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Chris Evans is an American artist living and working in rural South Carolina, where her ancestral roots run deep. Her subjects are the native animals, flora and fauna and long-leaf pines of her beloved, low country wetlands.
Evans may be found with her camera, canvases and knee-high "snake boots" wandering through areas as diverse as Edisto Island's Botany Bay, or the manicured gardens of Charleston's historic plantations. Many of Evans' paintings depict the lush savanna vegetation and long-leaf pines found on her own remote homestead.
After earning an undergrad B.F.A. from the University of Texas in Austin, Evans moved to Manhattan and took up residence in a 4000 square foot warehouse in SOHO, where her work garnered attention from art critics Lucy Lippard, Suzanne Volmer and Grace Glueck. Evans exhibited in many galleries and exhibited her work with such artists as Andreas Serrano, Peter Saul, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Roger Brown, Sue Coe, William T. Wiley, May Stevens and many others. Evans’s life and work have historically centered on themes of social justice and non-violence.
Chris Evans' education includes a M.E. in Learning Behavior from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and an M.F.A. from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
2019 The Ethics of Sheep. Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
2018 Catalyst, Charlotte, NC.
2017 Millscapes, The Dalton Gallery, York County Council for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC.
2004 Stephanie Jackson, Healing Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
1984 The Chapel, White Columns Gallery, New York, NY.
1984 The New York State Vietnam Veteran’s Gallery, Albany, NY.
Two, Three and Four-Person Exhibitions
2017 Progress Through Process, Lewandowski Gallery, Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC.
2013 Galarina Folk Art, Shipshewana, IN.
2004 (2006, 2008) Sawbridge Studios, Chicago, IL
1990 The Image of War. CEPA. Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY.
1988 The Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, NY.
1988 The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 ArtPop, 2016. Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC.
2017 Dalton Gallery, Arts Council for York County, SC.
2016 Artfields, Lake City, SC.
2015 (2003-2015) Galarina Folk Arts, Shipshewana, IN.
2009 (2003-2009)Sawbridge Studios, Chicago, IL.
2008 Illinois Artisans, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Chicago, IL.
2007 Illinois State Museum of Art, Springfield, IL.
2006 Evanston Art Center, Faculty Exhibition, Evanston, IL.
2003 Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, 2001 Conference, San Diego, CA.
2001 Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart IN.
1991 Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY
White Columns Gallery, New York, NY.
Lehigh University Gallery, Bethlehem, PA.
1989 Vietnam: A Different War. Curated by I.C.A. and Lucy Lippard, N.Y., NY.
Frederick and Marion Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.
De Cordova and Dana Park Museum and Sculpture Garden, Newton, MA.
Whatcome Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA.
Frederick Wright Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman WA.
CU Art Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Art and Cultural Center, Hollywood, FL.
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH.
1988 Vietnam: As Seen By Both Sides: American and Vietnamese Artists
Look at the War. Boston, MA.
Curated by C. David Thomas and the Indochina Arts Project.
Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI.
Baxter Gallery, Portland, ME.
Peace Museum, Chicago, IL.
Waterworks, Salisbury, NC.
National Museums of Art, Ho Chi Mihn City, Hanoi, and DaNang, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Boston University Art Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA.
1988 Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY.
1983 White Columns Gallery, New York, NY.
1982 Harm Bouckaert Gallery, New York, NY.
Uptown Downtown Gallery, New York, NY.
80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY.
Frank Martin Gallery, Muhlenburg College, Allentown, PA.
St. Marks Gallery, New York, NY.
The Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, NY.
White Columns Gallery, New York, NY.
Faculty Show, Lehigh University Gallery, Bethlehem PA.
What I do for Art, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, NY.
Ward’s Island Sculpture Garden, in conjunction with the Organization for Independent Artists, New York, NY.
Bibliography and Merits
ArtPop, 2016. Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC.
Rhubarb, Autobiography of a Reverse Maverick. Spring 2008. No 17. pp5.
San Diego Union Tribune. Dana Littlefield, September 10, 2001.
MoMA, Queens, NY. PAD/D Archives; file number 82085791, Library, Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society, Chicago, IL (2008).
As Seen by Both Sides. American and Vietnamese Artists Look at the War,
C. David Thomas and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, (Corporate Author), Indochina Arts Project, University of Massachusetts Press, 1991.
Vietnam, A Different War. Lucy Lippard and Independent Curators, Inc. Real Comet Press, 1990.
The Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, by Leter Kuttz and Jennifer Turpin. Volume II.
Peace and Art, by Steven Dubin, 1991, Academic Press, Purchase, NY.
An Outdoor Safari Around New York, New York Times, Grace Glueck. 1981.
Arts Magazine, Saints, Suzanne Volmer, pp 24-26, 1983.
What I Do for Art, Just Above Midtown, Downtown Gallery, Smithsonian Museum Libraries, July 1982.
Master’s Degree in Fine Art, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
Master’s Degree in Education, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL.
Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
Teaching, Presentations and Seminars (2004-2022)
York Technical College, Rock Hill, SC.
Patrick Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. M.F.A. Presentations.
Dana’s Place, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, Three-Minute Talk.
Chicago Artist’s Coalition Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL.,
The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL.
The Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA), Chicago, IL.
Lecturer, Painting and Drawing: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. (1988-1991).
Instructor, Painting and Drawing, The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA.(1988-1991).
South Carolina Public Schools, Charleston, Colleton and York Counties, 2009-2017.