MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementI work in a hybrid medium combining painting and hand embroidery. These very different materials and processes work beautifully together for exploring abstract ideas and laying a rich ground to contemplating time, movement and chance. I use hand embroidery, individually stitch on each bead and acrylic paint on linen. I like the pace of working slowly and quietly, working with both hands, engaging in a graceful, effortless repetition, allowing lots of time for ideas to evolve. I rarely know where I going at the start. I do a fast, unplanned painting then I stitch and figure it out as I go.
Education: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1983); Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC (1983); Montgomery College, Rockville, MD (1980).
Solo Exhibitions: "Meaning in Abeyance" Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC 2011, Advance & Retreat DCCA Wilmington, DE 2007,Transition, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA 2005, Delicious Garden, MAP 2002, Arranging Space, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD (2000), Winter Cycle, Rockville, Arts Place, Rockville, MD (1998).
Select Group Exhibitions: Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Arts &Design NYC 2007,MAP@25, Baltimore MD 2006, International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006; Seeds: Works by Karin Birch and Gail Gorlitzz, MPA, Mclean Va 2005; Fiber- A New World View, National Gallery of the Craft Council of Ireland, Kilkenny Irland, 2005; The Evocative Surface, 4 person show, Glenview Mansion, Rockville MD; Art in Embassies Program of the US Department of State, American Embassy in Sir Lanka 2004; Embassies Program of the US Department of State, American Embassy in Ghana, 2003; Stitched Paintings; Embroidery in the 21st Century, DCCA, Wilmington DE, 2002; Embassies Program of the US Department of State, American Embassy in Bruni,
Collections: Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Art,Permanent Collection of the United States Embassy in Tashkent Uzbekistan