1988M.F.A., University of California, Berkeley, Calif.
1980B.A., State University of New York, Potsdam, N.Y.
1978-79"Studio in New York Program," Empire State College, New York, N.Y.
2016Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2014The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nev.
2013Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2011Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2009Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2007Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2004Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2002Truckee Meadows Community College, Elizabeth Sturm Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2001Lake Tahoe Community College Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
1997Sun Mountain Gallery, Virginia City, Nev.
KNPB Art Gallery, Reno, Nev.
1995Western Nevada Community College, Carson City, Nev.
1994Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
1992Mincher-Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
1990Mincher-Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
1988Mincher-Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
1987San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Calif.
1986Slant Gallery, Sacramento, Calif.
1985Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011Sierra Great Basin Collection, Churchill Arts Council, Fallon, Nev.
Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Calif.
2006Yosemite: Art of an American Icon, Part II: 1970-Present, Traveling Exhibition, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Nevada Landscape: The Painted Environment, Traveling Exhibition, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nev.
2003Stremmel at 30, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2002Glimpse, Truckee Meadows Community College, Elizabeth Sturm Gallery, Reno, Nev.
Group Show, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, Nev.
Counting Sheep, Artown Public Art Project, Reno, Nev.
2001Nevada Invitational, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nev.
2000Crocker/Kingsley Juried Exhibition, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, Calif.
1999Fin de Siecle, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Group Show, Frank Hill Gallery, Reno, Nev.
Eastern Sierra Arts Foundation Juried Exhibition, Genoa, Nev.
1998Visual Faculties, Part III: Northern Nevada Community Colleges, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nev.
Ten Year Anniversary Invitational, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Serious Fun, Gallery Oboy, San Francisco, Calif.
1996Painting Is Not Dead, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, Calif.
Natural Phenomena: Exploring the Forces of Nature, Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Calif.
19953 Bay Area Artists, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hills, Calif.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Ink People Gallery, Eureka, Calif.
1993Souls, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Etone Moi, Theater Designs, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Perverse/Nature, Mincher-Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
1992Feminine Ascension, Ventura Arts Council, Ventura, Calif.
1991Bolinas Six, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
From the Bay Area, Jennifer Pauls Gallery, Sacramento, Calif.
1990A.M.D.G., Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Echoes of Surrealism, Manderville Gallery, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
1989Centro Colombo-Americano Invitational Tour, Traveling Exhibition: Museums of Modern Art, Cartegena, Columbia; Bucaramanga, Col; Bogata, Col.; Cali, Col.; Pereira, Col.
1988Gallery Artists, Mincher-Wilcox Gallery, San Fancisco, Calif.
Chain Reaction, Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
From Ashes to Veiled Beatitudes, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
Selected Group Exhibitions (Continued)
A Sense of Turbulence, Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
1987From the Back Room, Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
Passages: A Survey of California Women Artists 1945-1987, Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, Calif.
1986Art After Eden: An Un-Natural Perspective, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, Calif. (Catalog Published)
New Romantics, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Calif.
1985Pro Arts Annual, Pro Arts, Oakland, Calif.
Two-Person Exhibition, Heller Gallery, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
Unabashed Symbiotics, Old Warehouse Cabaret, Oakland, Calif.
1984San Francisco Science Fiction, Traveling Exhibition; Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.; Clocktower, N.Y.; Otis-Parsons Institute Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
1983Group Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
2009Desert Research Institute, Nev.
2007Renown Health, Reno, Nev.
2006Artown, Reno, Nev.
The Franklin Companies, Los Angeles, Calif.
2002Alps Corporation Collection, Missoula, Mont.
Specialty Financial, Reno, Nev.
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nev.
1991Lilienthal & Fowler, Attorneys at Law, San Francisco, Calif.
1989O. M. Investments, Campbell, Calif.
1987Sherri Ceazan, Beverly Hills, Calif.
1986Sara Muller-Chernoff, Los Angeles, Calif.
Residencies and Awards
2007Yosemite Renaissance, Artists-in-Residence Program, Coulterville, Calif.
2005Artown 10th Anniversary Summer Festival Poster Art, Reno, Nev.
2002Sierra Arts Foundation Professional Artist Grant, Reno, Nev.
1999Eastern Sierra Arts Foundation Juried Exhibition, 1st Place Award, Genoa, Nev.
1992Marin Arts Council Grant, San Raphael, Calif.
1989Robin Quist Gates Painting Fellowship, Djerassi Foundation, Artists-in-Residence Program, Woodside, Calif.
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Leininger, M. (2007, March), Music Helps Artist Create Intriguing Landscapes, Reno Gazette-Journal
Turner, C. (2006), 10 Great Tahoe Artists, Tahoe Quarterly
Harman, F. (2005, June), Artown Ready to 'Bloom', Reno Gazette-Journal
Read, L. (2004), State of the Artists, Tahoe Quarterly
Read, L. (2003, Spring), Pantheistic Visions, Tahoe Quarterly
Cutchin, C. (2002, June), Counting Rams, Reno News and Review
Van Proyen, M. (1999, Spring), Fin de Siecle, Artweek
Hunt, D. (1998, April), 'Serious Fun' at Gallery Oboy, Artweek
Stone, S. (1996, Winter), When Nature Calls, Reno News and Review
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Baker, K. (1992, September), Phyllis Shafer at Mincher-Wilcox, San Francisco Chronicle
Roach, H. (1992, September), Critic's Choice, East Bay Guardian
Baker, K. (1992, June), How Culture Defeats Nature, San Francisco Chronicle
Woodard, J. (1992, July), Women's Work, Los Angeles Times
Baker, K. (1988, June), Shafer and Knauff, San Francisco Chronicle
Solnit, R. (1988, September), A Lusty Burgeoning, Artweek
Cohn, T. (1987, July), Sturm and Scape, Artweek
Baker, K. (1986, March), Group Show: Isn't it Romantic - Or Is It?, San Francisco Chronicle
Brunson, J. (1986, March), An Emerging Romanticism, Artweek
Solnit, R. (1986, November), Eden, Armageddon and the Funnies, Artweek
Shere, C. (1986, February), The New Romantics Shoot for Realism, Oakland Tribune
Solnit, R. (1986, February), Arts, Pacific Sun
Powers, V. (1985, February), Shapes of a Terrible Future, Artweek