Artist CV

ARTIST
STATEMENT
ARTIST STATEMENT

Art, like music, offers a language beyond words. To be innovative, it must be created from an inner wilderness, free of stale and redundant concepts.

If art arises from an inner necessity to express rather than from a preconceived idea of beauty or style, then it can reflect, in symbolic imagery, our primal nature and oneness with all things.

Through the instrument of my being, I let intuitive experiment choose color and form, a practice of invention comparable to musical improvisation.

For me art is a spontaneous journey on the crest of the Tao’s wave, an exploration born of passion, spawned by the Mystery. Initially, I am the maiden falling in love – then later, the ruthless editor-analyst.

Ultimately art is an innocent interactive mirror of my innermost process, whisking me out of time into the Timeless. My life’s passion is to create art from this unconditioned well of being and to inspire such a journey in others.

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

SELECTED
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Whispers of Spring, Café Stravaganza, Carmel, CA
2014 Thirty Years of Abstract Visions, Ventana Gallery, Ventana Inn and Spa, Big Sur, CA
2014 The Divine Kiss, Karpeles Manuscript Museum and Library, Shreveport, LA
2013 The Divine Kiss, Karpeles Manuscript Museum and Library, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 Trees of Life, Hermitage, Big Sur, CA
Barbara Simonich Gallery, Monterey, CA
2010 Barbara Simonich Gallery, Monterey, CA
2008 Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions from Big Sur, a Twenty-Five Year Retrospective, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
2007 A Spring Celebration, The Phoenix Shop, Big Sur, CA
2004 Spring Awakening, The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
2003 Beyond Conjecture, The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
2002 Art, Poetry, & Reflective Prose, City Hall Walter Lee Avery Gallery, Seaside, CA
2001 Parallel Universes—Visions for the 21st Century, Stowitts Museum & Library, Pacific Grove, CA
The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY
Thunderbird Bookstore, Carmel, CA
The Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2000 Midsummer’s Night Dream, Pace Restaurant, Big Sur, CA
The Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1999 Art and Alchemy, East West Bookshop, Mountain View, CA
A Retrospective from Abstract to Neo-Impressionisn, 333 Bush St. San Francisco, CA
1998 The Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1997 Carmen’s Place, Carmel, CA
1992 Calvin Wilkes Gallery, Cambria, CA
1991 Garber Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 Gallerie Illuminati, Santa Monica, CA
SELECTED
EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016 Lawrence Ferlinghetti “The Sea is Calm Tonight” “Artwork from America” Project, Imagine & Poesia Gallery
2016 “The Art of the Story,” American Jewish University, Los Angeles
Immagine & Poesia, Online Gallery
2015 The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
2014 BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY
Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL
Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, CA
Immagine & Poesia, Online Gallery and Literature
2013 New York Hall of Science, New York, NY
Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Immagine & Poesia, Online Gallery and Literature
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
2012 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Del Campo Gallery, Big, Sur, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Immagine & Poesia, Online Gallery and Literature
2011 Immagine & Poesia, Online Gallery and Literature
Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, CA
Veritas Wealth Advisors, Carmel, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
2010 Immagine & Poesia, Gallery and Literature
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
2009 Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
Recovered and Renewed: A Year Later, Ventana Inn at Cielo Restaurant, Big Sur, CA
2008 Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, CA
2007 Gold Rush Cultural Center, Gold Beach, OR
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Local Color Gallery, Big Sur, CA
Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, CA
2006 City of Monterey Art Exhibit, Alvarado Gallery, Monterey, CA
Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
Mythic Inscapes, The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Local Color Gallery, Big Sur, CA
Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, CA
2005 Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
Litany of the Holy Days, The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Local Color Gallery, Big Sur, CA
2004 Agoura Gallery, Big Sur, CA
Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
2003 First Annual Arts Bridge Show, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
Phillips Gallery for the Healing Arts, Carmel, CA
Atelier, LA Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
2002 Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Homescapes, Carmel, CA
2001 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Honoring the Crone Exhibition, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
32nd National Art Competition, Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, WY
SummerArt 2001, Elinor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO
Women’s Caucus for the Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Members’ Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Annual Winter Exhibition, The Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
Look of Love, John Nichols Gallery, Santa Paula, CA
105th Catherina Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
2000 Impressionism into the Next Century, Smithstown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY
Members’ Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
The 2nd Annual Contemporary & All Media International, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Spring Collection, Athena Art Gallery, Omaha, NE
Annual Winter Exhibition, The Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
The Garden Gallery, Big Sur, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
1999 Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, NY
Artists for Peace and the Environment, Woodstock ’99, Woodstock, NY
Art 21 Expo, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Angels & Treasures, Sacramento, CA
It’s My Nature, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
International Juried Art Exhibition: Septemberfest ’99, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Figure, Face, & Form, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
1998 Benefit Auction: Synergy for the Arts, United Nations, New York, NY
Annual Members’ Exhibit, The Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Annual Winter Exhibition, The Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
The Gallery at Ventana, Big Sur, CA
Winter Thaw, Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd., Decatur, IL
Expressions of Joy, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY
1997 17th Annual July 4th Exhibitions: Associated Artists of Southport, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC
National Exhibition of Small Works, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
67th Annual Open Art Competition, National Art League, Douglastown, NY
14th Annual Exhibition, Lewis-Clark Center for the Arts, Lewiston, ID
6th Annual Exhibition, The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Medford, NJ
Glen Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Naggs Head, NC
Seaside Art Gallery, Seaside, CA
Women’s Caucus for the Arts’ 25th Anniversary Show: Carving the Forces of Change, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
First Annual National All-Media Competition, Ridge Art Association, Inc., Winter Haven, FL
Small Works Exhibition, Eclectic Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
San Joaquin Open National Visual Arts Competition, City Center, Fresno, CA
1996 Glen Oaks, Big Sur, CA
Small Works Exhibition, Eclectic Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
International Art Spectacular, Planetary Renaissance, Brooklyn Park, MN
3rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Muskingum College, New Concord, OH
1995 Malibu Art Association Exhibit, Malibu Library, Malibu, CA
Glen Oaks, Big Sur, CA
1994 Group Exhibition, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
Carl Cherry Foundation, Carmel, CA
Gallery 255, Lake Tahoe, CA
Glen Oaks, Big Sur, CA
1993 Portofino Café, Pacific Grove, CA
Glez and Harkins Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Bernice Steiner Gallery, Miami, FL
Gallery 255, Lake Tahoe, CA
1992 Lumina Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
Gallery One, Big Sur, CA
Glez and Harkins Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Bernice Steiner Gallery, Miami, FL
Gallery 255, Lake Tahoe, CA
1991 808 Penn Modern Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Altered States, The Mind Gym, Los Angeles, CA
1990 The International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery One, Big Sur, CA
808 Penn Modern Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
AWARDS &
RECOGNITION

