Constance Culpepper

Studio & Gallery

The Mill Studios 123 Leverington Ave, Studio M1 Philadelphia PA 19127

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Painting

Collage

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Philadelphia artist Constance Culpepper studied psychology and studio art at Southern Methodist University (B.A.) and received an M.A. in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Her collective work is a depiction of domesticity and the commonalities of personal experience, informed from her background in psychology and her itinerant childhood in rural Texas and Southern Louisiana - filled with antiques, American quilts, and strong women.

Culpepper’s paintings were featured at Select Fair Art Basel Miami 2013 and 2014, and at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Headquarters. She recently worked as an archivist at the Barnes Foundation, cataloging the foundation's photography collection, and designed an art history program for the Lower Merion School District of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she served as Artist-in-Residence. In 2018, Culpepper interned with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, painting murals in the East Falls and South Philly neighborhoods. She is Director Emeritus of Philadelphia’s 3rd Street Gallery.

Artist's Statement

My work is a narrative on personal space and perspective. I re-envision what surrounds me - household belongings intertwined with geometric and organic patterns to craft a narrative about domestic life and its inhabitants. I use figures and vibrantly colored furnishings as the subjects of my artwork to remind us that we are creatures of nature and habit, never truly free from expectations of and longings for home. With more than 1.6 billion people in the world today without adequate housing, 150 million of whom are homeless, the universality of the desire for shelter, stability, and acceptance is more pressing than ever. Differences in race, culture and socio-economic status, however, leave each of us with a unique idea of what constitutes home. Yet across these perspectives, the female is a constant. I explore the role of women in this domain.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2021
Paper Cuts, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

2019
Chairs + Flowers, Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr, PA

Paper Cut-Outs, Neumann University, Aston, PA

2018
Displacement, Neumann University, Aston, PA

2017
Finding Home, Marple Public Library, Broomall, PA

2016
Featured Artist: October, Women’s Caucus for Art, nationalwca.org

Winter Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2015
What is Old is New, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

Selected Works, Rittenhouse 1715 Boutique Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Interior Paintings, Mitchell Gallery at the Englewood Art Center, Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL

2014
Coming Home, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Domesticity, InLiquid at River’s Edge Gallery, Upper Black Eddy, PA

A Closer Look, St. Asaph Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

2013
Take a Seat, Select Fair Miami - Art Basel, Miami, FL

Interiors, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2022
National Women's Caucus for Art: Occupy the Moment, Intersect History with Impact, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

2021
Hygge, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Layering: Collage/Mixed Media (Honorable Mention), The National Association of Women Artists, thenawa.org

2021 National Juried Painting Exhibition, The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, MS

Summer On-line Member Exhibition, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, shop.cfeva.org

51st Annual River Road Show, Louisiana State Archives Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

Annual Art Exhibition 2021, Penn Medicine at Radnor, Radnor, PA

New Members 2021, The National Association of Women Artists, thenawa.org

12 x 12 x 12, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

Winter On-line Member Exhibition, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, shop.cfeva.org

2020
Annual Art Exhibition, Penn Medicine at Radnor, Radnor, PA

The Self-Portrait, Art Gallery of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

CFEVA's Member Exhibition, Felicity R. "Bebe" Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019
15th Anniversary Exhibition of Philadelphia Stories, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Inside Outside, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The 49th Annual Juried Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

12 Chairs, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY

Visual Democracy, Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

76th Regional Exhibition, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

CFEVA’s Member Exhibition, Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2018
Achromatic, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Stokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

215/610 Contemporary Juried Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, Delaware County Community
College Art Gallery, Media, PA

2018 Summer Portfolio Competition, paidartists.com
Second Place, Paid Artists Award

All Together Now, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A Celebration of Art and Life 2018, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

38th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT

The Rail Park Exhibition, Betsy Meyer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Reflection: 2nd Annual Juried Painting Exhibition, Media Art Council Gallery, Media, PA

Imagine 13, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, National Women’s Caucus for Art, Santa Monica, CA

There’s No Place Like Home, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Juror’s Choice Award

Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2018, University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA

Winter Juried Collection, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2017
37th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT

Philadelphia Open Studio Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017 National Juried Painting Exhibition, The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, MS

Achromatic, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

48th Annual River Road Show, Louisiana State Archives Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX

A Celebration of Art and Life 2017, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

In Bloom, Sotheby’s International Realty, Montclair, NJ

Associate Members Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Home, Sotheby’s International Realty, Montclair, NJ

2017 Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2016
Outside In, Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid presents: Constance Culpepper, Donna Quinn, Melissa Maddonni Haims, DesignPhiladelphia, Philadelphia, PA

All Together NOW! POST Member Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX

Featured Artist, Democratic National Convention Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA

49th Annual Juried Art Exhibition: Art of the State of PA, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Texas National 2016, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Works On Paper, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Associate Members Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2016, University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA

Radius: Diverging Lines from a Common Center, The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

2016 Annual Domenic DiStefano Memorial Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Fall 2015 Juried Exhibition (3rd Prize, Table for Two), Philadelphia/Tri State Artist Equity, Wallingford, PA

Contemporary Still Life, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

5th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Honoring the Fauves, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

48th Annual Juried Art Exhibition: Art of the State of PA, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Texas National 2015, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

All That’s Jazz, Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Women Artists XVII - Reimagining Femmage, Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Charles, MO

A Celebration of Art and Life 2015, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

2015 Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2014
InLiquid presents: Constance Culpepper, Donna Quinn, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Select Fair Miami - Art Basel, Miami, FL

4th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fall 2014 Members Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia/Tri State Artist Equity, Wayne, PA

Outer Limits: Art Beyond Philly’s Borders, Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

