Carol Taylor-Kearney (Curatorial)

Carol Taylor-Kearney (Curatorial)

    Curatorial Work

    More Fun Than Fun

    “Based on a quote by Noel Coward, through thoughtful processes, unusual materials, and skillful explorations this group exhibition shows objects that are engagingly imaginative, intellectually serious, and creatively fun!”

    Plein Air, Plain Air, Plane Air

    “Artists use Nature and the landscape for inspiration. Some work ‘en plein air’—on site; some are plain– letting their experience direct them; some are plane—making an object out of Nature’s patterns.”

    Find Carol’s Artwork Here

    Artist's Biography

    Carol Taylor-Kearney is an artist, arts educator, and curator. She is a life-long resident of southern New Jersey where she collects materials for her reverse glass paintings on found windows, doors, and frames; for her work on canvas and flags; and for her installations. A graduate of Rowan University (BA in Art Education) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA), she has worked as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at PAFA, taught Studio Art at Burlington County College and Rowan University, and was the curator at StrataSphere, an exhibition space in Philadelphia. She has served as a Cultural and Heritage Commissioner for Gloucester County, NJ.

    Taylor-Kearney's work has been exhibited nationally and is part of both public and private collections including Wells Fargo Bank, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Queensborough College, CUNY. Art Fairs she has participated in are the Parallax Art Fair and the Clio Art Fair. Support includes grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Artist Fellowship, Inc.; and artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Peters Valley Craft Center, and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland. She is represented by Atlantic Gallery, an artist co-op in Chelsea, NYC and Cerulean Arts Collective in Philadelphia. Recently, she has started an art blog, www.whatsartblog.com, and “The One Minute Crit.” on Instagram.

    Artist's Statement

    As an artist, I am a storyteller. That means that when I tell a story it is with the audience in mind. It also means that I closely observe to find that people, places, and things are what they are, but they can also be something else. I have a tendency to think in words, so my life is rich in patterns and descriptors but poor on a defining point. Although I will share a wealth of information, there is always a bit I keep just inside myself.

    Translated to my visual art work, I use representational imagery because it is most discernible to others. I use children as subject matter because, like me, they will take any material, object, or situation and use it to fulfill the necessity of the moment. Conveniently, too, childhood is an experience we share, and children are our projection into the future. I collect throwaways to paint on or transform because they have a history, a tale of their own to tell. I glory in cliché because it can be such shorthand for conveying something. I know that everything in this universe-- in this multi-verse-- has a secret. And I can catch a glimpse of it if I just watch and do and do and watch.

    My hope for folks experiencing my art work is that they take the time to peel away the layers of information, find those parts that they have in common, and recall a feeling, a story, a secret that they might have forgotten or didn't know that they had.

    Exhibitions Curated

    2019
    Plein Air, Plain Air, Plane Air
    Artists: Ellen Abraham, Melissa Rubin, Roni Sherman Ramos, Susan Stefanski, Joan Walton
    Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator’s Talk

    2018
    More Fun Than Fun
    Artists: Andrea Beizer, Alysa Bennett, Ruby Silvious, Carol Taylor-Kearney, Peter Treiber, Ruth Wolf
    Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College. New Rochelle, NY

    2010
    Women With a View: Nine Women, Nine Artists, Nine Views of the World
    Artists: Peggy Beardsley, Diane Cover, Kathy Elias, Linda Dubin Garfield , Linda Gissen, Susan Long, Jill Salome Milstead, Roberta Welburn Milstead, Elsa Wachs
    Stratasphere Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    The Floating World
    Artists: Darla Beckemeyer Cassidy, Paul Hamanaka
    StrataSphere Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA

    Shadows
    Artists: Ruth Wolf, April Faye
    Stratashere Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA

    2008
    Eternal Temporality
    Artists: Rosemary Castiglioni, Brook Hine, Keith Sharpe StrataSphere Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    The Personal Picture Plane
    Artists: Ellen Abraham, Jim Brossy, Aurora Deshauteurs, Richard Elzo Dunn, Jessica Makin, Carol Taylor-Kearney Traveling exhibition:
    College Hall Gallery, Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ StrataSphere Exhibition Space. Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    The Progress of Process: A "behind the scenes" examination revealing how artists create their work
    Artists: Michelle Marcuse, Kathryn Pannepacker, David Foss, with Aurora Deshauteurs
    StrataSphere Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA

    2003
    4 From Rowan—A Mixed Media Exhibit
    Artists: Luke Weichman, Jessica Makin, Susan Lucci, Carol Taylor-Kearney
    West Deptford Public Library Gallery, Thorofare, NJ

    Education

    1998
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    MFA

    1994
    Art/Art Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
    BA

    Continuing Education

    2004
    Art Seminar at Villanova University/Violette de Mazia Foundation
    Wayne, PA

    2003
    Art Seminar at Barnes Foundation/Violette de Mazia Foundation
    Wayne, PA