Artist Statement

Life often strikes me as a string of moments, like a series of film stills, in which we observe ourselves. I paint people experiencing these moments of profound self-awareness and growth; when the rest of the world drops away and we are left bare. My paintings have the visceral quality of memories or dreams, when the image is reduced to the essential, and the mood is what draws your focus, not the specific details. My subject matter comes from my own memories and experiences that feel in some way universal. I have found that certain kinds of settings tend to lead people inward, and to me the rural landscape is a nursery for the soul. My memories of growing up in Maine are a great source of inspiration. Though my subjects usually stand alone, I am less interested in loneliness than in the way being alone makes us feel most alive and connected to our true nature.

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Education
2002 Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2002 BFA, Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania

Awards
2008 Lucy Glick Award, PAFA Fellowship
2006 2nd Place, Art Association of Harrisburg
2006 Victor Klein Family Award, Cheltenham Art Center
2002 Thomas Eakins Painting Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2002 Thouron Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2001 Fellowship Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2000 Cecelia Beaux Portrait Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2000 Benjamin Lanard Memorial Award for Collage, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2000 William Emlen Cresson Travel Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2000 Best Student Exhibitor, Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual
1999 Wexler Memorial Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Exhibitions
2014 “American Wisdom,” Two-person show at James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013 “(R)evolution; Women Painting Women,” Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2013 “To Be Continued…” Three-person show, Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, ID
2013 “HOME; Interpreting the Familiar,” Goggleworks Art Center, Reading, PA
2012 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2012/11/10/09/08/07/06/05/04/03 Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 “Likeness,” Invitational portrait show, The Philadelphia Board of Ethics, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Solo show, Le Cochon Noir, Philadelphia, PA
2010 “Women Painting Women,” Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC
2010 “Contemporary Voices: 70th Annual Juried Exhibition,” Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2009 “Gone to the Dogs” Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
2009 “Exhibit A” Inliquid 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery 543, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Juried Alumni Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2008 PAFA Fellowship Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2008/07 Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Newtown, PA
2007/06 Kelly & Weber Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
2007/06 Art of the State, the State Museum of Pennsylvania,Harrisburg, PA
2006 Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2006 Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
2006/05/04 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2006 Harrison Street Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
2005 Annual Alumni Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2005 “The Academy at Penn,” Kroiz Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, Phila, PA
2003/02/01 Annual Small Oils Exhibition, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
2001 Regional Juried Exhibition, Art Forms Gallery, Manayunk, PA
2001 Annual Art Show, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Villanova, PA
2000 Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia, PA

Publications
2013/10/08 Studio Visit Magazine
2012 Philadelphia Weekly http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/events/Katherine-Fraser-Darkness–Light-182049671.html
2012 Die Blumen die Frauen, by Andreas Honeggar
2011 thefertilesource.com
2008/06 Mid-Atlantic edition of New American Paintings
2007 The Southern Review
2007 Best of American Oil Painting
2004  www.dirtpress.com