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ARTIST STATEMENT

I pull the paint around much like I dig for soft shell clams on Cape Cod - digging, scraping, clawing in the muck at low tide until my fingers grasp purchase and begin to pull things up to the surface; and I push the paint much like I garden - I use my hands and various tools to both smooth over and then trench through the freshly turned earth to see what remains and what needs to be destroyed. It is in both of these actions that I open up and simply allow my palette knives and unusual tools to build pathways in the paint creating a gestural and textural landscape that is at once both a welling memory of a place as well as a actual location.  I often refer to aerial maps, historic topographic maps and lean on my past studies as a physical geography major to inform my visual language as I like to tell the story of a place from what is both living above and beneath the surface. Themes are present in my works and in addition to my serene Cape Cod inspired seascapes I am working on a series of Granite Quarry paintings called "Split Rock Roads" and rural farming series called "Farm To Table." 

C O N T E M P O R A R Y   A B S T R A C T E D  L A N D S C A P E S  &  S E A S C A P E S

AWARDS
2015     OXFORD GALLERY AWARD, Juror Michael Rooks, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Atlanta's High Museum of Art 
​​2015     CONTEMPORARY ART AWARD, Southern Tier Biennial, Olean, NY
2013     Named "ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2013" by the Gargiulo Fine Arts Foundation, Palm Coast, FL


GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
​​2015     VERMONT STUDIO CENTER, Merit-Based Grant, Johnson, VT (attended February 2016)
2011     COMMUNITY ARTS OF ELMIRA RESIDENCY - Grant from the NYFA 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017     Christine Sullivan, New Works / Featured Artist Exhibition, Oils By The Sea / ROCCAPRIORE Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2016     Christine Sullivan, New & Selected Works, Oils By The Sea / ROCCAPRIORE Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013     Gargiulo Art Foundation: CHRISTINE SULLIVAN, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL
2012     Christine Sullivan: The Clothesline Project, Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL


ARTIST TALKS
2016     "Painting Through Grief", Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2015     "The Geography of Color", Memorial Art Gallery & Museum, Rochester, NY
2011    "The Clothesline As Series", Community Arts of Elmira, Elmira, NY


SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
​2017      Cape Landscapes, Oils By The Sea / Roccapriore Gallery, Provincetown, MA - Representation
              Plum Contemporary Gallery, St. Augustine, FL - Representation

              Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition, A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art, Olean, NY


2016     Open Studios - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT  - February

             Plum Contemporary Gallery, St. Augustine, FL - Representation
             Oils By The Sea / ROCCAPRIORE Gallery - Representation


2015    
65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Biennial Exhibition,  Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

              The Gallery Store, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester,  Rochester, NY

              Southern Tier Biennial Juried Exhibition, A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art, Olean, NY
              Cape Landscapes, Oils By The Sea / Roccapriore Gallery, Provincetown, MA - Representation
              Plum Contemporary Gallery, St. Augustine, FL - Representation 
              Regional Group Exhibition, Salvo Art Project (12 Artists Studios & Gallery), Bunnell, FL
 


2014     STRUCTURE, Roan and Black Contemporary Gallery, Saugatuck, MI, - Representation
            'SCAPES. Roan and Black Contemporary Gallery, Saugatuck, MI - Represenation

             Grand Re-Opening Celebration/Exhibition, Plum Contemporary Gallery, St. Augustine, FL - Representation
             Grand Opening Celebration/Exhibition: Salvo Art Project (12 Artist Studios & Gallery) Bunnell, FL
             Represented Artist Group Exhibition, Oils By The Sea / Roccapriore Gallery, Provincetown, MA

             S.E.C.C.A. (South East Coalition of Contemporary Artists) Members Exhibition, Palm Coast, FL 


​2013     64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Biennial Juried Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY​​
             Southern Tier Biennial Juried Exhibition, A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art, Olean, N
             Flagler Fine Art Festival, Juried Outdoor Fine Art Festival, Flagler Beach, FL
             4th Annual S.E.C.C.A. Members Juried Exhibition,  Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL - Representation


2012     Gargiulo Art Foundation’s The Art of the Bicycle, Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL
             Arnot Art Museum, GALLERY GALA 2012  [ biennial invitational fund raiser ], Elmira, NY

2011     63rd Rochester-Finger Lakes Biennial Juried Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY​​
             Southern Tier Biennial Juried Exhibition, A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art, Olean, NY

​             Community Arts of Elmira, Artist Residency "Clothesline Paintings" Exhibition, Elmira, NY


2010     "Abstraction" featuring 10 Regional Contemporary Artists, Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL

EDUCATION
PROVINCETOWN / CAPE COD WORKSHOPS 
2015     Anne Packard, Painting the Landscape, Three Day Outdoor Workshop at the artist's home in Provincetown, MA
2015     Thomas R. Dunlay Plein Air Landscape Workshop, Seven Day Outdoor Workshop, Nantucket, MA 
2014     Anne Packard, Painting the Landscape, Three Day Outdoor Workshop at the artist's home in Provincetown, MA
2014     Thomas R. Dunlay Plein Air Landscape Workshop, Four Day Outdoor Workshop, Nantucket, MA
2013     Cynthia Packard, Painting from Life (figure & stills), Intensive Three Day Workshop in Artist's Studio, Provincetown, MA
2012     Megan Hinton, Representational Abstract Landscape Painting, 5-Day Workshop at the artist's atudio, Wellfleet, MA
2012     Cynthia Packard, Painting the Figure, Intensive Three Day Workshop in Artist's Studio, Provincetown, MA
2011     Megan Hinton, Representational Abstract Landscape Painting, PAAM School, Five Day Workshop, Wellfleet, MA  

NORTHERN FLORIDA WORKSHOPS
2013     Harold Garde, Strappo Printmaking Technique 3-Day Workshop, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2012     Tom Gargiulo, Print Making as Painting Artform, Flagler County Arts Workshop, Palm Coast, FL
2012     Kate Miller (MFA University of South Florida), Encaustics, SECCA School of Art, Palm Coast, FL

SECCA SCHOOL OF ART (Southeastern Coaltion of Contemporary Artists, Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL)
2011     The Surrealists, Study Of & Painting Techniques, John JJ Graham
2011     Foundational Figure Drawing, Richard Schreiner, (MFA Yale, PHD Art Education Columbia University)
2010     Color Theory, William (Bill) Brant, (MFA Syracuse, Professor Emeritus Mass Art)

SECCA SCHOOL PRIVATE STUDY UNDER DIRECTOR JOHN (JJ) GRAHAM (6 MONTHS, Palm Coast, FL)
2010    Abstract Expressionism: Oil Painting Techniques, Trouble Shooting & Traditions 
                   > Foundation Work: preparation, palette and premeditation 
                   > All About the Paint: viscosity, value & volume
                   > Studying the Abstract Expressionists and the Bay Area Figuratives
                   > Landscapes as Figures: use of layering, line, shape & color
                   > Painting the contemporary Portrait: Studying the masters and contemporary works of David Park & Lucien Freud

PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY
1979     BS Physical Geography with Minor in Studio Art,  Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
                   > Studio Focus: Silk Screen Printmaking
                   > Geography Classwork: Emphasis on Physical Geography, cartography & graphic illustration of geologic forms