Paula Henderson

Groundwork VII / 2015 / Oil and wax on canvas / 40" x 50" / $7,500
Groundwork VI / 2015 / Oil and wax on canvas / 40" x 50" / $7,500
Groundwork V / 2015 / Acrylic on canvas / 66" x 47" / $9,000
Groundwork II / 2015 / Acrylic on un-stretched canvas with grommets / 66" x 47.5"
(detail) Groundwork II / 2015 / Acrylic on un-stretched canvas with grommets / 66" x 47.5"
Groundwork / 2014 / Oil and wax on canvas / 50" x 70"
Installation view of "...Looking for You in the Mirror..." 2014
Installation view of "...Looking for You in the Mirror..." 2014
Installation view of "...Looking for You in the Mirror..." 2014
Tread I / 2015 / acrylic on paper / 16" x 20" / PLS INQ
Tread II / 2015 / acrylic on paper / 16" x 20" / PLS INQ
Turning to Stone / 2013 / Oil and wax on canvas / 69" x 26" / PLS INQ
Turning to Stone II / 2013 / Oil and wax on canvas / 27" x 69" / PLS INQ
Turning to Stone III / 2013 / Oil and wax on canvas / 69" x 27" / PLS INQ
Freeze I / 2014 / Oil and wax on canvas / 34.25" x 46.25" / PLS INQ
Equatorial / 2012 / graphite on paper / 60" x 40" / PLS INQ
Appearances XII / 2013 / Acrylic on canvas with grommets / 60" x 36" / PLS INQ
Appearances VII / 2012 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 42" / PLS INQ
Appearances VIII / 2012 / Oil and wax on canvas / 32" x 36" / SOLD
Appearances IX / 2012 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 36" / PLS INQ
Appearances X / 2012 / Oil and wax on canvas / 42" x 46" / PLS INQ
Appearances I / 2011 / Oil and wax on canvas / 60" x 48" / PLS INQ
Appearances II / 2011 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 36" / SOLD
Appearances III / 2011 / Acrylic, oil and wax on canvas / 57" x 60" / PLS INQ
Appearances V / 2011 / Oil and wax on canvas / 60" x 32" / SOLD
Appearances VI / 2011 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 36" / PLS INQ
Appearances XI / 2012 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 44" / PLS INQ
Traffic Patterns / 2012 / Acrylic and ink on canvas / 46" x 60" / PLS INQ
Traffic I / 2012 / Acrylic on paper / 43.5" x 29" / PLS INQ
Underfoot (day) / 2014 / Oil and wax on canvas / 42" x 46" / PLS INQ
Underfoot (night) / 2014 / Oil and wax on canvas / 42" x 46" / PLS INQ
Transformers I / 2011 / Acrylic on canvas / 54" x 36" / PLS INQ
Transformers II / 2011 / Acrylic and ink on canvas / 42" x 36" / PLS INQ
More Than Meets the I / 2010 / Serigraph / 26" x 20" / PLS INQ
More Than Meets the I II / 2010 / Serigraph / 26" x 20" / PLS INQ
More Than Meets the I III / 2010 / Serigraph / 26" x 20" / PLS INQ
Heavenly Body II / 2010 / Acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas / 44" x 36" / PLS INQ
Heavenly Body IV / 2010 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 36" / PLS INQ
Heavenly Body VI / 2010 / Acrylic on canvas / 36" x 42" / PLS INQ
Constellation (installation) / 2011 / Silkscreened and stitched fabric  /Dimensions variable / TBD
Subscription/ 2010 / Acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas /67" x 48" / PLS INQ
Wheel of Fortune / 2010 / Acrylic on unstretched canvas / 36" x 36" / PLS INQ
Eye-cons I / 2009 / Acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas /43.5" x 26" / PLS INQ
Clutch / 2009 / Acrylic and oil on paper / 15" x 20" / $750
Learning to Love / 2009 / Acrylic and oil on paper / 15" x 20" / SOLD
Collide-a-scope II / 2009 / Oil and wax on canvas / 48" x 36" / $5,000

EDUCATION:
2004  MFA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
1972  UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST, BFA; MAJOR: PAINTING (CUM LAUDE)

