Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2016   Gaela Erwin: Reframing the Past, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.
    Gaela Erwin: Mother, Cressman Center for the Visual Arts, Louisville, Kentucky.
2014   Gaela Erwin: New Works, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
2013   Gaela Erwin: Mothers and Daughters, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
    My Mother, Myself, and I, Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky.
2006   Gaela Erwin: Facing the Subject, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.
2003   Self-Portraits as Saints, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, Georgia.
    Gaela Erwin: Self-Portraits as Saints, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
2002   Gaela Erwin: Self-Portraits, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine.
    Encounters, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama.
1999   Gaela Erwin Self-Portraits, Lyons-Wier Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
    Pastel Self-Portraits: Gaela Erwin, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky.
1996   Gaela Erwin, Paintings, University of Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1995   Recent Paintings, Images Freidman Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky.
1992   Recent Work, Spalding University Louisville, Kentucky.
    Recent Paintings, Images Freidman Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky.
1991   Malerei, Zeichnung, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021   Cladogram: 2nd International Juried Biennial, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York.
2020   Narcissus in the Studio, Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2019   Biophilia; or My Best Friend Has A Tail, Carnegie Center for Arts and History, New Albany, Indiana.
2018-19   BP Portrait Award 2018, National Portrait Gallery, London, England; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, England; Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Cartwright Hall, Bradford, England.
    National Art Encounters, Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida.
2018   Women Painting Women, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, Tennessee.
    Louisville Artists: Carry On, Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz, Kentucky; Louisville Visual Art Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky.
2017-18   The Future is Female, 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio.
2016   Face to Face, Baker Museum of Art, Naples, Florida.
2015   Art and Prison, Landesmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
    Face to Face, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.
2014   Family Portraits, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
    Art and Prison, Justizpalst, Munich, Germany.
    Art and Prison, American Center for the Arts Dorotheys Gallery, Paris, France.
2013   Art and Prison, Ministry of Justice, Berlin, Germany.
    Women Painting Women, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, Indiana.
    High, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
2010   Narcissus in the Studio, Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Creating Identity: Portraits Today, 21c Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky.
    Art and Prison, Gallery Magnificat, Berlin, Germany.
2009   The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2008   Metamorphosis of Identity, Georgetown College; Georgetown, Kentucky.
2006     Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville, Indiana.
    Views of the Collection: Southern Women Artists, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama.
2005   A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative, and the Transcendent in North American Art, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Columbus Centre, Toronto, Canada; Art Museum  of Southeast Texas, Beaumont,TX (two year traveling exhibition).
    Language of Art, Ache 700 Art Center; Bergheim, Austria.
2004   Chicago Art Expo, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois.
    A New Figuration: Group Painting Show, Circle Elephant Art, Los Angeles, California.
2000   TALENT 1999, 2000, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York.

Selected Awards and Grants

2018   Exhibitor, BP Portrait Award 2018, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (link)
    Visitor’s Choice 2nd Place, BP Portrait Award 2018, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (link)
2017   Travel Grant, Great Meadows Foundation, Louisville, KY
2014   Third Prize, International Drawing Annual 8, Manifest
2013   Painters & Sculptors Grant Program, The Joan Mitchell Foundation
2010   Travel Grant, Italian Cultural Institute
2009   Commended Award, Outwin Boochever National Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery
    Third Prize, Gallery Magnificat, Berlin, Germany
2007   Al Smith Fellowship, 2007, 2000, 1991, Kentucky Arts Council
2006   Jo Ritz Memorial Merit Award, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences
2004   Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2004
2000   Artist-in-Residence, Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Cassis, France
1997   U.S.-Ireland Exchange Program Fellowship, The Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland
    Artist Residency, The MacDowell Colony, 1996, 1997
1996   Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
1995   Full Fellowship, Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center
1995   Artist’s Fellowship Inc., New York, NY
1993   Artist’s Residency, Grant Yaddo
1991   U.S.-Germany Exchange Program, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Kebbel Villa Schwandorf-Fronberg


2020   Artist Studio Visit with Gaela Erwin, Huntsville Museum of Art, zoom. Peter Baldaia, director, November 23.
    Call Out or Cancel: Picasso in the Age of Summer Wheat, KMAC, panel discussion. Louisville, KY, February 22.
2019   Home, Northwest Arkansas Community College’s 2019 Spring Arts & Culture Festival, 21C Museum Hotel, artist talk. Bentonville, AK, March 4.
2016   Gallery demonstration, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, November 19.
    Gallery talk, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, August 25.

