Trudy Kraft

My paintings begin with a visual idea or feeling. I find that the first versions of a particular idea generate their own variations organically, so one piece builds upon another. Thus, early paintings in a particular series become important sources for the paintings that follow. 

I regard my paintings as a physical expression of the underlying interconnectedness of all things. Sometimes I feel as if I am making visible the hidden structures that lie just beyond ordinary perception. As a visual artist, I am conscious of a paradox: if there is a beauty that transcends the senses, our only access to it is through the senses. 

As I build my images, I am aware of my indebtedness to a wide range of cultural traditions. I continue to draw inspiration from my Amarillo roots. Even as a child I saw beauty in the subtle lines and ever-changing hues of the Palo Duro Canyon. The palette of the Panhandle, seen or unseen, still resonates in my work.

In Japan I was exposed to time-honored, sophisticated uses of the decorative arts. African masks, textiles, and baskets have sensitized me to the interaction of pattern, surface, and texture. I am emboldened by the luminosity of color in Thai silks and Indian embroidery. 

I have also been visually and technically inspired by Aboriginal "dream paintings," which demonstrate the abiding significance of content even in decorative abstraction. These and other multicultural influences, which I embrace as part of our common planetary heritage, continue to nourish my work in conscious and unconscious ways.

Trudy Kraft

Trudy Kraft, originally from Amarillo, Texas, graduated from Hamilton College and trained at the Arts Students League in New York City. During four years of residence in Kyoto, Japan, she studied Japanese painting, woodblock printing, and other traditional genres. She moved to Philadelphia in 1985. Kraft's paintings have been featured in the Art in Embassies Program, and she was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Work in collections includes: Amarillo Art Museum, Tyler Museum of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Christopher's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, DuPont Corporation, AstraZeneca.

Kraft continues to draw inspiration from her Amarillo roots. Even as a child she saw beauty in the subtle lines and ever-changing hues of the Palo Duro Canyon. The palette of the Panhandle still resonates in her current work.

Trudy Kraft is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.

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1996       Teaching Certification, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pa.
1976-79    Arts Students League, New York, N.Y.
1976         B.A., Hamilton College; art major
1974/78    Residency, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, Ariz.

 Solo Exhibitions
2015     “Avian Ancestors,” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2013     “Flight Patterns,” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2011     “Emergence,” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2009     Jefferson Medical School Library, Philadelphia.Pa.
2008     “Terma Zones,” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2005     Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2004     Sueno, Telluride, Co.
2004     Show of Hands, Philadelphia, Pa.
2003     Waco Art Center, Waco, Tex.
2003     Kemp Center for the Arts, Wichita Falls, Tex.
2000     Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Tex.
1999     Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Tex.
1994     Axis Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
              Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Lake Charles, La.
1991     Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, Pa.
1980     Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Tex.
1984     Oni Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.

1993   Finalist, Pew Fellowships in the Arts Disciplinary.
1992-4Award, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa.
1990   Award, Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan.

 Group Exhibitions
2017    Cerulean Gallery, Amarillo, Tex. “Crank up the Color.”
2014-6 Norristown Arts Building, Norristown,Pa. “Annual Members’ Exhibit.”
2013     Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa. “Attraction to Abstraction.”
2011     Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa. “C-3.”
2010     Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2006     Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, Md. “Kaleidoscopic.”
2005     Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pa. “Multiplies: Am I Repeating Myself?”
              Jurors: Timothy Hawkesworth, Alice Oh, Julia Zagar.    
2005     U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. Stockholm, Sweden. “Art in Embassies Program.”
2003     Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa. “In Depth.” Jurors: Maida Milone, Bill Scott.
2003     Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, Pa. ”61st Annual Awards PaintingExhibition.” Juror: Dr. Nancy Heller.
2002   Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, Md. “September Gallery Artists.”
2001   The Community Arts Center, Wallingford, Pa. “Abstract.”
2001   Ian Peck Fine Paintings, New York, N.Y. “Hamilton Makes Art.”
2000   Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa. “Multiplies.” Juror: Susan Rosenberg.
1999   The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa. “Art of the State: Pennsylvania '99.”
            Juror: James Mahoney.             
1998   The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, N.J. “Transcending the Surface.”
1998   Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa. “Works on Paper.” Juror: Anne R. Fabbri.
1996   Gallery of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. “Philadelphia Artists for the Homeless.”
1995   Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, De. “Return to Beauty.” Curator:  Anna Francis.    
1995     Attic Gallery, Portland, Ore.
1994   Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. “Women's Caucus for Art.” Juror: Dr. Ofelia   Garcia.
1994   Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, N.J. ”National Works on Paper.”   Jurors: Faith Ringgold, Elisabeth Sussman.                    
1994   Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa. “Color Now.” Juror: Laura Rosenstock.
1993   Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, N.J.
1990   Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan.
1990     Mitsukoshi Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
1990   “Facades Imaginaires.” Grenoble, France.
1987   Cooper-Hewitt Museum Shop, New York, N.Y.
1985   “American Art for the Tea Ceremony.” Duxbury, Mass.
1984   Mercer County College, Mercer, N.J.
1981   American Club, Tokyo, Japan.
1980   Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.
1979   Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, N.Y.

 Selected Collections
Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Tex.
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, N.Y.
E. I. Dupont de Nemours & Corporation, Wilmington, De.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
St Rita Hospital, Lima, Oh.
Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, Philadelphia, Pa.
Beneficial Life Insurance, Wilmington, De.
Greenberg, Traurig, Hoffman, Lipoof, Rosen & Quentel, Washington, D.C.
Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J.
Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia, Pa.`
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Tex.
Women's Health Research Institute, Texas Tech University, Amarillo, Tex.
The Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, Amarillo, Tex.
William & Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection, Bryn Marw College, Bryn Marw, Pa.
Robert M. Rogers Hospice Center, Tyler, Tex.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, De.

Selected Bibliography
Fallon, Roberta. “Master Kraft.” Philadelphia Weekly, March 16, 2011.
Perricelli, Lynne Moss. “ Art and Nature, Symbol and Pattern.”  American Artist, June 14, 2008.
Sozanski, Edward J. “ Looking Eastward.” The Philadelphia Enquirer, June 10, 2005.
Fallon, Roberta. “Kraft Work.” Philadelphia Weekly, January 21, 2004.
Ingals, Hunter. "Kraft Feeds Visual Hunger." Amarillo Sunday News-Globe, November 14,1999.
Chapin, Courtney. "Transcending the Surface." Town Topics, July 15, 1998.
Rosen, Jennifer. "World Travel Influences Artist's Style." Main Line Life. June1, 1995.
Francis, Anna. "Trudy Kraft." Art Matters, April 1994.
Rice, Robin. "Kraft Works." City Paper. March 18-25, 1994.
Larmoth, Jeanie. "Second Wind for the Fan." Town and Country, vol.141 June 1987.
Louie, Elaine. "Home Beat." The New York Times. Feb. 26, 1987.
Saint-Gilles, Amaury. "Art: People and Places." Mainichi Daily News. May 22, 1982.