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2015 • Fusion Art Gallery / “Colorful Abstractions,”
“Herds of Maverick Passion” was chosen as a finalist to be exhibited online in this competition.
2015 • Museum of Modern Art / Archive
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has expanded their archive of Carolyn’s work, accepting her books which include her artwork, and book reviews, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles, etc from 1991 with her solo exhibit at Gallerie Illuminati in Santa Monica, California up through the present. Students and other patrons will have continuing access to Carolyn’s work for their research and studies.
2014 • Old Court House Arts Center / 27th Annual Women’s Works Show
“Molecular Mystery” was chosen to be exhibited in this competition. Show dates: March 3–April 27, 2014
• BJ Spoke Gallery / Expo 33 Exhibition
“Divine Kiss,” “Erotic Rendezvous,” and “Pagan Lovers” were chosen for exhibition in this competition. Show dates: April 1–26, 2014
2013 • New York Hall of Science / “Cosmos” Exhibition
“Alchemy” was chosen to be included in the New York Hall of Science “Cosmos” exhibition, running from August 31, 2013 through March 2, 2014. The show may travel after that time, plus it will be shown online. “Alchemy” was selected from over 450 images in total, submitted by 140 entrants from around the world.
• Alexandria Museum of Art / Annual September Competition Exhibition
“Divine Kiss” was chosen for the Alexandria Museum of Art 26th Annual September Competition Exhibition. The exhibit will be shown from September 6 to November 23, 2013.
2011 • First Place Showcase Winner, ArtSlant Art Competition, April 2011
• First Place Showcase Winner, ArtSlant Art Competition, March 2011
2010 • First Place, Light, Space & Time Art Competition: Abstraction, Online Gallery
• Honorable Mention, Light, Space & Time Art Competition: Figurative, Online Gallery
2001 • Judge’s Award for Excellence, John Nichols Gallery, Santa Paula, CA
1998 • Curatorial Committee’s Special Mention for Excellence in Painting Award, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

2014 Shabdaguehha, a bilingual English/Bengali International Poetry Journal, July–December 2014 issue. Painting, The Gambler Queen on the front cover.
2013 Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, New York, by Peter Thabit Jones and Aeronwy Thomas, co-published by The Seventh Quarry Press, Swansea, Wales, and Cross- Cultural Communications, NY, USA; painting “The Evocation of Dylan Thomas” included in the body of the book
The Colour of Saying, Dylan Thomas Centenary international literary contest brochure; painting “The Evocation of Dylan Thomas,” front cover.
2012 International Drama Festival, Swansea, Wales. Illus. front cover
Aldous Huxley Annual, Aldous Huxley Center, Germany. Illus.
2011 Aldous Huxley Annual, Aldous Huxley Center, Germany. Illus.
50 Contemporary Artists, Phelan, Tim. Illus.
International Poetry Festival Anthology, Swansea, Wales. Illus. front and back cover
2009 Joseph Campbell Newsletter, Illus.
2008 MAPS Bulletin, Volume XVIII, Number 1
2007 Skyline Magazine, Spring/Summer 2007. Illus. front and back cover
2005 Nuclear Policy Research Institute Holiday Card
2000 Bodhi Tree Semi-Annual Newsletter, 30th Anniversary Issue, Illus. front cover
1997 Design for Dying, Dr. Timothy Leary. Illus. back cover

COLLECTIONS
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
The Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea, Wales
The United Nations, New York, New York
The Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
Natividad Hospital, Salinas, CA
The Big Sur Health Center, Big Sur, CA

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Mr. Ted Turner
Louise Taper
The Leslie Shell and Patrick Hatkins Collection, Palm Desert, CA
The Estate of Dr. Timothy Leary
The Estate of Laura Huxley
The Estate of Dr. Terrence McKenna
The Estate of Dr. Oscar Janiger

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