Public Collections

    The Bennett Collection of Women Realists, Chicago and San Antonio
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
21C Museum Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, Indiana
University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Eckert, Elkorn, Goering, Madison, Indiana
Consolidated Chemical Works, Chicago, Illinois
Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
Bravura Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
U.S. Corrections Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
Mosley, Bertrand, Jacobs & McCall Attorneys at Law, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Ackerson, Mosley, Yann, P.S.C., Louisville, Kentucky


1988   Studio Art School of the Aegean, Samos, Greece
1983   University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, M.A.
1973   Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, B.F.A.


2004 - 2014   St. Francis High School; Artist-in-Residence, Louisville, Kentucky.
2006   Allen R. Hite Institute; University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, visiting artist/guest lecturer
2003   La Grange College; Cultural Enrichment Events, Artist’s Lecture, Lamar Dodd College, La Grange, Georgia
1998   Kentucky Institute for International Studies; Italy Summer Studio Abroad, Painting Instructor
1998   Centre College; Danville, Kentucky; visiting artist/guest lecturer
1993-97   Allen R. Hite Institute; University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; Drawing Instructor
1994-97   Studio School; Louisville, Kentucky; Drawing Instructor, Workshop Presenter
1996   Allen R. Hite Institute; University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; Visiting Artist
1994   Bellarmine College; Louisville, Kentucky; Drawing Instructor
1993   Louisville Visual Art Association; Louisville, KY; Workshop Presenter, “Open Doors” Community Outreach Program

Reviews, Articles, and Catalogues

2021   Catamaran 32, periodical. Spring 2021, Volume 9, Issue 1, reproductions, p. 108, 113.
2020   Gaela Erwin, Painting and Experience: An Interview with Sheldon Tapley and Emil Robinson. Zeuxis Conversations, website. Published September 2020. Accessed April 2021.
2018   Women Artists Return to Clarksville. Fine Art Connoisseur, magazine, December 2018, Volume 15, Issue 6, reproduction: p. 89.
    BP Portrait Award 2018. National Portrait Gallery, catalog, reproduction: p. 44.
    Kramer, Elizabeth, $354,668 is Funding Artists’ Travels. Louisville Magazine, September 2018, pp. 100-101.
2016   11th International Drawing Annual. Manifest Gallery, book.
    Peter Morrin, A Review: Gaela Erwin: Reframing the Past. UnderMain, website. Published September 2016. Accessed April 2021.
    Eileen Yanoviak, Gaela Erwin: Reframing the Past. Speed Art Museum, book.
2015   Tamara Lenz Muente, Family Ties. Pastel Journal, Issue No. 99, pg.34-41.
2014   International Drawing Annual 8. Manifest Gallery, book, p. 44 - 45.
2013   Sheldon Tapley, Gaela Erwin: My Mother, My Sister, Myself. AEQAI, website. Published February 2013. Accessed April 2021.
    Dorothy Joiner, Gaela Erwin. Artillery, website. Published March 2013. Accessed April 2021.
    Brad Cushman, editor, Face to Face. Arkansas Art Center, catalogue, reproductions: p.85, p.87.
    Kane Webb, editor, Artist Class. Louisville Magazine, October 2013, p.47.
2012   Jon Gosslee, editor, Fjords, Volume 1, Issue 4, reproduction: p37.
2010   Robert Cozzolino, editor, Narcissus in the Studio. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, catalogue, reproduction: p.95.
2009   Art in America, November 2009, No. 10. P. 120, photograph.
2008   Split Rock Arts Program, University of Minnesota, Catalog cover and publicity materials.
2006   Julien Robson, Gaela Erwin: Facing the Subject. The Speed Art Museum, catalogue.
2005   Katherine Mesch, Gaela Erwin. Pastel Journal, Issue No. 40, pg. 36-41.
    Katherine Mesch, Gaela Erwin. Pastel Journal, Products Page, Issue No. 40, p.18.
    T. R. Hummer, editor, The Georgia Review, Volume LIX Number 2, Gaela Erwin, Self-Portraits as Saints, Cover, pgs.352-360.
    Christopher Ward, Pastel Highlights 2. Methods and Materials, May 2005.
2003   Alan Artman, Review, Chicago Tribune, February 28, 2003.
    Dorothy Joiner, Gaela Erwin: Self-Portraits as SaintsSECAC Journal, Spring 2003.
2002   Michael Culver, Gaela Erwin: Self-Portraits. Ogunquit Museum of American Art, catalogue.
    Dorothy Joiner, Reviews: Southeast. Art Papers, July/August, vol.26, p. 36.
2001   Peter Baldaia, Encounters: Gaela Erwin. Huntsville Museum of Art, Catalogue.
    New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Vol. 34, reproductions: p.62-65.