BIOGRAPHY

Kathleen Shaver is a Philadelphia painter who studied at Moore College of Art & Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) with teachers and mentors including Bill Richards, Chuck Fahlen, and Thomas Chimes. Her work has been included in a major survey of contemporary Philadelphia artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in exhibits at PAFA, Woodmere Art Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Moore. 

The artist produces oil paintings and mixed media works on paper. A lush paint application and lively gestural strokes characterize her recent paintings, which often exhibit a highly textured surface and dense buildup of pigment. The influences of abstract expressionism and neo-expressionism are evident. Shaver admires such painters as Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Anselm Kiefer, Cecily Brown, Neo Rauch, and Louise Fishman. 

In addition to the Rodger LaPelle Galleries and 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia, Shaver has exhibited in galleries located in Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Texas.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for painting and her work is included in both private and corporate collections.

Shaver is also a graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  In 2011, she completed a permanent installation of 27 paintings, The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to celebrate 125 years of nursing at Penn.

 

STATEMENT

My paintings are best described as a search for the primal. My approach is informed by abstract expressionism and a love of paint.  I work from a place where intuitive gestures and mark-making record a quest for a pre-linguistic awareness. I am inspired by the Lascaux cave painters, whose images transcend time, culture, and language. This quest for a primal, wordless image, touches, what is to me, the deepest mystery of human existence: Where did I come from and where am I going? My paintings invite viewers to consider an existence that is not limited by words, preconceptions, or conventional identities, yet one that is framed by an unknowable mystery.

My artistic process can also be described as a primal searching.  Although I work within the tradition of paint on canvas, I am constantly shifting my approach in pursuit of the unexpected. Discovery happens when I paint faster than I can think. I work on multiple pieces at a time, with canvases ranging in size from very large to very small. I may start with thin washes of paint combined with calligraphic lines, eventually building up to a thick, textured surface.To apply the paint, I use a variety of spatulas, palette knives, rollers, and misshapen old brushes, as well as my hands. I let the work dry between sessions. I do not plan my approach.

Motivated by a kind of anxiety or doggedness combined with belief, I allow my intuitive and emotional self to react to the canvas and to determine the next step. Building up the paint surface and then scraping it down in areas, I seek to reveal something unknown.  I hope that the viewer senses a discovery, beyond words, and is touched by the mystery of human existence that my work explores.

 

Education

Diploma in Nursing, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing  

BFA with Honors in Painting, Moore College of Art & Design

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Continuing Education 

Awards

2016

Third Place, "Strokes of Genius," Maryland Federation of Art (Juror: Joey P. Manlapez,curator, artist and Associate Faculty at Corcoran College of Art and Design)

Honorable Mention, Lowe House Exhibition, Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, MD  (Juror: Matt Klos, Associate Professor of Humanities and Visual Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, MD)

2013      

Juror's Choice Award, Abington Art Center Juried Show (Juror: Ross L. Mitchell, Executive Director, Violette de Masia Foundation, PA)

Merit Award, Human Rights Art Exhibition, South Texas College (Juror: Richard Lubben, Associate Professor of Art, South Texas College)

2012      

Outstanding Achievement Award, Alumni Association of the HUP School of Nursing for creation of The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Faculty and Alumni Legacy Award for creation of The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art

Juror's Choice Award, "XL-XS Extra Large Extra Small Formats, " Maryland Federation of Art (Juror: Barry Nemett, Chair of the Painting Department, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD)

Juror's Choice Award, "Strokes of Genius, " Maryland Federation of Art (Juror: Mark Karnes, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD)

1993    

Second Prize, "And the Women Danced: Jewish Women's Spiritual Leadership," Borowsky Gallery (Jurors: Nancy Hellebrand, Photographer; Elsa Honig-Fine, Publisher of Women’s Art Journal; Judith Tannenbaum, Associate Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA)

1990    

Leona Karp Braverman Award for Painting, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Jurors: Lisa Dennison, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Grace Hartigan, Artist)

1989    

Barbara Specker Gorsen Award, 49th Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts (Juror: Terrie Frances Sultan, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

1988    

Purchase Award, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1987    

Mary Butler Memorial Award in Painting, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Jurors: Linda Bantel, Director of the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Judith Stein, Associate Curator, Thomas Chimes, Artist, Philadelphia, PA)

1985    

Philadelphia Drawing Competition, Honorable Mention (Juror: Al Ordover, Director of Freidus Ordover Gallery, Soho, NY)

