Gioia Kuss, currently rooted in Weybridge Vermont, was born in Charlottesville VA and has lived in Paris, the Swiss Alps, and several states across the US. Speaking other languages has helped in her quest to understand different cultural and natural environments while traveling widely. The combination of art and science in her academic background informs her images of natural and man-made structures and processes. Her photojournalistic style and sensibility is strengthened by her work as a counselor in Vermont communities, which were damaged by severe flooding after Tropical Storm Irene. These experiences drove home how important and vulnerable society is from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. She works for clients on commercial and private editorial photography assignments and land-use management projects. Her personal projects explore the way we as humans live on and with the earth, working with themes related to climate change, agriculture, social justice, and the environment.
Gioia received a BA from Middlebury College and an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design. In addition, she has taught art, math, and science at the high school level (Ecole d’Humanite Hasliberg Switzerland) and Studio Art at Green Mountain College. She was awarded the 2015 David Bird Fellowship for Design and International Service in Costa Rica and a Marble House Project Artist Residency in September 2016.
Quote sometimes attributed to Mother Theresa, however it sums up my outlook and hope:
“I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”