An active artist for over 30 years, Gary Mesa-Gaido has participated in numerous exhibitions, including solo, two-person, and small and large group. Displaying his work in international, national, regional and state juried and invitational exhibits, Mesa-Gaido's pieces have been viewed at diverse venues, including the Abraham Lubelski Gallery in New York City, the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as museums and galleries across the United States.
The recipient of various grants and awards, Mesa-Gaido has been recognized with two prestigious Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowships and a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grant. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Clay Center’s Avampato Museum Pennsylvania College of Technology, and numerous private collectors, nationally and abroad. Gary Mesa-Gaido’s pieces have been published in books, periodicals and catalogues, including Good Bokeh: Focusing on Fine Art Photographers (Los Angeles, California: DAB Art, 2017) and Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Philosophy, Psychology and the Arts (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Duquesne University, 1999).
Gary Mesa-Gaido teaches at Morehead State University and has a studio in Morehead, Kentucky. In addition to consulting, lecturing, and teaching workshops, He has served as a juror, assisting with the selection of grant awardees and exhibitors for multiple organizations. Mesa-Gaido obtained his M.F.A. from Ohio University and his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.