Bio

Paula Roland is a life-long artist and teacher with an MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of New Orleans. After many years teaching painting and drawing at the college level, Paula found a niche specializing in encaustic monotype printing and related encaustic topics. Since 1996, these processes and materials have informed and inspired her own works, and in turn inspired her teaching.

Born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Paula spent much of her adult life living and working in nearby New Orleans. Her works address the extremes in nature and the natural world’s nexus with ecology, science, art, and spirit. Since the early 1980s her works have examined natural phenomena and human interaction. Drawn to areas with a strong sense of place that are culturally rich, diverse, and visually inspiring, Roland moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1989.

“Living near Los Alamos National Labs and Chaos Theory think tanks has led to a heightened interest in science, including systems, fractals, and strange attractors. In recent works, I examine ecology through intuitive mapping, finding my way in rapidly changing environments in the natural world through my art. I choose materials for their ability to be somewhat unpredictable or have the ability to change and therefore partner with me in making the work. This process circumvents preconceived ideas and opens me to new possibilities. I engage with the image and medium in a direct and intimate way. With encaustic printing, thought and action are one, much like improvisational music or dance.”

Roland’s awards include commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and for the US Department of State’s American Embassies in South Africa and Uganda. She was awarded residencies at VCCA in Virginia and in France, and two at the Santa Fe Art Institute, working with Lynda Benglis and with Elizabeth Murray. Articles on Paula Roland have appeared in New American Painting, Surface Design Journal, Artist’s Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, the Santa Fean Magazine and Vasari21 online art magazine. Her works are included in books and media on art, encaustic and installation.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016   Uncharted, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2014   Natural Causes, Smink Gallery, Dallas, TX
Navigating, New Encaustic Monotypes, Paula Roland. Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2013   Newlandia, New Works by Paula Roland. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2012   SIZZLE! Hot Wax Prints by Paula Roland. Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX
Paula Roland, Smink Gallery, Dallas, TX
2011   Beauty’s Language, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009   Poetics of Pattern, Gallery at R & F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2008   For the Bees, Moulin`a Nef, Auvillar, France
2004   One of a Kind: Encaustic Monotype by Paula Roland, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS
2003   Synesthesia: New Work by Paula Roland, in Three Parts, Chiaroscuro, Santa Fe, NM
1988   Post Natural Selections I, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1986   Introductions, Harris Gallery, Houston, TX
1985   Festival of New Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA. Curator: Roberta Smith


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Paperworks 3, Summer Art Selections, Smink, Houston
MCHugh, Christine. “Some Like it Hot, Paula Roland-Earthly Forms–Monotypes”. The Artist’s Magazine,
Keep it 100 Invitational, On Center Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Curator: Winston Lee Mascarenhas
2017
The 27th Annual ArtsThrive, Invited Artist, Albuquerque Museum of Art
2016
Paperworks, Smink Inc, Dallas, TX
2014 
Women And Print, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.
Group Invitational Exhibition
Detroit Connections: Detroit Women Printmakers And Their Mentors, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI. Group Invitational .Mid America Print Council Conference
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, and Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic Art
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ. Curator: Michael Giaquinto
2013
Obscure/Reveal, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Third Annual Massively Small Exhibition, J Go Gallery, Park City, Utah
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, and Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic Art
Cape Cod Museum of Art. Curator: Michael Giaquinto
Losing Ground, Gaining Perspective, Gallery X, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA Curator: Natalie Abrams
2012
Lady Minimalist’s Tea Society, Project Space, ART Santa Fe, International Art Fair. Santa Fe, NM
On and Off the Wall: Invitational Encaustic Monotype Exhibition, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Kathleen Lemoine, Curator
Hot Off The Press – New Encaustic Printmaking, Invitational, Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY. David A. Clark, Curator
Future of the Past, Invited Artist, MASS WAX / International Encaustic Artists, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
2011
High Contrast, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2010
Pollination: Encaustic Works from New Mexico, Santa Fe Arts Commission Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009
25 F: Encaustic Encounters, Turchin Center for the Arts, Boone, NC. Curator: Brook Bower
Beauty and Its Opposites, 3rd National Encaustic Painting Conference, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA Juror: Nick Capasso.
Encaustic Works 2009 R & F Biennial, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY. Juror: Heather Hutchison
2007
Fall invitational, Galleri Urbane, Marfa, Texas (during the Chinati Open House)
2003
The Whole Ball of Wax, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago. Juror: Joanne Mattera
ART Santa Fe 2003, International Art Fair, Santa Fe
2002
Lush Abstraction, Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago
2001
Originals, New Mexico Committee, National Museum for Women in Arts, Harwood Museum, Taos
2000
Beaux Arts, Plan B/ Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. Jurors: James Kelly, Linda Durham, Louis Grachos, Sarah S. King, and Stuart Ashman
24th Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
1999
Exhibition in Print, New American Painting, The Open Studio Press, Vol. 24, Oct-Nov. Curator: Lisa Phillips, Director, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1995
Mostra 95 Invitational, Invitational, Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco, CA
1999
Contemporary Art 1999, Los Alamos, NM, Award Best of Show Juror: Louis Grachos,
1989
Biennial Five, Birmingham Museum of Art, 1989 Juror: Susan Krane, Director, High Museum, Atlanta, GA
1987   Art for Art’s Sake, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA (also 1985 and 1986)
The Louisiana Competition, Louisiana Arts and Science Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Fifth Annual Exhibition of Louisiana Women Artists, West Baton Rouge Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Selections One, Invitational at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
1986
MajorMini Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1986
MajorMini Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1985
28th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock., AR Juror: James Surls
Frozen in Time: A Last Resort, The Last Ride, Contemporary Arts Center, Pontchartrain Beach,
New Orleans, LA *
1984
The Third Coast, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX
National Works on Paper, Spokane , WA
1984
National Women’s Art Exhibition, Women’s Pavilion, Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA. Jurors: Ida Kohlmeyer, Josine Ianco Starrels, and Lowery Stokes Sims