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015 – ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO, IL (UPCOMING)
2014 – LOOKING FOR YOU IN THE MIRROR, LINDA WARREN PROJECTS, CHICAGO, DECEMBER 2014- FEBRUARY 2015
2014 – LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL
2011 – LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL
2010 – UNION LEAGUE CLUB CHICAGO, CURATOR; ELIZABETH WHITING
2010 –   CONSTELLATION, INSTALLATION, BLACK MARKET CAVIAR, CHICAGO, IL
2009 – LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL,
2008 –   UBS 12 X 12: NEW ARTISTS/NEW WORK, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO, CURATOR LYNNE WARREN
2007 – SOCIAL FABRICS: BALLPARK FIGURES, LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL
2005 – SCHEMATIC PATTERNS, LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL
2004 – INTER PLAY, MFA THESIS EXHIBITION, MIDWAY STUDIOS, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
2003 – ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, BLOOMINGTON
2001 – HOT HOUSE – CHICAGO, IL
1997 – SATORI GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL
1994 – SETON GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL
1992 & 1990 – DITTMAR MEMORIAL GALLERY, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
1990 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
1987 – CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER, CHICAGO, IL
1985 – MONIQUE’S, CHICAGO, IL
1984 – SPELMAN COLLEGE, ATLANTA, GA
1984, 1982, 1980 – THE CRYSTAL BRITTON GALLERY, ATLANTA, GA
1981 – THE STUDIO OF THE ARTS ALLIANCE, ATLANTA, GA
1978 – THE BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 – FINAL FOUR/EURO LEAGUE, PENINSULA SQUARE, LONDON, CURATOR: ANJA ABRADOVIC
2013 – CHICAGO CENTER FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGY
2013 – SPACEWOMB, GROUP SHOW, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY
2013 – ARTWORK 6, SULLIVAN CENTER, SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
2012 – SIDESHOW, LINDA WARREN PROJECTS, CHICAGO
2012 – ROCKFORD MIDWESTERN, ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, CURATED BY LISA STONE/ROGER BROWN COLLECTION SAIC
2012 – WAYS OF MAKING: PAINING, GOVERNOR’S STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK IL, CURATOR, DOLORES MERCADO, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART
2012 – MOMENTUM, WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART, JUROR; RITA GONZALEZ, ASSOCIATE CURATOR LACMA, GALLERY 85, LOS ANGELES
2011 – CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF COLLECTING, UNION LEAGUE CLUB CHICAGO
2010 – TWOS, (Curators selections), DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY, RIVER FOREST, IL
2010 – PATTERNS. BETTY DARE GALLERY, CHICAGO
2010 – ART RESPONDING TO VIOLENCE, NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
2010 – VER (A)RT GALLERY, VERA PROJECT, SEATTLE, WA
2010 – ART CHICAGO, LINDA WARREN GALLERY
2010 – SELECTED WORKS FROM THE MCA COLLECTION; FOCUS UBS 12X12
2009 – PAINT, CLIMATE GALLERY, LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS, NY
2009 – THE HAIRY WHO AND IMAGIST LEGACY IN CONTEMPORARY ART, ART CHICAGO
2009 – THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY (U of C), ANNUAL BENEFIT-GLO(BALL), EXQUISITE CORPSE, LWG
2009 – PAINTPRESENT, LAL, LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005  – ART CHICAGO, LINDA WARREN GALLERY
2008-2008 – MAPPING THE SELF, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO
2007 – UNSERIOUSLY SERIOUS, LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO
2008 – ART WORK 5, GALLERY II, SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
2006 – MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO, BENEFIT AUCTION
2006 – ART LA, LINDA WARREN GALLERY
2005 – ARCHI-TYPE, GALLERY ROMAIN, CHICAGO
2004 – PITCH, GALLERY 312, MFA EXHIBIT, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
2003 – INAUGURAL, LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO
2003 – PUBLIC DOMAIN, LINDA WARREN GALLERY, CHICAGO
2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 – FACULTY SHOW GALLERY 37 CENTER FOR THE ARTS, CHICAGO
2000 – ART EXPO, LINDA WARREN FINE ART,PALM SPRINGS, CA
1999 – EARTHWORKS GALLERY, 500 N. MICHIGAN, CHICAGO
1999 – WATERMARK GALLERY, OAKLEY STREET, CHICAGO
1999 – ARTWORK-ART INSTITUTE-CHICAGO, STAFF OF MUSEUM AND SCHOOL
1998 – THE STATE LINE VICINITY EXHIBITION, ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
1998 – ARTISTS OF THE MIDWEST/NEA RECIPIENTS, ART MUSEUM, NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIV
1997 – “BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS”: GALLERY ARTISTS, SATORI GALLERY
1997 – DITTMAR MEMORIAL GALLERY, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
1995 – INSIDE ART, CHICAGO
1994 – LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN, NY
1994 – GREENVIEW ART CENTER, CHICAGO
1990 – NEW HORIZONS IN ART, ILLINOIS ARTISTS
1989 – CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
1982 – COLUMBIA MUSEUM, COLUMBIA, S.C.
1974 – NATIONAL PRINTS/DRAWING COMPETITION, MT. HOLYOKE COLLEGE, MASS
1974 – THE ALPHA GALLERY, BOSTON, MASS
1974 – THE WORCESTER ART MUSEUM, SALES GALLERY, WORCESTER, MASS
1973 – ANNUAL FINE ARTS EXHIBIT, WAUDSWORTH ATHENAEUM, HARTFORD, CT

