Directors for Factory Works, the non-profit located at the Pajama Factory, Williamsport, PA. She has previously served as Adjunct Faculty at Penn College of Technology, elected Board of Directors for the Color Marketing Group (CMG - an international organization for color trends). Carol is a juried Pennsylvania Artisan for the PA Wilds, with work available at galleries in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven and Emporium, PA. Her work also hangs permanently at the Lock Haven University, and UPMC Susquehanna Health: Williamsport Regional Medical Center and Muncy Valley Hospital. She has won numerous awards for her artwork in various shows, including acceptance into the juried 2013 Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg, PA.