Uta-Maria Krapf

To the viewer, my work is likely seen as nonobjective, as it is not a depiction of any known act, scene or being, and does not tell a story. It is an interpretation of my notions of forms beyond the finite ones we recognize. The abstract forms I use are determined by those that I see or invent, and are tempered by the idea that form, in and of itself, carries content. The forms are revised, refined and often stylized in order to allow them to interact on the painted surface as elements that communicate on a non-literal basis.

My media often include those not understood as traditional. For the past few years, I have been experimenting with mixing various pigments into gesso (traditionally used as a surface preparation for paintings) and using this mixture as my paint. The ability for the pigments to intermix with the chosen medium, as well as these mixtures to intermix with each other are several criteria I use in making my choices. Over time, the colors in my paintings have become increasingly intense. The brilliance of the colors produced through these mixtures is my primary consideration in determining which combinations to use.

I am currently using stretched muslin as my painting substrate. It is lighter in weight and texture than canvas. This lightness allows a smoothness of paint application and rather than being partially absorbed, as with heavier cloth, the paint stays on the surface of the muslin, making the colors appear luminous.


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BIOGRAPHY
BA, MA, MFA, The University of Iowa 

Uta’s fascination with formalism is evident in her paintings. The intention of her work is to portray a non-
literal interpretation of forms beyond the finite ones we recognize. In creating her work, light, color as light, and representation of dimension on the painting surface are important considerations. Uta’s work has been shown in galleries in the U.S. and abroad, and is included in numerous public and private collections.
She lives and works in Marfa, Texas.

EDUCATION
12/87 University of Iowa Master of Fine Arts
12/86 University of Iowa Master of Arts
12/84 University of Iowa Bachelor of Art

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
8/88  University of Alabama, Professor: Design, Color Theory
8/87-8/88  University of Iowa, Instructor: Graphic Design, Color Theory
6/86-3/88 University of Iowa Museum of Art: Graphic Designer 

