deborah fagan carpenter

Memphis, TN

901-384-9132
dfcarpente@aol.com

 

Artist's Statement

The opportunity and ability to make art is the gift the universe has given me and I believe it is my obligation to create the work as a thankful response for that gift. The creative path has often been more difficult and frightening than I could have imagined, but at the same time has been enormously revealing, nourishing and healing. It has helped me begin to overcome the thought processes of many years and to arrive at an acceptance of myself and the world, which includes all of the contradictions and imperfections. I've learned that when I trust my own instincts, because it is a reflection of where I honestly am now, the work has an authenticity that it wouldn't have otherwise. Making art is essential to my well being and emotional growth, and not creating on some level would mean letting go of life.

Deborah/Resume

 


Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts
          Mississippi University of Women, Columbus, MS

1971

Ceramic Workshop  (Dale Baucum)
             Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

1992

Porcelain Workshop  (Sandy Simon)
          Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN

1993

Sculpture Workshop  (Nancy Shepherd)
          University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

1995

Hand Building Seminar  (Ruth Duckworth)
          University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

1995

Paul Soldner Workshop
          Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN

1996

Ancient Clay  (Vince Pitelka)
          Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN

1996

Raku Seminar  (Jerry Ingram)
          Collierville, TN

1997


Teaching Experience

Adult Ceramic Classes, Ewing Children’s Theater
          Memphis, TN

1993 - 2003

Adult Ceramic Classes, (Memphis College of Art Outreach)
          Memphis Jewish Community Center

1998 – 1999

Frazier Family Respite Program, (Children with Special Needs)
          Children’s Theater, Memphis, TN

1998 - 2002


Exhibitions

WKNO Arts & Antiques Auction, Memphis, TN
          Honorable Mention Award 1994 & 1999
          3rd Place in Hanging Art 2003

1994 - 2003

Memphis Potter’s Guild Annual Spring Show

1994 – 2000

Memphis Potter’s Guild Annual Holiday Show

1994 – 2000

Memphis Association of Craft Artists Annual Juried Show
          Theater Memphis

1996 – 1997

Playhouse on the Square Annual Art Auction
          Memphis, TN (group show)

1995
2003

“Ancient & Modern Pottery of the Mid-South”
          Chucalissa Archaeological Museum, Memphis, TN (group show)

1996

“Empty Bowls,”   Memphis Botanic Garden
          Memphis, TN (group show)

1997

“Figure of a Woman,”  (solo show)  (paintings & sculpture)
          Artist's Studio , Memphis, TN 

1998

“Mediterranean Moods,”  (solo show)  Artist's Studio
          Memphis, TN 

1999

Memphis/Germantown Art League 5th Annual Juried Show
          Memphis, TN

2000

Fayette County Cotton Festival Juried Art Show
          Somerville, TN

2000

Fleming Associates, Architects, (solo show)
          Memphis, TN

2000

Crew Training International,  (solo show)

1999-2000

“Rural Route,” Holiday Show, Artist's Studio
          Memphis, TN 

2000

Artist’s Link Spring Exhibition, Memphis Botanic Garden
          Memphis, TN

2001

“Rural Route II,”  Holiday Show, Artist's Studio
         Memphis, TN

2001

“In Symphony with Nature,” (group show)
          Lakeland, TN

2002

“Visions,”  Juried show, Fogelman Executive Center
          University of  Memphis

2002

“Artists’ Response: 9-11,” Juried Show  Christian Brothers University
          Memphis, TN (group show)

2002

“Gallery Opening,”  (solo show)  Gallery 32
          Germantown, TN

2002

“Rural Route III,”  Holiday Show, Artist's Studio
          Memphis, TN

2002

“Echoes of Spring,”  (2 person show), Gallery 32
          Germantown, TN

2003

Lambuth University,   (solo show)
          Jackson, TN

2003

“Rural Route IV,”   Holiday Show,
          Memphis, TN

2003

"Artists in Residence Series," Soverign Wealth Management, (solo show)
           Memphis, TN
2004
"Rural Route V," Holiday Show
2004
"Rural Route VI," Holiday Show
2005
"Spring Unwinding," Fagan-Carpenter & Jimmy Crosthwait
2006
"MGAL Annual National Juried Exhibition, " Memphis, TN
2006
"Rural Route VII," Holiday Show
2006

Memphis Botanic Gardens Presents: Paintings by

Deborah Fagan Carpenter and Stephanie Eggleston Harrover, April

2007
"Rural Route VIII," Holiday Show
2007
"Rural Route IX," Holiday Show
2008
"Rural Route X," Holiday Show
2009
"Natural Inclination," Spring Show
2010
"Rural Route XI," Holiday Show
2010
"Rural Route" 2011
"Natural Inclination" 2013
"Rural Route" 2013

 


Gallery Affiliations

American Artisans, Nashville, TN

1994-95

Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN

1994-95

Madison Avenue Gallery, Memphis, TN

1994-97

Burke Street Gallery, McComb, MS

1998-03

Mid Town Gallery, Nashville, TN

1999-00

Studio 4881, Memphis, TN

1998--

Rivertown Gallery, Memphis, TN

2001

Gallery 32/ Germantown, TN

2002-2004

Art Reach Gallery/Germantown, TN 2012
David Perry Smith Gallery/Memphis, TN 2012--

 


Organizations

Memphis Potters’ Guild

1994-2000

Memphis Potters’ Guild Publicity Chairman

1995---2006

Memphis Association of Craft Artists

1994-2000

Tennessee Association of Craft Artists

1994-2000

Friends of the Appalachian Center for Crafts of Tennessee

1996-2000

American Craft Council

1995-2000

Tennessee Art League

1998-2000

Artist’s Link

2000---

   

 

 

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