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24" X 15" oil on canvas 2005

 

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Martha Armstrong; Vermont Landscapes- Carand Burnet, 2011
Martha Armstrong: The Reality of Appearance- Jeffery Carr, 2007
The Living Landscape- Jonathan Goodman, Autumn 2005
Martha Armstrong at Walter Wickiser Galleries - Art in America, April 2004
Whose Woods- Lilly Wei, Spring 2003
"Whatever You Paint, You Bring Everything To That Moment"- Gerrit Henry, Spring 2000
Stepping Into Good Weather- Alexi Worth, November 1997

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Martha's page at AskArt.com
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Giotto.org faculty page (some additional works can be seen here)
The International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy

Martha on Painting, 1997

Education

1963 M.S., Rhode Island School of Design
1962 B.A., Smith College

Solo Exhibitions

2016 FIVE POINTS GALLERY Torrington, CT IN AND OF THE LAND, PART 2 Curated by Ann Finholt
2006 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, (also, 2003, 1995, 1993, '91, '86, '85, '84, '84, '83, '81, '80, '77, '74)
Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, Mass
2005 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2004 The International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Umbria, Italy
2003 Walter Wickiser Gallery, Inc., New York, N.Y.
2001 Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Spheris Gallery, Walpole, NH
1998 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York
Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York
1996 Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco
1996 The Bowery Gallery, New York
1993 The Bowery Gallery, New York
1989 DePauw University, Emison Art Center, Greencastle, IN
1988 Smith College, Northampton, MA
Invitational Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York
1985 Hull Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1984 Retrospective 1964 84, Comfort Gallery, Haverford College
1983 Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1981 Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia
1971 The Gallery, Jim Thorpe, PA
1969 Sessler Gallery, Philadelphia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2006 Disegno, Watkins Gallery, Northampton, Mass.
Works on Paper Invitational, The Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, Mass.
2005 Gallery Artists Part II, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2004 Small Works, The Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, Mass.
Gallery Artists Part I, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Gallery Artists, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
Juried Members Exhibition, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa.
George Nick Selects Realist Painters , Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass.
2003 Light and Landscape - Reflections of Italy, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa.
Unbroken Circle: Tribute to Quita Brodhead, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa.
2002 Plein-Aire Revisited, curated by William Barnes, The Andrews Gallery, William & Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.
The Nature of Nature, curated by Jeffrey Carr, St. Mary s College of Maryland, St. Mary s City, Md.
Changing Prospects: The View from Mt. Holyoke, curated by Martha Hoppin & Susan Danly, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Mass.
Annual Summer Group Exhibition, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
Landscapes/Mindscapes, curated by Guna Mundheim, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, N.J.
Imaginative Affinities: Echoes of Edwin Dickinson in Contemporary American Painting, curated by Scott Noel, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
The American River, organized by The Great River Art Institute, Walpole, N.H., Director: Cynthia Reeves Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vt. Summer 2002
T.W. Wood Gallery and Art Center, Montpelier, Vt. Fall 2002
Florence Griswald Museum, Lyme, Conn. Fall 2003
2001 From West to Wyeth Painting in Philadelphia, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Panel: Edna Andrade, William Daley, John Moore, Scott Noel, Moderator: Martha Armstrong
Painting from Life, Concord Art Association
Panel: Martha Armstrong, Jeffrey Carr, Scott Noel, William White, Moderator: George Nick
2000 Women s View: Two Generations of Women Artists from NewYork, curated by Ying Li,
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1999 Ambience and Energy, curated by Stacy Smith, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
Of Darkness and Light: Contemporary Landscape Painting curated by Mark Scala,
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
1999 Armstrong, Scott, Werfel, Washington Depot, CT
1998 Armstrong, Friese, Lewis, Matthiasdottir, Jaffe-Friede & Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1997 Martha Armstrong - Oils/David Rohn - Watercolors, Spheris Gallery, Walpole, NH
Stanley Lewis/ Martha Armstrong Paintings and Drawings, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
1995 Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Five College Faculty Drawing Exhibition, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1995 Pertaining to Philadelphia II, Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco, CA
In Praise of Nature, PSA Art Showcase IV, New York, NY
Landscapes, Pennsylvania College of Art, Lancaster, PA
1993 Works by Women Artists: Selections from the William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection,
Part I, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Landscape Observed: Drawings by Four Contemporary Artists, Lyman Alyn Art Museum, New London, CT
1992 Balls, Trees, People & Other Abstractions, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA
Faculty Exhibition, Hillyer Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1991 Members Exhibition, The Bowery Gallery, NYC
1990 Recent Paintings: Martha Armstrong, Gary Niswonger, Northampton, MA
Martha Armstrong, Jeffrey Carr, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Group Show, Bowery Gallery, NYC
Evidence of the Senses, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia
Two Person Exhibition, The Gallery, Bloomington, IN
1989 Indiana University Faculty Exhibition, Bloomington, IN
Drawing: Points of View, Belk Art Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
1988 Rutgers National Drawing Exhibition
Allentown Art Museum Juried Exhibition, Allentown, PA
1987 Sazama-Brauer Gallery, Chicago
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Greater Harrisburg Fine Arts Festival, Harrisburg, PA
1986 National Academy of Design Annual, New York
Cheltenham Print Exchange Exhibition, Travelling to China
Contemporary Women Artists of Philadelphia, Invitational, Wallingford Arts Center, Travelling Exhibition
1985 Schoharie National Small Works Exhibition
1984 New Acquisitions, The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Contemporary Artists, Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York
Paper Work, The Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia
1983 Director's Choice, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
Art and the Garden, Kornbluth Gallery, Fairlawn, NJ
Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Landscape Invitational, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
43rd Annual Juried Exhibit, Woodmere Art Gallery, Phila.
Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Drawing Exhibition, Beaver College, Glenside, PA
American Paintings, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
1982 PHILADA Group Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance
42nd Annual Juried Exhibit, Woodmere Art Gallery, Phila.
Hand Made Paper, Bucks County Council on the Arts
Philadelphia Invitational Painting Exhibition, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA
1983 Three Rivers Salutes Three States, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh
18th Juried Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown
Prints by Martha Armstrong & Paul Narkiewicz,
Five Artists, Hahnemann University Gallery, Philadelphia
Hand Made Paper, Pennsylvania State University
Realist Drawings, Watercolors & Prints, Gross McCleaf
1981 Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Drawing Exhibition, Beaver College, Glenside, PA
Series - Invitational, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
1980 Annual Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
Color & Watercolor, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
Christmas Exhibition, Comfort Gallery, Haverford College
1979 Annual Exhibition, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, (Schnaeder Award)
1978 Drawing, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
Paintings by Martha Armstrong & Burton Van Deusen, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
1974 New Talent, Kraushaar Gallery, New York
Women Artists, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
1967 Five Young Painters, Fine Arts Foundation of Connecticut

