About Kathleen Shaver

Within the often sanitized and synthetic confines of human civilization in the twenty first century, Kathleen Shaver’s artwork dares to defy such as status quo by seeking out the primal. With an approach forged by a love for paint and an expressionistic vision, Shaver works from a place where intuitive gestures and mark-making formulate a visual quest for a pre-linguistic awareness. Shaver’s inspiration is derived from a remarkable source, the Lascaux cave painters, whose time, culture, and language transcending images inform her primitivist style. Though her paintings never provide a definitive answer to the proverbial universal question of our origins and our ultimate destinations, through the use of calligraphic lines, eventually building up to a thick, textured surface as well paint applied with a variety of spatulas, palette knives, rollers, misshapen old brushes and her hands, Shaver’s art invites viewers to ponder such questions for themselves.


Awards

2016: Third Place, “Strokes of Genius,” Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland; Juror: Joey P. Manlapaz

2016: Honorable Mention, Lowe House Exhibition, Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, Maryland; Juror: Matt Kios

2013: Juror’s Choice Award, Abington Art Center Juried Show; Juror: Ross L. Mitchell

2013: Merit Award, Human Rights Art Exhibition, South Texas College; Juror: Richard Lubben

2012: Outstanding Achievement Award, Alumni Association of the HUP School of Nursing for the creation of The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art

2012: Juror’s Choice Award, “Strokes of Genius,” Maryland Federation of Art

2012: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Faculty and Alumni Legacy Award for the creation of The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art

2012: Juror’s Choice Award, “XL-XS Extra Large Extra Small Formats,” Maryland Federation of Art; Jurors: Barry Nemett, Mark Kames

1993: Second Prize, “And the Women Danced: Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership.” Borowsky Gallery; Jurors: Nancy Hellebrand, Elsa-Honig-Fine, Judith Tannenbaum

1990: Leona Karp Braveman Award for Painting, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Jurors: Lisa Dennison, Grace Hartigan

1989: Barbara Specker Gorsen Award, 49th Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts; Juror: Terrie Frances Sultan

1988: Purchase Award, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1987: Mary Butler Memorial Award in Painting, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Jurors: Linda Bantel, Judith Stein, Thomas Chimes

1985: Philadelphia Drawing Competition, Honorable Mention; Juror: Al Ordover


Websitehttp://www.kathleenshaver.com/