2530 North Rockwell

Chicago, IL 60647

8474947884  fjshaffer@gmail.com






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

1998                    “Pilgrimages Toward The Sacred”, Olin Gallery,Roenoke 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





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, Medellin, Colombia

2010             Museum of Modern Art , Medellin, Colombia

2007               HUB Robeson Galleries, Pennsylvania State U., PA

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

2007               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

Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown U., Kutztown, PA

2004               “A Moment in Time” Evanston Art Center, IL

2002               Museo Gilardi, Lucca, Italy


2001               “Environmental Interactions”, Kutztown University, PA

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

1999                    “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

1998                    “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

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 York

1994               “Garbage” R.A.W., Real Art Ways Gallery, Hartford, CT

Transitions Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

1993               “20th Anniversary Show”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Latina/Americana”, Fertile Ground, BucamangaColumbia

“Latina/Americana”, Fertile Ground, Cali, Columbia

1992               “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

1985               Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

1984               10th Anniversary Show, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Artists Call”, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1982               34th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

1980               Chicago Abstract Artists’ Invitational, Bensonville, IL

Works on Paper, Springfield, IL

1978               Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Northwestern University Faculty Club, Evanston, IL

1977               Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

1976               Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL






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,

1986                    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

1980-81         Board of Directors, Art Encounter, a not-for-profit alternative art education



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





“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





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




Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Midway Airport, Painting for Pedestrian Walkway, Chicago, IL

John G. Shedd Aquarium, Painting for Amazon Rising Exhibition, Chicago,IL

Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Vases for Exhibition

Chicago Cows on Parade, “ Fern Cow ”

Museum of Contemporary Art. Umbrella, Italy

Morgan Freeman Collection

Marshall Fields, Chicago, IL





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”, Public Art, Sponsored by Advocate Heath Care,

Chicago, IL

“Amazon Rising” Public Art, Mural, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL

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




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