Collections (partial listing)

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Bryn Mawr College Collection, Bryn Mawr, PA
Chemical Bank, New York, NY
Commerce Bank of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
CIGNA Museum and Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA
E.I. DuPont deNemours & Co., Inc., Wilmington, DE
Emison Art Museum, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
The Fidelity Bank, Philadelphia, PA
The Free Library of Philadelphia,
Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO
Nelson-Atklins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
The Provident National Bank, Philadelphia, PA
R.C.A. Corporation
Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV
Smith, Kline, Beecham, Philadelphia, PA
Taft Broadcasting Company of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA
Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC
Woodmere Art Museum Philadelphia, PA
Private Collections

Selected Bibliography

"The Gallery: Martha Armstrong", Art Gallery, Mar./Apr. 1983, p.36
Armstrong, Martha. "Coming to Terms with Being a Painter." Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Winter 1989
Armstrong, Martha: -2011-2012, exhibition catalogue with a statement by the artist and essays by
Stanley Lewis and William P. Scott, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1983
Contemporary Women Artists 1984, Bo Tree Productions, Palo Alto, CA
Curtis, Deborah. Introduction to Visual Literacy, Prentice Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1987, colorplate four.
Donohoe, Victoria. "Art: Martha Armstrong and Paul Narkiewicz," Philadelphia Inquirer, July 23, 1982, p. E 38
Donohoe, Victoria. "On Galleries", Philadelphia Inquirer, February 1988
Donohoe, Victoria. "On Galleries", Philadelphia Inquirer, May 4, 1985
Donohoe, Victoria. "Martha Armstrong", Philadelphia Inquirer, March 28, 1980
Donohoe, Victoria. "Art: Martha Armstrong", Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 1983, P. E 30.
Driscoll, John. The Artist and the American Landscape, First Glance Books, CA, 1998
Gross, Estelle & Van Deusen, Burton. "A Collection of Thoughts About Drawing." Gross McCleaf Gallery, Phila., 1978
Katz, Jonathan. "Around the Galleries", The Bulletin, April 12, 1981
Leonard, Elizabeth. "Martha Armstrong: Distilling the Essence of a Landscape", Painting the Landscape,
Watson Guptill Pub., New York, NY 1984 pp.84 87
Mangravite, Andrew. "Cool Figures, Hot Landscapes", Welcomat, Philadelphia, April 1991
Rosenthal, Deborah "Martha Armstrong at Gross McCleaf", Art in America, October 1984, p. 215, Vol. 72, No. 9
Scott, William P. "Martha Armstrong: Abstracted Landscapes", American Artist, January 1980
Scott, William P. "Martha Armstrong", Arts Magazine, Summer 1988, Vol. 62. No. 10
Scott, William P. "Martha Armstrong: Paintings and Prints", New Art Examiner, October 1980
Sozanski, Edward J. "Martha Armstrong", Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 1983, p. D 4

“Painting the landscape, for me, is watching the light. Painting still lifes in the long slanting light of winter is a way to keep track of myself and the days as they move toward spring. I paint fast and try the image again and again as the light changes. Painting this way may be as much about how the eye sees or the brain works as it is about the light.

I get double takes of the image. It seems playful. There is a dailyness about this. It is like painting landscapes inside or from inside out to the landscape.

Painters have always worked this way. It is obvious in Cubism- repeating the image- maybe not so obvious but there in Bonnard.”

-Martha Armstrong


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