65th Anniversary Members Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia/Tri State Artist Equity, Conshohocken, PA

71st Annual Awards Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

A Celebration of Art and Life 2014, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Artists Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2013
Annual Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Nolan Painting Award

Small Works Show, the Annex at 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Open Studio Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

215/610: Juried Painting Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, Delaware County Community College Art Gallery, Media, PA

Home Bodies, Liz Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Interiors, Still Point Art Gallery
Best Painting or Drawing

Members Exhibition: InLiquid, PPAC, Second State, The Ice Box - The Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Four Painters: Unanue Sexton Shaver Culpepper, the Annex, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

70th Annual Awards Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

150th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

A Celebration of Art and Life 2013 (Best in Show), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Interiors (Honorable Mention), The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works in the Annex, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

National Juried Exhibition: Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

Philadelphia Open Studio Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Members’ Juried Show, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

Members’ Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Invitational Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Members’ Juried Exhibition (The Rosemary Beardsley Award), Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2021
Shout Outs - Constance Culpepper,” NAWA NOW: Magazine of the National Association of Women Artists, Fall 2021

Crimmins, Peter, Interview, WHYY Radio, Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2021

McBride, Constance, Art Watch Interview, WCHE Radio, West Chester, PA, April 7, 2021

Crimmins, Peter, “POST turns lemons into lemonade, inviting the world to Philly with virtual studio visits,” Whyy.org, April 2021

2020
Philadelphia Stories, Spring 2020, (October 2020): 13.

Artists in the time of Coronavirus, an ongoing virtual exhibition, Part 38,” theartblog.org, June 5, 2020

Roan, Elizabeth, "Missed Us on World Collage Day? You Can Watch Our Video Here!," InLiquid.org, May 2020

Events & Projects - Live Tutorial with Constance Culpepper,” Kolajmagazine.com, May 2020

Philadelphia Stories, Spring 2020, (April 2020): 13

2018
Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy,” Whitmanat200.org. July 2019. 2018

Philadelphia Stories. Spring 2018, (March 2018): 11

Davis, Genie, “Art Speaks, Lend Your Voice” Artandcakela.com. March 6, 2018. 

2017
Achromatic,” Mount Airy Contemporary, September 2017. 

Newhall, Edith, “15 top-flight gallery shows to see in Philly this fall,” Philly.com. September 6, 2017.

Navarro, Rebecca, “Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty’s Montclair Regional Office hosts second public art exhibition,” Prominentproperties.com (blog), April 18, 2017

Philadelphia Stories, Spring 2017, (March 2017): 20

2016
Romero, Melissa, “Design Philadelphia 2016: 10 must-see sites and events,” Philly.curbed.com, October 6, 2016

Salisbury, Stephan, “Art of the State finalists dominated by Philly area,” Philly.com, June 1, 2016

2015
Studio Visit Magazine, 2015, Vol. 29 + 30

“Constance Culpepper,” Fresh Paint Magazine (blog), October 30, 2015

2014
Rotuski, Marquesa, “First Friday Picks: An Arty Block Party on Frankford Avenue, Something New From Zoe Strauss, and More,” Phillymag.com, September 2014

Brewer, Don, “Home,” DoNArTNeWs (blog), September 13, 2014

Zimmerman, Drew, “Constance Culpepper: A Patterning Compulsion,” Drew Zimmerman (blog), September 8, 2014

Constance Culpepper @ River’s Edge Gallery,” InLiquid.org, May 2014

Cote, Christine, “Current Exhibition,” Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer 2014, no. 14 (May 2014): 21

Cote, Christine, “Art Portfolios, Constance Culpepper Interiors,” Still Point Arts Quarterly, Spring 2014, no. 13 (March 2014): front cover, 1, 44-53

Marshall, Kyle, “Constance Culpepper - Painting Interior Fascinations,” Hyland Magazine, Edition 18: The Details (February 2014): 184 - 194

Cote, Christine, “Culpepper’s Interiors,” Still Point Arts Exhibitions, Publications, Designs (blog), February 27, 2014

2013
Gallery Artists,” Still Point Art Gallery, September 2013

Minutella, Erica, “Members Show Featured Artist: Constance Culpepper,” InLiquid Art and Design (blog), August 2, 2013

Cote, Christine, “Current Exhibition,” Still Point Arts Quarterly, Fall 2013, no. 11 (August 2013): 4, 8, 104

Marrone, Todd, “Artist in Residence,” Dragonbites, May 2, 2013

Minutella, Erica, "With Art Philadelphia: Top Picks for January Art Happenings In And Around The City,” UWishunu.com. December 31, 2012. 

Affiliations

Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)
InLiquid
Main Line Art Center
The Mill Studios
Women’s Caucus for Art

Awards and Honors

2021
Honorable Mention, Layering: Collage/Mixed Media, The National Association of Women Artists, thenawa.org

2013
Nolan Painting Award, Annual Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Best Painting or Drawing, Interiors, Still Point Art Gallery

Best in Show, A Celebration of Art and Life 2013, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Honorable Mention, Interiors, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2011
The Rosemary Beardsley Award, Members’ Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Public Collections

Capital One, Wilmington, DE
Fabriq Spa, Philadelphia, PA
Jeff Kellmer Jewelers, Haverford, PA
Rivers Edge Gallery at Bridgeton House, Upper Black Eddy, PA
Penn Medicine, Radnor, PA
Jeff Kellmer Jewelers, Haverford, PA

Education

2018
Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA
Summer Internship

2000
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
MA, Clinical Developmental Psychology

1991
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
BA, Psychology (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Batik:
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
S.M.U @ Reid Hall, Paris, France
Widya Batik Studio, Ubud, Bali