Carol Taylor-Kearney


American Prayer Flags

“By combining the American flag with Tibetan Prayer flags and portraits of children I hope to create a positive experience in a fearful, cynical, and disjointed world.”

Arcadian Dreams

“I construct a world on found windows with paint, cut-up pictures, and screen. A place where children relate to Nature with acts of invention, imagination, and hope.”

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.”

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.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions
Solo
2018
American Prayer Flags, Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

Cerulean Arts Collective Gallery. Philadelphia, PA

2016
Arcadian Dream, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
Travels to:
Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson Universty. Teaneck, NJ
Samuel Lieberman Gallery, Settlement Music School. Philadelphia, PA

2011
In the Studio Series, Krempp Gallery, Jasper Art Center. Jasper, IN

2009
Gnomenculture, Projects 09 at the Carriage House, Islip Museum, East Islip, NY

2006
Illuminating Childhood, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ

2005
Eyes Are the Windows to the Soul, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
The Stories We Tell, Papp Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Ocean City Paintings, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ

1997
Child's Play, Gloucester County Public Library, Mullica Hill, NJ

Group and Juried
2018
More Fun Than Fun, Brother Kenneth Chapman Art Gallery of Iona College. New Rochelle, NY

2017
The Collective, Cerulean Arts. Philadelphia, PA

Present Tense, Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

…Or Curse the Darkness, Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

2016
Dialogues, Invitational/Members Exhibition. Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

Radius, Art Gallery of Franklin Commons. Phoenixville, PA
2015

New Jersey Isn't Boring, Arts Guild of New Jersey. Rahway, NJ
Cyd Katz, juror.

ARTsisters Group Exhibition, Mainline Art Center. Haverford, PA

New Work, Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

2014
The Green Exhibition, Olde City Jewish Art Center. Philadelphia, PA

2013
Broad Spectrum, The DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Molly Donovan, curator

National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, NYC, NY
Donald Kuspit, juror

2012
Art of Illusion, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

Body/Figure/Nude, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

2011
Artist and Studio, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton NY

2010
Reality and Artifice - NJ Arts Annual, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Margaret O'Reilly, curator.

2009
Celebration, Annmarie Gardens, Solomons, MD

In Your Dreams, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Personal Boundaries, Sage Projects, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Assemblage, Collage, Construction, Callahan Gallery, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY

Eco Demo M-O, NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Linda Weintraub, curator.

Repurposed Art, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ

The Green Exhibition Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Expanding Circles The DCCA, Wilmington, DE
J. Susan Isaacs, curator

NJ Biennal Juried Exhibition, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

Particular Places, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Bernard Chaet, juror.

2006
Crossovers: Craft, Art, Design, The DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Ursula Ilse-Neuman, juror.

Visions of Liberty, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Here and Now HighWire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Juried Painting Exhibition Greeley Square Gallery, New York, NY
Lilly Wei, juror.

Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and Streams, Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ

2004
Culture and Agriculture, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI

Masquerade Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

2003
Nature, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD

Women and the Arts, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Roger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Snapshot, Gallery at Beaver College, Glenside, PA

2000
Identity Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ

1998
Nudes, Gallery Alexi, Philadelphia, PA

Wayne Art Center Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

1997
Juried Exhibition of the Fellowship of PAFA, Woodmere Museum. Chestnut Hill, PA
Jack Beal, juror.

Portraiture, Gallery Alexi, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Contemporary Realism, Gallery Alexi, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Annual Juried Exhibition, Marcella Geltman Gallery, Center for the Arts of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ

Annual Juried Painting Exhibition Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Other
2017
Clio Art Fair, New York, NY
March 2nd - March 5th.

