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Biography - Fern Shaffer

Fern Shaffer


1991 M.A., Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
1983-89 Graduate Study: University of Illinois, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1981 B.F.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
1970 Northeastern University of Illinois
1964-65 University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
1962-64 University of Illinois, Navy Pier, IL
1961-62 I.I.T. School of Design, Chicago, IL


2000 "Cycle of Rituals", Galeria De Arte Fotografico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia, South America
1999 Lithuanian Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania, Europe
"Medicinal Plants", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 "Pilgrimages Toward The Sacred", Olin Gallery,Roenoke College, Salem,VA
1997 International Art Festival of Medellin 1997, Public Sculpture, Medellin, Colombia
1996 "Peregrinajes hacia lo sagrado", Museum of Modern Art, Pereira, Colombia
"Peregrinajes hacia lo sagrado", Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia
Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College, VT
1995 "Peregrinajes hacia lo sagrado", Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia
1991 "Urban Series", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
One Illinois Center, Chicago, IL, Curator, Dennis Adrian
"Greenhouse Effect," Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 Common Boundary Conference, Washington, D.C.
1986 on Photo Plus", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1985 "Beyond The Cave", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983 "Morphogenetic Fields", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1981 "Ontology at 36", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001 "Environmental Interactions", Kutztown University, PA
"Sculpture in Chicago Now", Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 "Cows on Parade", Chicago, Illinois
"Spiritual Passports", Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
"Spiritual Passports", Lockport, IL
" Painting in Chicago Now", Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 "Spiritual Passports", Southern Illinois Art Gallery
"Spiritual Passports", Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Myths and Legends", Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska
"Then & Now", NIU Art Museum Gallery in Chicago, IL
1996 "Art in Chicago, 1945-95", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
"Inside out-Outside in", Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
1995 "Garbage" Thread Waxing Space, New York
1994 "Garbage" R.A.W., Real Art Ways Gallery, Hartford, CT
Transitions Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
1993 "20th Anniversary Show", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Latina/Americana", Fertile Ground, Bucamanga, Colombia
"Latina/Americana", Fertile Ground, Cali, Colombia
1992 "Grit and Polish Art and Space", State of Illinis Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Latina/Americana", fertile Ground, Bogota, Colombia
"Fate of the Earth Exhibition", Ceres Gallery, New York
"Latina/Americana", Fertile Ground, Medellin, Colombia
1990 Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
"For the Birds", Charles A. Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
"Self Portrait", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989 "Tropical Rain Forest Show", Sundered Ground, New York
Artemisia Invitational, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Wichita Art Assoc., Wichita, KS
Ruben Saunders Gallery, Wichita, KS
1988 15th Anniversary Show, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Detroit Focus, Detroit, MI
1987 SoHo 20, New York, NY
"Myth and Magic", Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
"Artemisia/A Show To Go", Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
"Artemisia/A Show To Go", Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
"Artemisia/A Show To Go", Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1986 "Artemisia/A Show To Go", Traveling Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago,IL 1985 Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
1984 10th Anniversary Show, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Artists Call", Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1982 34th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
1980 Chicago Abstract Artists' Invitational, Bensonville, IL
Works on Paper, Springfield, IL
1978 Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Northwestern University Faculty Club, Evanston, IL
1977 Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1976 Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL


Juan Alberto Gaviria,"Desde el Silencio", El Mundo, Maginario,Aug.1997 p.5,6.
Suzi Gablik, Orion, " Arts and the Earth", Autumn,1995, p.44
Baile Oakes, Sculpture with the Environment, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995 p.90-93.
Suzi Gablik, Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1993, Vol. XXXII,No. 2, P. 231.
Suzi Gablik, "The Artist As Enchanter", Common Boundary, Vol. 10, Issue 2 March/April 1992, p.21
Garrett Holg, Art News, Jan. 1992, Vol.91, No 1, p.135
Suzi Gablik, "The Ecological Imperative", An Interview with Fern Shaffer and Othello Anderson, Art Papers, Nov. 1991.
Michelle Grabner, Review, New Art Examiner, Sep. 1991, Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 38
Mike Isaacs, "Exploring the Unorthodox in Art, in Life", Skokie Review, Aug. 1, 1991, "Diversions", p. D3
Thomas McEvilley, "The Selfhood of the Other", Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art, Susan Vogel, The Center for African Art, New York, 1991, p. 273
David McCracken, Review, Chicago Tribune, May 24, 1991, Sec. 7,p. 56, "Friday"
Suzi Gablik, The Re-enchantment of Art, Thames & Hudson, 1991
Peter J.W. Elstrom, Crain's Chicago Business, Nov. 5-11, 1990, Vol. 13, No. 45, p. 1
Gloria Orenstein, The Reflowering of the Goddess, Pergamon Press, Athena Series, 1990
Irene Diamond and Gloria Orenstein, Reweaving the World, Sierra Club, 1990
Suzi Gablik, The World & I, Dec. 1988, Vol. 3, No. 12, p. 240
Suzi Gablik, Psychological Perspectives, Fall-Winter 1988, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 283-93
High Performance, Fall, No. 43, 1988, p. 20
David McCracken, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 6, 1988, Sec. 5, p. 17, "Tempo"
Margaret Hawkins, Review, Chicago Sun Times, "Weekend Plus",Oct. 31, 1986
Garrett Holg, Review New Art Examiner, December 1986
Chicago, David Jackson, May 1984, Vol. 33, No. 5
Patricia O'Brien, Review, New Art Examiner, Summer 1983, p. 7
Buzz Spector, Review, New Art Examiner, Vol. 9, No. 2, Nov. 1981, p. 16

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