Biographies‎ > ‎

Gaela Erwin

1951 -

Erwin has a studio in Louisville and teaches at the Allen R. Hite Institute at the University of Louisville.

Many of Erwin's paintings are self-portaits, with visual references to medieval paintings of martyrs.

Erwin's website, with images

Looking at Painting, KET, on Erwin

Solo Exhibits

        Painting by Gaela Erwin, Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
2006 J.B. Speed Museum; Louisville,Kentucky., Gaela Erwin: Facing the Subject
2003 Lamar Dodd Art Center; LaGrange, Georgia; Self-Portraits as Saints
2003 Gescheidle Gallery; Chicago, Illinois; Gaela Erwin: Self-portraits as Saints
2002 Ogunquit Museum of American Art; Ogunquit, MA, Gaela Erwin: Self-portraits,
2002 Huntsville Museum of Art; Huntsville, Alabama, Encounters
1999 Lyons-Wier Gallery; Chicago, Illinois, Gaela Erwin:Self-portraits
1999 B. Deemer Gallery; Louisville Kentucky, Pastel Self-Portraits: Gaela Erwin
1996 University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Gaela Erwin, Paintings
1995 Images Freidman Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky; Recent Paintings
1991 Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany; Malerei, Zeihnung
        Ogunquit Museum of American Art; Ogunquit, MA, Gaela Erwin: Self-portraits

Group Exhibits
2008 Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky, Metamorphisis of Identity
2006 Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana
2005 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Art Museum of
Southeast Texas, Beaumont,Texas, (two year traveling exhibition), A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative,
and the Transcendent in North American Art.
2000 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York, TALENT 1999,2000
1998 Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama; Red Clay Survey
1997 Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia; Exhibit 280
1996 Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama; Southeastern Juried Exhibition 1996

Awards and Grants
2008 National Portrait Gallery, Semi-finalist for the 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
2007 Kentucky Arts Council, Al Smith Fellowship, 2000, 1991
Kentucky Foundation for Women, Artist Enrichment Program Grant, 1991, 1995
2000 Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Artist-in-residence in Cassis, France
1997 The Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland;U.S.-Ireland Exchange Program
The Mac Dowell Colony; Artist residency
1995 Artist’s Fellowship Inc.; New York, New York; Grant
1993 Yaddo, Artist’s residency
1991 Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus; Kebbel Villa Schwandorf-Fronberg; U.S.- Germany Exchange Program

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

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

Gaela Erwin, Paintings, exhibit catalog, 2001
Kentucky Women Artists: 1850-2000 - Owensboro Museum of Art - KY - (catalog) - 2001