EXHIBITIONS
10/14- Martin Maria Studio/Gallery, Marfa Texas, Two person exhibition
9/13 McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, Invitational group exhibition
6/13 Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas, Two person exhibition
1/13 Santa Anita Gallery, Edinboro, Texas, Juried Group Exhibition
10/12 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, Pennsylvania, juried group exhibition
9/12 Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia, Juried group exhibition
9/12 Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida, juried group exhibition
9/11 Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, juried online group exhibition
9/11 Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, Arkansas, juried group exhibition
9/11 Shape Gallery, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, juried group exhibition
9/11 Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida, juried group exhibition
8/11 Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, Garden City, New York, juried group exhibition
8/11 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
6/11 Rocky Mount, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
1/11 Wagner Sousa Modern Art, Galveston, Texas, solo exhibition
12/10 Still Point Gallery, Brunswick, Maine, online juried group exhibition
12/10 Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland, juried group exhibition
8/10 Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida, juried group exhibition
8/10 Cheyenne Artist Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
6/10 Arts West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC, Invitational group exhibition
4/10 Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, Texas, juried group exhibition
12/09 The Main Street Gallery, Groton, New York, juried group exhibition
11/09 Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland, juried group exhibition
10/09 Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Illinois, juried group exhibition
9/09 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
8/09 Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, Florida, juried group exhibition
6/09 Main Street Gallery, Groton, New York, juried group exhibition
2/09 Ciao Gallery, Wilson, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
2/09 Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, Texas, juried group exhibition
1/09 Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas, juried group exhibition
12/08 George Segal Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey, juried group exhibition
9/08 Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Illinois, juried group exhibition
8/08 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
9/08 Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, Delaware, juried group exhibition
3/08 Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, Texas, juried group exhibition
9/07 Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado, juried group exhibition
9/07 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
9/07 Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Illinois, juried group exhibition
7/07 Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, juried group exhibition
7/07 South Arkansas Art Center, El Dorado, Arkansas, juried group exhibition
5/07 Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, Farmington, New Mexico, juried group exhibition
3/07 Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
3/07 CCA, Kinston, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
10/06 Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, Texas, juried group exhibition
9/06 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
8/06 Fourth Floor Gallery, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama, three-person invitational exhibition
6/06 South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, Arkansas, juried group exhibition
6/06 Rome Area Council for the Arts, Rome, Georgia, juried group exhibition
5/06 Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, Farmington, New Mexico, juried group exhibition
4/06 Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
10/05 Kate Hoffman Art Association, Fort Davis, Texas, juried group exhibition
10/05 Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, Texas, juried group exhibition
9/05 Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado, juried group exhibition
8/05 Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, Georgia, juried group exhibition
7/05 Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, juried group exhibition
7/05 South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, Georgia, juried group exhibition
6/05 Emerge Gallery, Greenville, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
4/05 Red Dot Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, juried group exhibition
1/05 Brown & Scurlock Galleries, Beaumont, Texas, juried group exhibition
1/05 Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas, juried group exhibition
10/04 University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama, invitational three-person exhibition
10/04 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
8/04 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
5/04 Northwest New Mexico Arts Council, Farmington, New Mexico, juried group exhibition
5/04 Emerge Gallery, Greenville, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
5/04 Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC, juried group exhibition
4/04 Red Dot Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, juried group exhibition
4/04 Huber Gallery, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, juried group exhibition
3/04 AVA Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee, three-person invitational exhibition
2/04 GC Art Gallery, Miami, Florida, juried group exhibition
8/03 Artists Museum, Port Arthur, Texas, juried group exhibition
4/03 Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, Texas, juried group exhibition
3/03 Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas, New Mexico, juried group exhibition
2/03 Cedar Key Arts Center, Cedar Key, Florida, juried group exhibition
2/03 Moon Gallery, Berry College, Berry, Georgia, three-person invitational exhibition
1/03 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
11/02 Central Wyoming College Gallery, Riverton, Wyoming, invitational group exhibition
12/01 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
11/01 Central Wyoming College Gallery, Riverton, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
4/01 Navarro Council of the Arts, Corsicana, Texas, juried group exhibition
12/00 Gallery 214, Montclair, New Jersey, juried group exhibition
11/00 Gallery 214, Montclair, New Jersey, juried group exhibition
9/00 Gallery 214, Montclair, New Jersey, juried group exhibition
8/00 Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
8/00 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
7/00 Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, juried group exhibition
6/00 Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, Idaho, juried group exhibition
3/00 Kauffman Gallery, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, juried group exhibition
1/00 Bryant Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, juried group exhibition
10/99 Clegg Gallery, Young Harris, Georgia, solo, invitational exhibition
8/99 Cheyenne Artists' Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
8/99 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
11/98 Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama, invitational, group exhibition
8/98 Cheyenne Artists' Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
8/98 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
4/98 Lamar Dodd Art Center, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia, juried group exhibition
3/97 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
3/97 University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, juried group exhibition
7/96 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
7/96 Coleman Center, York, Alabama, invitational, two-person exhibition
2/96 Slocumb Galleries, ETSU, Johnson City, Tennessee, juried group exhibition
1/96 Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, juried group exhibition
10/95 Meridian, Mississippi, invitational, two-person exhibition
9/95 Cheyenne Artists' Guild, Cheyenne, Wyoming, juried group exhibition
7/95 Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota, juried group exhibition
2/95 Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, juried group exhibition
12/94 Kentuck Museum, Northport, Alabama, invitational, solo exhibition
1/94 Arts Center, Fairhope, Alabama, invitational, group exhibition
8/94 Fulton, Mississippi, invitational, solo exhibition
6/94 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
5/94 Alabama State Council on the Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, invitational, three-person exhibition
12/93 Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, Louisiana, juried group exhibition
7/93 Moody Gallery of Art, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, invitational, solo exhibition
6/93 The Partnership Gallery, Montgomery, Alabama, invitational, group exhibition
3/93 Mobile College, Mobile, Alabama, juried group exhibition
2/93 Jemison Carnegie Heritage Hall, Talladega, Alabama, invitational, group exhibition
2/93 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
10/92 Johnson County Arts Center, Iowa City, Iowa, invitational, group exhibition
1/92 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
11/91 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
10/91 San Diego, California, juried group exhibition
2/91 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
11/90 Winston/Salem, North Carolina, juried group exhibition
10/90 Auburn, Florence, Dothan, Gadsden, Northport, Sylacauga, Alabama, invitational, traveling group exhibition
6/90 Galveston, Texas, juried group exhibition
3/90 Washington, Pennsylvania, juried group exhibition
2/90 Hays, Kansas, juried group exhibition
2/90 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
8/89 Studio Kausch, Kassel, West Germany, invitational, solo exhibition
5/89 Moody Gallery of Art, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, invitational, two-person exhibition
4/89 SMGA, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, annual exhibition
3/88 Brunnier Gallery, Ames, Iowa, juried group exhibition
10/87 Old Brick, Iowa City, Iowa, invitational, group exhibition