Education

EDUCATION

M.F.A. University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, Painting and Sculpture
B.A. St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans, LA, Painting

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY, encaustic studies with Cynthia Winika
College of Santa Fe, encaustic studies with Richard Frumess and Pamela Blum
New York Studio School, The Drawing Marathon
Santa Fe Art Institute, Residency with Elizabeth Murray
Santa Fe Art Institute, Residency with Lynda Benglis


Distinctions

SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS
Artists Fellowship | Anderson Ranch Art Center, Advanced Printmaking Studio Critique
Presenter | 8th and 9th International Encaustic Painting Conferences, “Using Graphite and Wax”. Provincetown, MA
Co-Presenter | w/Jennie Frederick. 7th Int’l Encaustic Painting Conference, “Encaustic Prints with Kozo Fiber” Provincetown, MA
Panel Participant | Encoding and Decoding our Work, Sixth International Encaustic Painting Conference, Provincetown, MA
Award | La Vendéenne Award for Innovation, International Encaustic Artists, 2013
Award | Beauty and Its Opposites, 3rd Annual Encaustic Painting Conference, Beverly, MA. Juror: Nick Copasso, De Cordova Museum, 2009
Artist Fellowship | Virginia Center for Creative Arts Residency Abroad Program, Auvillar, France 2008
Artist Fellowship | Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Residency, Sweet Briar, VA, 2001
Award | One-person show, Best of Show, Contemporary Art 1999, Juror: Louis Grachos, Director, Site Santa Fe
Tamarind Printmaking Award | Contemporary ‘97, Juror: Louis Grachos, Director, Site Santa Fe, 1997
Faculty Development Grant | Institute of American Indian Arts to attend The Drawing Marathon, New York Studio School, 1995
Grant | Santa Fe Art Institute and IAIA, Residency with Elizabeth Murray, 1995
Grant | Santa Fe Art Institute and IAIA , Residency with Lynda Benglis, 1993
Award | The Louisiana Competition, Juror: Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987
Art in Public Places Endowed Commission | National Endowment for the Arts, 1986
Award | One‑person Show, Festival of New Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 1985. Curator: Roberta Smith, New York Times
Installation Grant | The Last Ride, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, 1985

RESIDENCIES
Anderson Ranch Art Center, Advanced Printmaking Studio Critique with Orit Hofshi
Moulin a’ Nef, Artist’s Residency in Auvillar France through Virginia Center For Creative Arts
R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY, encaustic studies with Cynthia Winika
College of Santa Fe, encaustic studies with Richard Frumess and Pamela Blum
New York Studio School, The Drawing Marathon
Santa Fe Art Institute, Residency and Studies with Elizabeth Murray
Santa Fe Art Institute, Residency and Studies with Lynda Benglis
Virginia Center for Creative Arts | Artist’s Residency, Sweet Briar, VA, 2001

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS
United States Department of State | American Embassy, Johannesburg, South Africa
Agilent Technologies, Inc | Palo Alto, CA
Children’s Hospital | New Orleans, LA
City National Bank | Baton Rouge, LA
U. S. Department of State | American Embassy, Kampala, Uganda
Lowe Investments | Jackson, MS
Novelle, Inc. | Provo, Utah
R&F Handmade Paints | Kingston, NY
Jackson-George Regional Library | (NEA Art in Public Places Commission), Pascagoula, MS
Commission | Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe, Menlo Park, CA,
Commission | United States Department of State, American Embassy, Kampala, Uganda
Commission | Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA