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.

Bluequalia series

Echoes and Whispers

Lotus

Sculpture & 3D

Artist's Statement

Inherent in the making of art is the transformation of a creative impulse into a creative action. In the visual arts this involves a change from the artistic concept to the art object. My work is strongly motivated by this idea of change, both in the making of the work and in the final image. Eastern philosophy, with its honoring of the simple and its focus on change with mindfulness in the present, is a guiding principle for me. My former profession of practicing psychologist and my experience of being a mother has reinforced the view that living life is about honoring change and recognizing impermanence. Thus the capturing of the ephemeral is essential to my art.

Close observation of the transformation that is inherent in nature, and my interaction with this natural environment, influence 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, whether 2D or 3D, often depicts abstracted images moving in an undefined environment. Transitions from internal space to external space, from grounded ness to groundlessness and from clarity to mystery are consistent themes in my work. The work is often presented in an informal manner with the intent of emphasizing the aesthetics of the everyday. I allow the viewer to experience the process I as an artist went through in the making of the work by leaving evidence of the manipulation of the materials used in the final product.

Simple, easily accessible and often natural objects are my materials of choice. The goal is always to maintain the integrity of the material while transforming it in a manner that allows the artist and the viewer to experience it in a new and often surprising way. The materials used, the lines drawn, the images portrayed, generally have the expressive quality of fragility and vulnerability. Given the current threat to the preservation of our natural environment, work that addresses both the fragility and the value of preserving nature is of heightened relevance. The challenge for this artist is to express an emotional sensitivity in the work, while maintaining a substance, an "Itness", a toughness that allows it to withstand the passing 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
2010
Reflection, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Natural Selection, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
with Emma Dodge Hanson

Group
2018
Inside Out, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Susanna W. Gold
The Nature of Abstraction, Henry Gallery, Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA
Curator: Valetta

2017
Red, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2016
The Soul of a Young Girl, Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

The Thread of Art, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Ross Mitchell

2014
Pushing the Limits, CENTRAL BOOKING Gallery, Akua invitational Exhibition, New York, NY

2013
Art Meets Science, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Wynnewood, PA
Invitational

Professional Members Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2012
Art Department Faculty show, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Shades of Green, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE

Professional Members Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2011
Art Sisters’ Winter Show, Abstract Expressions Contemporary Art Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

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

2018
Instructor, PAFA, Continuing Education, Philadelphia, PA

2015-present
Instructor, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

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

2007-2015
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