Carol Taylor-Kearney

Reflection — Window — Reflection

Figures taken from black and white photographs become the subject of oil on wallboard sketches that are used to create larger narratives in reverse painting on the glass of old windows.

Process of an Artist Mind

The studio, for me, represents a workplace and a mental space for ruminating about a concept and provides the motif for my paintings. I collect snippets from mass media, art history, literature, conversations and encounters, memories and dreams. These connect to debris I’ve picked up. Because my process is based on the wanderings of my mind, the artwork is filled with a lot of stuff. The combination of known and eccentric lends a recognizable but otherworldly quality to the work while layering imparts a sense of obsession. Found windows and doors are used because they are objects suggesting voyeurism, duality, and transition—from the world of the viewer to the surface of the picture and even behind the glass itself.

Archived Works

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.

Find Carol’s Curatorial Exhibitions 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.

Generally, Taylor-Kearney works in series that she compiles in multiple presentations. Arcadian Dreams (2016) was shown at Atlantic Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Settlement Music School. American Prayer Flags (2019) traveled from Atlantic Gallery to Cerulean Arts Gallery. She is responsible for pulling together artist friends for exhibitions she curates such as Plein Air, Plain Air, Plane Air (2019) at Cerulean Arts, More Fun Than Fun (2018) at Iona College, and The Personal Picture Plane (2007) at Gloucester County College and Stratasphere, to name a few.

Carol Taylor-Kearney has been exhibited nationally and her art is part of both public and private collections including Wells Fargo Bank, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Queensborough College, CUNY, Gloucester County Public Library, and Penn Medicine. 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. She writes an art blog,, and presents the #OneMinuteCrit on Instagram. Most recently she has opened an art gallery in Collingswood, NJ called Powell Lane Arts. To find more information visit

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

Reflection. Window, Reflection, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Process of an Artist Mind, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Leaving Traces, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Past is Present, Waverly Heights Gallery, Gladwyne, PA

Process of an Artist Mind, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA. December 9, 2020 – January 10, 2021.
Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY. September 10 – September 26, 2020

American Prayer Flags, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

Illuminating Childhood, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ

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

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

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

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

Group and Juried
Karen Shechtman Cole and Carol Taylor-Kearney: Natural Imprint, Salus University, Elkins Park, PA

FAME, Fellowship of PAFA Juried Exhibition, HOT•BED, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: James Oliver
Leona King Braverman Award for Sculpture

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

The Collective, Cerulean Arts. Philadelphia, PA

Present Tense, Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

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

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

Radius, Art Gallery of Franklin Commons. Phoenixville, PA

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

ARTsisters Group Exhibition, Mainline Art Center. Haverford, PA

New Work, Atlantic Gallery. New York, NY

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

Broad Spectrum, The DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Curator: Molly Donovan

National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, NYC, NY
Juror: Donald Kuspit

Art of Illusion, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

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

Artist and Studio, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton NY

Reality and Artifice - NJ Arts Annual, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Curator: Margaret O'Reilly

Celebration, Annmarie Gardens, Solomons, MD

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

Personal Boundaries, Sage Projects, Philadelphia, PA

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

Eco Demo M-O, NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: Linda Weintraub

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

The Green Exhibition Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Expanding Circles The DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Curator: J. Susan Isaacs

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

Particular Places, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Juror: Bernard Chaet

Crossovers: Craft, Art, Design, The DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Juror: Ursula Ilse-Neuman

Visions of Liberty, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Here and Now HighWire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Juried Painting Exhibition Greeley Square Gallery, New York, NY
Juror: Lilly Wei

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

Culture and Agriculture, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI

Masquerade Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

Nature, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD

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

Roger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Snapshot, Gallery at Beaver College, Glenside, PA

Identity Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ

Nudes, Gallery Alexi, Philadelphia, PA

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

Juried Exhibition of the Fellowship of PAFA, Woodmere Museum. Chestnut Hill, PA
Juror: Jack Beal

Portraiture, Gallery Alexi, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Realism, Gallery Alexi, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

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,", 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”., 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


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

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

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

Adjunct Instructor of Art, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Juror, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

Commissioner, Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Gloucester, NJ

Lectures and Talks

Curator Lecture, Cerulean Arts. Philadelphia, PA

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

Artist Lecture, Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University

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

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

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

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

Awards and Honors

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

Artist Residency, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

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

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

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

Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

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


InLiquid, 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

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

Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, LLP.

Woodruff Middle School, Seabrook, NJ

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


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Art/Art Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Other Education

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

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