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“If art reflects a world view, and I think it does whether we plan it to or not, then this is a reflection of mine. The process of making these many color adjustments until things that did not work together, do work together, is an exercise in observing with an open mind. And an assumption that we are interdependent with each other.”
Gwendolyn Kerber was born Cleveland, Ohio. Moving to Bucks County in 1991, she accepted a teaching position at the Bucks County Community College in the Department of Arts. Kerber worked in a full-time and adjunct faculty capacity at the college and taught classes based on 2-D design, color theory, drawing, and painting. She is married to fellow Bucks County artist, Robert Dodge, and her son, Andrew K. Erdos, is a sculptor/glass artist.
Kerber holds a masters degree in painting from Yale University. Her work is generally in oil on canvas, moving between representational work often done outside on-site and abstract paintings done in the studio. She considers them all to be landscapes, saying she is after "the ever moving and experiential nature of being in the landscape.” Many of her paintings are based on studies done on-site in her yard or in Tyler Park in Bucks County.
Since 2005, Kerber and her husband have been living and working in Berlin, Germany much of each year. They describe Berlin as "a vibrant international art community with artists coming there from all over the world, like New York, but greener, smaller and more affordable." Kerber says living there has challenged her to look at and try to understand all different kinds of art. She maintains a studio in Berlin.
Kerber has exhibited in Bucks County, New York, and Germany. She had a painting accepted to the 2008 Beijing International Art Biennale at the China National Art Gallery. While in Beijing, she also participated in the Dagaocun Art District Artist-in Residence Programme.
Gwendolyn Kerber. Image courtesy of the artist.
Education and Training
M.F.A., Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1984
B.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1981
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, 1979
B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1975
Teachers and Influences
Teachers include: Arthur Hoener at Hampshire College, Julian Stanczak at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Andrew Forge, Jake Berthot, Pat Adams, and Mel Bochner at Yale School of Art
In regards to influences, Kerber states that she looks, “at a lot of work by other artists- in galleries, museums and on studio visits. The work of so many artists from history has been important to me that it would be difficult to limit it to a few. But certainly Monet, Seurat, and Matisse would be in my ‘top ten.’”
Connection to Bucks County
Kerber has lived in Bucks County since 1994. She taught at Bucks County Community College from 1991 to 1995 as a full time faculty member and then from 1998 to 2003 as an adjunct professor.
She considers Bucks County artists Robert Dodge, David Graham, Charlotte Schatz, and Alan Goldstein among her colleagues.
Affiliations and Membership
Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County
Major Solo Exhibitions
The Shape of Air, Wright Hall at Chandler Hall, Newtown Pennsylvania, 2011
Through; Here, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 2007
Verkehrte Natur, a two person exhibition, Kunstraum t27, Berlin, 2006
Recent Work, Widener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1989
Major Group Exhibitions
Mail3 Art, Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin, 2011
Penultimate, Schalter, Berlin, 2011
48 Stunden-Neukölln, Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln, Berlin, Germany, 2010-2011
Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, New York, 2010
Hampshire College Alumni Exhibit, Johnson Library Main Gallery, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2010
Dump Art, Harzerstr. 95 and Freudenreich Bars, Berlin, 2010
Salon 808, Former Danish Embassy, Berlin, 2010
2008 Beijing International Art Bienalle, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, 2008
International Artists Exhibition, Dagaocun Art District Gallery, Beijing, 2008
Lichtblick, Galerie Im Haus, Amelinghausen, Germany, 2007
Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
Alumni Choice, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 2001
Bucks County Community College Art Faculty, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2000
Five Landscape Painters, Walt Whitman Cultural Center, Camden, New Jersey, 1999
Faculty Exhibition, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1999
Group Exhibit, Carol Schwartz Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998
Drawing Across the Board, Rowan College, Glassboro, New Jersey, 1997
Bucks Biennial, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1994
Recent Landscape, Maryland School of Art and Design, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1993
Small Works Invitational, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut, 1993
Faculty Exhibition, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1992
Silvermine Guild Faculty and New Members Show, Silvermine Guild Gallery, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1990
Faculty Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 1987
The Peterdi Years, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1986
Trinity College, Hartford
The Yale University Art Gallery
Bucks County Community College
Dagaocun Art District Artist-in-Residence Programme, Beijing, China, 2008
Gund Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1979
Carnegie Women and Career Options Grant, 1974
Adjunct Instructor, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1998-2003
Instructor, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1991-1995
Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1990-1991
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1989-1990
Adjunct Instructor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 1988-1989
Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1988–1988
Adjunct Instructor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 1986-1987
J.M., P.G. and Me Watching the Swimming Pool at Night
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