Artist Statement
My work is about relationships. I think about how humans attempt to relieve their isolated experiences of reality. I'm fascinated by the rehearsed rituals individuals use to communicate, and especially miscommunicate, with one another and I wonder what is the reward of all these performances bent on achieving a mutual connection. Communication is a physical and carnal impulse in my work.

On Material . . .
I enjoy my material's physical matter and its ability to transcend that physicality through illusory imagery. This parallels my own bodily experience of interacting with the world - I both lose my physical ties to reality and feel trapped by them. Like a memory one plays out repeatedly, I want imagery and marks that preserves the pulse of a moment.

PhD | UC Irvine, Irvine, CA | Visual Studies | 2012 - present

MFA | Indiana University, Bloomington, IN | Concentration in Painting | August 2006

MFA | University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT | Painting and Printmaking | December 2004

MA | Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England | Early Modern British Art | July 2002

AB | Princeton University, Princeton, NJ | June 2001

Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA | Associate Professor | Fine Arts Department | August 2006 – Present Art Gallery Director and Curator | August 2008 - Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017

University of California, Irvine, CA | Teaching Assistantship in Art History and Film and Media Studies | Winter 2014 - Present

School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN | Teaching Assistantship | Fall 2004 - Spring 2006 | Instructor of record

Fine Arts Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT | Teaching Assistantship | Spring of 2003 and 2004 | Instructor of record

Terra Cognita | Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA
Green Revolution | Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

Making Place | Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA

New Work by Marthe Aponte and Christine Mugnolo | Creative Co-op, Acton, CA

Regarding Us Chain Letter Project | Cedar Center, Lancaster, CA

California Open Exhibition | Juried show, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Eight by Eight Group Art Show | Pink Ghost, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Her, Me and Them: Figurative Art of Christine Mugnolo and Jamie Combs | AVAAA Cedar Gallery, Lancaster, CA

Bridge Art Fair | Chicago, IL
Marsh Gallery | Herron School of Art, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Group Drawing Exhibition | Art Center Gallery, University of Central Missouri,| Warrensburg, MO

Christine Mugnolo: Drawings | Gillock Gallery, Chicago, IL
Vibrations | Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Emerging Talent: MFA Painting and Ceramics from IU | Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Lift: Onwards and Upwards | John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN
Nerd Love | MFA Thesis show, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

International Studies Exhibition | SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Fully Tilted | Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Full Tilt | MFA Thesis show, William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, CT

Arches Biennial Student Print Exhibition | Juried show, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
New York Area MFA Exhibition | co-sponsored by the College Art Association, Hunter College, New York, NY

  • 2016 College Art Association Conference, Washington D.C. | Paper: Reading American Comics through Medieval Woodcuts
  • 2015 UC Irvine Visual Studies Colloquium | Respondent for Bridget Cooks’ paper Norman Rockwell’s Negro Problem
  • 2015 California American Studies Association 2015 Annual Meeting, California State Fullerton | Paper: Constructing Californian Identity through Watercolor
  • 2014 “Fun with Dick and Jane”: Gender and Childhood Conference, University of Notre Dame, | Paper: The Nerd in American Adolescence
  • 2014 UC Irvine Visual Studies Graduate Symposium | Respondent
  • 2013 UC Irvine Visual Studies Graduate Symposium | Paper: The Conservative Imagination of Early Paleontology
  • 2013 Getty Consortium Seminar Conference | Paper: The Yellow Kid and Periodical Color
  • Catalog essay | Found Memories | Zweigstelle Gallery, Berlin | 2012
  • Catalog essay | Wally Gilbert: Patterns and Recognition | AVC Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA | 2012
  • Guest Lecture | MFA seminar, California State University Northridge | November 2011
  • Pecha Kucha Night | Lancaster Museum of Art and Art History, Lancaster, CA | April 2011
  • Panel Discussion: Cindy Sherman | Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery, CA | August 2008

2016 Normal Rockwell Center Dissertation Fellowship
2016 Art History Teaching Assistant Award
2013 Irvine Museum Summer Fellow
2013 Gerard Endowed Award in Visual Studies