Stephanie Serpick is a visual artist working primarily as a painter. She received her MFA from
the University of Chicago, and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been
shown in various exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she
currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The most recent paintings are an expression of feeling in dealing with personal issues over
the past two years or so. These are intimate paintings represented by unmade beds and tossed
sheets, absent of any human evidence, on intentionally blank, somewhat rough backgrounds.
The empty bed in these paintings represents a place for grief, depression or isolation.
As such, the work speaks to our shared feeling of grief, with the understanding that while
we all suffer in our individual ways, suffering is universal.
Source material for this work are photographs I have both taken and found, and the intimate
size of the paintings references the intimate nature of the subject matter. The backgrounds
of the paintings are repeatedly painted and sanded, to create a frame and backdrop for
the bedding that is flat, yet rough with work and time. The bedding itself is seen from different
perspectives, but still indicates a scene of desolation and despair.
MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 A New Fall by Stephanie Serpick, Windmill Library Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
(Traveling to Enterprise Library Art Gallery and Laughlin Library Art Gallery, both Las Vegas, NV)
2018 Stephanie Serpick, Fine Arts Gallery, College of Southern Nevada, NV
2015 Stephanie Serpick: New Paintings, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago, IL
2012 The Mechanics of Nature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
2005 Stephanie Serpick: New Work, Country Club, Chicago, IL
2003 New Paintings, Gray Matters Gallery, Dallas TX
2001 Stephanie Serpick: New Paintings, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Tricks and Gifts, Chicago Illini Union, University of Illinois at Chicago
1993 Recent Work, Winchester Thurston Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Stars of the Gallery: A Group Show, Priscilla Fowler Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV
Hard and Soft (three-person exhibition), University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Stephanie Serpick and William Ruller (two-person exhibition), Chesapeake Gallery, Hartford Community College, Bel Air, MD
Startup Art Fair, (two-person exhibition), Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA
2018 Après Coup: Transforming Trauma into Art, (an exhibition presented in tandem with the conference,
Translating Trauma into Art and Literature) Hewitt Gallery of Art, New York, NY
15 YRS!, ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
Shelter, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
Civil Discourse, Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2017 Prismatic Explorations, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, Glenns Falls, NY
Five Points Gallery Biennial Exhibition, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
Unreliable Narrator, Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ
Open (C)all: Truth, BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY
Art of Grief, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN
SHIM Invitational 5, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Words + Text + Numbers, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayton, MO
Elegant Simplicity, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR
2014 Painting Now, Florence Quarter Gallery, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ
2012 Greatest Hits, Tiny Park, Austin, TX
The 2012 Drawing Annual, Tiny Park, Austin, TX
Art: The Icing on the Cake, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
2011 The Collective, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Normalcy Bias, Listros Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2009 Overlap, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL
What is Beauty — A Desire to Decorate, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY
2008 Unpainted: New Abstract Painting, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Work, ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
One Moment, School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2007 Plaza Art Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2006 100% Centennial Exhibition, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2005 Florence Trust Summer Exhibition, Florence Trust Studios, London, UK
2004 – scope London, featured artist, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, London, UK
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, exhibiting with Paul Kopeikin Gallery, New York, NY
17th Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 Introductory Group Exhibit, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2002 Gallery Group Show, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 The Big Show, Dwelling Series, Chicago, IL
Chicago Women Artists, Gallery on Lake Judith Racht, Chicago, IL
Serendipity, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
Summer Show, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Pilsen East Artists’ Open House, Chicago, IL
1999 Pilsen East Artists’ Open House, Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Ross Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago Artists ‘99, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
1997 Latent Exposure, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
The Garden Show, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
1995 Ecstasy, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Union League Civic & Arts Foundation, Scholarship Exhibition, Union League Club, Chicago, IL
1994 Midway Graduate Student Exhibition, Midway Studios, University of Chicago
1993 Young and Local Alumni Show, Forbes Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1992 First Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition, Skibo Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Figure to Form to Image, Forbes Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1991 Exhibition of Art in Recovery, Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2018 Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant
2017 The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2015 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Awarded partial scholarship for two-week residency
2013 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2012 Hot Picks, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2009 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Awarded partial scholarship for four-week residency
2007 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Awarded full fellowship for four week residency and NEA Fellowship to cover travel and expenses.
Non-Representational Award, Plaza Art Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2004–5 Florence Trust, London, UK
White Columns, New York, NY
The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY
The Painting Center, New York, NY
PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
2018 Art Spiel Blog, “Après Coup: Transforming Trauma into Art” by Etty Yaniv, April 2018.
Esthetic Lens, “A New Fall, the Paintings of Stephanie Serpick”, estheticlens.com, July 25, 2018
“The Art of Stephanie Serpick”, Ruminate Magazine, Exposure Issue, number 48, Fall 2018
2009 MK Meador. “Recommended,” New City, January 19, 2009.
2005 Josh Tyson. “Stephanie Serpick: New Work,” Time Out Chicago, Issue number 45, January 5-12, 2006, p. 55.
2004 Tracee W. Robertson. “Stephanie Serpick: New Work,” Artl!ies, Number 41, Winter 2003-04, p. 77.
“This is Chicago,” Big Magazine, Number 49, p. 153-157.
2002 New American Paintings, Number 41. Published by the Open Studios Press, Boston, Massachusetts,
Number 41, 2002.
2000 Polanski, Jurek G. “Review, Stephanie Serpick: Tricks and Gifts” artscope.net.
1999 Hawkins, Margaret. “Comic Reliefs,” Chicago Sun-Times, 2 July, p. 52.
Polanski, Jurek G. “Pilsen East Artists’ Open House,” artscope.net.
Wiens, Ann. “Tip of the Week,” New City, 24 June, p. 47.
1997 Ferrara, Annette. “Gallery Seen,” F Newsmagazine, April, p. 20.
Glatt, Cara. “The Seduction of Logic,” Hyde Park Herald, 19 March, p. 8.
Greenberg, Kevin. “HPAC Explores Latent Psychoses,” The Chicago Maroon, 8 April.