RECENT AWARDS

2014 – PUBLIC ART COMMISSION: CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, PERMANENT INSTALLATION FOR 35TH/WHITE SOX CTA STATION
2014 – RESIDENCY, DESIGN FABRICATION, ÍFRANS MAYER, MUNICH, GERMANY, 2014
2014 – NOMINATION 3-ARTS AWARD
2011 – VISITING ARTIST, TEACHER INSTITUTE IN CONTEMPORARY ART, SAIC, NEA
2010 – GRANT: ARTIST PROJECT IN VISUAL ARTS, ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL
2009 – NEW AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO
2009 – THE DRAWING CENTER VIEWING PROGRAM, CURATED ARTIST REGISTRY, NEW YORK, NY
2008 – CATWALK, NY ARTIST RESIDENCY, SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
2004 – POST- MFA FELLOWSHIP, VISITING LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
1998 – HONORABLE MENTION AWARD/STATE LINE EXHIBITION/ROCKFORD MUSEUM, ILLINOIS
1996/1997 – ARTS MIDWEST/REGIONAL NEA VISUAL ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARD (PAINTING)
1990 – ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL: SPECIAL ASSISTANCE GRANT/NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY EXHIBIT
1987 – ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL: SPECIAL ASSISTANCE GRANT/CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER EXHIBIT

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY, TEXAS
DELOITTE & TOUCHE, CHICAGO, IL
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LAW FIRM, COLLECTIONS- SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO
AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH, ATLANTA, GA
KING AND SPAULDING, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, ATLANTA, GA
CLARK COLLEGE, ATLANTA, GA
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, ACQUISITIONS RSO
HUGHES SPALDING, INC., ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, ATLANTA, GA
LARRY AND EVELYN ARONSON, GLENCOE, IL
DENNIS AND LINDA MEYERS, CHICAGO, IL
BARBARA KLAWANS, Munster, IN
ROBERT AND FRANCESCA TRUSKA, CHiICAGO, IL
PAMELA MONDSCHEIN, HAIFA, ISREAL
JEFFREY HAMMES AND LINDA WARREN, GLENCOE, IL
MARY AND CHARLIE SHEA, WILMETTE, IL
JOHANN AND CATHERINE CHAPMMAN WONG, STAMFORD, CT
GLORIA AND FARZAD MOGHARABI, WASHINGTON DC
POONEH RASSEKH,CORONA DEL MAR, CA.
MEREDITH RESNICK, LONG GROVE, IL
WILLIAM GEISSLER, WARTRACE, TENNESSEE
DARREL HARRIES, CHICAGO, IL
ANDALIB KHELGATI, CHICAGO, IL
KENDRA THOMPSON, CHICAGO, IL.
SONIA MURPHY, CHICAGO, IL
ABBY CLAPP, CHICAGO, IL

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012 – MOMENTUM, EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART (WCA), JUROR;RITA GONZALEZ, ASSOCIATE CURATOR LACMA
2011 – HUFFINGTON  POST, PAUL KLEIN, ART LETTER .COM, REVIEW
2009 – NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, MIDWEST EDITION
2008 – ISSUE 173, FLAVORPILL CHICAGO, EXHIBITION REVIEW MCA, PATRICIA COURSON
2008 – NEW CITY, EXHIBITION REVIEW MCA, DAN GUNN
2008 – CHICAGO SUN TIMES, HOOP DREAMS LIVE IN HENDERSON ABSTRACT PAINTINGS, DENISE I. O’NEAL
2008 – TIME OUT CHICAGO, REVIEW MCA, ALICIA ELER, ISSUE 152
2007 – ART X WORLD, MAPPING THE SELF, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
2005 – CHICAGO READER, MAPPING RACE RELATIONS, FRED CAMPER /REVIEW/ EXHIBIT at LINDA WARREN
2005 – TIME OUT CHICAGO/ BRIDGETTE McCULLOUGH, REVIEW, EXHIBIT at LINDA WARREN
2005 – CHICAGO TRIBUNE /FEATURE/ JENN GODDU, SCHEMATIC PATTERNS at LINDA WARREN
2005 – NEW CITY/ MICHAEL WORKMAN/ REVIEW/ CIVIC DEMOGRAPHIC/ EXHIBITION at LINDA WARREN
2005 – CHICAGO SUN TIMES, EXHIBITION REVIEW, MARGARET HAWKINS
2005 – CHICAGO ART JOURNAL/ STATEMENT AND ART BY PAULA HENDERSON
2003 – THE CHICAGO READER, CRITIC’S CHOICE /FRED CAMPER/ PAULA HENDERSON at LINDA WARREN GALLERY
2003 – CHICAGO SUN TIMES, LISA LENOIR/ FEATURE/ PAULA HENDERSON at LINDA WARREN GALLERY
2003 & 2001 – CHICAGO JOURNAL, ART WORK PHOTO FEATURED
2000 – “ARTS DIALOGUE”-QUARTERLY INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION, ART WORK FEATURED
1998 – COVER ART – “THE DIVINE ART OF REVELATION,” Bahá’í PUBLISHING TRUST
1995 – SEAWANHAKA (LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY PAPER) – REVIEW, SALENA GALLERY EXHIBIT
1990 – AT CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS/ REVIEW EXHIBIT UIC
1987 – REVIEW: CHICAGO SUN TIMES ‑EXHIBITION/CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER
1982 – REVIEW: THE ATLANTA JOURNAL AND CONSTITUTION, EXHIBITION, CRYSTAL BRITTON GALLERY
1984 – REVIEW: CREATIVE LOAFING REVIEW EXHIBIT, CRYSTAL BRITTON GALLERY

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

CURRENT – (2006), SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE, ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR LIBERAL ARTS (2011)
2014 – PRESENTER, WINGS FOUNDATION CONFERENCE, PENSACOLA FL, 2014
2011 – PRESENTER NATIONAL RACE AMITY CONFERENCE, WHEELOCK COLLEGE, BOSTON
2004 – POST MFA FELLOWSHIP, GUEST LECTURER, COVA, UNIV. OF CHICAGO
1994-2005 – LEAD ARTIST, GALLERY 37:DOWNTOWN, NEIGHBORHOOD AND SCHOOLS PROGRAMS
1999 – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND-LED A GROUP OF CHICAGO GALLERY 37 STUDENTS TO SCOTLAND TO ATTEND GLASGOW’S INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE/ INTERNATIONAL YOUNG DESIGNERS PROJECT.
CURATOR/MULTI-CULTURAL EXHIBITION SERIES/NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY’S NORRIS CENTER
1995 – DITTMAR GALLERY/NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, PANELIST, FORUM: “ETHNOCENTRICITY AND THE ARTS”

My recent work puzzles the social impact of representations of women in the commercial media. These paintings reflect the shaping of personal narratives/ identities being forged out of, and based on, the push/pull of desire/ allure. Their poses, postures, surface treatments, and selectively enhanced/diminished proportions are archetypes, ubiquitous in the media, and out of reach in their perfect manufacture.

Have current views of beauty, so thoroughly conflated with notions of desire, power, lifestyle, and celebrity- distracted the construction of our personal narratives? Might we, to various degrees, embrace our own objectification?

My appropriation and re-arrangements of these ‘product’ images, echoes their ubiquitous presence and growing function as icons of desire. The cult of the individual has become the cult of emulation. Women must be not only beautiful but desirable- ‘hot’- and well accessorized.

The Appearances paintings simulate the worldly beauty/ power of historic Eastern deity icons to link it to the manufacture of media goddesses. Not unlike Buddhist sculptures of Bodhisattvas, charged with guiding souls to perfection, these works reference the fascination and power vested in commercialized female representation. My fusions of these perfect bodies with their resultant distortions reflect the fraught effects of simulation.

The Transformers riff on models as power toys – armored, slick, accessorized- deployed.

Temple Construction is a category of works that includes groups of paintings, Turning to Stone and Freeze. Imagery, titles, and even the installation of these works reference the hierarchy of power that the beauty industry is erected on and sustained by. The dimensions of the works, Turning to Stone, resonates with those required for a career in modeling- and depicts fashion figures totemically, as deity icons in a temple frieze, ‘biblically’ turning to stone in contemplation of ‘high end’, ‘must have.’ accessories.

In the Traffic series, I use the neutrality of IDOT figuration to fashion a codex, to map less visible dynamics of the social landscape- here the intersection of beauty and desire, the media, and human trafficking.

On a different track, I return to my ongoing interest in abstraction in a post-modern framework, with the series Groundwork. In contrast to the self contained formalism of modernism I focus on prosaic, schematic patterns of formal appeal that operate simultaneously as social signifiers.