Desiree Palermo (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1986) earned a B.S.Ed. in art education

at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned her M.F.A. in painting at the

Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia. She had her first solo

show, “Di[pro]gress,” at Fresh Exhibitions Gallery in Savannah, and group

exhibitions in Pittsburgh and Savannah, including “AAP Newest Members

Exhibition”, “Group Juried Exhibition”, and “Port City Review Showcase”. She

creates large-scale abstract paintings with a focus on relationships between the

materials, formal elements and intuition. Currently, Palermo is a studio art

teacher at Propel Schools in Pittsburgh, and is exploring sculptural elements in her


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