The Carnegie Center for Art and History is pleased to feature work by artist Debra Clem, opening Thursday, October 28, 2021, and continuing through January 22, 2022. The opening reception will take place at 6-8 p.m. with a members-only guided tour with the artist at 5:30 p.m.
Debra Clem: Surface and Illusion is a solo exhibition by the Indiana-native painter and Head of Painting at IU Southeast, featuring eighteen recent paintings and pastels of her perceived environment. Seven of the paintings are never-before-exhibited portraits of the artist’s close friends and colleagues, rendered with a traditional oil technique in exquisite detail on circular aluminum panels.
Clem has exhibited in more than sixty group, invitational, and solo shows at the regional and national level since 1995. She has been the recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, as well as five individual grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
In addition, Debra has received many internal fellowships and grants from IU Southeast, where she is a full professor, heading the painting area in the fine arts program.
She received the Museum Guild Purchase Award at the 55th Mid-States juried exhibition at the Evansville Museum in 2010 and has received residency fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Clem was awarded the Distinguished Research and Creativity Award for senior faculty at IU Southeast in 2006. She was a graduate assistant at the Pennsylvania State University where she received her MFA degree in painting. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky and is the author of The Painting Guide.