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016    New Paintings @RAW, Reading Art Works, Reading, PA

           Kathleen Shaver at the LaGuardia Galleries of Fine Art, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY   

          "Works on Paper" at the Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, PA

          "Small Abstractions," at the Burrison Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, PA

2015   "Back to Eden," Works on Paper at The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE

           "Serial," New Paintings at the University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

           "New Work @ RAW," Reading Art Works, Reading PA

           "Kathleen Shaver at Industrious, Philadelphia, PA

           "The Structure of Chaos," The Hall, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA 

2014    "Works on Paper," The Burrison Gallery, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

           "Recent Paintings @ RAW," Reading Art Works, Reading, PA

2012    Solo Exhibition, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011    “Abstractions,” The Burrison Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

           Completion of permanent installation: "The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art," at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

2004   “New Works,” Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

1992    “Stories and Words,” Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

1991    “Passages (Text and Tradition),” Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

1989    “Growing Time,” Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions

2017

Annual Alumni Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia (Jurors: Tory Savery, Founding Director of Savery Gallery, Philadelphia
and Robert Chaney, Director of Curatorial Affairs, ICA, Philadelphia)

The 74th Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, PA (Juried by Andrea Packard, Direct of List Gallery
at Swarthmore College, PA)

"Mythologies," Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY (curated by Virginia Walsh, Director of Exhibitions, Ann Street Gallery)

Annual Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (Juror: Ekaterina Popova, artist & publisher, Create! Magazine)

"Big Idea," invitational exhibit, The Painting Center, NYC

"Conversations," Legend Galleries, Philadelphia, PA (sculpture exhibit juried by artist Marc Blumthal)

"Featured Artist in Residence," The Logan Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

2016

"Strokes of Genius," Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD (Juror:Joey P. Manlapaz)

Main Line Art Center Spring Gala Exhibition (Juried by Sharon Ewing, Director of Gross McLeaf Gallery), Philadelphia, PA

Abington Art Center Annual Juried Exhibition (Juried by Leah Modigliani) Abington, PA  

"Lowe House Exhibit", Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, MD

2015

"MD Art @ College Park," An exhibition of Maryland Federation of Art members, University of Maryland, MD (Juried by Yumi Hogan, the First Lady of MD and professor at Maryland Institute College of Art)

"72nd Annual Awards Painting Exhibition," Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA (Juror: Sharon Ewing, Director, Gross McCleaf Gallery) 

"All That's Jazz, Art in City Hall," Philadelphia, PA (Curated by Richard J. Watson, artist and Director of Exhibitions
at the African American Museum in Philadelphia)

2014

Annual Juried Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA (Juror: Gerard Brown) 

"Small Works Exhibition," Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY (Jurors: Marilyn Dintenfass, David Provan,
and Greg Slick)

"Creative Tension, an Open Media Exhibition," Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown Gallery, NJ
(Juror: Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, DE)

First Street Gallery National Juried Exhibition, NYC (Juror: Jed Perl)

“Artists Against Hunger”, an exhibition to benefit the Philadelphia Food Trust juried by Moe Brooker, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia

“Small...but not restricted,” Moore College of Art & Design Alumni Exhibition, (Juror: Bridgette Mayer, Director, Bridgett Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA)

Prince Street Gallery National Juried Show NYC (Juror: Lois Dodd, Artist, ME)

2013    

Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA, Juror’s Choice Award, (Juror: Ross L. Mitchell, Executive Director, Violette de Masia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA)

Annual POST Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Annex at 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

“Artists Against Hunger,” an exhibition to benefit the Philadelphia Food Trust juried by Moe Brooker, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia

“MDArt @College Park: Fine Art by Maryland and Maryland Federation of Art Artists, UMD Gallery, The University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Juror: Dan Mills, Director of Bates College Museum of Arts, ME)

“Human Rights Art Exhibition,” Cooper Center South Texas College Pecan Campus and Gallery 409, Brownsville, TX, Merit Award (Juror: Richard Lubben, Associate Professor of Art, South Texas College, TX)

2012   

“Strokes of Genius,” Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD (Juror: Mark Karnes, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD)

Annual POST Exhibition, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

“Irresistible”, group show, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Prince Street Gallery Fifth National Juried Exhibition (Juror: Yvonne Jacquette, Artist, NYC)

"XL-XS: Extra Large and Extra Small Formats," Maryland Federation of Art National Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD, Juror’s Choice Award (Juror: Barry Nemett, Chair of the Painting Department, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD)

Ceres Gallery 20th Annual Friends Exhibition, NYC

2009    

“The Language of Landscape”, Moore Galleries at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,  Philadelphia

2005    

“Multiples," Alumni Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA (Jurors: Timothy Hawkesworth, Alice Oh, Julia Zagar)

Prints and Drawing Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

 2003    

Group Show, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

1996    

Alumnae Exhibition, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

1995    

55th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA (Juror: Neal Benezra, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.)

