Kayla Romberger is an artist and arts organizer based in Philadelphia. Her work investigates the intersection of print and digital media; the circulation of the image; and the ways in which artists and designers make use of the designed/printed form to disseminate information, initiate happenings, and foment change. Exhibitions of Romberger's work include Satellite Projects (Miami), Bedroom Gallery (Hong Kong), the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, and the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale (South Korea). Reviews of her work have appeared in Artforum, Vogue, and the Design Observer, among other platforms.
Romberger holds an M.F.A. in Art & Design and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. Prior to teaching at Cornell she held internships in public programming at the Whitney Museum of Art and Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (ICA). She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 2016.
Romberger is cofounder and codirector of the bookshop and exhibition space Ulises, where she has organized exhibitions with artists and publishing groups including Hannah Black, Sepake Angiama, Martine Syms, Hardworking Goodlooking, and Bidoun. Recent projects include Publishing As Practice, an experimental art publishing residency funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Collaborative practice
- Digital media
- Interdisciplinary art
- Print media
- ART 2301: Introduction to Print Media
- ART 3306: The Artist's Book and Object Multiple
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Project Grant for Exhibitions & Public Interpretation (2017–19)
- "Leading by Design," Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania (2016)
- Rackham International Research Award, University of Michigan (Europe 2013)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- The Classroom, Ulises and Hardworking Goodlooking in Conversation, Printed Matter's Virtual Art Book Fair, organized by David Senior (2021).
- The School for Temporary Liveness (Ulises), Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Lauren Bakst and Nial Jones (2019).
- 4th Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, curated by Ai Wei Wei & Brendan McGetrick (2011).
- Romberger, Kayla, Gee Wesley, Nerissa Cooney et al. Publishing as Practice: Hardworking Goodlooking, Martine Syms/Dominica, Bidoun. Los Angeles: Inventory Press, 2021.