2012
Parallax Art Fair, 72 Mercer Street, New York, NY
August 3 - 5

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

Artist's Bibliography

Hammer, Andrea. (2018, June 21) "Carol Taylor-Kearney Finds Meaning in Found Objects," Moore Women Artists, June 21, 2018

Hammer, Andrea. "Q & A With Artist Carol Taylor-Kearney," Artsphoria International Magazine, June 4, 2018

Saslow, James. Review of American Prayer Flags piece in “…Or Curse the Darkness” exhibition at Atlantic Gallery, NYC, October, 2017

Miller, Katita. (2017, March 12) "14 Standout Artists at Clio Art Fair," Art Zealous, March 12, 2017

Hammer, Andrea. "A Look Through the Glass," Artsphoria.com, February 2, 2017

Roncace, Kelly. “Wenonah Resident Has Show in Indiana,” Gloucester County Times, A-6 & 7 Woodbury, NJ, April. 28, 2011

Hammer, Andrea. “Snippets That Glow in My Brain”. Artsphoria.com, June/July, 2009

Finnegan, Liz. "Obsessing Over Multiple Art Mediums - Islip Museum Presents Projects 09," Islip Bulletin, A-3, East Islip, NY, August 20, 2009

Riley, Kristin. "'Repurposed Art" Showcases Work of 12 Creative Artists," Ocean City Sentinel, A-3 & 12, Ocean City, NJ, February 7, 2008

Weintraub, Linda. NJ State Council on the Arts

Shryock, Bob. "Local Artist Featured at A.C. Gallery," The Gloucester County Times, B - 3 & 4, Woodbury, NJ, March 11, 2007

Kepplinger, Carrie J. "Not to Be Missed," Art Matters, p.9 Philadelphia, PA, December, 2007

Sozanski, Edward J. "Cliches, Positively," The Philadelphia Inquirer, W-34, Philadelphia, PA, September 9, 2005

DelVecchio, Dante, "Life’s a Cliché", The Gloucester County Times, B-1, Woodbury, NJ, September 8, 2005

"Pouch Cove Residency," Todd O’Brien, producer. CBC. 2004.

Larro, Angela. "Art Center Exhibits South Jersey Painter," Ocean City Gazette, p. 18, Ocean City, NJ, July 14, 1999

Beyer, Rite. "Fellowship of PAFA Exhibition," Chestnut Hill Local, p. 23, Philadelphia, PA, January 9, 1997

Publications

Taylor-Kearney, Carol. (2018, Winter) Review of “Hopeful Darkness” at Atlantic Gallery. Encaustizine, pg. 34 – 37

Taylor-Kearney, Carol. “Business Smart Arts Venues in Philadelphia: PAFA, Stanek Gallery, and Cerulean Arts”Artsphoria International Magazine.

Professional Experience

2017 - Present
Blogger, WhatsArtBlog.com

2014
Juror, Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Program, Blackwood, NJ

Juror, Annual Juried Exhibition, Center for the Arts of Southern NJ, Marlton, NJ

2000-2010
Adjunct Instructor of Art, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2006
Juror, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Juror, Burlington County College Annual Art exhibition, Pemberton, NJ

1998-1999
Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1998 & 2008
Juror, Boardwalk Art Show, Ocean City, NJ

1997-2002
Commissioner, Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Gloucester, NJ

Lectures and Talks

2019
Curator Lecture, Cerulean Arts. Philadelphia, PA

2017
Artist Talk (with Ruth Wolf and Peter Treiber), Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY

2016
Artist Lecture, Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University

2010
Picasso in Bloom, Lecture, Croft Farm Art Center, Cherry Hill, NJ

2008
Contemporary Art, Lecture series, Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ

2007
Artists on Art, Lecture/Q&A, Willingboro Art Alliance, Kennedy Center, Willingboro, NJ

2006
Juror Lecture/Q & A, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2009
Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Vermont Studio Center Grant

2007
Artist Residency, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

Grant + stipend from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Morristown, NJ

2005
Artist Grant, Artists Fellowship, Inc., New York, NY

2004
Artist Residency, Pouch Cove Arts Foundation, Pouch Cove Newfoundland, Canada

2003
Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

Grant for NJ Artist, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Morristown, NJ

Affiliations

InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia PA

Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

Cerulean Arts Collective, Philadelphia, PA

NurtureArt Registry, Bushwick, NY

Mutual Arts, Registry

Public Collections

Queensborough College, New York, NY

Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill, NJ
(commission)

First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank), Philadelphia, PA

Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, LLP.

Woodruff Middle School, Seabrook, NJ
(commission)

Wenonah, West Deptford, So. Harrison, National Park, Mantua Twp., & Westville, NJ school systems

Education

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

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

Other 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