MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementMy art, like my life, is an exercise in controlled chaos. The challenge I give myself when creating art is to find ways in which a jumble of lines, shapes and color can be organized into a composed, harmonious experience. My goal is to create a balanced composition that conveys energy, rhythm and the excitement of creating.
Deborah Addison Coburn is a painter and collage artist in the Washington, DC area. She received a BFA in painting from Cornell University, where she studied with Gillian Pederson-Krag and May Stevens. After post-graduate study in painting, graphic design and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she worked as an advertising art director at Doner Advertising and Smith Burke & Azzam in Baltimore, MD, and at Tracy-Locke/BBDO in Dallas, TX. Returning to painting, Ms. Coburn studied at the Corcoran School of Art with William Christenberry and Steven Cushner. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. A member of Studio Gallery DC, she has been a finalist in the highly competitive regional painting competitions, Simply Painting at the McLean Project for the Arts in Virginia and the Bethesda Painting Awards.