Deanna McLaughlin

Deanna McLaughlin

    Studio

    Morris Street, PA

    Recent Works

    Artist's Biography

    Deanna began exhibiting her work in 1985. An east coast transplant from the Midwest, Deanna has a BS in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and an MA and MAT from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has the highest level of certification from the National Yoga Alliance for whom she is also a continuing education provider. Deanna worked several years as an art therapist in state mental hospitals and for over two decades as a public school art educator

    She has won numerous awards and has been granted many opportunities both nationally and internationally, including her acceptance as one of five Americans to participate in the First Artist Exchange with the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia. An insatiable thirst to learn new skills while working with a variety of media sustains her never-ending inspiration to create. Studying people of other places and cultures has greatly influenced her approach to looking at life with an ever-fresh perspective.

    Artist's Statement

    The shopping cart is the most iconic image of our consumer-based culture. The “Cartrageous” furniture series originally intended to visually challenge the viewer to question and assess individual ideas about consumerism, power, and privilege. After the first pieces were shown, friends and strangers began bringing me abandoned carts. I’ve enjoyed the design challenge of taking one object and continually asking what else it could be. Repurposed materials are frequently used to add to the FUNctionality of each piece. Audiences are encouraged to interact with and sit in each work.

    Selected Exhibitions*

    2019
    Private School

    Goggleworks Center for the Arts 13th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Reading, PA

    InLiquid Benefit, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Making Materials Matter, Nextfab, Philadelphia, PA
    Sustainability exhibition

    Goggleworks Center for the Arts 12th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Reading, PA

    2017
    Member Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Art Unleashed Alumni, Faculty & Student Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2016
    Art Unleashed Alumni, Faculty & Student Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    POPE-UP Show, Philadelphia Sculptor Group Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

    Figure Portraits, Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY

    Philadelphia Home Show, Habitat For Humanity, Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    Destination Frankford, Philadelphia Sculptor Group, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Home Show, Habitat For Humanity, “Janus” Rocker converted from Door, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Anatomy of a Chair, Hamilton Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

    Pinned, Philadelphia Sculptors Group, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2012
    Lantern Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

    Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Langhorne Coffee House, Langhorne, PA

    The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

    2011
    Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Old City Window Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    Art of The Garden, Haverford, PA

    Art Educators Exhibition, Lansdale, Pa

    Arts Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    Alumni Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Altered Book Sculpture Exhibition, Philadelphia Sculptors Group, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

    Fine Arts Staff Exhibition, Langhorne, PA

    Old City Business Window Design, Design Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Rosenberg Gallery Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

    Book Alteration Sculpture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    *For a full listing of exhibitions since 1987, please see artist website.

    Juror Experience

    Carrousel Celebration of Children's Artwork, Mansfield, OH

    Fine Art Sale and Auction of Prisoner Artwork, Mansfield State Correctional Facility, Mansfield, OH

    Prison Painter's First Public Art Show and Auction, Mansfield State Correctional Facility, Mansfield, OH

    15th Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts, Ontario, OH

    Permanent & Private Collections

    Lima Company Corporate Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA
    Community College of Philadelphia, Photography Department, Philadelphia, PA
    Museum of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia
    Liz and Mike Kalogris, Great Valley, PA
    Harrison Byck, Philadelphia, PA

    Artist's Bibliography

    1993
    The Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation. "The First Ceramics Symposium With The Union of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia and the USA." Firing Line a publication of the Orton Firing Institute.

    Apprenticeships

    2014-present
    Thomas M. Miles, Sculptor
    Philadelphia, PA

    1989-93
    Jane Parshall, Narikomi Technique, Stoneware
    Mifflin, OH

    Grants & Awards

    2008-2017, 2003-2006
    Teaching Grant: “Just For The Kids Foundation.” Bensalem, PA

    1999-2001
    Service Learning Community Service Grant, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    1996
    Clyde McGeary Scholarship Grant for Research in Art Education, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1995
    People To People International Educational Program; ”Russian Waterways”

    1993
    Ohio Arts Council, Division of International Affairs, “Ceramic Artist Exchange”

    Orton Cone Foundation, Support of Ceramic Research

    1984
    James W.Strong Community Service Award for Art Therapy, BGSU. Bowling Green, OH

    1984-1985
    Fine Arts Department Talent Scholarship Award. BGSU, Bowling Green, OH

    Professional Memberships

    InLiquid
    Nextfab
    Philadelphia Sculptors Group
    National Museum of Women in the Arts
    MoMA
    Whitney Museum of Art

    Education

    1995
    M.A./M.A.T. Art Education, The University of The Arts Research Project: "Listen To My Drawing" Incorporating Art Therapy Methods In The Classroom

    Art Certifications: Pennsylvania K-12, New Jersey K-12

    1985
    B.S. Art Therapy, Cognate: Psychology, Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio.

    INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCES

    1996
    "Russian Waterways" Art Educator/Delegate: People To People Int'l

    1993
    "First Ceramic Artist Exchange and Symposium with the Union of Artist of St. Petersburg, Russia.": One of five American participants