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Connecting to History: Sitka Spruce (pictured), Western Hemlock and Douglas Fir can become giants along the coastal range in Oregon and live more than 500 years. Here younger trees surround a gentle giant in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, part of the Siuslaw National Forest. Pausing to consider history and our place in it, brings us together.

Gioia Kuss

gioiakk@gmail.com 802.545.2051 United States

Topics of Focus

Environmental Justice, Global Health, Biodiversity, Land-use and Architecture


Whether Gioia Kuss works in local or international venues, her projects focus on collaborative efforts to protect earth’s communities. She seeks to elevate discussions about how the survival of species depends on protection of natural resources. Her narratives seek to harmonize support for human dignity, with a celebration of the planet’s sanctity. She explores nature’s power and compassion towards and from people in her imagery.

Gioia was a member of the 2018-19 VII Photo Agency Masterclass. She attended residencies with Marble House Project, Vermont Studio Center, and Ninth Wave Global. In 2016 she received the David Bird Fellowship for a project in Costa Rica.

Gioia was awarded first place in the Editorial Environment category in the October 2019 IPA Lucie awards, and was awarded first place winner in the People category and honorable mention in both the Landscape and Nature categories for the 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Other group exhibitions include the Los Angeles Center for Photography—February 2020, Griffin Museum of Photography (MA USA) Lafayette Center, Boston—Dec-March 2020, Loosen Art Millepiani Gallery Environment Documenta in Rome IT April 2019, Four Freedoms Park in NYC cosponsored by UPI—July 2018, ASMP—New England Show in Cape Cod__April 2018, Photo Place Gallery, and the Darkroom Gallery where her image received Honorable mention.  Her solo show at 51 Main, Land Views—Alchemy of Soil, Water, and Community explores human impact on the landscape through use and architecture and will be the basis for her first published book.

Gioia Kuss, photographer, installation artist, and landscape designer, lives in Weybridge Vermont, USA. Her academic background combines art and science, with a BA from Middlebury College in Northern Environmental Studies and a Studio Art minor, and a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design. She studied independently in Paris France and in Guang Zhou China. She was an adjunct faculty in the Green Mountain College Art Department.

After Vermont communities were severely damaged from Tropical Storm Irene, in 2011, she worked as a resource crisis counselor. This experience drove home how vulnerable society is from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.

While firmly rooted in Vermont, she has lived in Paris, the Swiss Alps, and several states across the US. Speaking other languages helps in her quest to understand different cultural and natural environments.

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