Christine Stoughton


Contact Information

christinestoughton@gmail.com

http://www.christinestoughton.com/

Norristown Arts Building 619 W. Washington St. Norristown, PA 19401

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Printmaking/Mixed Media

Bluequalia series

Echoes and Whispers

Lotus

Sculpture & 3D

Artist's Statement

My work is about change. The act of change is inherent in the making of all art, for art is the transformation of the artist's concept into an art object. I attempt to make the idea of change visible in my work.

There is an established tradition of Eastern art influencing western artists. Some visual elements that I have adapted from this tradition include: the extreme simplification of the objects depicted, large expanses of diffuse color, an emphasis on silhouettes rather than volumes, and a sense of lightness. Eastern philosophy, with its emphasis on the concepts of mindfulness, simplicity, and impermanence, challenges me to represent the ephemeral, which is an underlying principle of my work.

Close observation of the transformation that is inherent in nature and my interaction with this natural environment are the raw materials for my art. The way plants change their form as they grow, the movement of wind and water, and the rhythm of light and shadow inform my work. My art often depicts abstracted images moving in an undefined environment. Transitions from internal space to external space and from groundedness to groundlessness are consistent themes. The materials used, the lines drawn, and the images portrayed frequently have the expressive quality of fragility and vulnerability. The challenge for this artist is to express an emotional sensitivity in the work, while maintaining a toughness that allows the work to withstand the passage of time. This challenge is a reflection of my view of human development: the need to remain emotionally open while being strong enough to go the distance.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2007
Echoes and Whispers, Naidre's Cafes, Brooklyn, NY

1996
Sculptural Kites, Episcopal Academy, Devon, PA

Two-person

2007
Natural Selection, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
with Emma Dodge Hanson

Group

2010
In Depth: Printmaking and Photography, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Five-Person Exhibition

Green Mono, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Diverse Horizons, Widener University, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Annual Faculty Show, Allen's Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

The Art Trust Gallery, West Chester, PA

Greenfest, three-person show, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2008
Pressed Image, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Works on Paper, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Faculty Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2007
Annual Faculty Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2006
Annual Faculty Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Pressed Image, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Works on Paper, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2005
Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2004
Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2003
Those Who Teach, The Philadelphia Sketch Club,
Philadelphia, PA
Chosen by: Main Line Art Center

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Works on Paper, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2002
Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1998
Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Woman Works, Women’s Resource Center, Wayne, PA

Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

1992
American Psychological Association Centennial Art Exhibit, Washington DC
Juror: Angela Adams; Tom Brody; Mary McCoy

Professional Experience

2009
Instructor in Art Aesthetics, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2007 - present
Instructor in Art Aesthetics, Violette de Mazia Foundation, Wayne, PA

2006 - present
Printmaking Instructor, University of the Arts, PIE, Philadelphia, PA

2006 - 2008
Printmaking Instructor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2001 - present
Printmaking Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2002 - 2004
Printmaking Instructor, Chester Springs Studio,
Chester Springs, PA

1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2009
Member, Base Kamp, Philadelphia, PA

Honors and Awards

1999
Window of Opportunity Award, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Design, Winter Garden Show, Toronto, Ontario

1996
The Mark Cullinane Prize in Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Commissions

2005
“Moon Dwelling”, limited edition print
Commissioned: Main Line Art Center Foundation

1999
Prints in Space, Beaux Arts Ball, PA
Collaborative Project

Public Art Projects/Installations

2006
Public Art Project, “Kites: Art Takes Flight”, Collaborative Project
Juried and sponsored: Main Line Art Center

2001
Wall Sculpture, The West Side Grille, Conshohocken, PA
Collaborative project

Water Sculpture, Winter Garden Show, Toronto, Ontario

The Hegemonic Bar, Philadelphia, PA
Collaborative Project

1997
Sculptural kites, Episcopal Academy, Devon, PA

Education

2001 - 2006
De Mazia Trust, Barnes Foundation, Lower Marion, PA

1992 - 1998
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Certificate, concentration in Sculpture and Printmaking

1979 - 1984
Boston College, Boston, MA
PhD, Counseling Psychology

1970 - 1971
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
M.Ed, Special Education