I have known since I was a small child that I would be an artist. I have always had a need to address those issues that affect our lives and our very existence.
For almost a decade after September 1, 2001, I sought to artistically break down barriers between diverse groups of people. This was something that I have been involved in socially for a lifetime. A celebration of the diversity of humanity is key to unlocking the door to peace in a world plagued by prejudice, hatred, and war.
The work evolved to speak of the fragile interrelationships between humanity and our ‘Endangered’ world (2010-present). The paintings often depict the human form monochromatically with the endangered flora and fauna in full color to establish greater equality between humanity and the over 41,000 endangered species on Mother Earth. These species are as important to nature’s fine balance as humankind, if not more so. Since clothing connotes an era or culture, the figures are generally undraped to show the universality of the problems we are facing and the need for a global partnership. This is necessary for the world to be a healthy place for future generations.
My paintings are created to work on a myriad of levels and to speak in a universal language. I try not to sensationalize or be confrontational because I want my viewers to internalize, reflect, and see the face of a world that we have painted. Within the work there is urgency but also an element of hope.
Sylvia Wald / Po Kim Gallery, ‘The Vision’, Medal of Honor for Painting & Elizabeth Stanton Blake Memorial Award National Association of Women Artist Annual Exhibit, NYC
Salmagundi, Juried Group Nautical Exhibit, NYC
Ceres Gallery, Group Exhibition, Chelsea, NYC
the Mansion at Strathmore, Juried Group Exhibit ‘Rise Up’, Honorable Mention, Bethesda, MD
Salmagundi Art Club, Juried Group Exhibit, ‘Urban’, NYC
Carnegie Museum of History, (Discoverers Group), Artist’s Talk and Presentation of ‘Endangered’ work, Curator: Dr. Richard Moriarty, Pittsburgh, PA.
Salmagundi Art Club, Winter / Spring Exhibitions, NYC
Borelli Edwards Gallery, Gallery Solo Exhibition, ‘Endangered / Between the Lines’, Pittsburgh, PA
Morris Museum of Art, Juried Group Exhibit (NAWA), Morristown, NJ
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
Juror: Barbara Jones-Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, NYC
Point Park University, Juried Group Exhibit (NAWA), Pittsburgh, PA
Juror: Sarah Hall, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Frick Museum of Art
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Instructors Exhibition, PA
Salmagundi Art Club, Juried Group Exhibit, Noble Nocturnes, NYC
Viridian Gallery, Juried International Competition, First Place International Award, NYC
Juror: Dr. Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, First Place International Award
Borelli Edwards Gallery, Solo Exhibit, ‘ENDANGERED’, Lawrenceville, PA
Williamsburg Art and History Center, Curator: Yuko Nii, Annual Exhibition, Brooklyn, NYC
Viridian Gallery, International Photography Director’s Choice Exhibit, Chelsea, NYC
Westmoreland Museum of Art, Juried Group Biennial and Artist’s Talk, Greensburg, PA
Amarillo Museum of Art, National Juried Figure Drawing Competition, First Place National Award, TX
Juror: Martha Mayer Erlbacher, MFA Department Head / New York Academy of Art & Professor of Anatomy
St. Vincent’s University Museum Gallery, Invitational “20 x 2 Notable Regional Artists”, PA
Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, NAWA, Audrey Hope Shirk Award (2011), SOHO, NYC
Village Studio, Delray Beach, Honorable Mention, Florida
Carnegie Museum of Art, 2-Minute Film Competition, Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Museum of Art, Annual Juried Group Exhibit (AAP), Pittsburgh, PA
Jurors: Al Miner (Curatorial Asst. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., and Donald Miller, Art Critic
Salmagundi Art Club, Artist’s Talk with Digial Presentation of Work, NYC
Point Park University, “Four Artists”, Curated, Pittsburgh, PA
University Exhibits, Traveling, (AAP), Juror’s Award, PA
World of Artists, ‘International Women’s Exhibit’, Beacon, NY
Cultural Trust, AAP Presidents Choice Exhibition, Invitational, Pittsburgh, PA
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 100th Anniversary AAP Group Exhibit, PA
National Arts Club Gallery, NAWA Annual, Jeffrey Childs Willis Memorial Award, NYC
State Museum of Pennsylvania, ‘Art of the State Juried Exhibit’, Harrisburg, PA
Fein Gallery, Generation to Generation, AAP Juried Group, Pittsburgh, PA
Frank Melega Art Museum, Solo Exhibit, Brownsville, PA
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Juried Group Exhibit, Washington, D.C.
Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA., Solo Exhibit, ‘US’
Regina A Quick Center for the Arts Museum, St. Bonaventure University, Solo Exhibit, St. Bonaventure, NY
State Museum of Pennsylvania, Juried Group Exhibit, Harrisburg, PA Juror: Susan Fisher Sterling, Chief Curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington,D.C.
Dimensions 2006, National Juried Exhibit, First Place National Award, Winston-Salem, NC Juror: Brooke Davis Anderson, Director and Curator of the American Folk Art Museum, NYC
Westmoreland Museum of Art, Biennial AAP Exhibition, Greensburg, PA Juror: Virginia Mecklenburg, Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Juried Group Exhibition, First Place Award, Ligonier, PA
Carnegie Museum of Art, AAP Group Juried Exhibit, Pittsburgh, PAC Juror: Douglas Fogle, Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Juried Group Exhibit, New Castle, PA
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Solo Exhibit, Pittsburgh, PA
Juror: Liz Thomas, Assistant Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Group Juried Exhibit, New Castle, PA Juror: Kurt Shaw, Art Critic, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Ceres Gallery, Invitational from 2002 National Exhibition Artists, NYC
Ceres Gallery, National Juried Art Exhibition, NYC Juror: Charlotta Kotik,Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Chairperson/Dept.
Painting & Sculpture
Salmagundi Art Club, Annual Exhibition, Henry Nordhausen Memorial Award, NYC
Ceres National Art Competition, Award for “Finished?(Endangered body of work)”,
Juror: Sara Softness, Assistant Curator, Brooklyn Museum of Art
Sylvia Ward / Po Kim Gallery, Medal of Honor for Painting & Elizabeth Stanton Blake Memorial National Association of Women Artists,128th Annual Members Exhibit
Jurors: Susana Torruella Leval, former VP and President Elect of the Association of Art Museum Directors and former board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Monica D.Church, Associate Director of the James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery, Vassar College. Linda Weinstraub former Director of Bard College Museum and author of several books on contemporary art.