Nationally recognized and exhibited, Kim Salerno's work has won many awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the University of Rhode Island Council for Research. Her work has also won fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She has work included in corporate and private collections and it is also on loan to DeCordova Museum's Corporate Lending Program in Massachusetts. Kim earned a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Smith College. In addition to teaching, Kim has also worked as an architect. She has taught art and design at colleges and universities throughout the country including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now lives in Newport, RI and teaches at the University of Rhode Island.