SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

University Club, Chicago, IL

2016

“Mutino Mother Earth”, Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Columbia

Installation of “The Fall”, Chicago, IL

2014

“Art on Armitage” Chicago, IL

2012

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL

2004

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2000

“Cycle of Rituals”, Galeria De Arte Fotografico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia, South America

1999

Lithuanian Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania, Europe

“Medicinal Plants”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Pilgrimages Toward The Sacred”, Olin Gallery,Roanoke College, Salem, VA

1997

International Art Festival of Medellin 1997, Public Sculpture, Medellin, Colombia

1996

“Peregrinajes hacia lo sagrado”, Museum of Modern Art, Pereira, Colombia

“Peregrinajes hacia lo sagrado”, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia

Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College, VT

1995

“Peregrinajes hacia lo sagrado”, Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia

1991

“Urban Series”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

One Illinois Center, Chicago, Il Curator, Dennis Adrian

“Greenhouse Effect,”  Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1988

Common Boundary Conference, Washington, D.C.

1986

“Photo Plus”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985

“Beyond The Cave”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983

“Morphogenetic Fields”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1981

“Ontology at 36”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

“Obsession”, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Il

2014

“What We’re Lost: Recalling the Passenger Pigeon” The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.

“Moving Targets” (Passenger Pigeons), Brushwood Center, Riverwoods, Il

“Moving Targets” School of Natural Resource & Environment at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

“Artemisia After 40”, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago

2012

2nd International Photography Festival, Israel

2011

Museum of Modern Art, Colombia, S.A.

2010

“Los Ambiguo”, Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia, S.A.

2009

August Art, London UK

2007

HUB Robeson Galleries, Pennsylvania State U., PA

OSU-Newark Art Gallery, The Ohio State U., Newark, OH

The Fine Arts Center Gallery, U. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2006

Gallery 908, Reading, PA

2005

Portland Art Museum

“Sacred Wild” Apexart, New York, NY

2004

“A Moment in Time” Evanston Art Center, IL

2002

Museo Gilardi, Lucca, Italy, www.greenmuseum.com

2001

“Environmental Interactions”, Kutztown University, PA

“Sculpture in Chicago Now”, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Cows on Parade”, Public Art, Chicago, Illinois

“Amazon Rising” Public Art, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois

“Spiritual Passports”, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

“Spiritual Passports”, Lockport, IL

“Painting in Chicago Now”, Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Spiritual Passports”, Southern Illinois Art Gallery

“Spiritual Passports”, Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Myths and Legends”, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska

“Then & Now”,  NIU Art Museum Gallery in Chicago, IL

1997

“Festival Internacional de Arte”, Medellin, Colombia, SA

“Sculpture in Chicago Now”, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Cows on Parade”, Chicago, Illinois

“Spiritual Passports”, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

“Spiritual Passports”, Lockport, IL

“ Painting in Chicago Now”, Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Spiritual Passports”, Southern Illinois Art Gallery

“Spiritual Passports”, Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Myths and Legends”, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska

“Then & Now”,  NIU Art Museum Gallery in Chicago, IL

1996

“Art in Chicago, 1945-95”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

“Inside out-Outside in”, Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

1995″Garbage” Thread Waxing Space, New York1994″Garbage” R.A.W., Real Art Ways Gallery, Hartford, CTTransitions Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland1993″20th Anniversary Show”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL”Latina/Americana”, Fertile Ground, Bucamanga Columbia”Latina/Americana”, Fertile Ground, Cali, Columbia1992″Grit and Polish Art and Space”, State of Illinis Art Gallery, Chicago, IL”Latina/Americana”, fertile Ground, Bogota, Columbia”Fate of the Earth Exhibition”, Ceres Gallery, New York

“Latina/Americana”, Fertile Ground, Medellin, Colombo

1990

Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

“For the Birds”, Charles A. Wustum Museum, Racine, WI

“Self Portrait”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989

“Tropical Rain Forest Show”, Sundered Ground, New York

Artemisia Invitational, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

Wichita Art Assoc., Wichita, KS

Ruben Saunders Gallery, Wichita, KS

1988

15th Anniversary Show, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

Detroit Focus, Detroit, MI

1987

SoHo 20, New York, NY

“Myth and Magic”, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

“Artemisia/A Show To Go”, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

“Artemisia/A Show To Go”, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL

“Artemisia/A Show To Go”, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

1986

“Artemisia/A Show To Go”, Traveling Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

2012
Guest Lecture and Exhibit invited by the Embassy of the United States of America, Tel Aviv and The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Office. Cultural  Scientific Affairs, Israel

2004 Guest Lecturer, Colombia College, Chicago, IL

2003 Judge for the “X Salon Regional De Artistas 2003”, Aona 3 Antioquia, Colombia, South America, Lectures at University of Antioquia and the National University EAFIT of Medellin, Colombia, SA

2001

Panelist at the College Art Assoc. “Nature Nurtured and Nurturing: Art to Restore and

Enliven Nature.”

