About

The purpose of painting is to polish the spirit
©Madison Cawein Portrait by Jamie

©Photo by Matt Gatton



In all that Madison Cawein has painted, the central metaphor is transformation. Like alchemy, art is a process where one thing becomes another.

For the artist, transformation is a spiritual act that occurs in the making of art.

Cawein possesses the gift and the intelligence to transform a subject through the materiality of paint and to reveal its deeper emotional content. In the end, the art must stand apart from the artist. Transformation, however, can continue for all who are willing to engage art in the light of their own experience.

–Albertus Gormain, Arts Across Kentucky

 


MADISON CAWEIN CV

Education

1973 California Institute of the Arts, B.F.A.
1968-71 Harvard University

Selected Exhibitions

2017  Portals to Invisible Worlds, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
2014, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2004,2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995,1994, 1993. B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Ky
2011 Sky Still Lifes, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One-person Show
2009 Around the World, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One-person Show
2005, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
2007 New Works, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One-person Show
1993-95, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2002-01, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1993-94 J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1989-90 Kentucky to Ecuador Invitational, Quito & Cuenca, Ecuador
In Sight of Louisville Invitational, Washington, D.C., Louisville, KY
1988 Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1986-87 Swearingen Gallery, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1980, 1985 Portland Museum, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1983 Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY One Person Show
1970, 1971 Harvard-Radcliff Art Forum, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

Selected Awards and Grants

1994 Kentucky Arts Council Professional Assistance Award
I W Bernheim Foundation Fellowship
1982-84, 1975-76 NEA and Kentucky Arts Council, Artist in Education Grants
1st Place in 1982-84 and 2nd Place in 1975-76

Selected Collections

American Embassy in Sweden, Ambassador Mathew and Brooke Barzun
Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson
J. B. Speed Museum
Louisville Gas & Electric
California Institute of the Arts
Commonwealth Life Insurance
Brown-Forman Corporation
MCA Records
Bernheim Foundation
Community Health Systems
Fire King International
Boehl, Stopher & Graves
HRH Queen Elizabeth II
HRH Princess Alexandra
A.B. Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Professional Activities

1988 Guest Lecturer, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1979-94 Guest Lecturer, University of Louisville Institute of Expressive Therapy, Louisville, KY
1974-1975 Visual Arts Associate for the Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY
1970, 1971 Curator, Harvard-Radcliffe Art Forum, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
1982- 1984 NEA and Kentucky Arts Council, Artist in Education Grants

Selected Bibliography

2011 Interview with Scott Dowd, “Sky Still Lifes by Madison Cawein”, www.arts-louisville.com (visual arts), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnQdWPm8Bjw
2010 “Art About Town,” by Steve Wilson, Sophisticated Living, Lexington, KY. March/April, pg. 96-99
2009 “Home and Garden Style Secrets,” Southern Living, February, pg. 46. illustration
2007 “Recent Paintings by Madison Cawein,” by Jo Anne Triplett,
LEO Weekly, Louisville, KY. May 23-29, review pg. 41
Kentucky Homes and Gardens, Louisville, KY. July/August, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pg. 83, illustration
2005 “Recent Work by Madison Cawein,” by Jo Anne Triplett, LEO Weekly, Louisville, KY
2002 “Endeavors in Media and Art,” The Gallery at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY. catalog pg. 5
“Art Notes,” by David Minton, Lexington-Herald Leader, Lexington, KY. June 8, illustration
“Go See,” by Diane Heilenman, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. May 19, pg. I-4 review and illustration
2001 “ATL’s Art Show Challenges Perceptions,” by Amy Drozt,
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. November 11, pg. I-1 & I-4, review and illustration“Thinking Art,” by David Minton, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY. March 18, review and illustration
“Madison Cawein at B. Deemer Gallery,” by Bruce Nixon, LEO Weekly, Louisville, KY. review
Trio, Public Radio Partnership, Louisville, KY. Vol. 6, No.3, cover illustration
“Mysticism, Metaphor and Metamorphosis,” by Al Gorman,
Arts Across Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Winter, pg. 38-41
1997 “Madison Cawein at B. Deemer Gallery,” On the Cover, Art Now Gallery Guide, Southeast, Clinton, NJ. June/July/August, Vol. 16, No. 10, cover & pg. SE5
Art Now Gallery Guide, Southeast, Clinton, NJ. April, Vol. 16, No. 8, pg. SE23, illustration
1995 Art Now Gallery Guide, Southeast, Clinton, NJ. September, Vol. 15, No. 1, pg SE24, back cover, illustration