Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Peggy Cyphers

Peggy Cyphers – portrait by Tom Warren, East Village, NYC 1984

Peggy Cyphers is a painter, professor of art and art writer, who has shown her work in the U.S. and Europe since 1984. She has been the subject of 30 solo exhibitions and 3 two-­‐person exhibitions and participated in over 180 group exhibitions. Selected one person exhibitions include Cross Contemporary Art, (NY) The Proposition, (NY) New York Academy of Sciences, Rhode Island College, William Patterson College, Galerie Asbeck (Copenhagen), Haines Gallery (SF), Betsy Rosenfield (CH), Kleinert James Art Center (Woodstock,NY), Creon Gallery (NY), Mincher Wilcox (SF), and E.M.Donahue Gallery.

Peggy Cyphers grew up in Baltimore and received her BFA from Towson University. She was awarded a NEA grant in painting as an undergraduate. She also attended the Maryland Institute College of Art for a semester. Upon her move to New York she studied at the Pratt Institute and received an MFA with a Ford Foundation Award.

Recent grants and honors for her painting include the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant (2012), Pratt Institute Faculty Fund Award ((2011,2001), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (1997), National Studio Award, PS.1 Clocktower (1991), National Endowment for the Arts Award in Painting (1989) and the Igor Foundation Award (1987). Cyphers has been a resident artist at Tong Xian Art Residency, Beijing, Santa Fe Art Institute, International Studio Program NYC, ArtOmi, Yaddo, Triangle Artists Workshop and the Clocktower/P.S.1.

Peggy Cyphers is a tenured Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute. She has also taught at New York University, Parsons, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Royal Academy of Art Helsinki, Lahti Polytechnic Institute, Lahti, Finland, School of Visual Arts and New York School of Interior Design. She was the Coordinator of the Pratt In Tuscany study abroad summer program as well as having taught in the Pratt in Venice Program. Since 1988 Cyphers’ critical writings have appeared in such publications as Art Journal, Arts Magazine, Tema Celeste, Tribes, New Observations, The, Resolve40 as well as catalogue essays for museums and galleries. Her curatorial projects have taken place at Exit Art, Solo Impressions, Creon among others., etc.

Since Cyphers’ move to New York over 30 years ago her inventive and combinatory approaches to the materials of paint, silkscreen and sand have develop into canvases that explore the “Politics of Progress” as it impacts on cultural evolution and the natural world. She scavenges from Chinese Landscape Painting, Indian Sand Painting, Process Art and Surrealism to create her highly original hybrids which critique dominant culture’s over-­‐consumption of the environment. The recent paintings titled “Animal Spirits” employ pattern and translucency to develop spatial compositions that at once defy gravity and orientation. They challenge perceptual orientations to envision spaces of expansive consciousness, while relying on direct encounter with water, birds and other animals for visual cues of color, pattern and gravitational freedom.

“Float” (Animal Spirits) 2012-14 acrylic, sand, gold leaf on canvas 46 x 42”
“Future Byzantium” 2015 cyanotype on paper 50 x 40”
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