2000

Keynote Speaker, Museum of Modern Art, Medellin, Colombia, S.A.

Guest Lecturer, Galeria Centro Colombo Americano, Colombia, S.A.

1999

Guest Lecturer, Art Institute of Chicago

Guest Lecturer Jewish Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania, Europe

1998

Guest Lecturer, Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago,”Pilgrimages to the Sacred: Art, Ritual &The Environment” Guest Lecturer, Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

Guest Lecturer, Colombia College, Chicago, IL

1997

“Festival Internacional de Arte”, Lecture, Medellin, Colombia, SA

Teaching Basic Workshop “Art and The Environment”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Panelist, “Alternative Spaces and Criticism”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,IL

Lecture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1996

Panelist, “Affirming Feminist Identity Through Art and Religion”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Guest Lecturer, Colombia College, Chicago, IL

Guest Lecturer, Museo De Arte De Pereira, Pereira, Columbia

Guest Lecturer, University Autonoma, Medellin, Columbia

Guest Lecturer, University De Antioquia, Medellin, Columbia

1995

Guest Lecturer, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Panelist, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago

Guest Lecturer, Virginia Tech.,Blacksburg, Va

Juror, Senior Citizens Art Network, Chicago,IL

Guest Lecturer, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1994

Guest Lecturer, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

Panelist, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago

1993

Panelist, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago

Panelist, Awards Jury Panel, Illinois Academy of Fine Arts

Moderator: Women’s Work/Women’s Words sponsored by The Chicago Artist’s Coalition at Artemisia Gallery

1992

Guest Lecturer, Kalamzoo Institute of Arts, Michigan

Guest Lecturer, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Library Project Advisory Panel, % For Art, City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Chairwoman, Community Arts Assistance Program, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago

1991-92

Chairwoman, Chicago Conference, Chicago, Feb. 1992, Women Caucus for Art

National Board of Directors, Women Caucas for Art

Guest Lecturer, City of Chicago and The Department of Cultural Affairs, Gallery 37

1982-92

President, Artemisia Gallery

1991

Panelist, Women’s Caucus for Art, National Conference,Washington, DC.  “Artists:  Activists/Ecologists”

Guest Lecturer, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Guest Lecturer, Harper College, Palatine, IL

1990

Guest Lecturer, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

Panelist, Assistance Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Moderator, Panel Discussion, “What is the Artists’ Responsibility to Society Today?”, with Vito Acconci, Carol Becker and Suzi Gablik, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

Panelist, North Central Education, Steinmetz High School, Chicago, IL

1989-91

Program Director, The Humanitas Institute, Chicago, IL

1989

Guest Lecturer, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,Va

Keynote Speaker, New Directions Conference, Wichita Art Assoc., Wichita, KS

1987-88

Curator for Morton College, Cicero, IL

1988

Panel Discussion “Women in The Arts”, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Campus

1987

Panel Discussion “Women in The Arts”, Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society.

Panel Discussion “Is There Life After Art School”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Keynote Speaker, Northern Illinois University, “Women Artist”

Contemporary Trends”, DeKalb, IL.

Guest Lecturer, School of the Art Institute,Chicago, IL

1985-87

A.R.T. Art Resources in Teaching, Teacher

1984

Guest Lecturer, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1983

Panel Discussion “Focus on Feminism, Feminist Art: What Does It Say, Why Is It Different”, 8th Annual Illinois N.O.W. Conference

1982-83

Editorial Advisory Board, New Art Examiner

1981-82

Advertising Director New Art Examiner

1981-93

Member Artemisia Gallery

1982-92

President of Artemisia Gallery

1980-81

Board of Directors, Art Encounter, a not-for-profit alternative art education organization

1979-80

Art Teacher, Art Encounter

Art Teacher, Private tutor in art for the deaf

1975-80 Artist-in-residence, Wilmette Schools

Coordinated and instituted an Art History program for elementary schools in Wilmette, IL

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Diane Grams, Producing Local Color Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago, University of Chicago Press, Nov. 2010,p.118-20,123,178,232

Juan Alberto Gaviria,”Desde el Silencio”, El Mundo, Maginario,Aug.1997 p.5,6.

Suzi Gablik, Orion, ” Arts and the Earth”, Autumn,1995, p.44

Baile Oakes, Sculpture with the Environment, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995 p.90-93.

Suzi Gablik, Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1993, Vol. XXXII,No. 2, P. 231-.

