Kathleen Shaver


Painting

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Kathleen Shaver is an abstract 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.

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.

She currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley area of New York.

Artist's 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. The Lascaux cave painters, whose images transcend time, culture, and language, inspire me. 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. 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.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
Paint, Featured Artist at Sofitel Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

2017
New Paintings @ Raw, Reading Art Works, Reading, PA

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

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

Small Abstractions, Burrison Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

New Works on Paper, The Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, PA

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

Serial: New Work by Kathleen Shaver, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

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

The Structure of Chaos, New Paintings in the Hall Gallery, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Works on Paper, The Burrison Gallery, 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

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
2018
Bob and Weave, InLiquid @ Archer Law, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Juried Alumni Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia
Juror: Molly Dougherty

The 77th Woodmere Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Syd Carpenter

An Expanse of Expressionism: Oil Color and Mixed Media, Alfa Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

Dig, Hamilton Street Gallery, Boundbrook, NJ

155th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, 2018 Open Juried Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

The Physicality of Painting, InLiquid @ Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Mat Tomezsko

2017
Annual Alumni Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
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, New York, NY

Conversations, Legend Galleries, Philadelphia Sculpture exhibition juried by artist Marc Blumthal

2016
Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Juror: Joey P. Manlapez, Professor of Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art & Design

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

Main Line Art Center Spring Gala Exhibition, Haverford, PA
Juror: Sharon Ewing, Gross McLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia

Abington Art Center Annual Juried Exhibition, Abington, PA
Juror: Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor and Program Head of the Visual Studies Department at Tyler School of Art

2015
MD Art @ College Park, University of Maryland Gallery, College Park, MD
Juror: Yumi Hogan, Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art Faculty, First Lady of Maryland

All That’s Jazz, Art In City Hall, Philadelphia, PA Juror: Richard J. Watson, artist and Director of Exhibitions at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

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

2014
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, New York, NY
Juror: Jed Perl

Artists Against Hunger, an exhibition to benefit the Philadelphia Food Trust, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Moe Brooker

Small… but not Restricted, Moore College of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Bridgette Mayer, Director, Bridgett Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Prince Street Gallery National Juried Show, Prince Street Gallery, New York, New York
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, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artists Against Hunger, an exhibition to benefit the Philadelphia Food Trust, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Moe Brooker

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, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Irresistible, 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, New York, NY

2009
The Language of Landscape, Moore Galleries at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Multiples, Alumnae Exhibition, Moore College of Art and 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 and Design, Philadelphia, PA

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 Torchia, 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, New York, NY

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, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

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

1989
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, New York, NY

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

1988
48th Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
Jurors: Carol Wald, Artist, Detroit, MI; Walter S. Erlebacher, Sculptor, Philadelphia, PA

1987
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

1985
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, New York, NY

Artist's Bibliography

2018
Bellatoni, Ralph J. "Beneath the surface: Artists seek the deeper truth.", My Central Jersey, March 29

Lear, Len. "Hiller nursing a career as brilliant abstract artist." Chestnut Hill Local, February 8

2017
"Kathleen Shaver ’83 and Big Idea.", Moore College, September 15.

2015
"SERIAL - New Works By Kathleen Shaver Exhibition On View October 23rd-November 27th.", University City Review, October 7

"The Structure of Chaos @ Crane Hall., InLiquid Art + Design

http://www.namta.org/files/public/Palette_10-22-14.pdf. Namta, 23-25.

2014
Lear, Len. “Marking a Living as an Artist.” Chestnut Hill Local, October 9

2012
<a href=“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD53JVkdhUw">“Maryland Federation of Arts (MFA) ‘Strokes of Genius’ Exhibition 2012.”</a> YouTube video, 8:22. Posted by jhop10, November 23.

Nemett, Barry. “Juror’s Statement,” XL-XS, Extra Large & Extra Small Formats: A National Juried Exhibition Catalogue, Maryland Federation of Art. 2-3

2011
“Nursing Is an Art,” UpFront, a bi-annual publication of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Fall, 2011. Inside cover, 82-83

“A Legacy in Images,” Impact, published by Penn Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania. 14-15 and back cover

“Nursing is an Art,” Celebrating 125 Years of Nursing at Penn, published by Penn Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania. 1-7

Kerley, Deanna. “Nursing School Celebrates 125 Years.” The Daily Pennsylvanian. October 22.

2004
Strauss, R.B. “Chestnut Hill Artist’s Work Still Powerful After a 10-Year Hiatus." Chestnut Hill Local. February 19.

2003
Wasserman, Burt. “Natural Selection,” Prime Time. December. 6.

2000
Cohen Ragas, Meg. “Urban Renewal.” Philadelphia Magazine, October. 99.

1993
Shapiro, Howard. “Gallery Crawl.” Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel and Leisure. May.

1992
Sozanski, Edward J. “Rodger LaPelle,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 23. 22.

Beyer, Rita. “First Fridays at Old City Galleries a New Tradition,” Chestnut Hill Local, October 8. 39-40.

1990
Bellet, Laura G. “Buying Art: for Love or Money?” Personal Finance Quarterly, Summer. 6-8.

Beyer, Rita. “Art Now Project and City’s Role in Art.” Chestnut Hill Local. May 10. 49-57.

Sozanski, Edward J. “Painting In the New Year with Works From Old Ones.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 11. 5-F.

Sozanski, Edward J. “Interaction Between Art and Life.” The Philadelphia Inquirer Weekend. July 13.

Beyer, Rita. “Reality Takes Many Forms In LaPelle Exhibit.” Chestnut Hill Local. January 25. C-1

Csaszar, Tom. <a href=" “Kathleen Shaver at Rodger LaPelle Galleries.” New Art Examiner. November.

1989
Sozanski, Edward J. "From Area Picked for 'Art Now' Showing." The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 23.

Beyer, Rita. “Young Chestnut Hill Artist Showing Works at LaPelle." Chestnut Hill Local. March 16. 41.

Professional Experience

2017
Featured Artist in Residence, Logan Hotel Gallery Space, Philadelphia, PA

Awards

2016
Third Place Award, “Strokes of Genius,” Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Juror: Joey P. Manlapaz, curator, artist, and Associate Faculty, 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 at 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 the creation of The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art

Juror's Choice Award, "Strokes of Genius, " Maryland Federation of Art

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Faculty and Alumni Legacy Award for the 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

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, Philadelphia, 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, Baltimore, MD

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

Commissions

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, Philadelphia, PA

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

Private Collections

Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Park Towne Place Museum District Residences
PNC Bank Collection
South Texas College Human Rights Permanent Art Collection
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Education

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

Moore College of Art & Design
BFA with Honors in Painting

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Continuing Education