Catherine Murphy: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Sep 15, 2012 – Dec 9, 2012
  • The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery
Catherine Murphy, "Polka Dotted Dress", 2009, oil on canvas, 52 × 52 in.
Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection. Image courtesy of Peter Freeman Gallery,
New York.

Catherine Murphy’s work requires close looking and contemplation. Painting from life, Murphy uses color, form and light to create paintings that challenge our skills of perception at the same time that they suggest intriguing narratives. With simple and everyday subjects, the artist generates unexpected journeys of discovery. 

Catherine Murphy received her BFA from Pratt Institute (1967), and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1966). Her work is represented in many private and public collections, including the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York;  and the  Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. She was awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1979 and 1989, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982, and, in 2002, was inducted a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

As the Fall 2012 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Murphy will present a lecture and gallery talk on her work and participate in MFA graduate student critiques.

The exhibition is organized by Nancy Doll, Director, and Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions. Special thanks to Assistant Professor of Art, Mariam Aziza Stephan, and the 2012/13 Falk Visiting Artist Committee.

Video interview with Catherine Murphy, Weatherspoon Art Museum, 2012.

Related programs:

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Oct 9 @ 12pm

Artist Gallery Talk • Wed Nov 7 @ 4pm (Open to UNCG students, faculty + staff)

Artist Talk • Thu Nov 8 @ 5:30pm (Open to the public)

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2012 17Days Festival from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.  For a list of other cultural programs during the festival, visit the official 17Days website.

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