1994  

“Face to Face, Portraits and Self-Portraits by Moore Alumnae,” Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia

1993    

“And the Women Danced: Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership,” Juried Exhibition Sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Studies Project. Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Second Prize (Jurors: Nancy Hellebrand, Photographer; Elsa Honig-Fine, Publisher of Women’s Art Journal; Judith Tannenbaum, Associate Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania)

1992    

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 95th Annual Fellowship Exhibition, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA (Jurors: Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Artists)

“Native to Neon,” Advanta U.S. Artists ‘92, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA

52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA (Juror: Peter Blume, Director of the Allentown Art Museum)

“Art of the State, Pennsylvania ’92’,” Juried Exhibition, Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

1991    

“Art of the State, Pennsylvania ‘91,” Juried Exhibition, Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa. (Jurors: Elaine King, Director of Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University; Richard Torshia, Director of Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art; Michael W. Schantz, Director of Woodmere Art Museum; Robert D. Bullock, Exhibition Chief, the State Museum of Pennsylvania)

1990    

“Philadelphia Art Now,” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (Painting and Drawing Jurors: Richard Armstrong, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of Art, NY; Allan Stone, President, Allan Stone Gallery, NY; and Judith Tannenbaum, Assistant Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA)

165th Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, NYC.

“Art of the State, Pennsylvania ’90’,” Juried Exhibition, Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA Jurors: Anne Fabbri Buera, Art Critic and Director Noyes Museum, NJ; William Zimmer, Art Critic, NYC; Julie Cortney, Curator for the Institute of Contemporary Art, PA; Dr. Sylvia Lahvis, Curator of fine Arts, The State Museum of PA)

“Painters and Realities,” Group Exhibition, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

1989

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 93rd Annual Fellowship Exhibition, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doyelstown, PA, Leona Karp Braverman Award for Painting (Jurors: Lisa Dennison, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Grace Hartigan, Artist, Baltimore, MD)

49th Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA , Barbara Specker Gorsen Award (Juror: Terrie Frances Sultan, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

“Art of the State, Pennsylvania ‘89’,” Juried Exhibition, Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA (Jurors: Marion Boulton Stroud, Founder and Director of The Fabric Workshop Gallery Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Palo Colombo, Director of Exhibitions, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Rachel Selekman, Associate Director of Dolin Maxwell Gallery, NYC)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 92nd Annual Fellowship Exhibition, The American College Gregg Conference Center, Bryn Mawr, PA (Juror: Frank Hyder, Chairman of Fine Arts, Moore College of Art and Design)

Group Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, NYC Group Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.

48th Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA (Jurors: Carol Wald. Artist, Detroit MI; Walter S. Erlebacher, Sculptor, Philadelphia, PA)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 90th Annual Fellowship Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Mary Butler Memorial Award for Painting (Jurors: Linda Bantel, Director of the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Judith Stein, Associate Curator: Thomas Chimes, Artist, Philadelphia, PA)

Group Exhibition, The Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Drawing Competition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, Honorable Mention (Juror: Al Ordover, Director of Freidus Ordover Gallery, Soho, NY)

Commissions

1989    "Pink Shoe, Blue Shoe," commissioned by Dr. James Gurr for his wife, Dr. Noreen J. Hickok

2011    “The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art”, a permanent installation of 27 paintings at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, PA

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Published Writings

“Artist Statement,” 8th Annual Human Rights Art Exhibit 2013 Catalogue, Richard Lubben, editor (McAllen, TX: South Texas College, 2013): 10

“The Artists: Kathleen Shaver,” Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Art Now Project with the William Penn Foundation (Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1990): 150

Catalogues

8th Annual Human Rights Art Exhibit, edited by Richard Lubben, South Texas College, TX, 2013

Contemporary Philadelphia Artists: A Juried Exhibition, Forward by Anne d’Harnoncourt, George D. Widener Director, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, 1990

Collections

Private Collections

Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Park Towne Place Museum District Residences

PNC Bank

South Texas College Human Rights Permanent Art Collection

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