Suzi Gablik, “The Artist As Enchanter”, Common Boundary, Vol. 10,

Issue 2 March/April 1992, p.21

Garrett Holg, Art News, Jan. 1992, Vol.91, No 1, p.135

Suzi Gablik, “The Ecological Imperative”, An Interview with Fern Shaffer and Othello Anderson,

Art Papers, Nov. 1991.

Michelle Grabner, Review, New Art Examiner, Sep. 1991, Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 38

Mike Isaacs, “Exploring the Unorthodox in Art, in Life”, Skokie Review, Aug. 1, 1991,

“Diversions”, p. D3

Thomas McEvilley, “The Selfhood of the Other”, Africa Explores:  20th Century African Art, Susan Vogel, The Center for African Art, New York, 1991, p. 273

David McCracken, Review, Chicago Tribune, May 24, 1991, Sec. 7,p. 56, “Friday”

Suzi Gablik, The Re-enchantment of Art, Thames & Hudson, 1991

Peter J.W. Elstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, Nov. 5-11, 1990, Vol. 13, No. 45, p. 1

Gloria Orenstein, The Reflowering of the Goddess, Pergamon Press, Athena Series, 1990

Irene Diamond and Gloria Orenstein, Reweaving the World, Sierra Club, 1990

Suzi Gablik, The World & I, Dec. 1988, Vol. 3, No. 12, p. 240

Suzi Gablik, Psychological Perspectives, Fall-Winter 1988, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 283-93

High Performance, Fall, No. 43, 1988, p. 20

David McCracken, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 6, 1988, Sec. 5, p. 17, “Tempo”

Margaret Hawkins, Review, Chicago Sun Times, “Weekend Plus”,Oct. 31, 1986

Garrett Holg, Review New Art Examiner, December 1986

Chicago, David Jackson, May 1984, Vol. 33, No. 5

Patricia O’Brien, Review, New Art Examiner, Summer 1983, p. 7

Buzz Spector, Review, New Art Examiner, Vol. 9, No. 2, Nov. 1981, p. 16



CATALOGS

“Moving Targets”, An exhibition of extinction and survival.” Steffi Domike & Ann T. Rosenthal 2015

“Art In Chicago 1945-1995” Museum of Contemporary Art, Lynn Warren 1996

“Pilgrimages Towards the Sacred” Banco de la Republica, Jose Roca, 1996

“Pilgrimages Towards the Sacred” Centro Colombo Americano, Juan Alberto Gaviria, 1995

Artemisia Catalog, 1983, 1988, 1993


PUBLISHED

 

Chicago Medicine, Healing Through the Arts, Phillip S. Epstein, M.D.,Howard Kaplan, PhD., Fern Shaffer, M.A., Vol 94, No 22, p.16-20, Nov. 21, 1991

Proceedings from the Fifth International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing, 1988, “The Arts… If Wishes Were Horses…” Chicago, Vol. 34, No. 1, Jan. 1985, p. 52

“The Chicago and Vicinity Show Imagism/Chicago” New Art Examiner, Vol. 11, No. 8, May 1981, p. 8-11

Alice Thorson, “Young Chicagoans Prefer Engagement to Avant-Gardism”, New Art Examiner, Vol. 9, No. 8, May 1982, p. 1


PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS

Margaret & Tom Lass – Gardiner

Beth Shapio

Sheldon & Mary Marcus

Chicago Properties, Chicago, IL

Selfhelp Home, Chicago, IL

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Midway Airport, Painting for Pedestrian Walkway

John G. Shedd Aquarium, Painting for Amazon Rising Exhibition

Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Vases for Exhibition

Chicago Cows on Parade, “ Fern Cow ”

Museum of Contemporary Art. Umbrella

Morgan Freeman Collection

Marshall Fields

 


AWARDS/GRANTS

 

2003 Honor Roll of Feminist Artists presented by Veteran Feminist of America

2000 Andrea Frank Foundation

1999 Nancy H. Gray Foundation for Art in the Environment

“Cows On Parade”, Sponsored by Advocate Heath Care

1998 Copenhaver Grant Artists-in-residence, Roanoke College, VA

1994 Community Arts Assistance Grant Special

1992 International Friends of Transformative Art Grant

1990 Katherine J. Horwich Scholarship Fund

1990 Weisman Memorial Scholarship

1990 Fellowship, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1987 Community Arts Assistance Grant

1986 Illinois Arts Council Grant


EDUCATION

 

1991 M.A., Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

1983-89 Graduate Study: University of Illinois, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

1981 B.F.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1970 Northeastern University of Illinois

1964-65 University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

1962-64 University of Illinois, Navy Pier, IL

1961-62 I.I.T. School of Design, Chicago, IL